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Review by Youssef Kdiry | posted January 4, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Contents: 8 DVDs (Region 1)/Movie Ratings (1-5)
"A Nightmare On Elm Street" (1984) [5]
"A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge" [2.5]
"A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors" [4]
"A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master" [3]
"A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child" [3.5]
"A Nightmare On Elm Street 6: The Final Nightmare" [2.5]
"Wes Craven's New Nightmare" [4]
"The Nightmare Encyclopedia" [5]
Sound: Dolby Digital (English 5.1 & 2.0 Mono)
Aspect Ratios: 1.85:1 (anamorphic widescreen)
Special Features:Interactive menus, production notes, 7 theatrical trailers, TV spots, deleted scenes, Audio commentary (Parts 1 & 7), full-length making-of documentary, stills/photos, music videos, DVD-ROM access, 2 3-D glasses (for Part 6 3-D sequence), 36-page color booklet.

Plot: Okay, since there are too many movies to go into great detail here, it shall suffice to say that all of them deal with an evil dead dude named Freddy Krueger who haunts unlucky teenagers in their dreams and kills them. Although he is beaten at the end of each movie, Freddy bounces back in the next sequel, ready to dispense horrible deaths and wicked jokes. Naturally, the original and last movie are the best (directed by Wes Craven himself). part 3 was also a lot of fun, directed by Chuck Russell ("The Mask") and co-written by Frank Darabont ("Shawshank Redemption").

The Nightmare Encyclopedia: A special section of this review is dedicated to this mammoth DVD. It features an interactive menu/game called "The Labyrinth"--where the viewers get to spend at least 4 hours (!) through a maze that unlocks many, many, many interesting features (most of which were aforementioned in the "Special Features" section above). Okay, I know what you're thinking: Youssef must have no life and sits in front of his TV going through mazes! No, pal, that's not it; it's a very entertaining--but yet frustrating undertaking going through the Labyrinth. Also, I don't like to lose to a damned 3-D puzzle! Anyway, the documentary, called "Welcome To Primetime," is an excellent look at the "Freddy" phenomenon.

All seven films' directors (really 6 directors) are on hand with anecdotes and trivia facts; also, we meet the writers SFX wizards and other key people involved in the series; up to and including many of its stars. Check out the Freddy videos by Dokken and the Fat boys! On the strength of this disc alone, the whole series is a knockout!

All in all, New Line really outdid itself in preparing the "Nightmare" series for DVD. Hats off to you folks! It should set the standard by which DVDs are marketed, packaged and sold. If you are to view the entire in one sitting, allow yourself at least 12-15 hours for the viewing. It's good, clean nightmarish fun. Claw on Freddy...claw on!
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