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Halloween II (1981)

Jamie Lee Curtis , Donald Pleasence , Rick Rosenthal  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (625 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Lance Guest, Pamela Susan Shoop
  • Directors: Rick Rosenthal
  • Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
  • Producers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (625 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LC4Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Halloween II" on IMDb

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    "You can't kill the boogeyman," explains John Carpenter in Halloween, and to prove it he brings Michael Myers back in this handsome but grisly sequel. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode but spends most of her time cowering in a hospital gown, and Donald Pleasence runs around like a maniac as the panicky doctor desperate to hunt down Myers before he kills again. Carpenter writes and produces with partner Debra Hill, and together they replace the mystery and uncertainty of the original with an exponentially bigger body count and some strange tales about the Druids and pagan ceremonies, and the now-familiar family ties between Michael and Laurie. First-time director Rick Rosenthal (Bad Boys) paces the film at a brisk jog and directs it with a clean, crisp style, taking the murders out of the dark to display them in all their nasty detail. --Sean Axmaker

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    John Carpenter's Halloween scared the living daylights out of 25 million people and set a precedent in smashing box office records for a horror film. But the nightmare is just beginning... Picking up precisely where its predecessor left off, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they encounter the knife-wielding maniac they left for dead in the first Halloween. It seems the inhuman Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the hospital where his sister lays waiting. As he gets closer and closer to his terrified target, Dr. Loomis discovers the chilling mystery behind the crazed psychopath's savage actions. Written by horror masters John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Halloween II is a spine-tingling dark ride into the scariest night of the year.

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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
    4.0 out of 5 stars For old-school Michael Meyers fans April 3, 2002
    Format:DVD
    This probably should have been IT, when it came to the Halloween series. It started on that night, came full-circle, and ended on the very same night with a satisfying conclusion. How Mike got up and walked away from that and was able to make more sequals is a question that only the movie gurus can answer.
    As far as the quality of the DVD is concerned, I was very much surprised, especially when I discovered that GoodTimes home video released it.
    Video quality: 4 stars. The Amazon review not withstanding, I found the video quality to be excellent. This movie is over 20 yrs old so the film stock will be dated. However, my dvd player is hooked into my tv via an S-video jack and it brought an old movie back to life. I found little or no visual artifacts and a crisp, well-defined picture. This is a dark movie, was when I saw it at the theater so there are a lot of shadows and black shading throughout the movie. Still, it does have a clear quality that is actually better than I remember it having at the theater. Well done to Goodtimes.
    Audio: 3 stars. Although it is in surround..it is of Pro-Logic quality. Even on 5.1 surround systems..the most surround you'll get will be out of the music soundtrack. However, that in itself is enough to suck you into the creepy atmosphere of this film. Most, if not all, sound effects are strictly mono and in front only. All-in-all a decent sounding dvd given the age of the film.
    I wont go into rating the extras. This is a sequal and that's all. There are a ton of production notes that should satisfy any curious Halloween fan. The animated chapter selection was neat and totally unexpected considering what I paid for it.
    Overall, an excellent DVD priced right. If youre an old-school fan like myself then you will like this.
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    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
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    very good
    Published 25 days ago by clay
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    One of the BEST horror Sequels ever. Picks up right where the original ends. I like the slightly updated original score. Read more
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