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- SKU: AV426
- Format: BLU-RAY DISC
- UPC: 760137856498
- Street Date: 03/15/22
- PreBook Date: 02/08/22
- Label: Arrow Video »
- Genre: Horror
- Run Time: 97 mins
- Number of Discs: 1
- Audio: STEREO
- Year of Production: 1981
- Region Code: 0
- Box Lot:
- Territory: US
- Language: English
Cast & Crew
- David Naughton
- Griffin Dunne
- Jenny Agutter
- Joe Belcher
- Rik Mayall
- Brian Glover
- Director: John Landis
- Producer: Peter Guber
- Producer: Jon Peters
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One of the greatest directors of the 1980s, John Landis (The Blues Brothers, Trading Places), expertly combines macabre horror with dark humor in the lycanthropic classic, An American Werewolf in London. American tourists David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) are savaged by an unidentified vicious animal whilst hiking on the Yorkshire Moors. David awakes in a London hospital to find his friend dead and his life in disarray. Retiring to the home of a beautiful nurse (Jenny Agutter, Walkabout) to recuperate, he soon experiences disturbing changes to his mind and body, undergoing a full-moon transformation that will unleash terror on the streets of the capital... An American Werewolf in London had audiences howling with laughter and recoiling in terror upon its cinema release. Landis' film has gone on to become one of the most important horror films of its decade, rightly lauded for its masterful set-pieces, uniquely unsettling atmosphere and Rick Baker's truly ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special makeup effects. Now newly restored and presented with an abundance of extra features, this big beast of horror can be devoured as never before...
- Brand new 4K restoration by Arrow Films from the original camera negative
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
- Original uncompressed 1.0 mono and optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary by Beware the Moon filmmaker Paul Davis
- Audio commentary by actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne
- Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf, a feature-length documentary by filmmaker Daniel Griffith, featuring interviews with John Landis, David Naughton, Joe Dante and more
- An American Filmmaker in London, an interview with John Landis in which he reflects on British cinema and his time working in Britain
- I Think He’s a Jew: The Werewolf’s Secret, a video essay by filmmaker Jon Spira (Elstree 1976) about how Landis’ film explores Jewish identity
- The Werewolf’s Call, Corin Hardy, director of The Hallow and The Nun, chats with writer Simon Ward about their formative experiences with Landis’ film
- Wares of the Wolf, a featurette in which SFX artist Dan Martin and Tim Lawes of Prop Store look at some of the original costumes and special effects artefacts from the film
- Beware the Moon, Paul Davis’ acclaimed, feature-length exploration of Landis’ film which boasts extensive cast and crew interviews
- An American Werewolf in Bob’s Basement and Causing a Disturbance: Piccadilly Revisited, two 2008 featurettes filmed by Paul Davis
- Making An American Werewolf in London, a short archival featurette on the film’s production
- An Interview with John Landis, a lengthy archival interview with the director about the film
- Make-up Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London, the legendary make-up artist discusses his work on the film
- I Walked with a Werewolf, an archival interview with Rick Baker about Universal horror and its legacy of Wolfman films
- Casting of the Hand, archival footage from Rick Baker’s workshop showing the casting of David Naughton’s hand
- Storyboards featurette
- Original trailer and teaser plus TV and radio spots
- Extensive image gallery featuring over 200 stills, posters and other ephemera
- Reversible sleeve featuring original poster art and artwork by Graham Humphreys
- Double-sided fold-out poster
- Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproductions
- Limited edition 60-page, perfect-bound book featuring new writing by Craig Ian Mann and Simon Ward, archival articles and original reviews
- Widely regarded as having the best werewolf transformation scene in film history
- Celebrity fans include Stephen King, Michael Jackson, Eli Roth, and Edgar Wright
- Oscar Winner: Best Make-up
- Ranked as one of the best horror films in over 100 published lists
The movie has sequences that are spellbinding
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
Naughton's excruciating, horrifyingly realistic transformation scene, maybe the best in any werewolf movie
A horror film that packs a wallop
—Janet Maslin, The New York Times
Not just gory but actually frightening, not just funny but clever
—Tom Huddleston, Time Out
Oscar-winning work for Best Makeup by Rick Baker who has collected no less than seven Academy Awards
—Matt Brighton and Jake Keet, Blu-ray Authority
Full moons, gruesome kills, howling; American Werewolf in London brings those pieces of Universal Monsters lore along. But David's story is one of terror, PTSD that gives him ludicrous dreams of Nazi wolves invading his home, and conversations with his decomposing dead friend
—Matt Paprocki, Doblu
When it comes to modern horror comedies, An American Werewolf in London really ranks very high up the charts, basically because it delivers on all levels. A deserving classic for sure, and a must-see for any self-respecting horror fan!
—Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash
One of the greatest directors of the 1980s, John Landis, expertly combines macabre horror with dark humor in the lycanthropic classic, An American Werewolf in London
—Sal Giarratani, Video Views
Landis' film has gone on to become one of the most important horror films of its decade, rightly lauded for its masterful set-pieces, uniquely unsettling atmosphere and Rick Baker's truly ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special make-up effects. Now newly restored and presented with an abundance of extra features, this big beast of horror can be devoured as never before
—Tom Stockman, We Are Movie Geeks
The film looks and sounds stunning in 4K top say the least. Arrow Video continually amazes with their restorations.
—Jason Lockard, Classic Cinema Magazine
Arrow has done a top notch job
—Matt Brighton and Jake Keet, Blu-ray Authority
Landis does an incredible job of presenting not just a horror film, filled with the customary werewolf tropes, but also a love story, that of David and Jack, and David and Alex, with all aspects of the story feeling genuinely authentic, and never once feeling contrived.
—James McDonald, Irish Film Critic
The Limited Edition Blu-ray release from Arrow Video was the final word on the film on Blu-ray. But between the Blu-ray and now this new 4K UHD, there's no going back. These are the definitive presentations of the film going forward, this one offering additional depth and color balance.
—Tim Salmons, The Digital Bits
An American Werewolf in London set the gold standard for which all other werewolf films strive to be
Featuring a gnarly and bone-shattering transformation scene, An American Werewolf in London set the gold standard
This film absolutely blew me away the first time I saw it and has remained a favorite of mine over the years. I love this movie and it is obvious that Arrow Video loves this movie too.
—Jake Keet, Art House Cult
a resolution to rival what I saw on the big screen.
—Joe Corey, Inside Pulse
horror cinema's most celebrated films are the ones that think outside the box. A case in point is An American Werewolf in London, a film that remains as fresh today as the day it was first unleashed on audiences.
—Michael Den Boer, 10K Bullets
The smash hit monster-gore popcorn flick comes to 4K Ultra HD: David Naughton and Griffin Dunne's descent into a lycanthropic nightmare is as wrenching as ever.
—Glenn Erickson , Trailers From Hell
An American Werewolf in London is actually a rather sweet love letter to Universal's heritage with the Wolfman, but it manages to update the basic storyline with some post-modern irony and healthy doses of both humor and gore.
—Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com
When it hit screens in 1981, An American Werewolf In London caused a sensation due to its groundbreaking visual effects. Even after 41 years, the movie holds up pretty well.
—Colin Jacobson, DVD Movie Guide
An American Werewolf in London is very nearly a perfect movie; even its flaws are charming. After a number of appearances on Blu-ray, Arrow Video upgrades its own version with a 4K Ultra HD restoration. The colors are more vibrant with the addition of HDR and there's none of the noise reduction.
—Movie Line Online
Literally tons of extras
—Bands About Movies
The transfer looks awesome
—Garrett, Born 2 Be Rad
Simply an impeccable presentation of a one-of-a-kind classic.
—John Evans, Con Skipper
This is an all-time classic. Until Arrow got a hold of it, I don't think it got proper justice on home video
—Creepy Kentuckian, Deadpit Radio
A ton of special featues... looks better than any other version that has ever existed
—JP, Double Shot J
John Landis' 1981 masterpiece remains an absolute masterclass in executing a horror/comedy with equal attention towards both genres. The film is very funny throughout with some highly quotable lines and unforgettable gags, and the horror beats deliver gore, scares, and some terrifically dark moments.
—Film School Rejects
If aesthetics and physical bells & whistles are your thing, it's hard to top this brand new 4K limited edition of An American Werewolf in London.
—Josey, Free Kittens Movie Guide
I had thought that the BD was the closest thing to a definitive home video release of An American Werewolf in London, but now we have an entirely uncompressed and HDR-enhanced version of that already beautiful transfer.
—Gabe Powers, Genre Grinder
One of the greatest directors of the 1980s, John Landis (The Blues Brothers, Trading Places), expertly combines macabre horror with dark humour in the lycanthropic classic, An American Werewolf in London.
In my top 50 movies of all time and definitely in my top 10 Horror films. I absolutely love this movie.
—Kenny Vetter, Mid Level Media
One of the most beloved classic horror films slips its way into a new special edition 4K UHD from Arrow Video. Although this is not the first time An American Werewolf in London has graced the format, Arrow's special edition release is nothing short of spectacular.
—Jake Parker, Modern Horrors
I am a huge fan of these Arrow 4K special editions
One of those rare horror-comedy hybrid films that actually works really, really well, John Landis' An American Werewolf In London remains a textbook example of just how well 'funny' can mix with 'scary' effectively when given a smart script, a talented director and a strong cast.
—Ian Jane, Rock Shock Pop
Altogether this is one of Arrow's most impressive recent releases.
—Budd Wlkins, Slant Magazine
Terrific new 4K edition from Arrow Video
—The Film Frenzy
There is so much to love in An American Werewolf in London. This is a must-own for anyone who loves this film as much as I do.
—The Film Junkies
An American Werewolf in London gets a 4K UHD upgrade from Arrow Video. The results... stunning.
—A.W. Kautzer, The Movie Isle
[An American Werewolf in London] debuts on 4K UHD this month from Arrow boasting a new, Dolby Vision HDR graded 4K transfer working off color grading Landis himself approved in a 2018 HD master. Landis' revisionist genre exercise remains a blast of enthusiastic, then risk-taking filmmaking. Though often imitated, Landis' mix of horror and comedy was groundbreaking at the time of its release, as was its outstanding, Oscar-winning Rick Baker make-up effects.
—Andre Dursin, Andy Film
The clarity of the Arrow reissue is stunning
—Jack Cormack, Cinema Sentries
It all looks absolutely wonderful, and this is probably one of the best looking 4K presentations I've seen on the format so far.
—Chris Galloway, Criterion Forum
The opening here is among one of the most impressive
—Don Anelli, Don's Horror World
Now in stunning 4K Ultra HD with a beautiful Dolby Vision transfer, great audio, and an impressive assortment of bonus features... a great one to add to the collection
—Matthew Hartman, Highdef Digest
A bloody good-looking movie!
I've owned this film on every affordable format, and this one is fantastic beyond words. So worth the price and crafted with a genuine love for the film the way Arrow always does.
—Kevin Scott, Pop Horror
An American Werewolf in London has seen a lot of releases over the years on DVD and Blu-ray, but longtime fans of the film will certainly want to get their hands on Arrow Video's new special edition, which boasts a brand new 4K restoration from the original 35mm camera negative.
—James Kendrick, Qnetwork
Arrow are experts at putting together an ultimate edition
—Tim Sika, Celluloid Dreams
This is the version you need to own
—Mark Nelson, The Cinemaniacs!
For long-time fans and newcomers, the release is a worthy addition to a physical media collection
—Sidney Williams, Wicked Horror
Robert Paynter’s cinematography in An American Werewolf in London is swathed in smoke and dreadfully atmospheric, providing a visual palette steeped in classic horror roots.
—Anthony Arrigo, Dread Central
The new 4K scan from the original camera negative looks gorgeous, sporting original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 as well as Dolby Vision-capable HDR. Fine details are strong while retaining a nice medium-bodied film grain, most evident in the busy background shots of Picadilly Circus and the subway signage showcasing various fast food advertisements.
—Ryne Barber, Cultsploitation
A bloody good looking movie.
—Fred Topel, Nerd Report
The 4K Ultra HD sounds and looks fantastic and features a plethora of extras for fans of the film. Forty one years later, An American Werewolf In London is as effective today as it was when it was first released.
—David E. Goldweber, Forces of Geek
Arrow Video upgrades their definitive 2019 Blu-ray edition of John Landis’s 1981 werewolf classic with a brand-new 4K restoration from the original camera negative, and it just sings – and is as loaded as ever with jolts and laughs.
—Jason Bailey, The Playlist