Arrow Videos (USA) is releasing a 4K restoration of Director John Landis’ An Amerian Werewolf in London blu-ray as a limited edition set.
I remember watching An American Werewolf in London (1981) as a kid. I was mesmerized at the iconic wolf transformation scenes as I have never seen such amazing special effects in a movie before.
A bit of background
1981 was a very competitive year for werewolf movies. The Howling and Wolfen were both released during that year. But it was John Landis’ masterful direction of AAWIL, combining comedy and horror, that made this film an important cult classic.
The centerpiece of the film is probably Richard Baker’s Oscar-winning special make-up effects. Remember, this is all pre-CGI. An American Werewolf in London won the 1981 Saturn Award for best horror film and an Oscar for best makeup.
What’s the story?
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.
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Release date: October 29, 2019 SPECS
Genre: Horror / Comedy
- Director: John Landis
- Cast: David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Joe Belcher
- Country: UK, USA
- Production Year: 1981
- Discs: 1 Blu-ray Disc
- Region: A
- Run Time: 97 minutes
- Formats: Color; 1.85:1
- Audio: English, French
- Subtitle: English, French, Spanish
- Studio: Arrow Video (USA)
SPECIAL FEATURES: An American Werewolf in London Blu-ray (Limited Edition)
- New 2018 4K restoration from the original camera negative supervised by John Landis
- Original uncompressed 1.0 mono and optional 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Optional subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- New 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, newly produced, feature-length documentary by filmmaker Daniel Griffith, featuring interviews with John Landis, David Naughton, Joe Dante and more
- An American Filmmaker in London, a newly filmed interview with John Landis in which he reflects on his time working in Britain and British cinema
- I Think He’s a Jew: The Werewolf’s Secret, new video essay by filmmaker Jon Spira (Elstree 1976) about how Landis’ film explores Jewish identity
- The Werewolf’s Call, Corin Hardy, director of The Nun, chats with writer Simon Ward about their formative experiences with Landis’ film.
- Wares of the Wolf, new featurette in which SFX artist Dan Martin and Tim Lawes of The 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
- 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
- Makeup 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 the make-up artist about Universal horror and its legacy of Wolfman films
- Casting of the Hand, archival footage from Rick Baker’s workshop as they cast David Naughton’s hand
- Original trailers, teasers 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 60-page booklet featuring new writing by Travis Crawford and Simon Ward, archival articles and original reviews
What you’ll get in this Limited Edition Blu-ray Set
An American Werewolf in London 1981 trailer
An American Werewolf in London soundtrack – Bad Moon Rising
Notice: The picture quality of these photos and videos do not reflect the picture quality of the blu-ray or DVD in this package.