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An American Werewolf in London

Region 1 HD DVD/DVD combo (USA) - Universal
vs. Region 2 (UK) Twenty-first Anniversary Special Edition - Universal

 

Details

 

 

DVD

R1 USA
 

 

DVD

R2 UK
 

Disc(s)

 

1x HD15/DVD9 double-sided HD DVD/DVD combo

 

1x single-sided dual layer (DVD9)
1x single-sided single layer (DVD5)

Running Time

 

Approx. 97 mins (NTSC) (packaging: 98 mins)

 

Approx. 93 mins (PAL)

Video

 

1.85:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 7.27 Mbps
NTSC 720x480 at 24 fps

 

1.85:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 8.30 Mbps
PAL 576 at 25 fps

Audio

 

English:
Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kbps
DTS 5.1, 768 Kbps

 

English:
Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kbps

Subtitles

 

English, Spanish, French

 

English

Extras

 

- Making An American Werewolf in London: an original featurette
- Audio commentary by stars David Naughton and Griffin Dunne
- An interview with John Landis
- Makeup artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London
- Casting of the hand
- Outtakes
- Storyboards
- Photograph montage

 

Disc 1:
- Audio commentary by stars David Naughton and Griffin Dunne

Disc 2:
- Making An American Werewolf in London: an original featurette
- Outtakes
- An interview with John Landis
- Makeup artist Rick Baker on An American Werewolf in London
- Casting of the hand
- Storyboards
- Photograph montage

 

Bit Rate

R1 USA

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R2 UK

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Comments

I'm calling this one a draw. There are visible differences: the UK version seems to show slightly more detail, barring the opening credits, which are softer; it's also slightly sharper and has slightly warmer colours; but the fact that the grain is maintained better on the US release seems to balance things out in the long run. Ultimately I don't think one is necessarily any better than the other. The US disc has a DTS track, which is absent from its UK counterpart, but as the original mono audio is nowhere to be found I'm awarding both an automatic 0/10 in the sonic department: many of the sound effects in the 5.1 mix provided here are completely different from those in the original mix, so as far as I'm concerned this is not the original version of the film.

The same extras are to be found on both versions, although on the UK release everything barring the commentary is housed on a separate disc. The UK version actually uses slightly different names for the extras than the US version, but to make the comparison clearer I've decided to use the same names for both releases.

 

Summary

 

 

UK

 

USA

Video

 

7/10

 

7/10

Audio

 

0/10

 

0/10

Extras

 

7/10

 

7/10