Warner Archive is getting in on the lucrative cult movie Blu-ray market with a mostly forgotten gem from 1981: Wolfen – the supernatural nature gone amok flick about a pack of wolves on the prowl in New York City.
Wolfen is based on a novel by Whiley Strieber (Communion), boasts a cast consisting of Albert Finney, Gregory Hines, Diane Venora, and Edward James Olmos; and is the only non-documentary from Woodstock director Michael Wadleigh.
From the sounds of things, the disc will be primarily bare bones, much like most of the victims of the wolves in the film. If nothing else, I suspect the then cutting edge “wolf vision” the film is known for will look terrific in high-definition.
A real estate tycoon, his coke-binging wife, and a slum wino have something grisly in common: They’re the latest victims in a series of random murders. A veteran NYPD detective soon suspects the killings may be supernatural and deliberate – ages-old beings of cunning intelligence and incredible power defending their turf from the encroachments of humankind.
Using a Steadicam camera and Louma crane to simulate the predators’ perspectives, director Michael Wadleigh (Woodstock) achieves a remarkable blend of New York City mystery and menace not captured on film before. With deft performances by Albert Finney, Gregory Hines, Diane Venora, and Edward James Olmos, Wolfen is a full-fanged, full-throttle horror ride.
The Warner Archive Facebook page released the accompanying artwork and a few Blu-ray stats:
- BD-50 1080p HD 16×9 2.40:1 Letterbox
- DTS HD-Master Audio 5.1 – English
Wolfen is already available for pre-order despite no release date being announced just yet.