The Blu-ray Set: Video: Wolfen arrives on Blu-ray framed at 2. The guy is a slob, eating and smoking on the job almost constantly and he is far from friendly and rarely likeable. Using a Steadicam camera and Louma crane to simulate the predator's perspective, director Michael Wasdleigh Woodstock achieves a remarkable blend of New York City mystery and menace not captured on film before. The film's grain pattern is visible but never intrusive. You will get a notification at the top of the site as soon as the current price equals or falls below your price.
Using science, forensics, plenty of shoe leather, a touch of hunch and a bit of American Indian mysticism, Dewey puts together the pieces of a mystery that is the wonderful stuff of urban legends. The killer or killers seem to be choosing targets at random, and the victims are both unconnected and widely dispersed. It doesn't move at the fastest pace ever and the lead character is tough to like though believably so, you've got to give him credit for that but there's some interesting ideas at play and the acting is quite solid across the board. And I hate that Diane Venora has a thankless role in this. Extras: Aside from a static menu and chapter selection, there are no extra features included on this release outside of the inclusion of a theatrical trailer.
Follow John Nolte on Twitter. I grew up in the sticks. It's only a guess, but if Wadleigh had been allowed to complete his version, Wolfen would probably have additional episodes exploring economic forces. As far as the performances go, a lot of what you get out of this will depend on how feel about Albert Finney's lead role. Director and co-writer Michael Wadleigh, making his first film since the landmark 1970 documentary , had transformed novelist Whitley Strieber's horror tale about super-predators into a kind of mystical science fiction. I may be wrong on this though.
There are no problems with any hiss or distortion and the levels are nicely balanced. Even more disturbing is the fact that similar trace evidence is found on body parts recovered in the South Bronx, miles away from the murder site, by workmen excavating the Van der Veer project. Much is explained, which is not the same as having answers. When I think about Wolfen it always reminds me of Looker 1981. Brown and Pauline Van De Veer Anne Marie Pohtamo and their bodyguard are all killed one night in Battery Park when they paid it a wedding anniversary visit. Still, there are radical elements in New York that would have wanted to take down van der Veer, who owned companies on every continent and had disrupted holy grounds and burial sites many times; as an investigator wryly noted, he was not exactly a friend to all nations.
. The 114-minute film that survived is largely an exercise in sustaining an atmosphere of dread, as the authorities build a case against the Götterdämmerung faction mostly by ignoring the evidence , Wilson is more and more convinced that he's dealing with a mystical killer, and victims multiply. Native American mysticism including a key supporting performance from a dazzlingly young Edward James Olmos , gentrification, the destruction of the natural world, racial, ethnic and economic disparities, all of that and more is on display, Wadleigh and his team of writers doing their best to traffic and discuss as many of these issues as they can while still maintaining the look and feel of a bloodthirsty supernatural thriller. But trace evidence gathered by Wilson's friend from the coroner's office, Whittington Gregory Hines in a breakout performance , suggests that the killer was an animal—a fact confirmed by Ferguson Tom Noonan , a zoologist at the Central Park Zoo. Wolfen was shot by British cinematographer Gerry Fisher and in anamorphic widescreen.
The director has never made another non-documentary film. With buildings knocked down and the rubble left behind, burned out shells, abandoned cars, graffiti and worse strewn about, the area in the 1960s through to the early 1980s really did look like a war zone. Holt was seen throwing rocks at the Van der Veers' limousine the night they were killed, and he is hostile and cryptic when Wilson questions him. Add to that some nice scenes of palpable suspense and some great New York City location footage and the movie is a winner. You see it coming not because it makes sense but because it's a tried and true movie cliché, but it feels out of place in an otherwise well written character. The movie looks great on Blu-ray. Director: Writers: , , , Starring: , , , , , Producers: , , » Wolfen Blu-ray Review Territorial Reviewed by , May 28, 2015 Wolfen masquerades as a werewolf movie, but it's something else.
As the best sci-fi often does, Wolfen peers into an alternate world, but that world reflects our own back at us. A second, seemingly unrelated murder takes the life of a homeless drug addict in the rubble of the South Bronx. There's an obvious message to all of this, one that fits into the story without feeling ham-fisted or overdone. Even if an actor like James Tolkan only has one scene, he makes a big impression and increases my interest in a particular film. The transfer is impeccable, including the 5. The next memory I equate the movie with is when I hurt my ankles swinging on the monkey bars. Having directed , Wadleigh was familiar with the challenges of shooting on location, but one can only imagine the security precautions required to film in the crime-ridden South Bronx of the early Eighties.
The murders are bloody without being over the top or particularly gory and the horror element of the film, which is there, plays second fiddle to both the police procedural aspect of the movie and the thematic elements that come into play in the reasoning behind the events portrayed. The wolfen can mimic the sound of a human infant, a lure they use to trap their human prey; again, this is something only understood in the novel. Stereo separations are distinct, dialogue is clear and the track has excellent fidelity overall. It would be fantastic to see them dig into their vault and pull out some interesting horror flicks like these. For more about Wolfen and the Wolfen Blu-ray release, see published by Michael Reuben on May 28, 2015 where this Blu-ray release scored 4. Garrett Brown is the Steadicam operator on the left. A trip to local zoologist and wolf lover Ferguson Tom Noonan gives Wilson and Whittington their final clue: the fur is lupine, but wolves have been extinct in New York for decades.
Albert Finney stars in both and they both premiered on cable around the same time. Of course, Finney plays this part with all the smarm you'd expect him to, and while in this writer's opinion it works it wouldn't be a stretch if some found it grating. So yeah, add to that the fact that the film also has a pretty decent score and that the story is interesting and intelligent makes this well written and well-acted thriller one definitely worth revisiting. The realism is enhanced by the extensive location photography, which captures both the decrepitude of New York City at the end of the Seventies, just before it began its slow climb back to economic vitality, as well as the pockets of wealth that managed to survive while the rest of the city crumbled. If you never had a chance to see a really good print of Wolfen, you owe it to yourself to do so. As our cops work the streets they interview various suspects and try to track down people who might know more than they do about what's going on.
The film also seemed to be suggesting a decidedly 1960s solution to a thoroughly 1970s disaster: letting the land revert back to nature, with the understanding that it was stolen, and as such, never should have been subjected to these problems in the first place. Its target seems to be 35. I t also features some great location work in a very wasteland-ish, nearly demolished neighborhood The Bronx in New York City. Wolfen is a full-fanged, full-throttle horror ride. Good depth and range is present throughout and yeah, this sounds just fine and at times it can be pretty engrossing. Contemporary accounts of the dispute between the director and his producers suggest that the director's cut was never completed.