Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (1981)

Blu-ray  |  Arrow  | 2019 | 97 min |  Rated R  |  October 29,  2019

Video

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (29.74 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Director:    John Landis

Starring:    David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, Griffin Dunne

Audio

English: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

| Film Synopsis |

The tale of a tourist from the U.S. whose stay in London is disrupted when, after being bitten by a wolf, he turns into a werewolf.

| Video |

An American Werewolf in London is presented on Blu-ray by Arrow Video with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.85:1. Arrow's insert booklet contains the following information on the restoration:

An American Werewolf in London has been exclusively restored by Arrow Films and is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio with mono and 5.1 sound.

The original 35mm camera negative was scanned in 4K resolution at NBC Universal's Studio Post facility. The film was graded and restored in 2K resolution at Silver Salt Restoration, London. The grade was approved by director John Landis.

| Audio |

This is the first home-video release of An American Werewolf in London to include the original mono track as well as the rejiggered 5.1 surround, and while the mono is obviously more limited in its dynamic range and channeling of effects, it’s nonetheless truer to the theatrical experience.

| Special Features |
  • Audio Commentary by Paul Davis*

  • Audio Commentary with Actors David Naughton and Griffin Dunne

  • Mark of the Beast: The Legacy of the Universal Werewolf*  is an absolutely wonderful retrospective by Daniel Griffith that revisits some of those very backlot locations I mentioned above while giving a nice history of Universal's history with werewolves.

  • An American Filmmaker in London* is a fun new interview with John Landis, who discusses working in England.

  • Wares of the Wolf* is another new piece featuring SFX Artist Dan Martin discussing things like makeup and special effects, while also looking at costumes and props from the film, with Prop Store's Tim Lawes.

 

  • I Think He's a Jew: The Werewolf's Secret*  is a really engaging video essay by Jon Spira about his perceived subtext of Jewish identity in the film, which is actually something I mentioned to a noted film critic decades ago, who completely pooh-poohed the idea. Way to go, Mr. Spira, it's nice to know there are two of us.

  • The Werewolf's Call* is a dialogue between Corin Hardy and Simon Ward about their histories with the film.

  • Beware the Moon is the excellent retrospective by Paul Davis which features numerous cast and crew interviews, and which was previously released on the Universal versions.

  • Making An American Werewolf in London is a short archival piece with some fun footage of Naughton's head mold being formed and Landis' skill as a stuntman.

  • An Interview with John Landis is another archival piece.

  • Make Up Artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London offers Baker's memories of working on the film and at least a few other aspects of his career.

  • I Walked With a Werewolf is a fun archival interview with Rick Baker which gets into Universal's history with wolfman characters.

  • Casting of the Hand is an archival look from October 1980 at more of the casting processes David Naughton underwent to create some of the prosthetics for the film.

  • Outtakes are windowboxed, with timecodes and without a soundtrack.

  • Storyboard Featurette offers two kinda sorta side by side frames, one with storyboards, the other with footage from the film.

  • Original Trailers*

​           > Trailer 

           > Teaser 

           > TV Spot 

  • Image Galleries* are authored for Manual Advance, hence no timings:

  • Production Stills

  • Behind the Scenes

  • Posters 

  • Lobby Cards 

  • Storyboards contains some really interesting introductory (text) comments by artist John Bruno.

  • Shooting Schedule 

| Overall Reaction |

Arrow has done fans an enormous service by offering a release with excellent technical merits and really engaging supplements. It's very  high recommendation for any collector of physical media.

Summary (out of 5)

Film:   4..5

Video:   5.0

Audio:   4.5

Extras:   5.0

Overall:   4.5