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Lycanthropes rejoice! Joe Dante's groundbreaking werewolf effort has finally received the special-edition treatment with this extensive MGM/UA release. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, MGM/UA has done a commendable job in presenting the film. The transfer offers well-balanced colors, accurate skin tones, and, in frequent nighttime scenes, solid blacks with little to no digital artifacting. Likewise, a newly mastered, closed-captioned English Dolby Digital audio track brings the film to life as never ...
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Overview

Lycanthropes rejoice! Joe Dante's groundbreaking werewolf effort has finally received the special-edition treatment with this extensive MGM/UA release. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, MGM/UA has done a commendable job in presenting the film. The transfer offers well-balanced colors, accurate skin tones, and, in frequent nighttime scenes, solid blacks with little to no digital artifacting. Likewise, a newly mastered, closed-captioned English Dolby Digital audio track brings the film to life as never before heard on home theater systems. Offering dynamic sound that will have nervous viewers peering over their shoulders in terror, the ominous howling of the colony's mysterious residents sounds as if it may be coming from somewhere a little to close for comfort outside viewer's windows. With as much work as MGM/UA has put into presenting a pristine image, it's the extras (located on the flip side of the disc) that will truly have longtime fans venturing into the light of the full moon to seek out this particular release. A commentary track featuring director Dante and stars Dee Wallace Stone, Christopher Stone, and Robert Picardo is lively and affectionately reminiscent, and in addition to humorous anecdotes, offers insight into the creative process and the manner in which the film was streamlined during the editing process. "Unleashing the Beast: The Making of The Howling" is broken up into numerous segments, and offers everything from revealing interviews with screenwriter John Sayles (discussing the film's departure from the novel and the psychology of werewolves) to the story of how director Dante came to be involved to study the origins of the werewolf mythos. The title of its companion piece, "Making a Monster Movie: Inside The Howling" may seem a bit misleading given that not very much making-of info is present, though interviews with Dante and star Patrick Macnee do offer some interesting meditations on the components of a truly effective horror film. An interview with make-up effects artist Rob Bottin is surprisingly brief considering the film's groundbreaking visual effects. Deleted scenes are mostly incidental with the exceptions of some group therapy scenes that would have lent the film a decidedly more psychological angle, and outtakes offer the usual cut-ups and flubbed lines in addition to some hilarious bladder-bursting makeup mishaps. A pair of nightmarish theatrical trailers are well-presented in widescreen format, and galleries of production and publicity photos offer an enticing glimpse behind the scenes and a close-up look at Bottin's impressive creations. A fun, fact-filled insert rounds out the disc nicely with some interesting trivia concerning the film.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Unleashing the Beast: Making The Howling" multi-part documentary; Deleted scenes; Outtakes; "Making a Monster Movie: Inside The Howling" documentary; Audio commentary with director Jow Dante, Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone, and Robert Picardo; Photo gallery; Original theatrical trailers; New digitally enhanced 5.1 Surround Sound; English 5.1 Surround and Mono; English, French, & Spanish-language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Gray
With this witty update of the age-old werewolf genre, Roger Corman alumnus Joe Dante Gremlins helped breathe new life into a dormant myth -- An American Werewolf in London would soon follow. Dee Wallace-Stone E.T. portrays a TV news anchor whose harrowing brush with a supposed serial killer has left her deeply shaken. Recovering at the country retreat of a new age guru Patrick Macnee, Stone's character ultimately learns that the hills are alive with far more than the sound of music.... Dante fleshes out this modern tale of terror with plenty of throwaway humor -- copies of Thomas Wolfe's You Can't Go Home Again and Allen Ginsberg's Howl are seen lying around, and nearly all the main characters are named after directors of other werewolf movies. But Dante doesn't for a moment shortchange the central horror elements, which are enhanced immeasurably by his own brisk editing and Rob Bottin's state-of-the art makeup effects in the transformation scenes. John Sayles Lone Star, who'd previously collaborated with Dante on the Corman-produced Piranha, cowrote the playful script -- most trenchant in its satirical swipes at consciousness-raising groups like est -- and contributes a funny performance in a bit part as a morgue attendant. Fans of classic horror will enjoy seeing the great John Carradine and Kevin McCarthy in small roles, as well as veteran character actors Dick Miller and Slim Pickens playing -- who else? -- the local sheriff. And if you pay extra-close attention, you'll even notice Corman himself in a brief cameo, waiting outside a phone booth.
All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Without question one of the most visceral and satisfying werewolf movies ever released, director Joe Dante's knowing lycanthrope classic is sure to get a few jumps, as well as a few chuckles, out of even the most jaded horror fan. From the smart and innovative script from screenwriter John Sayles to solid performances all around, The Howling is a rare example of a werewolf film that likely would have succeeded even if Rob Bottin's groundbreaking makeup effects hadn't been so terrifyingly convincing. Endless in-jokes and film references are bound to keep cinephiles constantly on their toes, and even if you're not up to the task of weeding out all the fine details, this fast-paced chiller isn't likely to leave you bored -- and that's an extremely difficult weight to balance. From television news reporter Karen White's (Dee Wallace Stone) mysterious and terrifying initial encounter in a cheap porno shop to the dark secrets of the "colony" she retreats to in hopes of escaping the nightmares that plague her, Dante and Sayles keep things moving at a lean pace that is notably enlivened by Patrick Macnee, John Carradine, and Slim Pickens' colorful supporting performances. If the makeup effects seem slightly outdated from a revisionist standpoint, the images they create (the image of sharp, talon-like claws growing out of the main werewolf in particular) are hard to shake regardless of the technological advancements that have aided effects artists since The Howling's debut in 1981. These unforgettable images, combined with a clever script and tight direction, make for a film as self-consciously fun as it is truly unsettling.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/2003
  • UPC: 027616888471
  • Original Release: 1981
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,896

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dee Wallace Karen White
Patrick Macnee Dr. George Waggner
Dennis Dugan Chris
Christopher Stone R. William "Bill" Neill
Belinda Balaski Terry Fisher
Kevin McCarthy Fred Francis
John Carradine Erle Kenton
Slim Pickens Sam Newfield
Elisabeth Brooks Marsha
Margie Impert Donna
Noble Willingham Charlie Barton
James Murtaugh Jerry Warren
Jim McKrell Lew Landers
Kenneth Tobey Older Cop
Don McLeod T.C.
Steve Nevil Young Cop
Herb Braha
Joe Bratcher Radio Man
James MacKrell
Richard Miller Walter Paisley
Robert Picardo Eddie
Bill Sorrells Kline
Meshach Taylor Shantz
Chico Martinez Man on Street
Michael O'Dwyer Drunk
Wendell Wright Man at Bar
Bruce Barbour Stunt Player
Marneen Fields Stunt Player
John Moio Stunt Player
Forrest J. Ackerman Bookstore Customer (Uncredited)
Roger Corman Man in Phone (uncredited)
John Sayles Morgue Attendant (Uncredited)
Sarina Grant Hooker
Technical Credits
Joe Dante Director, Editor
David Allen Special Effects
Daniel H. Blatt Executive Producer, Producer
Rob Bottin Associate Producer, Makeup Special Effects
Jack Buehler Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert A. Burns Art Director
Jack Conrad Producer
Jack Cummins Asst. Director
Pino Donaggio Score Composer
Michael Finnell Producer
Roger George Special Effects
Mark Goldblatt Editor
John Hora Cinematographer
Steve Lane Executive Producer, Producer
Steven G. Legler Production Designer, Set Decoration/Design
John Sayles Screenwriter
Robert Singer Producer
David C. Thomas Production Manager
Gigi Williams Makeup
Terence H. Winkless Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen/Standard
1. Main Title
2. Crank Caller
3. Live Bait
4. Traumatized Victim
5. "All-American Boy"
6. Too Soon for Work
7. "How Crazy Am I?"
8. The Colony Barbeque
9. Nymphomaniac Marsha
10. "I Want to End It!"
11. Something's Out There
12. Missing Person or Wolf?
13. Gruesome Carcass
14. Werewolf Hunting
15. "The Other Side"
16. Seduced by Evil
17. A Vicious Bite
18. Legend or Reality?
19. "Out of Sync"
20. Call of the Wild
21. Matching Places
22. Dangerous Evidence
23. Hand or Claw?
24. Things Get Violent
25. Big Bad Wolf
26. Ugly Transformation
27. "She's Ours Now!"
28. Bright Boy to the Rescue
29. Silver-Bullet Standoff
30. Surrounded by Fangs
31. Wild Reporter
32. End Credits
1. Main Title
2. Crank Caller
3. Live Bait
4. Traumatized Victim
5. "All-American Boy"
6. Too Soon for Work
7. "How Crazy Am I?"
8. The Colony Barbeque
9. Nymphomaniac Marsha
10. "I Want to End It!"
11. Something's Out There
12. Missing Person or Wolf?
13. Gruesome Carcass
14. Werewolf Hunting
15. "The Other Side"
16. Seduced by Evil
17. A Vicious Bite
18. Legend or Reality?
19. "Out of Sync"
20. Call of the Wild
21. Matching Places
22. Dangerous Evidence
23. Hand or Claw?
24. Things Get Violent
25. Big Bad Wolf
26. Ugly Transformation
27. "She's Ours Now!"
28. Bright Boy to the Rescue
29. Silver-Bullet Standoff
30. Surrounded by Fangs
31. Wild Reporter
32. End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 -- Widescreen/Standard
   Play Movie
      Widescreen
      Standard
   Scene Selections: Widescreen
   Scene Selections: Standard
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Joe Dante, Dee Wallace Stone, Christopher Stone and Robert Picardo: On
      Audio Commentary With Joe Dante, Dee Wallace Stone, Christopher Stone and Robert Picardo: Off
   Languages
      Languages: English Digitally Enhanced 5.1 Stereo Surround
      Languages: English Original Mono
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: None
Side #2 -- Special Effects
   Unleashing the Beast: Making "The Howling"
      A Brief History of Werewolves
      A Company of Werewolves
      How to Make a Werewolf Picture
      I Was a Latex Werewolf
      Requiem for a Werewolf
      Play All
   Making a Monster Movie: Inside "The Howling"
   Deleted Scenes
   Outtakes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wolftastic, A template for films in its genre. Outstanding!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Creepy beyond Creepy!

    This movie is a true horror classic.I love horror movies and this is one of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest and stylish werewolf movies

    This movie is great! It is one of my favorite werewolf movies.Fans of this genre will enjoy it alot. It's just too bad that the sequels all sucked.

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