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(aka "Fury of the Wolfman" or "The Wolfman Never Sleeps" or "The Fury of the Wolf Man")

 

Directed by José María Zabalza (as J.M. Zabalza)
Spain 1972

 

A Tibetan expedition is attacked by a wild beast, killing everyone but Professor Daninsky. A monk saves his life but informs him he has been cursed by a werewolf bite. Daninsky returns home to discover his wife has been unfaithful, and when the moon rises, the fury of the wolfman begins….

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College professor Waldemar Daninsky travels to Tibet and is bitten by a yeti, which causes him to become a werewolf. He is accidentally killed while trying to escape after murdering his cheating wife and her lover, but he is later revived by a female scientist, Dr. Ilona Ellmann, who uses him in her mind control experiments. Daninsky later discovers her underground asylum populated by the bizarre subjects of her failed experiments. The crazed scientist revives Waldemar's murdered ex-wife, who also becomes a werewolf from being fatally bitten by Daninsky, and forces the two werewolves to fight. Waldemar kills his wife yet again, and is in turn shot to death by the doctor's assistant, a woman who loves him enough to end his torment.

Excerpt from Wikipedia located HERE

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Theatrical Release: February 7th, 1972

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Runtime

Export (Extended): 1:26:46.367

Theatrical Cut: 1:24:44.746

Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,868,966,924 bytes

Export (Extended): 23,561,146,368 bytes

Theatrical Cut: 22,683,623,424 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Export (Extended) Blu-ray:

Bitrate Theatrical Cut: Blu-ray:

Audio

Export (Extended):

DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 1849 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1849 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1838 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1838 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentaries:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dBs

Theatrical Cut:

DTS-HD Master Audio Spanish 1820 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1820 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUB:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1817 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1817 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,868,966,924 bytes

Export (Extended): 23,561,146,368 bytes

Theatrical Cut: 22,683,623,424 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio Commentary with film historian Mikek Lipinski (on Export Version)
• Audio Commentary with film historian Troy Howarth (on Export Version)
• Still Gallery (9:27)
• Trailers (3:26)
• Liner Notes by writer Mirek Lipinski


Blu-ray Release Date:
August, 2020
Trsnaprent Blu-ray Case inside slipcase

Chapters 12 / 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray (September 2020): Scorpion Releasing have transferred a Paul Naschy 'Professor Daninsky' werewolf flic; Fury of the Wolfman to Blu-ray. It features two cuts of the film; the 'theatrical' and the 'export' (or 'extended') versions. Despite egregious speckles and a few, mostly frame-specific, marks (see below) the 1080P image quality is decent with bright colors and reasonable detail. The 'insert' sequences for the Export version are in very bad condition - possibly bumps from SD (see two samples below.) It's on a dual-layered disc and both cuts have a high bitrate. There is depth and decent contrast - the only drawback being the frequent, usually small, marks that permeate many scenes. Frankly though, you can't blame the efficient transfer - it needs a restoration which this film is not going to get.  

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On their Blu-ray, Scorpion Releasing offer DTS-HD Master dual-mono tracks (24-bit) in the original Spanish language or the option of an English DUB - for both cuts. A screen before the HD presentations states:

"The audio on this feature was sourced from the best materials available to us at the time. These source materials already had sync and cadence issues that we did our best to correct. You may notice slight shifts in the sync of the audio throughout the film."

There are, acceptable imperfections - again, not the fault of the audio transfer. The weak English DUB can be part of the kitsch appeal. According to Troy Howarth in the second commentary - the theatrical version has a score by Ángel Arteaga (Trauma, Naschy's The Devil Incarnate and Frankenstein's Bloody Terror) - kind of interesting arrangements with tinny piano chords. But the export version had a score by Ana Satrova (the wife of director.) The latter determined to be not particularly effective seeming slapdash. Some may notice Bach's Toccata in D minor used in the film. Both versions on Scorpion Releasing's Region 'A' Blu-ray offer optional English subtitles.

The Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray offer commentaries by Mikek Lipinski and, a second by Troy Howarth (author of Human Beasts: The Films of Paul Naschy.) I only briefly sampled Mikek Lipinski's talk. Howarth recognizes the Francisco Goya art in opening - making a link to Paul Naschy, plus the actor, writer, director's complaints of extensive and arbitrary changes / edits to Fury of the Wolfman, the alt-title The Wolfman Never Sleeps, censorship in Spain at the time of production (Franco), other Daninsky films in the series, pointing out the export inserts and much more. There is an extensive stills gallery, two trailers and the package has liner notes by Lipinski seen through the transparent case.

Fury of the Wolfman is a mess with unrelated and unnecessary sequences hap-hazard-ly throw in. It's a shame because it has most of the convention elements that werewolf film fans love. We don't often expect a lot from the Naschy 'Professor Daninsky' series (some being quite effective) but this is inordinately scattered. Saying that, I still enjoyed it as I do with the more Naschy films I indulge in. You become immune, or rather accepting, of the deficiencies. The two commentaries are a great addition on this Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray. Howarth always makes me enjoy a film more. Ditto for Perla Cristal and Veronica Lujan. This is recommended to fans of his commentaries, 70's Spanish horror, Naschy and/or werewolf flics. There is more than enough here to enjoy if you in a forgiving mood.  

Gary Tooze

 


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