AUTHOR'S NOTE: When the piece initially went up, I erroneously stated that Warner was releasing the Never Sleep Again documentary in an attempt to cash in on nostalgia. I didn't mean that it was a bad thing, but I was wrong all the way around. As my friend Scott Neumyer has pointed out, Warner's had nothing to do with Never Sleep Again, a passion project put together by fans of the series and spearheaded to a certain extent by Nancy herself, Ms. Heather Langenkamp. I've edited my initial piece to reflect accurate information about the film and it's release.
Best of the New Releases: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
With all the hoopla surrounding the release of Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street, I suppose it's only natural to see a lot of nostalgia for the original. In addition to a new, less-than-stellar box set of the series and a pretty awesome Blu-ray of the original film, fans are also in for a treat with this week's release of Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy.
This two-disc set features a comprehensive documentary clocking in at a mind-blowing 4 hours chronicling the series from the original through Freddy vs. Jason. Apparently, the doc has been a labor of love created by fans of the series with the help of Heather Langenkamp. In addition, the second disc contains another 2 hours of extended interviews that didn't end up in the final 4-hour doc as well as several short clips covering everything from Freddy's glove and Nightmare merchandising to the original NES game as Freddy goes face-to-face with the Angry Video Game Nerd. This is an exhaustive set to say the least, but I wonder if it will suffer from a problem I had with the 40 minute documentary found on the new Nightmare Blu-ray, namely that everyone interviewed seemed to take the film too seriously. While I love the original Nightmare and it certainly is a classic in many ways, the people featured in the Blu-ray doc seemed to think they had made Citizen Kane. I don't mind people being proud of the film they made, but some of the claims made are just outlandish and unrealistic. I hope that's tempered a bit in this new documentary.