DVD Review: Joe Johnston's The Wolfman (2009), starring Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt (with trailer video)

[image-1]While the movie is worth the rent, the DVD has very little going for it. Yes, there's a special "unrated version" of the flick, which adds two very insignificant scenes at the very beginning and nothing else I could find throughout the movie — certainly nothing that enhanced the experience of watching the movie.


The DVD also includes deleted scenes, around five in all, that simply extend scenes already in the movie. Again, most of these additions add nothing to the experience, and often make painfully obvious why the scenes where cut in the first place — either because they contradict other parts of the movie, or simply repeat content already in it.


Sadly, that is the extent of the DVD special features. No director commentary, no transforming Del Toro into a wolfman (not much of a task) and no homage to the Wolfmen before him. Sadly, the lack of features and the mediocre quality of the movie result in this DVD being a RENTAL and nothing more.


NOTE: Blu-ray fans rejoice! The HD package of The Wolfman includes alternate endings, how-they-did-it SFX featurettes and more. Basically all the stuff you'd expect to be on the DVD, only now you have to pay more to get it. Hollywood thanks you for your apathy!


Creative Loafing's own Joe Bardi reviewed this winter's remake of The Wolfman when it hit theaters, and I mostly agree when he said Benicio Del Toro was flat and disappointing as the actor-turned-hairy monster. Joe also thought the effects were sometimes cheesy, and the gore bordered on laughable. Both probably true, though I don't think The Wolfman is the worst film experience you'll find, especially if you're into schlocky horror flicks. That said, the remake is far from similar from the Lon Chaney Jr. classic.

So, if the movie isn't all that good, surely the special features will carry the day. So, what exactly is there on the DVD besides the movie? The surprising answer: Diddly shit.

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