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The Howling – 4K Collector’s Edition Unboxing

With THE HOWLING, director Joe Dante (GREMLINS, INNERSPACE) and screenwriter John Sayles (LONE STAR, PASSION FISH) created a unique horror shocker loosely based on part one of author Gary Brandner‘s trilogy of novels.  The film took the genre of werewolf horror to a whole new level, with its dark atmosphere, pointed irony and elaborately modelled special effects and make-up by Rob Bottin (ROBOCOP, TOTAL RECALL).  The film received a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film in 1980.

Commenting on the stunning new restoration now available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital, director Joe Dante said: “I can honestly say this 4K restoration is the best The Howling has looked since it came out of the lab in 1980 – maybe better. I’m happy to have it back in circulation at last.”


The 4K UHD Collector’s Edition is released with exclusive new artwork, offering bonus material including a new featurette about Joe Dante’s extensive career in Hollywood, and the documentary “Welcome to Werewolfland” including interviews and commentaries with cast and crew, and much more!

Special Features include:

  • NEW Featurette: Inside the Career of Joe Dante
  • Documentary: Welcome to Werewolfland
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes
  • And Much More!


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 color 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 to respect the original format of the film projection. The film was calibrated in the P3-D65-ST2084 color space, with a 1000nits screen. The calibration was based on the reference of 35mm positive copies of the period as well as, for the video part, based on existing reference masters.

The restoration took a few hundred hours of meticulously filtering to correct the defects related to the age of the film and to the wear of time. STUDIOCANAL is proud to present THE HOWLING in DCP 4K, and a DOLBY VISION UHD HDR & SDR video master, through a brand-new Prestige 4K edition.


Samuel Love

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