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Teen Wolf Too - Blu-ray Review

1 beerTwo years later (and largely thanks to the animated series that kept it alive and kicking in the popular culture), Teen Wolf was alive and kicking.  Everyone my age wanted a sequel.  Unfortunately, what we wanted – namely the return of Michael J. Fox in the role – was never going to happen. 

And so we were fed table scraps.

Teen Wolf Too boasts of two returning cast members: Mark Holton as Chubby and James Hampton as Scott’s father.  They; however, are merely cameos in what is a movie that most of us would like to forget about.  And fairly quickly the extended mythos got nailed with a silver bullet in the back of the head. The Teen Wolf series died a sad death when Teen Wolf Too was allowed off its leash. 

Its critical and fan (worldwide) condemnation hasn’t stopped Scream Factory from delivering the goods on Teen Wolf Too’s blu-ray debut, though.  Good news for the film’s fans.  Crickets.  Hello?   

“I’m not ashamed of who I am.  Who we are,” suggests Mr. Howard as he takes his nephew to his first day on campus.  If I had the ability to transform into a werewolf, I wouldn’t be ashamed either.  But maybe I’d have circled this dull retread twice (and then once more) before deciding to curl up with it. 

The critics killed Teen Wolf Too when it was originally released.  KILLED IT.  Anemic, they wrote.  Take it out back and murder this bitch.  And so on.  I can’t say that I disagree with them either.  The film is lacking in EVERYTHING that made the first one so damn good. 

So what went wrong?  Depends on who it is that you ask.  I know I originally didn’t care for it.  At the time, I was like, yeah, but Jason Bateman is no Michael J. Fox.  But, sitting here today after just finishing Scream Factory’s new blu-ray release of this 1987 cult film, I see something in it that I’ve never seen before.  And it all stems from Jason Bateman; there’s a bit of a hint of things to come from the actor here.  Sure, it’s buried in the same make-up effects of the original one, but it’s there.

Teen Wolf Too, while the lesser of the two tales, is not a tail-wagging awful mess of a movie.  Nope.  It’s much worse.  It stinks.  It’s terrible.  It’s a foul-smelling piece of shit.  It essentially tells the same story but graduates us from high school to college as Todd Howard (Bateman), the cousin of Scott Howard, heads off to college believing he’s escaped his family’s werewolf curse.  He couldn’t be more wrong.  It’s just delayed.  And what follows is the same damn story, but with boxing instead of basketball as the sport. 

Scream Factory is releasing the animated series on DVD later in the year.  THAT release I look forward to immensely.  Teen Wolf Too?  Nah.  This one, if there's anyone who is going to go for it, is for Bateman fans only.  I mean, damn it, you have to start somewhere.

Be careful what you wish for.

Teen Wolf Too - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: PG.
Runtime:
95 mins
Director
: Christopher Leitch
Writer:
Tim Kring
Cast:
Jason Bateman, Kim Darby, John Astin
Genre
: Comedy
Tagline:
Freshmen have always had trouble adjusting to college life. But never like this.
Memorable Movie Quote: "I just had a beard over every inch of my body... fingernails the size of french fries... teeth from here to Texas... and she called me a dog... A DOG..."
Theatrical Distributor:
Atlantic Releasing Corporation
Official Site:
Release Date:
November 20, 1987
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
August 8, 2017
Synopsis: Jason Bateman (Horrible Bosses) stars as Todd Howard, a Hamilton University freshman with a full athletic scholarship — only Todd has no idea why, since he's far more interested in veterinary medicine than sports. But his boxing coach, Bobby Finstock, is very familiar with the Howard family secret and he's hoping he can use it to his advantage. When the whole school — including Todd — finds out that he's a werewolf with superhuman abilities, Todd's popularity skyrockets and he becomes the big wolf on campus.

But is his fame a gift? Or a curse? And can he keep it from getting in the way of the relationships he has with his best friends and girlfriend? Perhaps a little guidance from his professor (Kim Darby, True Grit), who has a secret of her own, may help Todd learn the biggest lesson of all.

Teen Wolf Too - Blu-ray Review

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Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- August 8, 2017
Screen Formats: 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Language:
English
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Teen Wolf Too arrives on 1080p with a solid transfer.  It’s not the 2K scan the original got, but it’ll do.  Colors pop in the new transfer.  Black levels are deep and defined.  Edges hold their lines well.  The reflection in the tuba, when Bateman turns for the first time, is more clear.  Textures are identifiable and individual items of clothing have layers never before noticed.  The film is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and supports a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, presenting the dialogue up front and carrying a nice balance between the effects and the soundtrack.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

With interviews from director Christopher Leitch, actor Stuart Fratkin, actress Estee Chandler, actress Kim Darby, and costume designer Heidi Kaczenski.  A still gallery rounds out the release.

  • Working with the Wolf (16 min)
  • A Man of Great Stiles (17 min)
  • Nerdy Girl Saves the Day (7 min)
  • Otherworldly (7 min)
  • A Wolf in 80's Clothing (10 min)
  • Still Gallery

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