Sep 272013
 

Blu ray screencaps from The Wolf Man.

You can buy USA edition of The Wolf Man by clicking here,

You can buy the UK edition here, both versions are identical in content, only the packaging is different.

The Wolf Man was made in 1941, the plot revolves around Larry Talbot's return to his ancestral home in Wales, his brother has just died and his relationship with his father, Sir John Talbot, is strained, he gets involved with a local woman, Gwen, who runs an antique shop, she sells him a silver headed walking stick decorated with a wolf, the walking stick has great significance in The Wolf Man and plays a vital part in the film's ending.

On a night walk Larry saves Gwen's friend from what appears to be a wolf attack, he is bitten in the process, a local gypsy tells him it was a werewolf that bit him and he too will turn into a wolf.

I think there is great atmosphere in this film, you will recognize some of the music from Swan Lake, it's used very effectively in this movie, an oft quoted passage from the film is, even a man who is pure in heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

The transfer to blu ray could have been great, contrast and black levels are very good, unfortunately i noted some serious issues, there has been too much sharpening applied and this affects various scenes in a negative way throughout the film's running time, i spotted several obvious instances of edge enhancement halo's around people and objects, click here for an explanation of edge halo's and some picture examples. I think the image has been badly compromised because of this issue, this is the first film in the Universal Monsters Boxset where the image quality disappointed me.

The lossless 2.0 DTS-HD Master mono audio mix has the sound coming through your front left and right speakers, i thought vocals were clear and distinct, the music score sounded fine and i detected no hiss or any other problem.

I hope sometime in the future, perhaps in 2016 for the film's 75th anniversary, they revisit this film and remaster it, all they need to do is lay off the sharpening tool and the movie will look more natural and film like.

You can view some blu ray screencaps from The Wolf Man below.

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