In preparation for the upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, I spent the better part of the past two weeks ignoring other movies thought I'd actually enjoy in lieu of watching the later installments in the series – parts IV through VII, or New Nightmare – that I hadn't seen. Admittedly, the franchise was never a favorite of mine, albeit mostly because an overactive imagination placed Freddy in my frontal lobe at an early age and I didn't need the movies themselves to exacerbate the strings of sleepless nights I would ensure each time a new one was released. But as a longtime devotee of other '80s series, most notably Friday the 13th, it seemed necessary that I catch up on the other dominant franchise from that decade, and the upcoming reboot seemed like as good a reason as any to see them.
Warner Home Video recently released A Nightmare on Elm Street on Blu-ray, offering unprecedented, pristine picture quality, amazing sound and a bounty of bonus materials. But notwithstanding the obvious cache of value for fans who already adore the original movie, the released of this set seemed like a good opportunity to see whether the movie was as deserving of adulation as its sequels suggest. As such, the original 1984 A Nightmare on Elm Street is the subject of this week's "Shelf Life."