330 of 351 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2008
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. This version has been released a whopping three times. But for the film's "25th (2003) Anniversary", Anchor Bay remastered the film yet again for another release "Halloween 25", this time taking the remastering process in their own hands, something of which Cundey was not happy with. You see, comparing the two's video, you'll notice that each are different. One point is brightness and sharpness. In the Cundey version, overall picture is dark and not as sharp while for 25 the white levels have been raised and it's overall color saturation has been lowered. To me, while the original with it's dark blue hue running throughout looks good, at times it's hard to see certain shots in the dark. The 25th version has fixed that, even going as far as making the film look more natural. As for sharpness, the 25th beats it by far. Audio wise, each film seems on the same level, so a tie there, but it's the video that should be considered when purchasing: the Cundey-more true to the original film/the 25-a sharper, more realistic picture.
Next would be the use of the disc space. Restored is one of those discs that wanted to cater to the early 2000's audiences of giving them both a widescreen and a fullframe on the same disc. Because of this, the bitrate is pretty small for both presentations. However, the 25th is a 2 disc set that only offers on Disc One the Widescreen presentation, and it's Divimax as well. But to be honest, it's bitrate isn't up to say Superbit quality. It's better, but with a total of four audio tracks to choose from, the entire dual layer disc is only used by 75%, and that other 25 could have went to more video bitrate, but alas it's not. But to me, the bitrate still is higher on the 25, not to mention it's compression is four years younger than Restored, so 25 wins again.
Finally is Extras, Restored has a 30 minute documentary called Halloween Unmasked 2000, narrated by Twisted Sister's Dee Snider. Why is he on here than just being a popular fan, beats me. But on 25's second disc is a whopping 87 minute documentary called A Cut Above The Rest which expands on the original and gives much greater detail on the film. 25 also includes another ten minute featurette called On Location, going back to view all the houses and such that were used in the film that Restored does not include either. And if that wasn't enough, 25 has the original Laserdisc commentary by John Carpenter with additional vocals with Jamie Lee Curtis and Debra Hill. This might be the best extra 25 has over Restored, because it's got to be one of the most personal commentaries I've ever heard. Carpenter doesn't hold anything back, a must listen. And sure, both have the same trailers, TV Spots, and such, but again to me 25th Anniversary wins this one too.
But the main reason why I'm writing all this is because back in 2007, Anchor Bay decided to stop releasing the 25th Anniversary and instead re-issue the Restored version. Why, I'm not sure. Dean Cundey was never happy with 25, and maybe his name on the back of Restored's box was a selling-point, I don't know. Maybe the 25's cover was confusing buyers because it looks a little like sequel H20's version? But I do know for your money, the 25th Anniversary is still the best way to go. What's sad is to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the classic film, Anchor Bay is yet again double-dipping it's audience by releasing a six disc collection featuring Parts 1, 4, 5, the NBC-TV edit, the 25 Years Of Terror special and a Blu-Ray version of the original. But again, both the DVD and Blu-Ray (BD version rumored to be a video-hybrid of both) are from the 1999 Cundey master (but the Blu does have the Cut Above special and commentary too). It would have been nice if the DVD was the 25 so fans could have both versions, but no, 25th Anniversary seems lost now.
In conclusion, if you want the best overall 1978 Halloween package, go with the 2003 25th Anniversary Edition. More extras, a more realistic picture, and a commentary to die for. Ratings-wise then from me is:
25th Anniversary: (9.5/10)
Thanks for reading,
197 of 213 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2001
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. I know that these scenes WERE NOT in the original version, but it's way better off with them in there. John Carpenter has said he hates these scenes (as some other reviewers may tell you) but that is HIS opinioun. I love these scenes. They make the movie make a bit more sense. For example, the scene wher Loomis fights with the officials really shows how hard he tried to get them to move Michael. Later on he talks about how much he tried to get them to move him, and this added scene shows you how right he is. The scene with "Sister" really helped connect this to the 2nd (making a great double feature). And the scene with Lynda, Annie and Laurie shows a bit more of their personal lives. Awesome. This version was only available on either the two tape Special VHS editions (where they were AFTER the movie) and on the THX Two Disk Anchor Bay Limited Edition (which is 150 bucks to buy on Amazon used!). I tried really hard to find that two disk limited edition, but I was to late. So this here DVD is like a dream come true. Thank you Anchor Bay! I suggest (unless you have the two disk version) that you buy one now, before it, too, goes out of stock!
Halloween is Rated R for Small Violence, Brief Nudity, and brief Language. The new scenes contain nothing to offend parents who were OK with their kids watching the other version.
76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2013
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.
Anchor Bay though have FINALLY righted their previous wrongs and brought director of photography Dean Cundey on board again to supervise the transfer for the film's 35th (has it really been that long?!) anniversary blu-ray re-release. After directly comparing the new blu-ray to the old blu-ray, I can say that they have FINALLY gotten it right and Halloween looks as it was meant to be seen again.
The colors in the new transfer are a bit more muted and natural looking than the first HD go around. The blue textures in the night scenes are back in full force and the film looks like it is set in the fall season once again! Not only that, but detail has taken a considerable boost with the new HD transfer compared to the first one. This is apparently due to the higher bit rate on the new release in addition to I believe they actually did a 4K scan this time of the original camera negative. It's truly like seeing the film again for the first time. No digital noise reduction was used so the film retains its filmlike grain texture. A truly amazing HD transfer of one of the greatest films ever made.
The sound is provided in a new 7.1 surround mix but the original mono mix is also included. Both are in lossless HD audio. Extras include a brand new commentary track featuring star Jamie Lee Curtis and director/co-writer/composer John Carpenter. Sadly though, the commentary tracks on the prior releases are missing in action. Most extras were ported over but not all from prior releases as well. This is a bit frustrating and keeps this from being as definitive of a release as it could have been. What is here though is nice and the best is a nearly one hour documentary of Jamie Lee Curtis doing her one and only horror convention to help raise money for a children's hospital charity that she supports.
The initial pressing of the new blu-ray also is included in a nice & classy digi-book featuring essays and lots of cool production photos. Apparently once this initial run is depleted, it will only be available in a standard blu-ray case so get the digi-pack while you can.
So, I highly recommend this new blu-ray to fans of the film as they finally got the film looking like it was supposed to look again and the new HD transfer is truly a marvel to the eyes. Why they chose not to include all previous extras too on this release is a bit frustrating but shouldn't keep somebody from not getting this new release. It blows the original bu-ray away picture quality wise and comes highly recommended!
84 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on March 21, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
The original Halloween is one of the greatest horror movies of all time and my personal favorite. Even though I've seen it numerous times I can't get enough. On Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his sister in the small town of Haddonfield Illinois. Now, 15 years later, he has escaped from a mental institution to reek havoc amongst the trick or treaters. Jaime Lee Curtis stars in her first role as Laurie Strode and is pursued by Michael Myers throughout the entire movie. Donald Pleasance plays Dr. Sam Loomis (Michael Myers doctor) and warns Haddonfield Police of Michael's return. Hesitant to believe the wild accusation Dr. Loomis must hunt Michael down before he can do anymore harm. Halloween will scare and delight you at the same time. The music score for Halloween is still creepy almost 25 years later and is synonymous with the movie. If you only see one horror movie in your lifetime, see this absolute classic, Halloween.
61 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2003
Another milestone or anniversary, another re-packaged film. One wonders how many more times this 1978 classic will be released onto the public. If they keep making the DVD treatment with great special features like this one, then more the merrier. What could they possibly do with another re-issue?. Outdo themselves. That's what. This is a great 25th anniversary edition of the film with special features that every hardcore fan will devour. As a fan who has three different versions of this film, I can't wait for this. This edition features the film looking and sounding incredible, but what really makes it is the extras. As usual, there are radio spots, trailers, bios, and a still gallery. What makes it fantastic is that there is audio commentary from writer/director John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, and producer/writer Debra Hill. There is an all new 87 minute documentary with interviews with Carpenter, Curtis, Hill, and dozens more. There is also a 10 minute special with Hill and actress P.J. Soles(Lynda) re-visiting the original Myers house used in the film. Plus there is a 16 page booklet!!. How can any fan refuse?!. You can't. Apparently, the one star review below doesn't know what's going on. I've seen the TV version and it definitley wasn't 104 minutes. 13 extra minutes?. I doubt if the deleted scenes totaled 10 minutes. Anyways, this is a great set with plenty of new stuff to offer. The story takes place in a quaint little town of Haddonfield, Illinois. 6 year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his sister in 1963, and was then sent to a mental institution. While there, he was observed by Dr. Sam Loomis(Donald Pleasence). 15 years later, in 1978, Michael manages to escape the place and head back to his hometown to reak terror and vengeance upon the unknowing little town. Loomis, with the help of the town sheriff, Sheriff Brackett(Charles Cyphers), tries to track down the cold blooded killer before a body count happens. Enter virginal Laurie Strode(Jamie Lee Curtis). She is the unlucky target, as Michael stalks her and two friends Annie(Nancy Loomis), and Lynda(P.J. Soles), while they are babysitting across the street from each other on Halloween night. This was supposed to be a creepy, scary, suspenseful film, and that's exactly what it is. No gore or blood and guts. It's a very simple, basic movie that tells a very simple, basic story, and is done in a very basic, simple way. If only future sequels were made that way. What makes it even more chilling is how real it is. It takes place in a nice little town, in a charming, family type neighborhood. It shows that this kind of thing can happen to anyone anywhere. The realisticness of the film and characters lost some credibility in later films, but this one is what's out there in the real world. Scary to think. Curtis is wonderful as Laurie. She gets the shy, awkward, gawky thing down pat. She makes Laurie a real fleshed out person, instead of just another pretty face actress trying to seem innocent and pure when we know she isn't. Pleasence is teriffic. Loomis is a classic screen character that gets even madder as the films go on. Carpenter knows how to scare us. What's so amazing about it is how easy it is to do it, and how easy it was for him to accomplish it. While other films try too hard and create ridiculous circumstances with gore and effects to try to scare you, this one just relies on what is real. What could be outside your door, or under your bed. This is one of the scariest movies ever. The theme, also done by Carpenter, is another classic. All in all, "Halloween" is a monumental film classic that should be cherished by all. This special new edition is chalked full of nothing but goodies and every fan should rush out to get it when it is available. Happy trick or treating.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2008
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I found the information below online and figured I'd pass it along. There have been a ton of versions of Halloween released so I'm up in the air on this one but it does seem like a decent set and if the price seems too much consider that the hard to find extended edition which is (included in this set)on Amazon brand new is going for $109 and it's the only brand new copy, Halloween : Extended Edition.
INFO FROM MOVIEWEB
You can bring back Michael Myers (and his mask) back to DVD this October. Halloween is coming to DVD in a 30th Anniversary edition set on October 7. This six-disc set will be priced at $89.97 SRP and includes a lot more than just movies.
The set will include the extended edition of Halloween, which has been out of print for many years, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5, Halloween 25 Years Of Terror documentary, plus the Blu-Ray version of Halloween and a special collectable Michael Myers mask. No special features on theses discs have been released yet. I'll add once I see them.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2001
It began innocently enough: My grandmother and I renting a movie when I spent the night at her house. We watched in silence as creepy, staccato piano music filled the room, and a glowing jack-o-lantern appeared in the darkness. From then on horror had a new face and a new name.
"Halloween" is truly the scariest movie of all time. The premise is chillingly simple: Fifteen years after murdering his sister, a souless, masked maniac returns to his hometown on Halloween, relentlessly pursuing three teenage babysitters, while being trailed by his own obsessive psychiatrist.
That's it. No complex plot twists. No excessive blood-letting. No big-name stars. Just a babysitter going up against evil incarnate.
Everything about this movie is excellent. From the taut, concise screenplay by director John Carpenter and producer Debra Hill, to the fantastic performances of Donald Pleasance as Dr. Loomis and Jamie Lee Curtis (in her star-making role) as the virginal, babysitting heroine Laurie Strode. From Carpenter's chillingly simple music score--reflecting the simplicity of the film itself--to the creepy atmosphere and excellent use of widescreen framing.
The last 92 minutes of this film are the most frightening of all time. (NO JOKE!!)
The film is less of a viewing experience, and more of a nightmare that you can't wake up from. Echoes of Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" and Bob Clark's "Black Christmas" can be found--but "Halloween" stands on its own: terror as simple as its title.
If you have never seen this film, rush out and buy it (but make sure you see in in widescreen). Then sit back, turn down the lights, and turn up the volume. This film, although over 20 years old, still has the original, effective power to make you scream out loud. So, skip all the lame rip-offs, and go only for the terrifying original.
From its opening murder scene to the final confrontation between babysitter Laurie Strode and unstoppable boogeyman Michael Myers, you will find that this film will never leave your memory. You'll be sleeping with the lights on for weeks. Nowhere can you find a film as simple or as frightening as "Halloween". Once you reach the end of the movie you will realize that there are no happy endings, and that evil never dies. Neither will "HALLOWEEN"...
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This is my 100th review and what better than Halloween? This review is dedicated to all my Amazon friends!
When it comes to Halloween the reason this is one of the all time greats is because of it's simplicity of the movie. The plot is straight forward and quite simple. Movies don't need a deeper meaning or complex plot to be great. Halloween is a simple concept set in an ordinary world. Unlike some genre movies the power of Halloween comes from the suspense and not constant violence.
If you wanna be a filmmaker there are certain movies of that genre in which you wanna work in that you have to see. If you wanna work in horror, Halloween is one of those movies you have to see. I've seen Halloween so many times and broken down every aspect of the movie. The only problem with that is I notice some of the flaws. But Halloween is one of the films every single horror filmmaker must see. The reason this movie works so well is that Carpenter doesn't try and scare you every single moment. There are only so many scary scenes a movie can do before they fall flat. What Carpenter does with Halloween is makes one of the most tension filled horror movie of all time and that is why Halloween is so scary.
He scares us because he keeps us in suspense; Halloween is so creepy due to Michael just watching. He's not attacking he just stands there and watches. We don't know when he will strike. That raises the tension and again the fact he is just watching is what makes it so scary because it's so damn creepy. I don't care what kind of horror movie you wanna make. Halloween is text book horror filmmaking. Any filmmaker with even just a little bit of talent can create a jump scare. Most of the time we jump out of a reaction not because we are scared; something pops out at you it's a reaction. John Carpenter has some jump scenes, but they are scary because of the suspense he already built unlike other filmmakers that just throw them out there Carpenter has already built the suspense so the jump scare isn't just a cheap tactic.
The screenplay by John Carpenter & Debra Hill is fairly good the idea is simple and that's why it works. Despite the reputation the screenplay has it really isn't anything special. There are some weak moments and quite honestly with a lesser filmmaker, Halloween could have made for a rather boring movie. Its John Carpenter's brilliant directing is why Halloween was so scary. That's not to say the script for Halloween was bad. Most people say the strongest part of the screenplay is the girl talk and the pure evil sections are the weaker ones. I actually have to disagree with that.
Debra Hill was more of the brains behind the girl talk and that was the weaker part in my opinion. Debra Hill was a fantastic writer and producer. She made some great movies with Carpenter, but she also did a lot of solid work without him. The scenes with the 3 girls aren't bad, but its Carpenter's eerie feel is why it works. Some of the dialogue is actually a little weak at times. When Laurie mentions forgetting her books, Lynda than goes on and on about always forgetting her books is almost cringe worthy. Carpenter's eerie feel again is what makes this such a brilliant horror movie and therefore it's easy to over-look any possible flaws in the script.
The scene though with Annie and Laurie driving to go baby-sit is a very well written scene the dialogue feels natural and real. It's just at times some of the dialogue doesn't quite work. And again I'm not saying it's bad, because it isn't. I just feel some of the dialogue lacks at times. The scenes with Loomis and Sheriff Brackett for me are the strongest sections of the script, but also it could actually play out a little boring, but the actors, Pleasence is particular is really able to sell the scenes big time. Overall the screenplay is good, but not great again it really comes to John Carpenter as a director on why this is such an amazing horror flick.
Director John Carpenter really does knock it out of the ballpark here; Halloween is a masterpiece of filmmaking. Like I said the script was alright. There were strong moments and some weak moments, but John Carpenter creates one of the creepiest movies I have ever seen. I love the wide shots he really makes the best of it and we soak in this atmosphere and in the more tension filled scenes he moves the camera in for closer shots and we feel that isolation and feel cut off and stuck. These are simple horror filmmaking techniques, and they work so well and make this one really scary.
Halloween would probably rate as my all time favorite horror movie, but it's not a perfect movie. But the thing is the sense of dread, doom and isolation are so perfect that any possible flaw is wiped out due to that. In many ways, Halloween is the perfectly made horror movie. I truly believe with a lesser filmmaker Halloween could have made for a boring film. Despite what I said about the screenplay, there are those types of films that can be very well written, but with the wrong director the movie could fail. Halloween is one of those movies; with a lesser director, Halloween could have been a slow paced and some what boring movie.
But Carpenter creates such a chilling feel and due to that the movie runs at this brilliant pace. There really isn't a slow moment due to how creepy and suspenseful the movie is. After the first kill scene the next on camera kill scene takes about 45 or so minutes, but due to Carpenter constantly building the tension in every single shot it gets creepier and creepier. I've heard some people say they like Halloween, but it's too slow. I have to disagree. There aren't any slow moments due to the fact each scene some how moves the movie forward; either the character development or the story. Each scene also has a creepy feel due to Michael always lurking around. For me a slow paced movie is one where the plot or characters aren't advanced. Each scene in Halloween does one of those two things or it creeps you out. This is one of the rare horror movies where the viewer is held in suspense from beginning, middle to end. Even the most normal of scenes of just random talk have this overall creepiness to them, which isn't as easy task.
Halloween proves you don't need constant violence to make a really scary movie. Michael Myers simply waiting and watching makes the movie so scary that it makes up for the lack of action. And when the action finally does come about we are already on the edge of our seats and are held in such suspense that now when Michael does attack it makes it even scarier. And due to so much time being spent with Laurie Strode when Michael attacks her since we got to know the character and care for her it makes the scenes so much scarier. I always say the scariest horror films are the ones when we like the characters. If we don't care about them at all most of the suspense will be lost due to that.
And of course the music, which was composed by John Carpenter, is just chilling. I've seen a lot of horror movies and Halloween just might have the best score of any horror flick and I believe can rival any movie for that matter. When the opening credits begin and the Halloween Theme is playing already right there Carpenter manages to suck you into the movie. The music does play a big part in why this movie is so scary. The way Carpenter directs the movie is so chilling and than we add the music and that elevates the movie even more.
Like I said for me the scariest scenes in Halloween are the ones where Michael is just watching. I love the scene when Laurie is in school and Michael is outside watching. But my very favorite scene is when she's home and he's standing right outside her window looking up. No matter how many times I see the movie that scene always really freaks me out.
The acting is a little mixed, while none of the actors are bad some though are stronger than others. Donald Pleasence really was so amazing. He was such an amazing and a much underrated actor. He could play a role straight, but also knew when to lighten up and play it over the top when it's called for. It's sad that most people seem to remember Pleasence for the Halloween series. He really was so much better than that. And when I mean the Halloween series I mean the sequels. There's no shame being remembered for the original Halloween.
Any scene involving Donald Pleasence is just great. He really sells every line he says.
Jamie Lee Curtis also gives a solid performance in her feature film debut. It may not be her best, but it's very good. She plays the role as the heroine very well and she's believable and sympathetic and very likeable. Charles Cyphers is also excellent, he's not given a whole lot to do, but he makes the very best of it. Nancy Loomis is pretty good if not a little uneven and P.J. Soles does ok. I'm actually a very big fan of P.J. Soles, she is one of my favorite actresses, but her performance is mixed, but in fairness even though her role is small she has the weakest dialogue in the film. I liked the character, but she really did have the weakest lines.
Nick Castle who played Michael Myers was the best actor to play him in the whole series. He was just downright creepy. Michael is just pure evil; there is nothing left inside of him. He's evil in the shape of a man. It's like he isn't even human anymore. There is nothing left inside of him, but evil. No remorse and no feelings. To this day Michael Myers in the original scares me.
Halloween really is one of the all time greats and I would rate this as possibly my very favorite horror movie. Like I said the script was a little weak in some areas, but the direction and music by Carpenter make up for that. Halloween is a simple movie set in an ordinary world and that is what makes this movie so scary. Halloween has gone down in history as one of the all time greats of the genre and it's very well deserving of that. Halloween deserves all the credit it gets. It's a simple movie that aims to scare and very few horror movies deliver the type of chills Halloween does.
138 of 178 people found the following review helpful
on August 2, 2008
On October 14th Anchor Bay/Starz Entertainment will release a Halloween 30th anniversary edition of the film. I, for one, being a longtime Halloween enthusiast, haven't been this dissapointed since Rob Zombie got to cash in on and destroy this classic film with one of the worst renditions ever made.
Again, and in typical Anchor Bay fashion, consumers are being offered the same Halloween product in a new package. Look closely, every single DVD disc included in this set has been a prior release from Anchor Bay.
Even the Blu-Ray disc has been out for months. This is disgraceful and Halloween fans deserve better.
The original Halloween was released thirty years ago, so why is Anchor Bay releasing Halloween 4 and 5 with this set? They were filmed in the late 80's. The answer is greed and laziness. Anchor Bay is jumbling every Halloween release they've ever produced into one pathetic boxset in order to cash in yet again.
This has to be the laziest attempt at a Halloween special edition ever. Thirty years of triumph deserves so much better and this company is just slapping together a lame Halloween boxset at the last minute and calling it a thirty year editon.
Even the Micael Myers mask included in this set is cheap and has been available for years at any local Spencer's gift shop. It has no resemblance to the original mask what-so-ever. Nothing in this boxset is worth spending money on.
This was the perfect opportunity for Anchor Bay to release some of the "lost Halloween footage" found a few years ago burried in boxes. All of John Carpenter's Halloween footage that was not used in the movie was found and Halloween fans have been long awaiting to see just a few frames from this holy grail of unused film stock.
Will any of this footage be available on this boxset? Nope. Just the same tired releases from a company that doesn't know how to show this classic film the proper respect it deserves.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2007
Having been into AV and home movie watching since VHS arrived, I have to tell you that Blu technology for PQ and SQ is what all of us long time enthusiasts have been waiting for. Halloween on BD is once again lending me to say that this is the first time I have really seen this movie. Even though I saw it in the theater in 1978, owned on VHS and DVD. The innocent and very eerie musical score by John Carpenter matches his more subtle directorial and far more powerfully effective psychological techniques of using dark scenes, shadows, subjective angles and facial reaction close-ups to deliver a timeless classic and new Horror Genre. Halloween started it's own genre which was copied but never equaled by such slasher flicks as the Friday the Thirteenth 1 thru 87 movies. Freddy and Jason were good in their time and are still entertaining, but these movies do not command the timeless attraction and longevity that Halloween always has had and will in the future. PQ is absolutely Stunning. Colors are natural, beautiful, Blacks are as solid and grain free (as is the entire movie) as you will ever see. This is one 10+ superb and suprising transfer. PQ was so impressive in this new PCM re-mix of 5.1. I could go on and on about the sound, but would rather have you experience it for yourself. PQ is also a 10+. Especially for a movie made on a 300K budget with probably only stereo mix (2 channels) in 1978. Bottom line is this: If you like this movie even half way, the blu experience ups it 10 fold. If you have never seen it and like well made suspense films, this is a must! Happy Halloween!