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The Howling Blu-ray

United States
Collector's Edition Shout Factory | 1981 | 91 min | Rated R | Jun 18, 2013

The Howling (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.86:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles
English

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

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Region A (locked)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.2 of 54.2
Extras 4.5 of 54.5
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Mystery4%
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The Howling

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The Howling Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Severely shaken after a near-fatal encounter with a serial killer, TV newscaster Karen White takes some much- needed time off. Hoping to conquer her inner demons, she heads for "the Colony," a secluded retreat where her new neighbors are just a tad too eager to make her feel at home. Also, there seems to be a bizarre link between her would-be attacker and this supposedly safe haven. And when, after nights of being tormented by savage shrieks and unearthly cries, Karen ventures into the forest to find answers, she makes a terrifying discovery. Now she must fight not only for her life... but for her very soul!

For more about The Howling and the The Howling Blu-ray release, see the The Howling Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Dee Wallace, Dick Miller, Christopher Stone, Dennis Dugan, Patrick Macnee, Kevin McCarthy
Director: Joe Dante

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The Howling Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

While The Howling is presented on Blu-ray courtesy of Shout! Factory's Scream Factory imprint with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.86:1, it seems fairly obvious that Shout! has simply ported over the Studio Canal master that was released on Blu-ray in Europe a couple of years ago, since this version still features the Studio Canal logo. For the most part, this is a significant upgrade from the previous DVD edition, with better clarity, improved contrast and more robust color. There are some niggling problems, however. It appears that some digital tweaking in both the sharpening and noise reduction areas have been applied to this release. Things are not horrible, however, and those who tend to react with horror at the mere thought of these techniques being applied may actually be in for a pleasant surprise that whatever has been done here has been done relatively gracefully. There are also some issues with mosquito noise in some of the blue tinged forest scenes, but generally speaking, this is a really nice looking high definition presentation that makes a few minor missteps, none of them fatal.


The Howling Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The Howling features a repurposed lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track as well as the film's original mono track repurposed in DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo (purists may have preferred the original mono track presented in mono). The 5.1 track has some nicely inventive surround activity, noticeable right up front with the "clawing" that creates the film's title—listen, and you'll clearly hear each "scratch" emanating from a different channel. The best surround moments are in the transformation scenes, as well as some of the spooky forest sequences. Things aren't pushed to unnatural levels here, so a lot of the activity is still anchored in the front channels, leaving Pino Donaggio's nice score to spill into the side and rear channels. Dialogue is very clean, though there's just a bit of haziness in the midrange at times, perhaps endemic to the source stems. Fidelity is excellent and dynamic range is quite wide.



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