American Werewolf In London, An

Featured In Issue 117, February 2007

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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't survive his wounds, but David (Naughton) wakes up in a London hospital. When he hears reports that they were attacked by a lunatic, David recalls amidst strange hallucinations and nightmares that their attacker was not human. With visionary help of a mangled undead Jack, David realizes he is a werewolf, and after several murders and two chaotic evenings in London, David meets his destiny.

Special features on the hi-def side include commentary with David Naughton and Griffin Dunne, and My Scenes. On the other side, you will find the same commentary as that found on the DVD reviewed in Issue 54 (minus the DVD ROM material and cast/filmmaker bios): making-of featurette, an interview with John Landis, an interview with makeup artists Rick Baker, archival footage of hand casting, outtakes, storyboard/photo montage, and production notes.

The VC-1-encoded 1.85:1 HD DVD picture is generally underwhelming, with a soft appearance throughout. There are times, however, where the picture can have adequate dimension and detail. Colors are drab, and heavy film grain and some edge enhancement can be bothersome. (Danny Richelieu)

The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel soundtrack is hampered by the age of the recording. The surrounds can be used effectively to create dimension in the soundfield, but the majority of the track is relegated to the front half of the room. (Danny Richelieu)