Nightmare on Elm Street, A (2010)
In the town of Springwood several teenagers find out they’re having nightmares in which the same frightening man appears. When some of them die while being asleep, Nancy and Quentin go out to investigate before the same happens to them, and they find out that all kids that have been killed actually used to attend the same preschool back when they were young.
When confronting their parents, the two find out that at that preschool there was a gardener called Freddy Krueger who hurt them but once the parents had found out about that, they “took care of him”.
Nancy and Quentin realise that Krueger is haunting their nightmares and decide to head off to the preschool to find out what they can about him, but the lack of sleep is starting make them dream while being awake and Freddy is there, waiting for them…
Sound and Vision:
We get this Nightmare on Elm Street remake with great image quality that has spot-on contrast, excellent levels of detail and decent black levels. It’s not reference material just yet as the resolution drops a bit here and there and black levels aren’t always as deep as they should be. Still, overall this transfer is really well done and there’s little to complain about.
We get a DTS-HD Master Audio track that perfectly supports the movie with good use of surround effects to add to the atmosphere and great support from the subwoofer. This track is excellent for supporting the scare effects while keeping the fine details clearly audible and dialogues crystal clear. Just as we like it!
– Freddy Krueger Reborn
– Maniacal Movie Mode
– Deleted Scenes
– Digital Copy of the DVD
A promo “Making Of” that has the cast talking about how great everyone is, a picture-in-picture track that’s not too bad, some deleted scenes and a digital copy of the movie.
We’ve seen plenty of remakes of horror classics the past couple of years and most of them were quite bad. Not so with “A Nightmare on Elm Street” though. While everyone loves Robert Englund as Freddy, Jackie Earle Haley does a magnificent job in taking over the role and all the rest is just detail. The movies have always been about the character of Freddy and the scare-factor created by tension of knowing the Krueger is waiting on “the other side” and the makers have perfectly succeeded in recreating that.
The last movies starring the character of Freddy Krueger (Freddy vs Jason, New Nightmare) were far from great and had made him a mockery of the strong character we used to know and love, but this remake manages to bring back some of the old glory.
While many remakes go for shallow action and special effects, this one goes for tension and as such is one of the few remakes that actually succeeds in its goal. Freddy is back!
The Blu-ray transfer is pristine with only minor issues for nitpickers and an audio track that perfectly does its job. The extras are a bit promotional, but will be fun to watch for once by the fans. Anyone that has any love for this type of movie (or fans of Krueger) should definitely get this one.