“A Nightmare on Elm Street,” Wes Craven’s surreal, scary breakthrough, cemented its creator as a horror director par excellence, delivered scarred maniac Freddy Krueger into America’s cinematic conscience and put fledgling studio New Line Cinema on the map — oh, and some kid named Johnny Depp pops up here, too. I wonder if he ever amounted to anything.
Part of the gory Eighties resurgence of horror films and their inevitable franchises, “Elm Street” still holds an elemental power over viewers, simultaneously disgusting and freaking out its legions of fans. A movie that has endured seemingly countless releases on home video is dusted off yet again for New Line Cinema’s latest “Infinifilm” edition, which includes beefed-up sound (Dolby Digital and DTS tracks), along with a newly remastered picture from the the original film negative. Additional supplements include a commentary with cast and crew, alternate endings, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more.
Strap on a razor claw and slash into this two-disc set. Whether you’ve never experienced the film or know every word, there’s something here for you. Recommended. —Preston Jones