MGM really seem to be setting out to please horror and cult movie fans with their current schedule of Special Edition DVD's. First LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT was delayed so that it could be reconfigured as a fully blown S.E, now Joe Dante says a new S.E DVD of THE HOWLING will be released by MGM sometime in 2002. This has been rumoured for a while, but there was some debate about what extras would end up on the eventual DVD. Dante was originally quite pessimistic that the supplements from the earlier, popular Image LD (which featured an excellent commentary and deleted scenes, amongst other stuff) would end up on the MGM re-release, as it appeared an agreement couldn't be reached to license those particular extras. Dante himself now has some good news about the disc - he posted a letter to film critic Bill Warren earlier this week, and Warren reprinted an excerpt from it over at another web-board. Dante's tidbit on the forthcoming HOWLING S.E is as follows: "At this point it will definitely include a new documentary from Automat Pictures and, I'm told, the same commentary and extras as the Image laserdisc (supposedly MGM finally opted to buy the rights to this stuff), plus maybe a few new deleted scenes. I supervised a new transfer but was too late to prevent a prior, inferior one being released on the current 'no frills' disc. Although the film looks better in 1:66, MGM has a strictly 1:85 policy for their 16x9 'enhanced' widescreen discs, so it's in 1:85. The stereo remix sounds fine (I suggested they carry the original mono track as well, but don't hold your breath). I also gave them a box of trims and outs and stuff I found in the garage, but I don't know if they're planning on using any of it". Folks who bought the earlier bare-bones HOWLING disc might be a little miffed, but this release sounds like a good one, and increases my appreciation for the current (mostly) high standard of titles, especially genre releases, from MGM.