Hey guys, well Stephen, I can think of the number one most released title ever...get ready.....Fox Logo, huge fanfare, yellow letters scrolling upward...you got it. Considering this is the most successful independent horror movie I can think of, expect more releases in the future to capitalize on that. Oh btw, "The Sound of Music" and "The Wizard of Oz" are released every five years also.
This is from a posting on the Halloween movies Facebook page: For this very special release, Anchor Bay and Trancas International went back to the vaults to present this legendary terror classic as never before, including creating an all-new HD transfer personally supervised by the film's original cinematographer, Academy-Award nominee Dean Cundey, a new audio mix (as well as the original mono audio), a brand-new feature length audio commentary by writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, an all-new bonus feature with Ms. Curtis, as well as selected legacy bonus features from previous ABE releases. Available in a collectible limited-edition book-style package (available only for the first printing) with 11 pages of archival photos, an essay by Halloween historian Stef Hutchinson and specially commissioned cover art by Jay Shaw. Bonus features on Halloween 35th Anniversary Blu-ray include:
All-new commentary track with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis; "The Night She Came Home" new featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis (HD); On Location; Trailers; TV & Radio Spots; Additional Scenes from TV Version
I am not seeing any incentive to pick this up any more than I did the 25th and 30th Anniversary Editions. Techically the version I have is what was released at one time as the 2 disc 20th anniversary edition. with the extended version. I just bought them both seperately. But what I got is the 20th anniversary version of the original film minus the 2nd disc. Same remaster,same features. Then I picked up a seperate copy of the extended version. So with this ed., we are up to 6 DVD/blu ray releases of HALLOWEEN. May be 7, there might have been a dvd release prior to the 20th ed 2 disc set.
6? Do you know that SW IV was released more than that? I'm an expert on that franchise and I can tell you it is waaaay more than 6 for that movie. They started with multiple releases on VHS, then, LASERDISC came along with more than one time on that format with different covers, then DVD came... then bluray...get the picture? Back to Halloween, I won't be buying this edition, since I already have the bluray 2007 edition, plus the 20th Anniversary dvd with more features on it. Both are from Anchor Bay.
I don't think I've ever looked more forward to a Blu-ray release. I love this movie, and those special features look pretty ass-kicking. To be fair, I don't own the last Blu-ray, but this release still looks like it's worth double-dipping for if only for the special features alone.
I agree with G. Oliver, this looks like it'll be a great release. I'm not feeling the cover art but a new commentary from John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis and Dean Cundey supervising the transfer? Sign me up!!! Plus it's a digibook and there's new features like "The Night She (yes she) Came Home" with Jamie Lee Curtis and the tv scenes included as extras and there's probably more that we don't know of. I'm happy with the new transfer and commentary myself.
I agree that there was nothing wrong with the last Blu Ray transfer as it was done by Cundey also, so not really sure what the issue is that there needs to be a new transfer, as this is the third remaster from the original, and forth if you include that the DVD transfer is drastically different due to bit rate issues.
'Halloween' is my number one all time favorite film of any genre(and i love most of them), but after this one, Anchor Bay should consider holding off any more releases until maybe 50? There are a lot of editions out there to satisfy the market. Look how a recent classic such as 'Titanic' benefited from being unavailable for a while when the Blu Ray was released.
Absolutely. They should just put this aside, and try to come up with something really special for the 50th anniversary. I can't bear the thought of them coming back again for number 40 and AGAIN for 45, when you KNOW that 50,by rights, is the big one(and, as you say, there are plenty of different versions of Halloween out there to hold us for another fifteen years!!). They should wait, and make the 50th anniversary something that will be a no-brainer, something that ALL Halloween fanatics will INSIST on owning.
You're exactly right, except they'll never be satisfied with that. They will re-release it every five years like they have been doing just to cash in every time because they know there are some fans out there that can't resist a new release, even if it basically has negligible new extras to differentiate it from the previous release. I agree they should wait now at least until the next generation media format after blu-ray comes along or the 50th anniversary comes, whichever comes first.
This is going to sound a bit strange, but I can't find the John Carpenter/Jamie Lee Curtis commentary track anywhere on the 35th Anniversary Blu Ray DVD that I recently purchased from Amazon. It's not listed under "Special Feature" or "Audio" and I looked at everything on the disc. Any suggestions? Thanks