Well, Freddy Krueger fans. This Tuesday, March 5th is reason to celebrate, especially if you've got a sweet high definition home theater set up. Warner & New Line are finally releasing a Blu-Ray boxed set containing all 7 original 'Nightmare On Elm Street' films, loaded with bonus content, both carted over from the previous DVD releases as well as some brand new stuff. Now, granted if you're a die-hard fan, there's a chance you couldn't wait and picked up the UK import all-region version of this set. Or you might've known that Best Buy was carrying this exclusively last Halloween. But as of this week, the 5-disc set will be available everywhere in the US! And I'm sure those of you that own it on DVD are wondering, is it worth the upgrade?
Why of course it is! While we'll have a full review of the boxed set in the near future, for now I thought I'd tackle the special features, which (let's face it) are what us die-hard Fred-Heads are most looking forward to. All of the original featurettes from the bonus " encyclopedia" disc of the DVD boxed set are here, but rather than have them on an extra "bonus" disc, they are now represented on the individual discs with their corresponding movie. And with the exception of the original Wes Craven flick, all the sequels are paired up in pairs so that its all 7 movies spanning 5 Blu-Ray discs.
New to this collection is the documentary 'Fear Himself: The Life and Crimes of Freddy Krueger'. Quite frankly, after the epic 4 hour doc 'Never Sleep Again', is there anything more to possibly be uncovered about the 'Nightmare' franchise that wasn't already covered there? Not really. However, the thing I like about this new featurette is that it's specifically catered to the character of Freddy Krueger, and more importantly the man who played him Robert Englund. In fact, Englund also narrates the piece, so while it's odd to see him both interviewed in the special and also providing the voice-over narration, it's fitting considering this is all about Freddy! And it's also a wonderful tribute to the man that is considered this generation's Vincent Price. (And rightfully so.) Even if I've already heard a handful of these stories before, I can always sit down and watch hours of documentary style specials on 'Nightmare.'
Another cool addition to this release? 2 episodes of 'Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare On Elm Street The Series!' The two episodes include 'It's A Miserable Life' featuring Friday The 13th Part VII's Lar Park Lincoln and 'Killer Instinct' with Lori Petty. It's a shame that the first episode 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' isn't on this set considering it was helmed by legendary "master of horror" director Tobe Hooper and shows the prequel story to 'A Nightmare On Elm Street,' but it's just good to finally have some 'Freddy's Nightmares' episodes on a digital disc format! There were only 5 VHS tapes released with 5 separate episodes and there's a UK Region 2 collection that has a few episodes here and there, but the series for whatever reason has never been available in the US. (Not including convention bootlegs, of course.)
This got us thinking - since 'Freddy's Nightmares: A Nightmare On Elm Street The Series' have never been put out on DVD or Blu-Ray in America, would you buy a boxed set that collected the entire series? Take our poll below and perhaps Warner & New Line will hear your request and give us that boxed set next!