Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 19th, 2010
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2010
Directors: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch
Writer: Thommy Hutson
Cast: Robert Englund, Wes Craven, Heather Langenkamp
DVD released: October 5th, 2010
Approximate running time: 240 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH
DVD Release: 1428 Films / CAV Distributing
Region Coding: Region 1 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.99
My own introduction to the Nightmare on Elm Street films was via the third entry in the series Dream Warriors. And to this day this film remains my favorite Nightmare on Elm Street film. So naturally the interviews involving the making of this film were the ones I looked most forward too. The first film which has been given considerable coverage on previous home video releases most notably a 2006 special edition DVD. And as familiar as most will be with the first film there is plenty to of new information to glean from this documentary about the first Nightmare on Elm Street film. Easily the cover of the second film Freddy’s Revenge is the most interesting segment in this documentary. In all at four hours in duration this documentary moves along very quick and even if they added an hour or two of more content I would have been game.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy is a comprehensive look into one of the most successful horror film series and it’s iconic villain Freddy Krueger. The lengthy documentary chronicles the evolution of the series and the Freddy Krueger character with comments from over 100 cast and crew members. Even though the majority of the cast and crew members who worked on the Nightmare on Elm Street films make an appearance in this documentary. There are a few big names who are MIA, Johnny Depp, Patricia Arquette and Breckin Meyer.
While some may be disappointed that some key cast members are missing from this documentary. Once you start watching this documentary the enthusiasm from those who do participate in this documentary more than makes up for anyone who is missing. Each of the films in the series and the short lived T.V. series Freddy’s Nightmares are discussed in depth. No matter how much you already know about these films there is plenty of information and interesting stories to hold any viewers attention, even the most die hard fans of this series.
Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy had been released early this year on DVD. And this new DVD edition titled ‘2 Disc Collector’s Edition’ carries over all of the content from that release and adds a few new extras like a mini replica poster of the DVD’s cover art and an audio commentary with producer / co-director Daniel Farrands, co-director Andrew Kasch, producer / screenwriter Thommy Hutson and cinematographer Buz Wallick. This audio commentary is a fun and informative track that not only covers that making of this documentary, the participants also reveal a few more stories about the Nightmare on Elm Street series that were not included as part of the main documentary.
As mentioned before this is essentially the same DVD that was released early this year and all of the content on this release is presented in a anamorphic widescreen. The transfer is in excellent shape. This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital stereo mix in English and removable SDH subtitles have been included. The audio is clean, clear and balanced throughout.
All of the content on disc two is identical to the aforementioned DVD release and the extras are as follows extended interviews for each film in the series (which adds up to just over another 100 minutes of interviews), a sneak preview of actress Heather Langenkamp’s documentary titled “I Am Nancy” (6 minutes 53 seconds), a segment titled “For the Love of the Glove” (18 minutes 15 seconds) which discusses the glove that Freddy wears, a segment titled “Fred Heads: The Ultimate Freddy Fans” (12 minutes 43 seconds) a discussion about the special effects make-up for Freddy’s head, a segment titled “Horrors Hallowed Grounds: Return to Elm Street” (23 minutes 18 seconds) in which the key locations from the film are visited, a segment titled “Freddy vs. The Angry Video Game Nerd” (5 minutes 35 seconds) which is a clip from a web based series which reviews old video games, a segment titled “Expanding the Elm Street Universe: Freddy in Comic Book’s & Novels” (15 minutes 54 seconds), a segment titled “The Music of the Nightmare: Conversations with Composers & Songwriters” (13 minutes 15 seconds), a segment titled “Elm Street’s Poster Boy: The Art of Mathew Joseph Peak” (7 minutes 25 seconds), a segment titled “A Nightmare on Elm Street in 10 minutes” and the teaser trailer for Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (55 seconds). As extensive as the interviews which make up the main features, these additional interviews and segments offer up plenty of additional information about the Nightmare on Elm Street films.
The timing of this release might seem odd considering the previous DVD release was released only a mere five months ago. This re-release is most likely due to the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street being released on DVD and BluRay on the same day. Overall trying to get those who bought the previous DVD will most likely be a hard sell, while this new release further sweetens the pot for those who have yet to pick up the previous DVD release. In the end, this documentary is a must have if you are a fan of the Nightmare on Elm Street films.