Nightmare on Elm Street

A Nightmare on Elm Street

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Director: Wes Craven

Cast: John Saxon, Ronee Blakely, Heather Langenkamp


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The shocker that started it all, Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street is terror to the tenth degree. New Line has done a great job of restoring this 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer to its (almost) original glory. The color schemes and black levels are all very well rendered with only the slightest amount of grain marring the image. The flesh tones all look natural…  See more details below


The shocker that started it all, Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street is terror to the tenth degree. New Line has done a great job of restoring this 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer to its (almost) original glory. The color schemes and black levels are all very well rendered with only the slightest amount of grain marring the image. The flesh tones all look natural without any edge enhancement, digital artifacting, or shimmer present any time during the film. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as Dolby 2.0 Mono. While the range on this mix isn't fantastic (the source elements were not great), there is a fair amount of fidelity and depth in this soundtrack. Also included on this disc are captions in English. This edition of A Nightmare on Elm Street features some decent special features, starting with a commentary track by director Wes Craven, director of photography Jacques Haitkin, and actors Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon. This is a very insightful commentary that features the cast and crew having a lot of fun while discussing different aspects of the production. Also included on this disc is a theatrical trailer for the film, some cast and crew information, and some DVD-ROM content for PC users. While this disc is a nice edition of this classic horror film, the box set is recommended for true Freddy fans.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
A Nightmare on Elm Street, director Wes Craven's bloody and bloodcurdling breakthrough hit, spawned a successful series of sequels and launched one of the most popular movie monsters of all time: Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). The imaginative and gripping story finds spunky teen heroine Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) in a protracted battle with Fred, the razor-fingered bogeyman who terrorizes her and her friends in their dreams. Here Krueger is not yet the quipping cartoon of the later, more comedic sequels; in his debut outing he plays a straight-up demonic figure, slaughtering his prey in elaborately gory flourishes. Encompassing both childhood fears of nightmares and adult fears of random serial killers, A Nightmare on Elm Street creates an unrelenting atmosphere of tension and suspense in which our disoriented heroes are as vulnerable to attack in their own imaginations as they are in the real world. Filled with terrifying dream sequences and a deliciously confounding plot, this perennial favorite was one of the smartest and most influential horror movies of the 1980s.
All Movie Guide - Adam Goldberg
Behold the horror epic that started the Krueger craze and the Elm Street franchise. This low-budget effort not only put frightmaster Wes Craven on the map, but it slashed new life into the dying horror genre. Nightmare on Elm Street is a surreal and artistic experiment in dark and bloody filmmaking, levitating above the senseless gorefests seen in Friday the 13th. Built upon a brilliant premise, Elm Street became known as a near-masterpiece of post-'70s terror that skillfully blurred the line between reality and fantasy. The character of Freddy Kreuger instantly joined the ranks of infamous modern horror villains. While Jason Vorhees and Michael Myers were steadfast and robotic, Freddy was a humorous sadist who refused to hide behind a mask. The dreamscape and surreal atmosphere that Craven creates is a key reason why A Nightmare on Elm Street remains so haunting to this day. Cinematographer Jacques Haitkin knows how to use shadow and light to his advantage, most notably in the trippy and eerie basement scenes and the moment in which a character is dragged across the ceiling. For a movie with a budget just over $1 million, Elm Street possesses a surprisingly stylish look; even the low-grade special effects manage to be effective. The film is tailor-made for those who like their gore coupled with smart and inventive ideas, a rarity in the horror genre.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital, monaural]

Special Features

Digitally remastered widescreen and full-screen versions; Feature-length commentary with Wes Craven, actors Heather Langenkamp, John Saxon, and the director of photography; "Jump to a Nightmare" scene navigation; Original theatrical trailer; Original animated menus; DVD-ROM features; Dream World trivia game; Cast, crew, and trivia information

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Saxon Lt. Thompson
Ronee Blakley Marge Thompson
Heather Langenkamp Nancy Thompson
Amanda Wyss Tina Gray
Nick Corri Rod Lane
Johnny Depp Glen Lantz
Robert Englund Freddy Krueger
Charles Fleischer Dr. King
Joe Whipp Sgt. Parker
Lin Shaye Teacher
Ed Call Mr. Lantz
Jeff Levine Coroner
Mimi Meyer-Shaye Teacher
Joe Unger Sgt. Garcia
Mimi Craven Nurse
Jack Shea Minister
Sandy Lipton Mrs. Lantz
David Andrews Foreman
Shashawnee Hall Cop
Jason Adams Surfer #1
Don Hannah Surfer

Technical Credits
Wes Craven Director,Screenwriter
Annette Benson Casting
Charles Bernstein Score Composer
Cynthia Brannon Stunts
John Burrows Associate Producer,Production Manager
Tony Cecere Stunts
Jim Doyle Special Effects
Stanley E. Dudelson Executive Producer
Gregg Fonseca Production Designer
Jacques Haitkin Cinematographer
Anne Huntley-Ahrens Set Decoration/Design
James Larue Sound/Sound Designer
Dana Lyman Costumes/Costume Designer
David Brian Miller Makeup
Debby Porter Stunts
Sara Risher Co-producer
Rick Shaine Editor
Robert Shaye Producer
Joseph Wolf Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Opening Titles/Meet the Glove [1:12]
2. You Gotta Stop That Kind of Dreaming [2:28]
3. "I'm So Glad You Guys Could Come Over Tonight" [:01]
4. "There's Something Out There" [2:13]
5. The Call of the Wild [2:18]
6. A Bloody Mess [2:33]
7. "She Didn't Want to Sleep Alone" [1:49]
8. Captured [2:14]
9. Hamlet Hijack [3:11]
10. Rod Sings [:27]
11. Splash [2:00]
12. Guarding Nancy [2:45]
13. Feather Bed [:43]
14. Hung Up [4:44]
15. The Hat Comes Back [:44]
16. "You're Dead" [2:07]
17. "Mommy Killed Him" [:05]
18. "Midnight, Baseball Bats, and Boogey Men" [2:41]
19. No Way Out [:01]
20. It's a Gusher [2:40]
21. Survivalist [5:05]
22. Finding Freddy [1:03]
23. Fight Fire with Fire [:06]
24. "You're Shit" [2:20]
25. End Credits [1:49]


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A Nightmare on Elm Street 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Stripedterror More than 1 year ago
'One, two, Freddy's coming for you'. Just the thought of the song can send chills down a persons spine, even after the many years the story of Freddy Kruger has been told over and over. The entire scenario of how you cannot escape something that lives in your dreams is downright frightening, since you know that sooner or later, you will fall asleep.. and Freddy knows it. However, the main thing I love about this movie is Robert Englund. He IS Freddy Kruger, and Hollywood found that out with this new 'Freddy'. Just watching Englund cackle dementedly and merely run his claws across a furnace pipe, just to terrify people is almost beautiful. He absolutely rules the role, and its a pleasure to the audience to see a actor that loves his job. I personally don't see why they didn't use Englund, but the newer movie merely strengthens the love for Robert's Freddy Kruger. He sends chills into people with the most simplest of acts, something that Hollywood has long forgotten.
benskywalkerknight34 More than 1 year ago
now is it safe for us to fall asleep again? well, i find this film very creepy and fun. and a come-back for me 2 enjoy NOES all over and over again with no one noticing. and how for this rhyme which it is a little changed?: 1-2 Guess who's coming for you for the 1st time on blu-ray you know do you? i give this an "A" for this terrifying flick. it introduces a back-story about Fred Krueger in court after killing the kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie would be an excellent addition to any horror buff's shelf--Freddy does what he does best: Terrorizes those in their sleep! A fun movie with an original plot. Joe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is original and surrealistic. It captures the youths most fake fears and becomes reality. Sleep is a tool in which your body rejuvnates itself, and Freddy dominates their dreams in which it breaks down their inner most escapes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i always loved the nightmare on elm street movies but i like the dvd .it s good
Guest More than 1 year ago
this IS the best horror movie ever created. hands down.what you need to do is go on the internet and watch the original trailer.all of its sequels are okay but known of them will be as good as the first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The original Nightmare On Elm Street is by far the best in the series. It's different from other slasher films. Very few slasher films have plots. This is certainly one of them. This film actually features good acting and a good plot. The insane murderer is actually scary. It's a shame what happened to the series of the films. Freddy got less scary and became stupider. There was the use for the other films but this one is good. This is the only film I recommend seeing. It is purely a classic horror film that won't be forgotten easily.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of the best and well known slasher films ever made. Wes Craven (the director) would not be as much of a legend that he is now if it wasn't for this movie. Buy this movie immediatly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie was great. it scared me to death and is always keeping you on your toes. Great horror film for teens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, why did they kill Johnny Depp? He was soooo hott though you may not recognize him. I just saw this movie last weekend and have watched it a total of 3 times. Once again, they have this 'non-virgins die' thing going on, just like in Friday and Halloween. The acting in here is sometimes downright horrible. But I love it anyways, LOL! One of my favorite parts is when Nancy is running after her dead friend Tina, who is calling her name from inside a body bag. This, of course, is a dream. While running down the hall, she bumps into the monitor who asks for her pass and she goes, 'SCREW your pass!' and runs away. Then the monitor calls, 'No running in the halls!' and has Freddy's knive fingers and is laughing like a maniac. Great ending though I didn't understand if it was jjust a dream on Nancy's or not. This movie makes me laugh. I love Johnny Depp! Rent it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was okay and scary because of Freddy. With the wolverine type claws as the glove and the hat he always wears seemed annoying. Okay movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first one is hands down the best out of the whole series! None of the other characters are as cool of a main character as Nancy is. Thats why the first and third movie are the best! This movie is one that won't seem THAT scary as you're watching it, but always make you sleep with the lights on. Has a good story line for a horor film, and is worth watching over and over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
After I saw this film for the first time, I couldn't sleep for an entire week, because if I went to sleep, I'd probably never wake up. Freddy Krueger is epitome of inventive horror, he knows what really scares you, and the way that he stalks each of his victims is absolutely frightening. Robert Englund portrays Krueger extremely well. Wes Craven directs the film with a certain flair that rises above the average slasher movies. Heather Langenkamp gives her character, Nancy, the strength to survive, and proves that females can take care of themselves just as much as men do. She is a true iconic film heroine. Johnny Depp has come a long way in film from his first role as Nancy's boyfriend, Glen. He does a great job. Ronee Blakely, and John Saxon deliver outstanding performances as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We already know that this movie is an amazing landmark in horror fil history, so I won't talk about that. Instead, I'll talk about the amazing features of the A Nightmare On Elm Street infinifilm Collector's Edition DVD. The packaging - wonderful. The standard DVD case has a pretty scary image of Mr. Krueger on the front, and the 2nd disc is housed in a floppy tray on the inside. A (frightening) slipcase goes over the standard case, which is what you see on Barnes & Noble's website. The movie - excellent. No more to say. The quality of the remastering is just awe-inspiring, and the sound is fabulous. Extra features - where to begin? TONS of bonus features, all of them well worth your while (and the price). While the bonus features menu is a bit vague on what groups its divided into, once you find out what all there is to explore, you will be utterly filled with joy (for lack of better words). I give A Nightmare On Elm Street infinifilm Collector's Edition a 10/10!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was so amazing.The ending was amazing.The begining was amazing I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie scared me senseless! I was afraid to sleep. The cast was awesome & yes Jonhny Depp was & is so cute! Robert Englund did an excellent job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nightmare on elm street is one of the best horror movies and Johnny Deep is really cute in this movie Nancy tries to warn Glen not to fall asleep or Freddy Kruger will kill you its a pretty scary movie espically if your a horror movie fanatice so whatever you do Don't fall asleep!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i got this on blu ray and was shocked by the insanely excellent picture quality. the sound was awesome too. plus the substantial extras
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