Directed by Joe Johnston and starring Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving, Geraldine Chaplin, and Art Malik, this edition of The Wolfman includes 2 versions of the film, the original theatrical version and an extended cut featuring 17 minutes of additional footage.
Lawrence Talbot (Benicio Del Toro) is a haunted nobleman who returns to his family estate after his brother’s fiancée, Gwen Conliffe (Emily Blunt), begs him to help find her love. Reunited with his estranged father (Anthony Hopkins), Talbot sets out to find his brother… and discovers that a beast with an insatiable bloodlust has been killing villagers, and that a suspicious Scotland Yard inspector named Aberline (Hugo Weaving) has come to investigate. But as he hunts for the nightmarish beast, Talbot discovers a horrifying destiny for himself.
The Wolfman was inspired by the classic Universal film The Wolf Man (1941). Make up artists Rick Baker (Batman Forever, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Nutty Professor) and Dave Elsey (Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith) won the Academy Award for Best Make Up (Baker’s 7 th Academy Award). Baker said it wasn’t difficult to transform del Toro because he is a hairy man anyway:
Legendary voice actor Frank Welker performed the growls of the werewolves. Welker has been the voice of Fred from Scooby-Doo since 1969 (with one exception). As of 2002 he has been the voice of Scooby (Dooby) too. He also voiced Santa’s Little Helper and Snowball II in The Simpsons until 2002. Not quite so scary now are you, Wolfman!
The film was originally set to hit cinemas in 2007 but after Joe Johnston was signed on three weeks ahead of filming, the release date was gradually put back finally to be released in 2010. The late start was one of the main reasons Johnston gave for employing CGI in the werewolf transformations much to the annoyance of Rick Baker.
Filming took place at Pinewood Studios, Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, Castle Combe in Wiltshire, the National Trust village of Lacock in Wiltshire, Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, Foggintor Quarry on Dartmoor, and the Old Royal Navy College, Greenwich.
Extras: Alternate endings, deleted and extended scenes, featurettes, Return of The Wolfman, The Beast Maker, transformation secrets, The Wolfman Unleashed.
This title will be released on October 2, 2022. You can pre-order HERE.
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