Teen Wolf (1985) (Collector’s Edition) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Rod Daniel
Starring: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti
Rated: PG/Region A/1:85/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scream Factory
Like all teenagers, Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox, the Back To The Future trilogy) is going through some … changes. But unlike the rest of the students at Beacontown High School, Scott’s changes include long hair that covers his entire body, claw-like fingernails, fangs, a heightened sense of smell, superhuman strength and the extraordinary ability to … play basketball? And that’s just the beginning. Naturally, these uncanny new features turn this lovable loser into the most popular kid in school. But by embracing his newly minted popularity, has the Teen Wolf lost sight of what it truly means to be Scott Howard?
Teen Wolf is a movie I’m pretty fond of. I’ve probably seen it countless time growing up because it felt like it was always on TBS or TNT. If you’ve been living under a rock and never have seen it before, it basically tells the story of Scott (Michael J. Fox) who plays on a terrible high school basketball team and keeps ignoring his best female friend who is clearly the right girl for him in favor of the hot blonde in school. He’s pretty much an average dude at school until he starts turning into a werewolf, which apparently runs in the family. It’s all 80’s fun and games. A teen comedy with a slight horror twist and nothing to be taken too seriously. Yes, we have no logic what so ever in the movie, but if you just ignore all logic and take it as is, then you have a pretty darn fun movie on your hands that is entertaining. Of course the plot does take a few ups and down for our main character as he finds out things aren’t as great all the time when he’s the wolf but nothing ever gets too heavy.
Scream Factory brings this to a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray with a new 2K transfer that I think looks great. I never have actually owned a copy of the film before now so I can’t compare it, but I’m sure this will be the one you want to own given the track record of Shout Factory and their discs that pack new transfers. It also comes with a full on documentary titled, “Never Say Die” which is a great thing to watch if you like documentaries about films or just dig that sorta thing in general. Michael J. Fox was always fun to watch in the 80’s and this might just be one of his better rolls this side of Back to the Future. If you can dig comedies with a little horror sprinkled on top just for good measure, then you’ll want to have Teen Wolf on your movie shelves.
– New 2017 High-Definition Film Transfer Taken From The Interpositive
– Never. Say. Die. The Story Of Teen Wolf – A Comprehensive Documentary About The Making And Legacy Of The Film, Including Brand-new Interviews With The Cast And Crew (143 minutes)
– Original Theatrical Trailer
– Still Gallery
Quality of Transfer: 95%