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Halloween (Unrated Two-Disc Special Edition) (2007)

Tyler Mane , Scout Taylor-Compton , Rob Zombie  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tyler Mane, Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Sheri Moon Zombie, William Forsythe
  • Directors: Rob Zombie
  • Writers: Rob Zombie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Director's Cut, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2007
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (660 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VKL6Z2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,172 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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More of a supercharged revamp than a remake, Rob Zombie's take on John Carpenter's Halloween expands the back story of masked killer Michael Myers in an attempt to examine the motivation for his first deadly attack, as well as some reasons for his longevity as a horror icon. Zombie's Myers is a blank-eyed teen (played by Daeg Faerch) whose burgeoning mental problems are left unchecked in a horrific home environment; harassed by schoolmates, a randy sister, and his mother's deadbeat boyfriend (William Forsythe, terrific as usual), Myers' homicidal explosion seems inevitable, and intervention by Dr. Sam Loomis (Malcolm McDowell, who offers a fast-talking, hippiefied version of the Donald Pleasance character) does little to impede his development into a mute, unstoppable killing machine (Tyler Mane) bent on finishing off the only survivor of his family's massacre--his sister, now grown into teenaged Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton). Opening up the psychological motivation of a cipher like Michael Myers is an interesting approach, but Zombie's script possesses neither a depth of character nor dialogue to offer more than a clichéd thumbnail character sketch, and devoting over a hour of the unrated cut's 120-minute-plus running time to this history feels bloated and self-indulgent (especially when compared to the lean efficiency of the Carpenter original). Zombie's Halloween isn't terribly suspenseful, either; he has a keen eye for visuals and the details of chaotic environments, but his scares are nothing more than brutal showcases for his special effects team. The end result barely surpasses the original film's numerous sequels, though the Who's Who of cult and character actors in the cast (including Zombie regulars Sid Haig, Bill Moseley and Ken Foree, as well as Brad Dourif, Udo Kier, Clint Howard, Richard Lynch, Danny Trejo, Dee Wallace, and Danielle Harris) adds a touch of late-night monster movie charm. However, the film's best performance belongs to the director's spouse, Sheri Moon Zombie, who brings unexpected pathos to the role of Myers' downtrodden mother.

The two-disc Unrated Director's Cut offers a full disc's worth of extras that should please Zombie fans; chief among the supplemental features is his commentary, which details the film's shooting history and the numerous edits required to deliver the theatrical version. A making-of featurette offers further details of Zombie's vision for the film, and there are featurettes on his cast choices and the many masks that Myers makes while incarcerated. Seventeen deleted scenes (two of which feature Adrienne Barbeau and Tom Towles) and an alternate ending (all with Zombie's commentary) are also provided, as well as footage from the casting sessions. A blooper reel, which is highlighted by unchecked mischief by McDowell and Dourif, offers the set's sole moment of levity. -- Paul Gaita

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The original slasher film about Michael Myers, the psychotic killer who dons a mask and terrorizes his hometown, is re-imagined by edgy director Rob Zombie.

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117 of 141 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Considering December 11, 2007
Format:DVD
The original Halloween is a classic and will in my book always receive a five star rating. Recently there has been a great deal of remakes that were flops and catered to the teeny bopper crowd such as, The Fog, The Omen, Dark Water, etc. However there has been only two remakes that I thought were diserving of our attenion, one being the remake of The Hills Have Eyes, and Halloween.

What I liked about the remake was it gave us something fresh to work with. In the original Halloween we never really knew why Michael was bad, in this remake, the first thirty minutes or so expore the childhood of Michael Myers. People say that the dialog concerning Michael's family was wrong. Trust me, I have seen broken homes and Mr. Zombie gives us exactly what you would expect from a trashy family.

Besides satisfying my curiosity of Michael's childhood, I found this to be similar in many cases to the original, but at the same time the material was quite fresh with new chills and scares. Zombie took a masterpiece and reminded us why it is called a masterpiece. He accomplished a great job capturing a 70's look and theme, and did a great musical score as well. This is possibly the best horror remake that I've ever seen.
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42 of 54 people found the following review helpful
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Ridley Scott's American Gangster about real life bad guy and drug lord, Frank Lucas, in American Gangster receives two Oscar noms. Forrest Whitaker won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin. Who says you can't do a biopic film of a fictional character? Rob Zombie does just that in this biography, not remake, of horror icon Michael Myers. I would also guess that more Americans have probably heard of the fictional, Michael Myers, than Amin, or Lucas.

Zombie's Halloween goes into detail of Michael as a child, while there is still something of a child left, and the hell on earth that exists in many households. Michael Myers will become the manifestation of evil in society. Halloween was reminiscent of David Cronenberg's The Brood and how the mother's anger physically manifested itself as she spawned deformed children to seek out what angered her. Unlike the mother in The Brood Michael doesn't lash out at society but becomes the evil in society and eventually will no longer be human. True evil cannot be stopped with a gun or a knife and neither can Michael Myers.

My point is Zombie's film can be looked at as poetic and a message for non violence (you think I'm crazy). Michael Myers is a metaphor for the evil in our society, specifically the evil that hides in the suburbs behind closed doors. Myers uses a mask to hide this evil as suburbs could mask this with white picket fence as a happy front. If you can't use violence to stop this evil as we do in our society then you have to go to the roots, the family and family values. Similarly the book
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm sorry, but I like it. November 14, 2007
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Wow! After reading the previous reviews, you would have thought this film is to blame for the rise of Nazi Germany. So much hate for a fictional story. I would like to express my opinion of the movie. First, I was eight when the original came out and was probably ten or eleven when I saw it for the first time. I was horrified, but it has become one of my favorite horror films. It is a classic, and probably will always be the best one. Over the years as greedy producers tried to squeeze every penny out of this franchise, the quality of the movies has dropped. No version will ever cause the tension and fear of the original. But with all the sequels, some large holes in the story were created. This movie at least gets the whole Laurie Strode story in order instead of the original, making us wonder why he singled her out. This gives him a purpose to come back. I loved the fact that so much time was used showing Michael develop. The whole "born-evil" is fine, but give him a reason to snap. I like the fact you can see him grow into this monster, and feel that maybe, if he had a "normal" family, they could have stopped him. It makes him more of a tragic character, instead of a one dimentional horror mold. You get to see him evolve into what he becomes, from killing small rats, to his family. I love the way you see him evolve at the institution. Becoming silent, and then the fixation with the masks. It helps define him. Then he escapes and the rest of the movie follows the original without all the dragging. (It does drag in some places.) And Dr Loomis is more of a real character. Selfish and looking out for himself. (You also don't have the over-the-top acting. "Death has come to your town Sheriff". Read more ›
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50 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unrated Director's Cut Loaded with Tons of Good Extras! December 17, 2007
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Remaking a classic horror film is almost never a good idea. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead (Widescreen Unrated Director's Cut) and The Hitcher (Widescreen Edition) are examples of recent remakes that are inferior shadows of their original selves. And so it came with great disappointment when it was announced that John Carpenter's Halloween (Divimax 25th Anniversary Edition) was going to be remade and Rob Zombie would direct. Known mostly for his music with White Zombie and a successful solo career, he's branched out into making films, including The Devil's Rejects (Unrated Widescreen Edition), a down `n' dirty homage to outlaw cinema of the 1970s. Why would a self-professed horror film buff like Zombie even try to remake a revered classic like Halloween? Hubris? Fanboy wish fulfillment? Or, did he figure that this film was going to be made one way or another and rather than let some hack do a crappy job; he could at least bring his stylistic touches and point-of-view to the table.

Zombie's remake works because he takes the Halloween mythos and expands it in all kinds of fascinating ways. He makes some really intriguing choices like not making Michael supernaturally strong but rather a big guy who is naturally tough and strong.
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Halloween box set?
The Halloween movies are made by different movie studios, unlike friday the 13th's and nightmare movies which are made by the same company, so there probably won't be a Halloween box set for the US. It sucks because it would be so awesome to have a box set that has all kinds of special features... Read More
Dec 30, 2007 by TheGroom |  See all 6 posts
Does the 3 disc edition have the actual theatrical version?
I want the theatrical version too, not this "unrated" verson with the sick, stupid rape scene escape. The theartical verson was much better, killing all the guards. I have it on DVD. Will not buy the bluray until I can find the theatrical verson!
May 30, 2009 by P. Brown |  See all 8 posts
Fullscreen and Widescreen Editions
Hey - I just got the theatrical version and the movie disc is two sided - widescreen on side A and fullscreen on side B, and also comes with a bonus 2nd disc.
Apr 20, 2009 by pixiepoison |  See all 3 posts
Whats the difference?
Unrated version contains footage that wasn't shown in the theatrical version. One thing I noticed there was 1 or 2 alternate scenes in the unrated one when I watched it.
Dec 18, 2007 by Michael |  See all 9 posts
rated vs unrated versions
There's also more of Loomis' voice describing Michael's problems in the unrated version, but I hate the unrated verson because of the stupid rape scene escape.
May 30, 2009 by P. Brown |  See all 7 posts
this won't play on my Pioneer Elite!!!!! Be the first to reply
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