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Halloween (35th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] (1978)

Jamie Lee Curtis , Donald Pleasence , John Carpenter  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,306 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, P.J. Soles, Nancy Loomis
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,306 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DOB3N56
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,733 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Extras:
All-new audio commentary with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis

All-new featurette entitled “The Night She Came Home” – a documentary-style piece showing Jamie Lee Curtis attending a fan convention.

We also included selected extra features from previous releases:
  • On Location: 25 Years Later featurette
  • Trailer
  • Old TV and radio spots
  • TV version footage - footage added in for the film’s TV airings.

Editorial Reviews

For this very special release, Anchor Bay and Trancas went back to the vaults to present this legendary terror classic as never before, including creating an all-new HD transfer personally supervised by the film’s original cinematographer, Academy-Award® nominee Dean Cundey (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Apollo 13, the Back to the Future trilogy).

Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies) in her debut role. Anyone who's ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story of Michael Myers, who as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance, Halloween II, IV & V, Fantastic Voyage), he engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis).

Co-starring P.J. Soles (Carrie, Stripes, Rock 'n Roll High School), Kyle Richards (The Watcher in the Woods, Eaten Alive), Nancy Loomis (Carpenter's Assault On Precinct 13, The Fog), Charles Cyphers (Escape From New York, The Fog) and Brian Andrews (The Great Santini, Three O'Clock High), Halloween also cemented the careers of many behind the camera including Carpenter, Cundey, producer Debra Hill and film editor/production designer Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season of the Witch, ''It'').

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309 of 329 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Halloween. What a perfect title for a Horror movie. It's hard to believe back in 1977 that there had never been any movie, let alone a Horror film, that incorporated that title. And what good usage it got. Written, directed, and even musically scored by John Carpenter (with great assistance by then girlfriend Debra Hill), this was truly a film that brought Horror to it's roots, leaving an impact that only George Romero's Night Of The Living Dead did ten years earlier. Showcasing a deranged killer by the name of Michael Myers who in childhood murdered his sister in cold blood on Halloween night, only to escape his asylum to return to his Illinois home to hunt down babysitter (and eventually known little sister) Jamie Lee Curtis 15 years later, was truly an amazing film that never exploited the genre, keeping the imagination and terror flowing within the viewers mind rather than blatantly on the screen. For it's time it was the number one profitable independent film ever made, and after almost thirty years, it still terrifies and never grows old. A true classic film. Every single DVD collector should own it....

But which one?

Not in the sense of sequels, but rather in which version of the original should you add to your collection. You see, this film has had the DVD distribution rights by Anchor Bay Entertainment (now known as Starz), and they have re-released this classic now a total of six times. So I would like to compare the two most popular versions to see which one should be for you, the "Restored" or the "25th Anniversary"

Starting with the "Restored" version, this DVD was authored way back in 1999. However, it was personally restored by Halloween original cinematographer Dean Cundey, trying to preserve as much of the look of it's original theatrical run.
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188 of 204 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great, Scary, Classic Made Even Better! October 9, 2001
Format:DVD
This new, Extended version of Halloween is something no fan should be without! 12 minutes of additional footage (4 scenes) has been put into the original version, and the result is awesome. These scenes were not deleted. They were really shot in 1980, when the film was released on cut TV. The scenes were shot using the cast and crew of Halloween II (another must see!) and directed by John Carpenter, himself. These scenes include:

#1 A very well made scene where Dr. Loomis (Doneld Pleasance) has an intense conversation with two sanitarium officials. He begs that they move Myers to a maximum security ward, saying that the boy is dangerous and has an instinctive forsce within him. The officials are unimpressed by what Loomis says, and simply keep Myers in the minimum security ward.

#2 A scene directly following the previous added scene. Loomis walks into young Michael's cell. For about 1 minute he simply stares at the boy, who stares out the window. Loomis then says "You've fooled them, haven't you Michael? But not me!"

#3 This scene is after Myers escape. Loomis walks with a nurse into Michael's room, which is completely trashed. The nurse shows him that the word "Sister" is carved in the door. (If you've seen Halloween II, then you know what this means).

#4 This final additional scene is my personal favorite. In this scene we get a bit more of Jamie Lee Curtis, a bit more of PJ Soles, and a bit more of Nancy Kyes/Loomis. Lynda (Soles) comes over to Laurie's (Curtis) house, and they have some girl chat. Then, Annie (Kyes/Loomis) calls and asks (unsuccesfully) if she can borrow some of Laurie's clothes.

I really love this new version of Halloween. It just feels more complete.
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58 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This review pertains to the 35th anniversary blu-ray. September 24, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Anchor Bay has re-released John Carpenter's 1978 masterpiece "Halloween" about as many times as they have the Evil Dead trilogy. It's been almost impossible to know which one to pick up over the years there are so many versions. Halloween was originally released on DVD by Anchor Bay featuring a bad transfer that didn't do the film any justice at all. They then re-released it again on DVD with a transfer approved by the original director of photography Dean Cundey. The transfer was greatly improved but it was lacking in extras for a film of such great importance. Then they released another cut of the film in which the extra scenes filmed for the TV airings of the film (filmed during the making of the sequel oddly enough) were cut into the film. A 4th DVD release then occured as part of their "divimax" line which was a 2 disc set with plentiful extras and a brand new remastered transfer.

That 4th DVD release proved to be the most problematic. While the quality of detail was greatly improved, somebody made a huge error in that they completely stripped away the blue tint from the film that made it appear that it was set in the fall. It just didn't look how Halloween was meant to look. A backlash ensued and Anchor Bay claimed to have taken those complaints into consideration with Halloween's blu-ray debut.

While the initial blu-ray release did correct some of the color timing errors of the divimax DVD release, it still just didn't look right and it was obvious that they didn't film the movie actually in the fall as the grass was too green and the night time scenes lacked that famous blue tint that gave the film such a great atmosphere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wife likes it
Published 2 days ago by Ken Macek
4.0 out of 5 stars MM
Very good M.M. is the man ppl call the Boogie man
Published 14 days ago by GORDON R CARTER
5.0 out of 5 stars The Night She Came Home is worth the price of admission alone!
Excellent All-inclusive Halloween Blu-Ray. Everything about this is excellent! The "Night She Came Home" is very very cool! Read more
Published 15 days ago by Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Halloween!
If you love the original Halloween (like my wife does), then get this disc. It's worth it.
Published 17 days ago by Gonnzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite scary movies love the Halloween movies
Published 21 days ago by B. Trigo
5.0 out of 5 stars Our generations clasic
The classic of our generation enough said for out parents it was pysco amazing movie
Published 26 days ago by Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Halloween For The Win
Oh man John Carpenter's Halloween ON BLU-RAY!!This is in my opinion the best horror movie of all time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by George Kontra
3.0 out of 5 stars as expected
as expected
Published 1 month ago by Paul Stratton
5.0 out of 5 stars An American classic! However, after ordering it I ...
An American classic! However, after ordering it I discovered that the entire "Halloween" collection, including the "limited TV editions" and the Rob Zombie remakes,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John A. Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars The Immortal Classic
The one who started it all even comparable to psycho a classic in its own time
Published 1 month ago by alex velazquez
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Packaging?
I was wondering the same thing. Thus far, I haven't heard.

I am on the fence as to whether to make this purchase or not, so I'd like all the information I can get.
Aug 4, 2013 by G. Garner |  See all 7 posts
Filters
Someone said that they are. It looks like fall!
Sep 26, 2013 by compsciguy |  See all 3 posts
Digibook?
they might have run out of digibooks, i got the regluar bluray case
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What's new this time?
This is from a posting on the Halloween movies Facebook page:
For this very special release, Anchor Bay and Trancas International went back to the vaults to present this legendary terror classic as never before, including creating an all-new HD transfer personally supervised by the film's... Read More
Jul 22, 2013 by Krishna Jaipersad |  See all 18 posts
No Extended Edition?
I think the more fair question that should be ask is that: Why aren't all the versions included in one set as a branching option. That would of solved the complaints for everyone.
Aug 4, 2013 by Joe |  See all 30 posts
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