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Halloween (1978)

Donald Pleasence , Jamie Lee Curtis , John Carpenter  |  R |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,319 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: August 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,319 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RIWAVW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Halloween" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Original trailers, TV Spots, and radio spots
  • Talent bios
  • Still and poster gallery
  • Behind-the-scenes still gallery
  • "Halloween Unmasked 2000"

Editorial Reviews

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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312 of 332 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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61 of 66 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 Highly Recommended.
One of my favorite horror movies. John Carpenter is a master of suspense and thrill!
Published 3 days ago by Mpr90
5.0 out of 5 stars Really satisfied :D
This is a classic horror film I enjoy watching every year halloween time comes around. It's a good movie. It's suspenseful not gory.
Published 3 days ago by Flower_child
2.0 out of 5 stars It's alright, but not great.
I've watched this movie 2 times now.. And I just don't see what's so good about it. I'm probably the only person in the whole wide world that likes Rob Zombies remakes more than... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Austin Heedles
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
Classic scary movie, a must have for Halloween approaching!!
Published 9 days ago by Christine Bright
5.0 out of 5 stars If your boogeyman isn't Michael Myers, than your boogeyman checks his...
Hands down, without a doubt, the BEST Halloween slasher film of ALL time. John Carpenter and Debra Hill have created an unbeatable classic. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Zack Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Can't beat a classic.
Published 13 days ago by Sirat Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Micheal Myers' is Back in Blue Ray. This was a Gift.
Published 16 days ago by Todd J. Lambert
1.0 out of 5 stars Movie without subtitles in spanish
I want this movie with subtitles in spanish...
Published 18 days ago by ROLANDO IVAN ARRONIZ CHAVEZ
4.0 out of 5 stars In Blu-ray and much better.
Film is in Blu-ray and is much more clear and colorful than any dvd (even the special editions). Defiantly a worth buying for the up-to-date classic.
Published 20 days ago by Death-in-a-Can
5.0 out of 5 stars For you ludites out there like me that still haven't been completely...
For you ludites out there like me that still haven't been completely won over with Blu-Ray, this is the best video release of this movie.
Published 21 days ago by PoopaPapaPalpatine
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Halloween on Blu-Ray
Amazon also sucks at putting the same reviews for the standard DVD movies as they dot the Blu-ray DVDs. They should be seperate entirely.
Feb 4, 2009 by Robert Weingartner |  See all 15 posts
Halloween box Set
Yes, it was released by Anchor Bay, but not in America. I bought my copy, which has all Halloweens 1-8, in England so it's region 2. And it was pretty expensive and doesn't have alot of in-depth bonus features. It still rocks because not many other people have it.
Jun 19, 2007 by Wicked Clown |  See all 8 posts
What did you think of the remake and what horror classic should be...
I agree with some of your points, but I don't think tt was a complete failure. Zombie is very visual oriented, and he got them dead on (pun not inteaded). Myers has never looked this brutal or menacing, and the cinematography is gritty as hell; you become quite engrossed in the film. Where... Read More
Sep 3, 2007 by Russell Ferri |  See all 28 posts
saddest movie ever
exactly what does this have to do with Halloween?
Jan 23, 2011 by Seamus Flynn |  See all 3 posts
Subtitles??
BECAUSE THERE ARE SPANISH SPEAKING PEOPLE THAT ARE ALSO FANS OF THIS MOVIE, AS THERE ARE PEOPLE FROM ALL AROUND WHO LIKE THIS MOVIE...
TRY TO THINK A LITTLE BIT...
GREETINGS.
Jul 14, 2008 by Samira Schry |  See all 8 posts
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