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"The Wolfman" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by John Johnson

The Wolfman

Synopsis

When Lawrence Talbot's (Del Toro) brother is killed in the forest surrounding his ancestral home in England, he returns from the United States to console his father, Sir John Talbot (Hopkins).

Soon, Lawrence realizes that the death of his brother was due to something more frightening and evil than he could imagine. A werewolf stalks the forest, and Lawrence is bitten himself. Now, he finds that he has become a werewolf as well, and must yield to his violent forces within, even if it means harming a young woman that he falls in love with, Gwen Conliffe (Blunt).

Inspector Abberline (Weaving) suspects that something is amiss in the Talbot household, but he can't prove anything, yet.

Sir John must decide what to do to protect his son, knowing that he has the curse of The Wolfman, but he is hiding his own dark secret that is only exposed at the climax to this story.

 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2010, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 59 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving
  • Directed by Joe Johnston
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  • Violence: Graphic
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

I suppose it was inevitable that the 1941 version, starring Lon Chaney, Jr. would be remade, and the 2010 film does not disappoint, but it does not thrill or scare you, for digital monsters are in so many movies these days, a werewolf seems tame compared to some others. In any case, no one did The Wolfman like Chaney. I was a bit surprised that the werewolves in the new version are recognizable in their faces, as they are when they are not werewolves. Having a monster with Hopkin's face came out a bit comical actually. Chaney's wolfman didn't look anything like him.

Technical

Picture quality is impeccable, and the DTS-HD Master Audio does a good job of creating a chilling surround.

Extras

These include Alternate Endings, Transformation Secrets, The Return of the Wolfman, The Wolfman Unleashed, Deleted Scenes, Extended Scenes, and BD-Live.