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A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS ($40) is one of the true highlights in the entire NIGHTMARE series. Now thanks to those horror mavens at Elite Entertainment Inc., A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS has been given a Letterboxed transfer worthy of the film itself.

With a story and screenplay by NIGHTMARE creator Wes Craven, this third installment puts the series back on track with a return to the realm of real nightmares. The plot centers around the last of the Elm Street teenagers, all locked up together in a mental institution. It seems that bad dreams have driven these poor unfortunate teens over the edge, and they will do anything to stay awake. Heather Langenkamp returns to the role of Nancy, the one teen who was able to overcome her nightmares in the original film. In this film, Nancy is now an older, wiser expert on nightmares. Nancy’s expertise brings her to the mental institution to help the afflicted teens, only to discover their nightmares all share a common element. That common element is one that Nancy finds all too familiar- a knife-taloned boogeyman by the name of Freddy Krueger. Nancy also makes one other startling discovery- one of the teens is able to transport others into her nightmares, thus strength in numbers gives the teens something of an advantage over Freddy. Wes Craven’s screenplay also explains the origins of Freddy Krueger in such a mysterious way, that it gives A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS a almost mythic quality. In addition to Heather Langenkamp, the cast of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS also includes Patricia Arquette, Craig Wasson, Laurence Fishburne, John Saxon, Dick Cavett, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Robert England as Freddy Krueger.

Elite Entertainment Inc. has given A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS a super looking Letterboxed transfer which restores the film’s proper 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The transfer has smooth realistic colors and is very detailed even in the darkest sequences. The only weakness is the Ray Harryhausen inspired skeleton fight sequence which suffers due to the original special effects work. The digitally encoded surround sound soundtrack has a solid performing mix (for a low budget film) with deep bass. This track will sound great on systems with a subwoofer. The Pioneer pressing had some modest speckling. Once again kudos have to go to Vini Bancalari and Don May Jr. Of Elite Entertainment for producing another terrific Laserdisc.

NOTE: Due to the licensing agreement, Elite Entertainment’s NIGHTMARE series went on moratorium at the end of 1996. However, there will be copies available after that point, so check with your retailer. If you want to own the best possible transfers of the first three NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET films, buy your copies as soon as possible.


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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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