News / 07 September 2021

Joe Dante’s THE HOWLING Headed To 4K UHD Locally!

Joe Dante‘s THE HOWLING is heading to 4K Ultra HD+Blu-ray locally on October 27th, just in time for the film’s 40th Anniversary.

Special Features

  • Dolby Vision
  • Inside the Career of Joe Dante (Featurette)
  • Welcome to Werewolfland (Documentary)
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes

About the Restoration

THE HOWLING was restored in 2021 by StudioCanal with the VDM lab, under the supervision of Joe Dante. This restoration project was conducted from start to finish in 4K with a 16-bit colour depth bringing all the details from the original negative to life.

The 4K 16-bit scan was made from the original 35mm negative. The image from the 1.20 negative was then cropped to 1.85 in order to respect the original format of the film projection. The film was calibrated in the P3-D65-ST2084 colour space, with a 1000 nits screen. The calibration was based on the reference of 35mm positive copies of the period as well as, for the video part, on the basis of existing reference masters.

The restoration took a few hundred hours of meticulously filtering in order to correct the defects related to the age of the film and to the wear of time.
Imagine your worst fear a reality with this brand new 4K Restoration of THE HOWLING, approved by Director Joe Dante (GREMLINS). With groundbreaking special effects by Rob Bottin (John Carpenter’s THE THING), THE HOWLING has been stunningly restored for a new generation of horror fans. Graphically violent, sexually explicit and nightmarishly intense, it remains one of the most original werewolf movies of the eighties.

After an intense confrontation with a serial killer, news anchor Karen White (Dee Wallace, E.T. – THE EXTRA TERRESTRIAL) is left traumatised and suffering from amnesia. In need of recovery, Karen takes refuge within ‘The Colony’, a country retreat organised by her psychiatrist Dr Waggner (Patrick Macnee, WAXWORK). But things at ‘The Colony’ aren’t as idyllic as they originally seemed and as blood curdling screams break the midnight silence, Karen’s memories slowly begin to come into focus.

THE HOWLING on 4K Ultra HD from October 27