TEEN WOLF (BLU-RAY)
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Michael J. Fox
What's it about
A "normal" high school kid named Scott Howard finds out that his family has a rather odd secret. They're actually werewolves. Zits be damned, how's Scotty going to contend with a body full of fur in weird places?
Is it good movie?
Funny story- here in Canada, we only got Netflix recently. It has been slammed for not having enough content. However, when I fired it up, I was browsing through the archives and noticed that Teen Wolf was available for me to watch. I didn't waste another second. I grabbed my snap bracelet, my jean jacket and managed to completely re-grow my mullet (I know eh), firing this bad boy up. So, was I happy to revisit this again on blu-ray?
This is a stupid movie. It's completely ridiculous and managed to spawn a cartoon show for kids back in the day. Riding the Back to the Future wave, Michael J. Fox was at the peak of his popularity and this was clearly the result. Anyway, the plot is pretty simple- Fox is the wimpy loser who just can't get it together. He's got the annoying friend Styles, the long loved girl-friend Boof (weird name eh?) and his ever loving' wolfy Dad who also inherited the trait. Of course, he's got to deal with evil Bully Mick and the whole 'why do people really like me' gimmick. Oh, and he loves playing basketball.
Again, this is a pretty paint-by-numbers movie but at this point it's pure camp. This is a creature comedy that includes memorable moments of vehicle-surfing (I don't know why), and slam-dunking lycanthropes. That's right, he doesn't hide his wolfiness one bit, and the people absolutely love it! Don't ask me why the people would allow a werewolf on a team, but it happens. Anyway, it's a fun ride as Scott learns the responsibilities of being a (wolf) man and balancing popularity with responsibility.
Fox is the anchor of the movie and without him you'd have Teen Wolf 2 (the less said about that, the better). He's got great timing, and is likable enough to make the movie watchable. He seems to be having fun, but this is some lame stuff he's got to go through. The actual transformation scenes aren't pretty.
Now, I must mention something that is pretty important. This is a Blu-Ray review, and high definition is NOT kind to this film. The makeup looks bad, and you can see a lot of flaws with it. I mean, I think the idea is to see Michael J. Fox, but he looks bad. He looks far more like a caveman or a Sasquatch than anything else. This is definitely not a must-own Blu-Ray.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen and looks pretty sharp. It isn't a perfect transfer and contains a fair amount of grain but it is certainly enough to expose some particularly dated effects.
Audio sadly comes only inDTS-HD 2.0, and sounds only okay.
All you get is a theatrical trailer and a really quick look at the Teen Wolf show that's coming soon. Avoid this show at all costs. For some reason it's called Teen Wolf, but it seems to be solely a Twilight-esque teen drama.
If you LOVE Teen Wolf, you can pick this up. Unfortunately, this release doesn't have any extras and the quality, although sharp, reveals some ugliness beneath.