A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors appears in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a decent transfer but not one that excelled.
Sharpness was usually adequate. While the movie lacked great definition, it showed reasonable accuracy and didn’t suffer from problematic instances of softness.
Grain seemed natural, and I saw no print flaws. I witnessed no issues with moiré effects or jaggies, and edge haloes remained absent.
Colors were decent but reflected the issues that affected some of the era’s film stocks. This meant hues that seemed a but mushy, but the Blu-ray mostly displayed acceptable to good tones.
Blacks were also a little inky at times, but they seemed fine as a whole, and shadows showed reasonably solid clarity. Nothing here stood out as great but the image was acceptable.
For most of the film, the remixed DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Warriors appeared to be the least active of the first three pictures. Had the soundfield not come alive during the film's third act, I probably would have given it a lower rating than I did.
Happily, the remix made much better use of the surrounds at that time and created a more satisfying sound experience. For the most part, spatial use felt limited, but the final third formed a nice soundstage.
This even delivered some effective use of split surrounds during scenes like the one in which Freddy rips up the padded room. I would prefer that the whole track sounded that good, but at least the audio came through in the end.
The track's quality appeared stronger than those of the first two films, so it's clear a budget increase helped out in this department. Dialogue showed the most improvement, as lines sounded consistently natural and clear, with little of the flatness that dogged the first two movies.
Effects were more of a mixed bag, but they also showed increased fidelity and crispness. The music sounded about the same, which isn't surprising since it's a similar synthesizer score.
At least the low end improved in this film, as it came across as more taut and deep. The track provided a pretty good experience given its age and budget.
How did the Blu-ray compare to the original DVD version? The lossless audio added clarity and range, while visuals seemed better defined and more vivid. Though still a product of its era, the Blu-ray turned into the more satisfying rendition.
Under Behind the Story, we get seven featurettes. This domain includes "Fan Mail” (0:45), “Onward Christian Soldiers” (9:01), “Snakes and Ladders” (6:04), “Trading 8’s” (4:09), “That’s Show Biz” (2:00), “Burn Out” (3:38), and “The House That Freddy Built” (0:38).
Across these, we hear from screenwriters Wes Craven, Frank Darabont and Bruce Wagner, line producer Rachel Talalay, director Chuck Russell, Elm Street 2 director Jack Sholder and actors Dick Cavett, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp and John Saxon.
The segments look at development and story/characters, effects, cast and performances, and various scene specifics. We get a good array of notes here.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we get a music video for Dokken's “Dream Warriors”. It mainly mixes movie shots with band material, though it does so in a more creative than usual manner – and tosses in a short Freddy cameo unique to the video at the end.
Among the Nightmare on Elm Street sequels, Dream Warriors remains one of the best. While dated and cheesy at times, it still manages to become a fun horror adventure. The Blu-ray brings decent picture and audio along with minor supplements. Though not an impressive disc, the movie remains enjoyable.
Note that this version of Warriors comes paired with 1987’s A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge as a two-movie package. It also can be found as part of a bargain priced seven-movie set with the whole collection of Nightmare flicks from 1984 through 1994.