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A Nightmare on Elm Street
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Review by Jeff Field | posted May 5, 2000 | E-mail the Author
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Features: Widescreen and Fullscreen versions, Audio Commentary, Original Theatrical Trailer, Animated Menus. DVD-ROM: Screenplay, Trivia Game, Cast, Crew and Trivia Information.

The Movie: A Nightmare on Elm Street is the first installment in the long Nightmare series. In the movie, former Child Molester Fred Krueger, killed burned to death by neighborhood parents, returns in the dreams of the children of those parents. He starts killing off their children through their dreams, one by one, in fairly gruesome ways. The movie is good for those interested in a "shock thriller" movie. If you're looking for "traditional" horror look elsewhere.

Picture: The digitally remastered transfer, while having some artifacts, was done well overall, and is much clearer than a video copy I viewed. The movie is presented in either widescreen or fullscreen aspect ratios.

Sound: The sound is offered in a Remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 surround track, or the original mono soundtrack (In Dolby Digital Mono). Both soundtracks are digitally enhanced, to provide great clarity and (the the surround mode) nice effects. They did a very good job of going from a mono source to Surround Sound.

The Extras: I have to give New Line a hand, they did a good job with the extras on this DVD. The choice between mono and surround sound tracks is nice. The original theatrical trailer is presented, as are a host of DVD-Rom features (Screenplay, Trivia Game, Cast, Crew and Trivia Information.) which I could not try due to a lack of a DVD-ROM. However, my favorite extra, audio commentary, is present on this disc, and this commentary is very well done, with actors Heather Langenkamp and Jon Saxon, and Director Wes Craven. I actually found the commentary more interesting than the movie, finding how they did all the special effects so well in a time when effects couldn't be created as easily as they can now.

Conclusion: If you are a fan of this type of movie, or the series in particular, I would recommend this movie. Otherwise, if you are still interested in it, I would tell you to rent it, and watch both the movie and the commentary.

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