Nick W. (Nick1899) from FORT WORTH, TX Reviewed on 5/18/2014...
Previous reviews of this set are pretty good descriptions of the films. My only complaint if that my set does not include 2 flip-side discs. Instead it comes with 4 discs so each one has the artwork on the disc. So when it comes to swapping you receive 2 credits for a 4 disc set. But oh well. Chalk a win up for person requesting this.
Michele S. from MORENCI, MI Reviewed on 11/14/2010...
great scary movie will watch it over and over. good movie for date night.
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A tradeoff: you save space but lose packaging
Alex Faber | Northern NJ United States | 11/09/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is more of a review for the packaging than the movies, 'cause if you're here, you should know the drill on the movies. This set includes the classic first one and the so-bad-it's-good follow-up, as well as "Dream Warriors," which reinvigorated the series, and its lesser companion, "Dream Master." As Sean L. already stated, the first movie is the standard 1-disc edition, not the Infinifilm edition (A Nightmare on Elm Street (Infinifilm Edition)).
Combining these four movies as part of Warner Bros's "4 Film Favorites" series is a novel idea (and the second half of the series is available as a second "4 Film Favorites" set here: A Nightmare on Elm Street 5-8: 4 Film Favorites). All four movies feature the exact same transfer, menus, and features as the individual releases, but in a 2-disc standard-size plastic DVD case, meaning that this set takes up 75% less room than the individual releases.
However, what you save in space, you lose in packaging. As with all of Warner's "4 Film Favorites," there is no internal artwork, such as a chapter insert, and even the two discs themselves feature no artwork, as they're flipper discs, with 1 movie on each side of each disc. Because of this, the discs themselves look plain and are more prone to fingerprints and scratching.
So, do you care about space or about having the complete artwork for each movie? Personally, I'm a big fan of this "4 Film Favorites" series: I get to have all 7 Nightmare movies (and "Freddy Vs. Jason") in 2 regular-size DVD cases, and the movies themselves have the exact same quality and content as the individual single-disc releases. However, if you can't stand flipper discs, or if you're a collector and care about each movie (and want the 2-disc editions of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and Freddy vs. Jason (New Line Platinum Series)), then bypass this one."
A great value
Sean L. | Twin Peaks, USA | 10/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"PROS: For the price, you get a whole lot of Freddy. Doesn't take up a lot of shelf space.
CONS: The original film is the bare-bones release, not the Infinifilm edition. The second movie is still pretty terrible."
A great value pack!
Tate | 07/29/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As most of you probably know, the Nightmare on Elm Street series has its highs and its lows. Out of these 4, the first and third are highlights with 2 and 4 being.. a little lackluster. None the less, whether you're a casual fan or a major fanatic, you'll have a blast screaming or making fun of Freddy and his horrific antics with this easy-to-store value pack. It comes with 2 double sided discs that shows the movie in full screen or wide, with a bare minimum of bonus features. I thought the first four would be enough that I'd never want to watch another movie with an Elm reference, but actually I enjoyed them enough that I rushed to buy A Nightmare on Elm Street 5-8: 4 Film Favorites, and I'm sure you'll feel the same way.
Like I said, this is a great value pack. I love me some Nightmare, but not enough to store 8 DVDs. With this I get all the fun without the guilt of having to find a place to put it. If you are a major fan, however, and would like an attractive box set to show off your fanhood, The Nightmare on Elm Street Collection looks like a great box set of the entire series (doesn't include Freddy VS Jason, though).
A TERRIFIC PACKAGE 8.5 OUT OF 10
ACEMAN1 | Ripon, California | 05/09/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have yet to see the recent remake, but in preparation, I bought the entire series in both 4-film packs. While you won't find fancy features on this package as you would in separate releases, this is still a great way to experience the horror classic and its many absurd, yet lovable sequels and spin-offs. This is the package that contains the first four films, so I'll review them each. One thing I loved about this franchise is how every entry tried something new, no matter how absurd or ridiculous the ideas were, there was always something new. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET REVIEW: RATING: 9.25 WHAT IT'S ABOUT: The film centers around a group of teen friends; Nancy, Glen, Rod, and Tina who are all experiencing horrific nightmares they can't explain involving a very badly burned man wearing a red and green sweater, a fedora, and has wears a glove with knives on it. Since one friend; Tina has trouble falling asleep, she decides to have a sleepover with her friends. But then she dies in her dream, and her death is blamed on her boyfriend Rod. Now, Freddy Krueger is coming for the rest of the group, and Nancy must uncover the dirty little secret of their parents and find a way to destroy Freddy before it's too late. MUSIC: The music is pretty good, and you'll eventually hum along with it, as well as hum with the creepy theme song. ACTING: There aren't very many horror films during this time period that don't come with cheesy dialogue, and this film isn't one of them. The actors themselves are good (It's especially weird seeing how young Johnny Depp is), but the dialogue can be pretty bad at times. However, this really didn't bother me because I'm used to this in a lot of horror films. ACTION: Even today this film is surprisingly creepy. It's a very stylish and cool horror flick that's hard not to love. Freddy is a terrific villain and he's still pretty scary. This film can also be gory when it wants to be, but it's mostly suspense and scares, which work pretty well. OVERALL: What did you expect? This is a great horror film that you must see if you love horror films. As far as older horror classics go, this is my second favorite (Sorry but The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is my favorite). THE GOOD: Stylish and creepy, good music, good acting, and it's actually still pretty creepy. THE BAD: Corny dialogue. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE REVIEW: RATING: 8.25 WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Five years after the events of the first film, a new family; the Walshes; move into the former home of Nancy Thompson (The main character of the first film) and Jesse just so happens to move into Nancy's room. Then Jesse starts to become haunted by Freddy Krueger who is trying to possess him and make him kill random people for no apparent reason, and he eventually does start to kill people, and now he must find a way to stop it. MUSIC: Like the first film, it has pretty good music that goes along well with the mood and atmosphere of the film. ACTING: Is every guy in Springwood five years later gay? Short shorts, brightly colored outfits, characters practically screaming to come out the closet, and more? This film is absolutely ridiculous, especially the acting and dialogue which will have you laughing the entire time. All of it is bad, and yet funny as hell. ACTION: This film is easily one of the most unintentionally funny horror films of all time. It's completely laughable from start to finish. Here's a list of some of the best moments: 1. After Jesse's gym teacher brings him back to the school after finding him at a gay bar (And the gym teacher is dressed in a leather outfit), he tells Jesse to go and shower. During this, the gym teacher randomly gets attacked by possessed sports equipment and shelves, then gets dragged by jumprope, tied to the wall, stripped naked, and whipped with a towel by an invisible force before getting killed. 2. When a pet canary becomes possessed, it attacks Jesse and his family before randomly catching fire and exploding, then afterward Jesse's dad blames him for it. 3. Every time Jesse screams in this film, he sounds exactly like a girl. I'm not joking, he really does. 4. If Freddy Krueger is coming to kill you and several other people, go up and try to reason with him by saying, "No one's gonna hurt you." 5. The random evil bus rides in this film are completely random and dumb as hell. This film can only be enjoyed solely as a B-movie, because it fails miserably at being a serious horror film. I was laughing so hard the entire time as I watched it, and I had a good time. OVERALL: This isn't something I'd recommend, but if you wish to witness one of the dumbest sequels ever made, then you've been warned. THE GOOD: Good music, so bad it's good vibe, terrible yet funny dialogue, random moments that make no sense, and I was laughing the entire time. THE BAD: Look at most of the things listed above. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS REVIEW: RATING: 9 WHAT IT'S ABOUT: This time a group of mental patients are being haunted by Freddy Krueger. This film pretty much ignores the events of the second film, so don't expect any references to it. Nancy Thompson returns as a rookie psychiatrist who becomes haunted by Freddy Krueger once again and must help this group of patients fight back in their dreams, and with the help of one patient named Kristen who can call people into her dreams, she is also used to help fight Freddy. Now they must survive and find a way to defeat Freddy all over again. MUSIC: Once again, it fits the bill and there's really nothing to complain about it. ACTING: Despite corny dialogue again, the actors do put on a good show. It's strange seeing how young Patricia Arquette and Laurence Fishburne are in this film, and they actually do a pretty good job. Heather Langenkamp reprises her role as Nancy and once again does a pretty good job. Despite the fact the dialogue is corny, this film contains one of my favorite film lines ever; "I AM THE WIZARD MASTER!" ACTION: This is easily the best of sequels and spin-offs and is the most creative of the series. It feels like a sequel, yet it also does enough to give it a life of its own with its awesome 80's style and cool premise. This film was never boring and is a terrific sequel that is a great example of good sequels. OVERALL: If you loved the first one, you'll probably love this one which will help remove the memories of the second (Which you probably hate). THE GOOD: Awesome premise, good music, cool special effects, good acting, pure 80's style, and it's still creepy. THE BAD: Cheesy dialogue. A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4: THE DREAM MASTER REVIEW: RATING: 8.25 WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Three of the survivors of the first film; Kristen, Joey, and Kincaid are now all living mostly normal lives by attending a new high school with new friends Alice, Sheila, Debbie, and Rick. But now Freddy Krueger has come back once again, and kills Kristen, Joey, and Kincaid. But Kristen manages to pass on her power of being able to call people into her dream by giving it to Alice just in time. Now it's up to Alice to stop Freddy and try to save her friends before it's too late. MUSIC: Once again, no complaints. It works just fine. ACTING: I wish Patricia Arquette had reprised her role as Kristen, but alas, she did not. The actors themselves aren't bad, but once again we're cursed with corny dialogue. ACTION: The kills keep getting weirder and more absurd, but at least you're kept entertained the entire time and rarely bored. However, this is where the series becomes less memorable. However, I still had fun with this film. OVERALL: It won't blow you away, but it's a solid entry in this franchise that won't hurt to watch. There's still plenty of fun to go around. THE GOOD: Creative kills, good acting, and good music. THE BAD: Corny dialogue and some acting replacements."
Some of the best Nightmares for nothing
New York Horror Reader | New York USA | 05/06/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you want awesome packaging, detailed liner notes, or any of the bells and whistles you wont find it here. If you want the first four, and some of the best Nightmare movies made for a very low price, than look no further. A great little collection for any horror fan."