WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Howling, The

Reviewed In Issue 15 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Denis Dugan, Christopher Stone, Belinda Balaski, Kevin McCarthy, John Carradine, Slim Pickens & Elisabeth Brooks

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 3
Sound Rating: 2.5
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This Collectorís Edition features a running commentary by Joe Dante and stars Dee Wallace Stone, Christopher Stone and Robert Picardo on analog track one, and animator David Allen discusses his work on the film and presents his deleted stop-motion se-quences. The CAV discs will let you watch as people turn into werewolves, one frame at a time. Plus there are deleted scenes, outtakes, the complete shooting script, production stills and the theatrical trailer.

DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): New Line Home Video
(Catalog Number): ID2847SU
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$69.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 90
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Theatrical Release): 1980
(LD Release Date): 6/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Joe Dante
(Screenplay/Written By): John Sayles & Terence H. Winkless
(Story): NA
(Music): Pino Donaggio
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Robert A. Burns
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(Costume Designer):
(Editor): Mark Goldblatt & Joe Dante
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(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Daniel H. Blatt & Steven A. Lane
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Michael Finnell & Jack Conrad

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.66:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Mono Sound
(Theatrical Sound): Optical Mono
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
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(Remastered DTS Digital Surround):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Howling, based on the novel by Gary Brandner, is directed by Joe Dante (Inner-space, The Gremlins). This is believed by the filmmakers to be the ture story of werewolves, who like witches, are shape-changers. These creatures live among normal society as average human beings...until seized by violent transformations that turn them into savage animals alien to human understanding. This is the story of an investigative reporterís run-in with a colony of werewolves.

LaserDisc Picture:
Matted at 1.66:1 the picture is dramatic with colors that are vividly rendered. A slight noise permeates and is especially apparent in the dark scene along with distracting artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The sound is undistinguished mono.
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