The Movie Pool claws into the Blu-ray release of the 1980s teen comedy classic Teen Wolf!
ASPECT RATIO: 1.85:1 enhanced for widescreen TVs
RUNNING TIME: 92 minutes
AUDIO: English Mono DTS-HD MA, Spanish Mono, French Mono
SUBTITLES: English for the hearing impaired, Spanish, French
SPECIAL FEATURES: Theatrical Trailer, Preview of MTV's "Teen Wolf" Series
A high schooler learns he comes from a family of werewolves, and uses it to boost his popularity.
This Michael J. Fox comedy has quite a cult following. I wish I could say that means this film is good, but it's more miss than hit. It wanders all over the place, it's predictable, and only Fox's charisma (as well as James Hampton, who plays his father) helps elevate it. It also has a bad case of the 80s, which in this case, isn't such a good thing. Still, those who loved it 25 years ago love it now. People still want the Wolf. During moments when Teen Wolf tries to be Animal House, it tends to work, but at the end, it dissolves into a sports drama.
VIDEO AND AUDIO
It's nice to see these catalog MGM title being released on Blu-ray, but the quality of the video isn't the of the highest HD standards. The video, while sharper than the previous DVD release and clear of dirt and debris, goes soft in the details. It's hard to say if this is due to the quality of the original film elements or if the film needs to be truly restored. Still, it looks better than it ever has on television or home video.
The audio is English mono DTS HD Master Audio, and while it's not bad, surely a better mix is possible. With several songs included in the soundtrack, I wonder why they couldn't provide a higher-quality audio presentation.
For a movie with a cult following, one might expect the Blu-ray to cater to the fan base by including some content that appeals to all of them. Unfortunately, all we get here is an original trailer and a sneak peek at MTV's new Teen Wolf series. This show looks like Twilight performed by actors who weren't good enough for the WB.
BUY IT, REDBOX IT, OR NETFLIX IT?
SPECIAL FEATURES: C-
OVERALL GRADE: C
Fans of the movie might want to wait until it goes on sale at a discount, because the lack of extras makes it hard to recommend a buy at full price. It would be great to play on a TV during an 80s party, but until the super special edition comes out, I can only recommend a rent or get it on Netflix.
Teen Wolf is now available on Blu-ray in stores or online.