James B. (wandersoul73) from LINDALE, TX Reviewed on 6/25/2009...
This is a must have for an 80's horror fan. Freddy's a walking, talking, joking killing machine!
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This Nightmare On Elm St Collection is Amazing!
Porfie Medina | Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA | 12/30/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Nightmare On Elm Street Collection is Amazing! I own both the DVD Collection and VHS Collection. The DVD set is way better due to the many extras found on the bonus disc titled The Nightmare Encyclopedia which has all 7 Movie Previews that were shown in theatres, it also has Music Videos including DOKKEN's "Dream Warriors". It has a interactive game called The Labyrinth which is very hard, if you have a DVD-Rom you get even more extras like all 7 Screenplays and an interactive Freddy that haunts your PC courtesy of Togglethis.com. What can I say you get so much more! All the Movies are in the best Quality ever with the exception of the bad film transfer of Nightmare 2! As far as my personal review of each film I give Nightmare 1 five stars, Nightmare 2 two stars, Nightmare 3 five stars, Nightmare 4 four stars, Nightmare 5 two stars, Nightmare 6 two stars, and than Nightmare 7 Wes Cravens New Nightmare five stars. I have to also say NANCY who is played by Heather Langenkamp brought this whole collection to life with her roles in Nightmare 1, Nightmare 3, and Wes Cravens new Nightmare. Without NANCY who we were all so familiar with from the start, this collection would not be so Good. I also give a big thanks to Wes Craven for taking the laughs out of Freddy and taking him back to what he was in the original Nightmare 1, a Horror Icon not a comedian! I highly encourage anyone to buy this collection! The DVD set is truly amazing for any Nightmare On Elm Street fan!"
All you need in one boxset
John | New Jersey | 07/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you love the "A nightmare on Elm Street" movies, this is for you. EVen if one or two aren't that great, this boxset is way easier than buying the four or five dvd's you love. I mean, 7 movies , a bonus 8th disk and a booklet descussing all 7 movies for only 80 dollars is a very good price.So, instead of looking at the two or three small things it doesn't come with, you're better off looking at the positive of it. However, if you only like maybe one or two of the films, you're better off buying just those dvds. THis is only for fans whom enjoy the majoroty of the series films. ( if you don't, lets face it you're simply wasting your hard earned money) Now, for those of you who haven't seen these films I will give a short run down of them ( with NO spoilers)
A Nightmare on Elm Street part 1 - Classic film and the best of the series, Freddy is probably the most frightening in this one, a cult classic. Even if you hate the rest, i'm sure you will love this one. It starts out as a young teen girl's (Heather Langenkamp) friends start dying in their sleep by you guessed it Freddy Krueger, as the movie goes on you learn a little about Freddy's history and how he came to be,Johnny Depp's movie debut. I give this 5 out of 5 stars.
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2. How do you follow up a great movie like the first? Well, eh. They really didn't, one of the worst installments in the series right after the best (go figure) A young man moves into the same house as the girl from the first movie (Heather Langenkamp) and Freddy uses his body to come back, this movie suffers from havin a poor leading man and a leading woman that is too ditzy, however Robert England doesn't dissapointed and is as scary as the first, making this atleast watchable. I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars.
A Nightmare on Elm Street part 3 This right here, should have been part two, bring's back Heather Langenkamp's character and her father, this time she finds some teenagers in a mental institution, who have been having some pretty bad dreams..... this movie has strong acting by every character (even the ones who don't stay very long) here Freddy gets a bit of humour, while staying scary though ( the humour isn't over done like in future movies) I give this 5 out of 5 stars.
A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 4. sees the return of the surviving members of part 3, however, if you loved, part 3 the first 20 minutes or so might be a little vexing to you.Features a new hero (lisa) and her often dim witted yet charismatic boyfriend. This movie isn't great but definetly good has good actors and a few bad ones, Freddy is still Freddy and this is one of the better sequals. I give this 4 out of 5 stars.
A Nightmare on Elm Street part 5 Sees the return of Lisa. The story is Freddy comes back and is turning her unborn baby into a prodidgy of himself. The plot is one of the best, just not acted out very well. Freddy gets a little too funny. Yet is full of likable heros. Also goes deeper in Freddy's history While it isn't the best it is far from the worst and one of the most under rated in the series. I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars.
A Nightmare on ELm street part 6. One of the worst, plot is not thought out well and freddy goes over the edge with humor, few people die and the deaths take way too long. However, you learn the most about Freddy in this movie and that is the main reason to watch it. The plot is, that there is only one more kid left on Elm Street (our old pal Freddy did away with the rest) however the final kid has a bad case of amnesia and can't recall anything. Features scenes with a pre-teen human Freddy and a teenage human version of him, with a guest appearence by Alice Cooper as Freddy's drunk abusive father. (maybe somebody should have told poor old Freddy just because you were abused, you shouldn't abuse others) I give this one 2 out of 5 stars.
Wes Craven's New Nightmare The biggest turn in the series, Freddy gets an upgrade and for the first time, is in the real world. With this plot, the "A nightmare on Elm Street" films are just that films. Heather Langenkamp stars as herself and Wes Craven is in it as just Wes Craven, however when Heather's son starts believing in him, he comes to life, when Wes finds this out he flees. ( I would have loved to have seen a Wes fighting Freddy scene.) A new twist is just what the series needed after part 6 but i'm glad Freddy went back to the world of fiction in "Freddy vs Jason" good film. I give this 4 out of 5 stars.
So in conclusion if you love the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series Buy this now. Enjoy"
Freddy's Back with a BANG
John | 11/05/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In Amazon.com's review of the Nightmare on Elm St. DVD box set, Halloween's Michael Myers is the "father," Friday the 13th's Jason is the "son," and NOES's Freddy Krueger is the "unholy spirit." In my opinion however, as best said by Freddy Krueger, "THIS IS GOD." I couldn't think of a better box set to be created. As a huge fan of the Nightmare on Elm ST. series (which can be seen on my reviews for the NOES 4 soundtrack on amazon.com), I was so excited to see the collection released on DVD that I bought it, then bought a DVD player so I could watch them. My friends thought I was a little nuts since I already own all 7 on VHS, but any true fan understands. Freddy isn't an icon, he's a part of history among all the greats (probably won't be taught in school but oh well). Many of today's top horror films run along the same lines as NOES where the killer(s) have personalities rather than going on a killing spree for who knows what dull reason (as so many horror films of the past exhibited). This box set does have it's small disappointments, however: NOES 5 is rated R. I have the unrated version on VHS and thought they'd use that on the DVD. And, at least on my dvd player, the labyrinth on the 8th disc has glitches but can be worked around with the chapter search. I was also surprised that scenes included in the criterion collection laserdisc of NOES 1 weren't included, i.e. the one where Nancy's mother tells Nancy that she wasn't an only child, Freddy killed her sibling years before. Yet these faults are small in contrast to what the box set does have, like interviews, behind the scenes footage, commentary, intervies, and much, much more. I only hope that when other series are put onto DVD in the future, they have features close to those in the Nightmare on Elm St. DVD box set."
Awesome Collection of Horror Classics
John | 12/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I grew up with these movies. And although they scared me when i was little, I still liked watching them! I remember avoiding meatballs for months after seeing the meatball pizza scene in A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. I hadn't seen some of these movies in a while, and I wasn't sure I should spend this much money on this collection. But I finally decided to do it, and it was worth it. This collection is awesome! Not only the movies, but the packaging is good too. The front covers on the cases have really cool pictures (different from the DVD's which are sold seperately) The original covers for Nightmares 1, 3, 4 and Fredd's Dead are included, and brand new artwork for Nightmares 2, 5, and New Nightmare. The slipcase box is cool too with 2 different freddy images on each side, and the enclosed booklet is nice as well, but maybe could have inclded more stuff. The eight disc (The Nightmare Encyclopedia) is a game-type disc where you hunt for clues and find hidden features. ...
Now for the movies:
"A Nightmare On Elm Street"
The best of the best, and still the scariest of all the movies. I really love this movie, and even though the special effects are simple, they are effective. The characters in this movie are cool, and Freddy himself is dark, mysterious and frightening (as opposed to some of the other movies) I rate this movie 10/10
A lot of people hate this one, but I really like it a lot, epecially after seeing it again recently for the first time in a long while. I found the homo-erotic references intriguing, and although the Jesse character isn't as strong as Nancy was in Part 1, he gives the Freddy experience a new dimension because he is scared of Freddy (as Nancy was), but Jesse is losing control while being taken over by Freddy and he doesn't know how to handle it. I rate it 8/10
"The Dream Warriors"
I've seen this one more than the others, not necessarily because I lik it more. I think it's the 4the best in the series (after Pt. 1, 4, and 2) The story line is good, the characters are interesting, and they brought Nancy back! The only thing I don't like is that they killed Nancy at the end. They should have let her live and she should have been the one to kill Freddy in Fredd's Dead, not the stupid daughter. OVerall rating 7/10
"The Dream Master" I Think this is the 2nd best of the series. The special effects are cool (especially the pizza and roach scenes..yuck!) The Alice character was a good addition, but I don't like the fact that they killed off the last 3 dream warriors from the last film. They should have left them out of this one, except maybe for Kristen because she was necesarry in this film in order to bring more teenagers to Freddy. But still, she should have lived, and Patricia Arquette should have reprised her role. Anyway, I think this is the most entertaining of the series. 9/10
"The Dream Child" This one's more dark than the last, and kind of gives a reminiscence of the first Nightmare in terms of that darkness, but it's definitely not as good. I think this one is ok, but maybe a little boring at times. I really did like the Greta character's death, and was really disappointed to discover that the DVD collection included the R rated version so Greta's death scene was toned down (it was the best part of the uncut version! If you don't know what's going on, Freddy cut open Gret's stomach and feeds her her own guts) Anyway, the movie was a good effort with decent outcomes. Rating 7/10
Worst of the series! Oh my gawd, this movie is so stupid. OK, it has a few entertaining and interesting moments, but Freddy is WAY to comical in this one and is just plain not scary. I understand that may have been the intention, but still. And why did his dumb daughter show up all of a suddedn?? I didn't like how freddy was killed at all, and the movie felt like it ended abruptly because they killed him, then a close up of the daughter's face and she says "Freddy's dead". End of film. What-evah! Oh, and the 3-D sequence was stupid too. 4/10
"New Nightmare" This one's good, but like a previous reviewer said, it's a bit long and you can only watch it so many times before you get sick of it. Still,it's a good film 7/10
So is this worth it? YES. As a whole, it's nice to have all these movies, especially if you're as fond of them as i am
So get it!"
DVD at its best
John | 09/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This nightmare package is the best series of movies on DVD out there . It contains any type of extra a nightmare fan could dream of. Anything from trailers to interviews,music videos(like dream warriors-a great song) documentaries, commentary and much so much, much more. And of course the first thing you probably notice when you put one of the discs in is the superior picture and sound that have been remastered. They almost look like brand new movies. One other neat thing in this set is the labyrinth, an interactive trip around springwood. Here you can unlock doors find clues, and solve varoious things.Youll find behind the scenes footage and much more. Another great thing is that all are in widescreen! - One of the best things about this package. For the first time you get to see all 7 films in thier original aspect the way they were intended! Not that full screen junk. The commentary is great- very informative and interesting from Craven and others. Another great thing is the original 3D end sequence for freddys Dead the Final Nightmare with 2 pairs of 3D glasses included! You can't get much better than that! To me this is a Elm street fans dream. Anyone who has a DVD player and is a fan of the series should buy this set without any hesitation. It is packed with so many extra features its unbelievable. This truly is a Nightmare fans dream come true..."