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Directed by Daniel Petrie
USA 1972

 

Strange events have been going on in the small Louisiana town of Marsh Island. Local residents are shocked when the body of a young woman is discovered mutilated in a nearby swamp. Sheriff Aaron Whitaker is convinced he is dealing with a murderer like any other, however some of the more superstitious locals think there may be a supernatural explanation. As more bodies begin turning up, it becomes evident that the Sheriff may in fact be hunting a mythological creature known as a lycanthrope, or in other words, a werewolf! With the help of a prominent socialite named Lousie, Sheriff Whitaker must uncover the identity of whomever or whatever is responsible for the killings before the next full moon claims another victim.

A brooding, made for television werewolf chiller from director Daniel Petrie (Fort Apache the Bronx), Moon of the Wolf stars David Janssen (TVís The Fugitive), Barbara Rush (It Came From Outer Space), Bradford Dillman (Escape From the Planet of the Apes), John Beradino (TVís General Hospital), and Geoffrey Lewis (The Devilís Rejects). Shot entirely on location in rural Louisiana, which adds an air of bayou authenticity...

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After several locals are viciously murdered, a Louisiana sheriff starts to suspect he may be dealing with a werewolf.

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TV Broadcast Premiere: September 26th, 1972

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Review: Vinegar Syndrome - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:14:33.510        
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1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,407,351,962 bytes

Feature: 21,932,202,624 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 2026 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2026 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
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Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps / DN -27dB

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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1.33:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 24,407,351,962 bytes

Feature: 21,932,202,624 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.87 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

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ē "Cutting Moon" - an interview with editor Richard Halsey (13:35)
ē Historical commentary track with film historians and authors Amanda Reyes and Daniel R. Budnik
Reversible cover artwork


Blu-ray Release Date:
November, 2022
Transparent Blu-ray Case inside hard case

Chapters 4

 

 

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ADDITION: Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray (November 2022): Vinegar Syndrome have transferred Daniel Petrie's Moon of the Wolf to Blu-ray. It is cited as being "Newly scanned & restored in 2K from its 35mm interpositive". The 1080P is in the 1.33:1 aspect ratio on a dual-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. The image quality has a few inconsistencies but is quite pleasing overall. Colors have some depth and the darker scenes are noise-less. I doubt it can look much better on digital.

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On their Blu-ray, Vinegar Syndrome use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. Moon of the Wolf has only a few aggressive moments - mostly later in the film. There was a score by Bernardo Segall (credited with the music in 10 episodes of Columbo, Custer of the West, and a few other TV series.) It sounds clean, and authentic, if fairly unremarkable in the lossless transfer. Vinegar Syndrome offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray offers a historical commentary track with Amanda Reyes (author of Are You In The House Alone?: A TV Movie Compendium 1964-1999) and Daniel R. Budnik (author of From Beverly Hills To Hooterville: Exploring TV's Henningverse 1962-1971.) They discuss the Lesie H. Whitten's novel Moon of the Wolf that the film is based, its differences from the production storyline, the film's Southern Gothic representation - shot in Louisiana, other werewolf movies - notably in the 70s (Werewolves on Wheels), the Paul Naschy's Waldemar Daninsky cycle (The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman,) Nathan Juran's The Boy Who Cried Werewolf (1973), and many made-for-TV genre efforts. They talk about the cast - Barbara Rush (When Worlds Collide and in two episodes of The Fugitive with David Janssen,) the director, Daniel Petrie (A Raisin in the Sun, Sybil) and crew. Also included is a 1/4 hour interview with editor Richard Halsey entitled "Cutting Moon" as he remembers his part in the production. The package has reversible cover artwork.

Daniel Petrie's Moon of the Wolf is not great but has that made-for-TV charm that engenders a lot of 70's nostalgia. Plus it has my favorite - David "Dr. Richard Kimble" Janssen (Cult of the Cobra to Smile Jenny, You're Dead.) It also has the southern, swampy and sweaty, milieu that we always love. Ohhh... and a werewolf - although a little less prominently than I'd hope. What more could you want? The Vinegar Syndrome Blu-ray package is at their usual high standard - a niche film looking strong, a commentary, interview and desirable case. To each his own. I've already watched it three times.

Gary Tooze

 


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