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Release Date: October 9th, 2012
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Werewolf: The Beast Among Us

Review Date October 8th, 2012 by
Overview - During his studies with the local doctor (Stephen Rea, Interview with the Vampire), Daniel (Guy Wilson, Little Black Book) witnesses the horrific consequences of werewolf attacks. Watching as the beast's fearsome reputation draws bounty hunters, thrill seekers, and charlatans to the tiny town, Daniel dreams of destroying the ruthless predator. So when a mysterious stranger (Ed Quinn, Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation) and his team of skilled werewolf hunters (Stephen Bauer, Scarface, Adam Croasdell, The Prince & Me 3: A Royal Honeymoon) arrive to pursue the monster, he offers to join them, despite his mother's (Nia Peeples, Blues Brothers 2000) protests. But it soon becomes clear that this creature is stronger, smarter, and more dangerous than anything they have faced before. As casualties mount and villagers see their neighbors transformed into ravening monsters, the townsfolk take up arms against each other to find the true identity of the werewolf. Amid the hysteria, Daniel begins to suspect he's closer to his target than he ever dreamed.
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  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs: Blu-ray/DVD/UV Digital Copy
    Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/TBA
    Length:94
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.78:1
    English Descriptive Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    Spanish DTS 5.1
    Subtitles/Captions: English SDH, French, Spanish
    Special Features: Commentary with director Louis Morneau and producer Mike Elliott
    Making the Monster
    Deleted Scenes
    Transformation: Man To Beast
    Monster Legacy
    Movie Studio: Universal
    Release Date: October 9th, 2012

Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

3.5 Stars out of 5

'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us' was a thrilling surprise to say the least. I hadn't heard much about this film, other than Universal's plan to release this film direct-to-video after they abandoned their plans to make sequels and spin-off films of their remake of 'The Wolfman' from 2010. Whoever made this decision, made a good one, because 'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us' doesn't just bring the blood and guts, but it has clever twists and turns, and takes the werewolf legend to a different level.

In almost every werewolf film I have ever seen, the movie and characters deal with the werewolf as if it's the first time to ever come across one. Most films go into the legend, the folklore, and initial experience of dealing with this new beast. What's great about 'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us', is that there is none of this. It takes place in Transylvania, where werewolves are a common thing. Everybody knows about werewolves, and the town-folk have come to terms with the fact that they have to deal with with these beasts on an almost daily basis.

That is until a new werewolf starts causing trouble. This particular werewolf is unlike any other werewolf the townspeople have seen. This one is faster, meaner, uglier, and just hell-bent on causing death. It reminded me of 'Alien 3', with Ripley talking about how different the Alien is in that movie. However, low and behold, since werewolves are a constant menace, you can hire werewolf hunters. In 'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us', we get a gang of professional werewolf hunters, who promise to deliver the beast's dead body.

Don't let the title or fact that this is direct-to-video release dissuade you from watching or purchasing this, because this was actually quite good. There are some gory death scenes for you blood and guts fanatics out there, as well as a few surprises that would make M. Night Shyamalan take notice. The werewolf itself looked surprisingly good for not have a huge budget. It's a mix of CGI and actual prosthetics and makeup. After watch the behind the scenes featurettes on how they created the wolf, they could have just used the prosthetics and make up for the werewolf and left out the CG effects out.

Steven Bauer and Stephen Rea turn in decent performances with what they are given. Some of the dialogue is a bit cheesy and seems like it was written to air specifically on the SYFY channel. That being said, 'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us' is a new take and glimpse into the werewolf genre, and it is most welcome. While this won't be remembered or brought up in any werewolf conversations, this sharp and bloody little film should be seen.

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    Blu-ray/DVD/UV Digital Copy
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    1080p/TBA
    Length:94
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    1.78:1
    Audio Formats:
    English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
    Spanish DTS 5.1
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, French, Spanish
    Special Features:
    Commentary with director Louis Morneau and producer Mike Elliott
    Making the Monster
    Deleted Scenes
    Transformation: Man To Beast
    Monster Legacy
    Movie Studio: Universal
    Release Date: October 9th, 2012

Video Review

3.5 Stars out of 5

'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us' comes in a glorious 1080p transfer with a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. Given this fim had a low budget and direct-to-video treatment, I expected a sub par video presentation. That's not the case here.

'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us' was all shot in HD, so in the bigger cinematic moments, the film doesn't have that grander scale you'd expect from a big action sequence. The colors are quite good, but sometimes muted, given that this is a period piece. The detail is amazing, as was the depth.

The blacks were deep and inky with the great textures and the flesh tones were natural and smooth. I did not notice any halos or aliasing, however there was a very small bit of image noise here and there. I was surprised how good the video was with the small budget they had.

Audio Review

4 Stars out of 5

'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us' sports a lossless DTS-HD 5.1 audio mix, which has a powerful sound.

The dialogue is crisp and clear and perfectly distributed on the center channel. The big action sequences pack a punch with the bass pounding and the ambient howls, screams, and weapons coming across strong on all the speakers.

I did not notice any hissing or dynamic distortion of any kind here. Although, the score is something less desired, it was never overdone and never drowned out the sound FX or the dialogue. This was a good audio presentation, a little better than the video.

Special Features

2.5 Stars out of 5
  • Deleted Scenes(HD, 4 mins) -Here are a few scenes that were left on the cutting room floor including an extended scene and some scenes where the VFX weren't ready. Nothing particularly great here.
  • Making the Monster (HD, 9 mins) - This short little featurette covers most of what you would see in a behind-the-scenes feature. Here, we get to see some of the on set shooting, the costuming, the work on the VFX, the stuntwork, and the vibe on set. They really tried to fit a lot in to this very short featurette. This needed to be a bit longer.
  • Transformation: Man To Beast (HD, 6 mins) - This was my favorite featurette, which covered all the different werewolves they used during the film. They used puppets, costumes and makeup, CG, and animatronics to create the beast we see on film. We also see a little bit on the transformation sequences.
  • Monster Legacy (HD, 4 mins) - Here we see some of the cast and crew get excited and talk about their favorite Universal monsters and why..
  • Audio Commentary - Director Louis Morneau and producer Mike Elliot give us the commentary track, which is quite a bit of fun. The two constantly are giving us great anecdotes on filming each scene and how tough the shoot was with the budget they had. Also, I guess at the time they recorded this commentary, they didn't have a title for the film, which I found humorous. If you are a fan of the film or making movies, this is a commentary track you should listen to.
  • Final Thoughts

    'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us' is a fun and new take on the werewolf genre. There are some great twists and surprises throughout and enough buckets of blood and entrails for grandma too. With such a low budget, the video and audio presentations came out quite well. The extras were too few and too short, but it had a great commentary. 'Werewolf: The Beast Among Us' won't be in any top 10 lists, nor is it in mine, but it's at least worth a look.

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    • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
      Technical Specs:
      Blu-ray/DVD/UV Digital Copy
      Video Resolution/Codec:
      1080p/TBA
      Length:94
      Release Country:United States
      Aspect Ratio(s):
      1.78:1
      Audio Formats:
      English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
      Spanish DTS 5.1
      Subtitles/Captions:
      English SDH, French, Spanish
      Special Features:
      Commentary with director Louis Morneau and producer Mike Elliott
      Making the Monster
      Deleted Scenes
      Transformation: Man To Beast
      Monster Legacy
      Movie Studio: Universal
      Release Date: October 9th, 2012