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An American Werewolf in London (1981) Poster

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Universal Studios re-mixed the film's monaural soundtrack to Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS for the 20th anniversary "Collector's Edition" DVD, replacing the older sound effects and adding some new ones (see also Jaws (1975)).
  • Extra thunderclap sound effects were added in the scene when David and Jack are walking in the moors and it starts to rain.


  • The first werewolf can now be heard growling in the rear channels as it circles David and Jack. A louder growl has been added to the rear-left channel after Jack says "It's circling us" to make the audience jump.


  • All the gunshots and car crash sound effects have been replaced.


  • The train in the "London tube" scene can now be heard moving from one channel to another


  • Despite the improvements, the music throughout is inexplicably mixed down a half-pitch and sounds very different from the original mix.


Due to a mastering error, the second Region 2 DVD (the 2-Disc Special Edition) has been edited to remove the scene where David calls home and speaks to his sister just before he attempts to cut his wrists with a pen knife
  • All earlier releases of the film including the initial 2-disc 21st Anniversary Edition are uncut. Universal Studios issued a statement saying that they will remove all affected stock and issue replacement discs. All Blu-ray releases are complete and uncut


The film was edited to receive an "R" rating in the U.S. The love scene with David and Jenny was toned down. Food coming through Jack's mouth as he was eating toast was also removed.
For it's 21st anniversary in Australia, the film was released in its uncut form which was the same as the R rated U.S. version.

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