Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Arrow Video Wants You to Beware the Moon and Stay off the Moors on October 29th!


When discussing the greatest werewolf films of all time, it seems that Horror fans typically rank AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON as number one. (Or at the very least, give it the top spot for "Best Werewolf Transformation of all time!") I've already upgraded my copy of AAWIL from VHS, to DVD, to Blu-ray, but I did not break down and buy the latest "restored edition" that came out three years ago. And I'm glad I didn't because Arrow's upcoming Limited Edition looks outstanding, with its new 4K transfer and tons of new (and archival) extras! Let's take a closer look at this one, shall we Vault Dwellers?

Synopsis: 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 Bakers' truly ground-breaking, Oscar-winning special makeup effects. Now restored in 4K, and presented with an abundance of extra features, this big beast of horror can be devoured as never before...

Disc Specs:
Rated R | Color | 98 minutes | Region A
Video - 1080p Widescreen (1.85:1)
Audio - English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Original Uncompressed 1.0 Mono

Click image for a closer look!

  • NEW! 4K restoration from the original camera negative supervised by John Landis!
  • NEW! Audio commentary by Beware the Moon filmmaker Paul Davis!
  • Audio Commentary by actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne!
  • NEW! Mark of The Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf - Feature-length documentary by filmmaker Daniel Griffith, featuring interviews with John Landis, David Naughton, Joe Dante, and more!
  • NEW! An American Filmmaker in London - An interview with John Landis in which he reflects on his time working in Britain and British cinema!
  • NEW! I Think He's a Jew: The Werewolf's Secret - Video essay by filmmaker Jon Spira (Elstree 1976) about how Landis' film explores Jewish identity!
  • NEW! The Werewolf's Call - Corin Hardy, director of THE NUN, chats with writer Simon Ward about their formative experiences with Landis' film.
  • NEW! Wares of the Wolf - Featurette in which SFX artist Dan Martin and Tim Lawes of The Prop Store look at some of the original costumes and special effects artifacts 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!
  • Outtakes 
  • 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!
Yowza! Just looking at all of that makes me want to howl with joy Vault Dwellers! Arrow Video's (definitive?) Limited Edition Blu-ray of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON is due out on Tuesday, October 29th - just in time for Halloween! The current retail price seems to be around $35, but that will likely drop as the street date nears. You can pre-order a copy of this Arrow title now through AMAZON, BULL MOOSE, DIABOLIK DVD, or directly from ARROW VIDEO!

Note: This title is three months out so the street date and extras are subject to change! We shall post further updates as we receive them!

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