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Halloween II (Collector's Edition) (1981)

Jamie Lee Curtis , Donald Pleasence , Rick Rosenthal  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (622 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence
  • Directors: Rick Rosenthal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 185 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (622 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSOPA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,349 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

• Two-Disc Set Includes Theatrical Version And The Television Cut With Added Footage Not Seen In The Theatrical Version

• Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal And Actor Leo Rossi (Theatrical Version)

• Audio Commentary With Actor/Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock (Theatrical Version)

• The Nightmare Isn’t Over!: The Making Of Halloween II – Featuring interviews with Director Rick Rosenthal, Actor/Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock, Actors Lance Guest, Leo Rossi, Nancy Stephens, Executive Producer Irwin Yablans, Director of Photography Dean Cundey, Co-Composer Alan Howarth and more!

• Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: The Locations Of Halloween II – Host Sean Clark revisits the original shooting locations of the film

• Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary From Director Rick Rosenthal

• Alternate Ending With Optional Audio Commentary From Director Rick Rosenthal

• Theatrical Trailer

• TV & Radio Spots

• Still Gallery


The mentioned Special Features will be available in the second disc, after the TV version.


Editorial Reviews

Picking up exactly where the first film left off, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they encounter the knife-wielding maniac thought had been for dead in the first film. It seems the inhuman Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the Haddonfield hospital. As he gets closer to his main target, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) discovers the chilling mystery behind the crazed psychopath’s actions. Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Halloween II is a spine-tingling dark ride into the scariest night of the year.

Two-disc set includes the theatrical version and the television cut with added footage not seen in the theatrical version as well as audio Commentaries from the Director, cast and crew.

Customer Reviews

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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2000 years later, we've come no further August 30, 2007
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
In putting together this sequel, the powers-that-be decided to combine several of the strongest elements from the original film(Michael Myers, Dr. Loomis, the strong Halloween atmosphere)with the standard pace of an early 80's slasher film(people getting killed every 5-10 minutes.) For me, this is the ideal combination. There has not been a slasher movie since that I have liked more than this one.

Dr. Loomis is my favorite horror hero, and Michael Myers my favorite horror villain. They both enjoy some of their finest moments in this installment. I find this version of Myers creepier than the later incarnations, where he has suddenly grown into something resembling an nfl lineman. There is something in the deliberate movements, and the angular figure, that is decidedly inhuman.

And Dr. Loomis elevates all of this to a far higher level than it could ever have achieved otherwise.His strength,courage, and iron will make him a hero. So does his moral anguish over seeing innocent people butchered. But there is also something in his personality that makes him the ideal adversary for the Bogeyman.Of course, as a psychiatrist, he feels professional responsibility. But it goes well beyond that. There is some part of his imagination that is obsessed with Myers, and some part of his humanity that is appalled by him. These feelings, taken in concert with his naturally heroic nature, make him the perfect combatant for Myers.

Donald Pleasance was perfect as Loomis, and this may have been his strongest performance. He simply commands the screen. This is, for my money, the greatest performance in the history of horror films. He combines incomparable screen presense with an unforgettable delivery. Imagine some of his lines in the hands of a more pedestrian actor.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
This isn't just an ordinary re-release, it's a fan's dream come true! You might say, it out does Universal's 30th AE (sort of, read on)! What's it include? Well:

Audio commentary with director Rick Rosenthal
Audio commentary with stunt co-ordinator/actor Dick Warlock
The Nightmare Isn't Over - The Making Of Halloween II, featuring Rick Rosenthal, Lance Guest, Dick Warlock, Alan Howarth, Dean Cundey and more..
Horror's Hallowed Grounds: Revisiting the original shooting locations
Still Gallery
Theatrical Trailer, TV and Radio Spots

And for the Coup De Grace, a second disc contaning the famed TV Cut with additional/alternate footage (although the R-Rated material is edited out). The TV cut will be on a DVD disc for both format releases.

Now don't start getting rid of your 30th AE just yet! Although the CE is pretty awesome and includes the Deleted (TV) Scene and Alternate Ending via the TV Cut, it misses out on the movie documentary Terror In The Aisles, so you're gonna want to hold on to it. And for those who still own the original Universal (or Goodtimes) DVD, the CE will be available on DVD too so you can put throw the old disc(s) in the trash! Make no mistake, the CE of Halloween II is the second Blu-ray release of the film you'll need and the only Halloween II DVD release you'll ever need!
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52 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Absolute Essentials July 4, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
I have seen this film in excess of 300 times-perhaps 400-by now. I mention that for one reason..........namely, that you simply cannot watch something that many times unless you really enjoy the process of watching it. For instance, once you've seen something a half dozen times or so, all pretense of suspense is lost. There is no longer any suspense, because you know exactly what is going to happen. You're not waiting to see how it ends, because you know how it ends. Eventually, you know how each and every SCENE ends.

I reached that point, and surpassed it.........and yet I still kept watching it. For one reason........

Just about EVERY SINGLE SCENE in Halloween 2 is either perfect, or at least very, very good. This is the key. When I watch this, I will sometimes skip the scene where the ambulance driver plays the little prank on his lady friend. Not always, but sometimes.And that's it. There is not another moment in Halloween 2 that I find extraneous, even as many times as I have sat through it.No matter how often I've seen it, I never tire of it. And this holds true for virtually each and every moment in the film.

From the crucial scenes, right down to those that appear trivial, and everything in between...........they just got it right.

I have always felt that this was Donald Pleasence's finest performance as Loomis. He simply commands the screen. There is noone like him. This is also one of the most effective incarnations of Michael Myers. His posture, and mannerisms, are so rigid, so unnatural.........he comes across as the very literal embodiment of Death, itself.(notice that bizarre little pivot he does when he turns to spy on that girl through her window.)Decidedly inhuman.

There are just so many great moments in this film.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
For about a year after my first viewing of H2 in 1986, I never would have been able to visit a hospital after-hours without an irrepressible sense of dreading what might be lurking around every corner! 13 years and many desensitizing viewings later, I would like to say that H2 is one of the very best horror/suspense sequels out there today! It has excellent continuity with its predecessor, but with a more spookier John Carpenter score, a more mystery-laden plot, a creepier-looking mask for Michael Myers, and a higher body-count than in most of the "Halloween" movies! Michael is still the nearly-invincible killing machine who has a panoply of weapons at his disposal in this gore-ridden installment (butcher knives, scapels, medical syringes, a hammer, and even a scalding-hot hydrotherapy pool). The hospital sets greatly aid in evoking a sense of trepidation and insecurity for the audience. Michael could be anywhere at any time hidden in the dark shadows of the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital's many rooms and corridors ready to strike! The chase-sequence between him and Jaime Lee Curtis is probably the only time I still feel some terror after so many viewings of H2. That dark, red-lit hospital basement they run down to (coupled with the newly synthesized chase music) would give any unsuspecting first-time viewer nightmares for a week! It turned out that director Rick Rosenthal had a great affinity for the grim, obscure sentiment portrayed in German Expressionist art. He used this ideology, coupled with John Carpenter and Debra Hill's script saavy, to make the dimly-lit hospital sets accentuate Michael's demonic aura. Also, hearing the cheery classic song "Mr. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars A sequel right on par with the original! HOWEVER...
... soon after making this purchase, I was rather dismayed to learn that the ENTIRE collection, including Rob Zombie's remakes, would see the light of day in one neat little... Read more
Published 1 day ago by John A. Sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Ms Leigh would be proud of her Scream Queen daughter!
The second greatest horror movie franchise behind Sir Alfred Hitchcock's PSYCHO!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a Wonderful Experence to watch these movies in Blue-Ray
Clear as any movie that's been released in the past year. What a Wonderful Experence to watch these movies in Blue-Ray.. Blue Ray is the best movie machine ever made! Read more
Published 3 days ago by TC
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT disc, middling movie.
If I were rating the disc alone, it'd get a five. Unfortunately, the movie is a noticeable step-down from the brilliance of the first one. Read more
Published 9 days ago by jellydonut25
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 23 days ago by clay
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST horror Sequels ever
One of the BEST horror Sequels ever. Picks up right where the original ends. I like the slightly updated original score. Read more
Published 25 days ago by John Seger
5.0 out of 5 stars Best in the Series
Halloween 2 is by far the best horror sequel ever produced. I feel this is the best in the series and has the strongest and most stable plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Hunyadi
5.0 out of 5 stars Halloween to
Enjoyed this with Halloween 4 love this series. Excellent for scalable kids but today have data understanding is just fake
Published 1 month ago by bomber
5.0 out of 5 stars The last good Halloween flick
I'm a purist and believe the series could've been fine if they had just seen into the future of Michael Myers and saw how BAD everything else to follow would be. Read more
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