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Horror DVDs Push the Limits

14 Jun, 2006 By: Thomas K. Arnold

At a time when horror films are enjoying a resurgence of popularity, New Line Home Entertainment is going into its vault to bring to DVD one of the most notorious horror movies ever made.

The original 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street, which spawned eight feature films, a TV series and a new wave of teen slasher movies, is being prepped for a special-edition DVD release Sept. 26 as part of the studio's premier Infinifilm line.

Using the Infinifilm option, viewers can access behind-the-scenes documentaries, interviews and other extras as they are watching the film, so the bonus materials can be digested in context.

Among the bonus features New Line is preparing are audio essays with director Wes Craven and star Robert Englund; documentaries on the franchise's origins and its legacy; a trivia challenge; and a making-of feature.

“Many DVD features that are now considered the standards of the home entertainment experience were born at New Line, and we continue to push the envelope,” said Stephen Einhorn, president and COO of New Line Home Entertainment.

Indeed, the release of Nightmare follows another New Line release that's generating lots of advance buzz for its innovative bonus materials, Final Destination 3: Thrill Ride Edition. The two-disc DVD, due July 25, has a groundbreaking “Choose Their Fate” interactive viewing option that lets viewers adjust the course of the film — and the fate of some of the characters.

To do this, the New Line DVD team worked closely with director James Wong to build the alternative scenes into the script and schedule additional time during the shoots. In one scene, a character's head is sliced open by a dislodged engine when a runaway truck smashes into a row of cars. In the alternative take, he's pulled out of a convertible, his head intact, only to cause mischief later in the film.

Einhorn calls the Final Destination 3 DVD “a groundbreaking project that truly pushes the limits of the DVD format. It puts viewers in the director's chair, allowing them to change the course of the story with the possibility of multiple outcomes.”

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