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American Werewolf In London, An

Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 54 (Nov 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne & John Woodvine

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: 3.5
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Includes a making-of featurette, an interview with John Landis, an interview with makeup artists Rick Baker, archival footage of hand casting, outtakes, storyboard/photo montage, production notes, cast and filmmaker bios, and DVD-RM content.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Universal Studios Home Video
(Catalog Number): 21219
(MPAA Rating): R
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $26.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1981
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 09/18/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): John Landis
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
This beastly cult favorite tells of two young travelers on a three-month European adventure, which turns to terror after they are attacked by a werewolf on their first night in England. Jack (Dunne) doesn

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD picture is preferred to the previously reviewed, non-anamorphic DVD due to improvements in color fidelity and detail. Viewed alone, the picture appears slightly dated and a bit soft at times, though detail can be nicely rendered. Colors are rich, but fleshtones can touch oversaturation at times. Blacks are deep and endless. Still, colors are better delineated on this version, while appearing smeared on the previous DVD. The source element is revealing of dirt and film grain, but the picture appears cleaner compared to the previous version. (Suzanne Hodges)

The 5.1-channel remastered soundtracks exhibit substantial signs of the recording

  WSR DVD-ROM Review
DVD-ROM Enhancements Rating:

DVD-ROM Review:
From the paltry DVD-ROM main menu, you are given links to the three subsections Features, Script-to-Screen, and Subscribe to the DVD Newsletter. In the Features section, you can find links to the nine special features available on the DVD-Video portion of the disc. Each of these features load nicely using the InterActual software. An average, run of the mill script can be found in the Script-to-Screen section. The same basic functions and features as are found in most DVDs with this addition are used here, including the ability to print the entire screenplay, or by chapter. An American Werewolf in London is a very mediocre title. Actually, the only reason it received such a high rating is because of the addition of its script, a feature that is becoming more and more rare lately, much to my chagrin.