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'Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy' is a dream come true for Freddy fans

Blu-ray cover art for 'Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.'
Blu-ray cover art for 'Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.'
RLJ and Image Entertainment

'Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy' Blu-ray


Do you love slasher films as much as I do? Do you find yourself blocking off every Friday the 13th off for screenings of Jason Voorhees' many killing sprees like it's a holiday? If you answered yes, chances are you love other movies in the genre such as "Halloween," "My Bloody Valentine," "The Burning," and others.

One of those "others" is a little franchise that goes by the name "A Nightmare on Elm Street." The burned up and razor-gloved Freddy Krueger has come to be known as a member of what many would call the horror trinity. The other two members of this infamous trio are the hockey-masked Voorhees and creepy William Shatner-faced Michael Myers.

Having already tackled the "Friday the 13th" series through his extensive documentary "Crystal Lake Memories," Director Daniel Farrands teamed up with Editor Andrew Kasch to provide the same service for fans of the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" franchise. Together, the two helm a 238-minute journey behind-the-scenes of this equally terrifying and fun bunch of films with "Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy." Thanks to RLJ and Image Entertainment, the documentary is now available on Blu-ray.

"Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy" is made up of interviews with the actors from the films including Freddy himself, Robert Englund. Each one shares their insights on the different entries they starred in. Heather Langenkamp, who played Nancy in the original film, narrates the entire documentary. As suspected, much of the footage is HD-video and there's not much to complain about as far as picture quality goes.

A DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo mix is what's provided for "Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy." Since most of the film is individual interviews, that's all you really need. It's not like we're being immersed in an action/adventure film with stuff blowing up all around us.

"Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy" is packed with bonus material. Commentary is provided by Directors Andrew Kasch and Daniel Farrands, Writer Thommy Hutson, and Cinematographer Buz Danger Wallick. There are also extended interviews and seven featurettes that cover everything from collecting to the musical scores to the comic books. A first look at Heather Langenkamp's autobiographical documentary, entitled "I Am Nancy," is provided as well. We also get the fun "'A Nightmare on Elm Street' in 10 Minutes" clip collection and a teaser trailer.

Passing fans of "A Nightmare on Elm Street" might find "Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy" a bit tedious and long-winded for their taste. However, hardcore Freddy fanatics will find themselves camped out on the couch for hours taking in all the captivating background information on one of the three largest horror franchises in the world. Just hope you don't accidentally drift off into dreamland while watching it all!

"Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy" is available now on Blu-ray.