The Wolf Man

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Overview

The transfer for this Universal Studios fright feature has a few minor nicks here and there, but represents the several foggy set pieces in perfect fashion. The full-screen (standard) transfer has an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio track is in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. The commentary track is by Tom Weaver and, as with the track he provided for Creature From The Black Lagoon, it is full of humor and great background information on everything from the actors to comparisons between the original script and the ...
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Overview

The transfer for this Universal Studios fright feature has a few minor nicks here and there, but represents the several foggy set pieces in perfect fashion. The full-screen (standard) transfer has an aspect ratio of 1.33:1 and the audio track is in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. The commentary track is by Tom Weaver and, as with the track he provided for Creature From The Black Lagoon, it is full of humor and great background information on everything from the actors to comparisons between the original script and the final onscreen version. Included as a supplement is a half-hour documentary entitled "Monster by Moonlight," which is hosted by John Landis and includes interviews with makeup wizard Rick Baker and screenplay author Curt Siodmak. The "Wolf Man Archives" contains a six-and-a-half-minute slide show set to music featuring stills, posters, and lobby cards. There is a "Production Notes" section and a "Cast and Filmmakers" section that contains succinct bios and filmographies for the film's stars and director. A theatrical trailer is included; it's rough shape is a perfect contrast to the nearly flawless state of the main-feature transfer. The "Language Selections" include English, with captions for the hearing-impaired, and French subtitles. Yet another disc in the Universal Studios Classic Monster Collection that will give this particular monster something to howl about.
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Special Features

"Monster by Moonlight," original documentary on the making of "The Wolf Man"; Feature commentary with film historian Tom Weaver; "The Wolf Man" Archives; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers; Theatrical trailer; Universal web links
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
The Wolf Man may no longer have the ability to frighten even the faint of heart but it remains a literate and quite adult fairy tale of love, lust and redemption, and with the story of the return of the prodigal son thrown in for good measure. And while George Waggner may not have been the most visually exciting of directors, the powers-at-be at Universal made the good choice of filming nearly the entire story on an eerily fog-bound sound stage, thus creating a strangely enticing and claustrophobic realm for their lycanthrope to roam. The sets compliment The Wolf Man's cast of characters, who may pretend to be British, or foreigners living in Britain, but are really the same villagers and bureaucrats that earlier occupied the mittel-European forests and mountains of Dracula and Frankenstein. While Universal far from overextended themselves with production values, the studio cast no less than six present or former leading men, an odd situation that goes a long way in explaining why leading lady Evelyn Ankers was forced to accept seventh billing. Lon Chaney, meanwhile, creates his one truly memorable horror character in Larry Talbot by adding a great dose of his Lennie of Of Mice and Men (1939) to Jack Pierce's standard Universal creature makeup.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/1999
  • UPC: 025192033124
  • Original Release: 1941
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 38,526

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lon Chaney Jr. Wolfman/Larry Talbot
Claude Rains Sir John Talbot
Warren William Dr. Lloyd
Evelyn Ankers Gwen Conliffe
Ralph Bellamy Capt. Paul Montford
Bela Lugosi Bela
Patric Knowles Frank Andrews
Maria Ouspenskaya Maleva
J.M. Kerrigan Charles Conliffe
Fay Helm Jenny Williams
Forrester Harvey Victor Twiddle
Ottola Nesmith Mrs. Bally
Harry Stubbs Reverend Norman
Tom Stevenson Richardson, the Graveyard Digger
Eddie Polo Churchgoer
Ernie Stanton Phillips
Martha Vickers
Eric Wilton Chauffeur
Harry Cording Wykes
Margaret Fealy Woman
Caroline Cooke Woman
Jessie Arnold Gypsy Woman
Doris Lloyd Mrs. Williams
Kurt Katch Gypsy with Bear
Connie Leon Mrs. Wykes
Gibson Gowland Villager
Olaf Hytten Villager
Leyland Hodgson Kendall
Technical Credits
George Waggner Director, Associate Producer, Producer
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Vernon Keays Asst. Director
Ted Kent Editor
Jack Otterson Art Director
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Charles Previn Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Hans Salter Score Composer
Curt Siodmak Screenwriter
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Joseph A. Valentine Cinematographer
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [1:33]
2. Lycanthropy [:47]
3. Talbot Castle [2:36]
4. The Observatory [3:51]
5. A Walking Stick [3:34]
6. A Fortune Teller [7:09]
7. An Investigation [5:44]
8. A Gypsy Burial [3:36]
9. Gwen's Accusers [2:51]
10. Frank Andrews [3:44]
11. The Gypsy Woman [4:17]
12. A Werewolf in Camp [8:52]
13. Time for Church [5:47]
14. Wolf Trap [3:42]
15. A Visit at Night [4:16]
16. All Tied Up [3:14]
17. The Hunt Is On [3:45]
18. End Credits [:29]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Bonus Materials
      Monster by Moonlight, an Original Documentary
         Spoken Language: English Only
         Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
         Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: None
      Feature Commentary With Tom Weaver
      The Wolf Man Archives
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Lon Chaney, Jr. - Larry Talbot
         Claude Rains - Sir John Talbot
         Warren William - Dr. Lloyd
         Ralph Bellamy - Capt. Paul Montford
         Patric Knowles - Frank Andrews
         Bela Lugosi - Bela
         Maria Ouspenskaya - Maleva
         Evelyn Ankers - Gwen Conliffe
         Directed by George Waggner
      Theatrical Trailer
      Universal Web Links
   Language Selection
      Spoken Language: English
      Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Captions: None
      Subtitles: Fran├žais
   Play Movie
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