Nightmare On Elm Street, A (2010)

Featured In Issue 152, December 2010

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New Line Home Entertainment
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Samuel Bayer
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Based on characters created by Wes Craven, "A Nightmare On Elm Street" follows five teenagers all having the same dream of a man, wearing a tattered red and green striped sweater, beaten fedora half-concealing a disfigured face, and a gardener's glove with knives for fingers. One by one, he terrorizes them within their dreams, where the rules are his, and the only way out is to wake up. But when one of them dies a violent death, they soon realize that what happens in their dreams happens for real, and the only way to stay alive is to stay awake. The four surviving friends try to uncover how they became part of this dark fairy tale, hunted by this dark man. Buried in their past is a debt that has just come due, and to save themselves, they will have to plunge themselves into the mind of the most twisted Nightmare of all...Freddy Krueger (Haley) (Gary Reber)

Special features on Disc One include Maximum Maniacal Mode (Bonus View), seven featurettes: "Freddy Krueger Reborn" (HD 13:54), "Makeup Makes The Character" (HD 03:34), "The Hat" (HD 02:31), "Practical Fire" (HD 02:32), "The Sweater" (HD 02:20), "The Glove" (HD 02:24), and "The Victims" (HD 03:51); three additional scenes (HD 08:21); and BD-Live functionality. Disc Two includes the DVD version and a digital copy of the film.

The 1080p VC-1 picture look frightenly terrific! Stylistically dark throughout, detail often escapes detection due to the dark filmic appearance. Still during close-ups of facial features and clothes, and at times object textures, detail is finely delineated. Overall, though, there is a prevailing softness to the imagery. To fully appreciate the dark imagery the film should be viewed in a darkened environment, preferably a black room, with a diaplay device capable of excellent native contrast ratio performance. Dimensionality is quite good and black levels are deep and solid, with at times, revealing shadow delineation. The color palette is subdued and muted, but fleshtones generally appear natural. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamically powerful with an aggressive directionalized holosonic® soundfield presence. The surrounds are intensely directional throughout, providing at times sudden, unexpected emotional responses. The hauntingly dream-like music score is present throughout, with a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surrounds for an immersive soundfield experience. The music perfectly supports the suspense and layers the emotional fabric of the soundtrack, presenting a very spacious enveloping soundscape. This is punctuated with extremely deep and powerful bass in the .1 LFE channel that extends to sub-25 Hz frequencies. The sound is often unexpectedly jolting, with intense SPL energy. Sound effects are extremely effective both in terms of atmospheric effects and purposeful accents, such as the ringing sound associated with Freddy Krueger's finger knives. Such effects really can intensify the feeling of terror, approaching and during horrific scenes. Dialogue is intelligible throughout and generally integrated spatially. At times dialogue is panned around the soundfield, and the effect is incredible. This is an intensely exciting soundtrack that delivers a powerful sonic assault on the senses. This is one frighting nightmare of an experience that should not be viewed alone in the dark. (Gary Reber)