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For this very special release, Anchor Bay and Trancas 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 (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Apollo 13, the Back to the Future trilogy).
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'').
All-new audio commentary with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis
All-new featurette entitled “The Night She Came Home” – a documentary-style piece showing Jamie Lee Curtis attending a fan convention.
We also included selected extra features from previous releases:
- On Location: 25 Years Later featurette
- Old TV and radio spots
- TV version footage - footage added in for the film’s TV airings.
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Part One - The Movie. Not many people will argue that John Carpenter's seminal horror classic "Halloween" would not rank as one of the top suspense/horror films of all time. In fact, it may actually be the most influential horror film of all time (even surpassing Alfred Hitchcock's timeless classic "Psycho" in this regard). Like 'Psycho', 'Halloween' affected the moviegoers long after initially seeing it in the theaters. It wasn't long after that imitators such as 'Friday the 13th', 'My Bloody Valentine', 'The Funhouse', and 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' (among many, many others) used the 'Halloween' formula of a psychotic killer after helpless, unsuspecting teenagers to great effect. It has been 35 years since it's initital release, and yet 'Halloween' still maintains a lofty perch on the horror landscape and is still a beloved holiday classic (despite being terribly re-made by Rob Zombie, who has no business touching a classic like this), culminating in annual holiday theater re-runs as well as finding a special place as the final film showed (on Halloween night) on AMC's yearly 13+ day 'Fear Fest' horror film marathon. It's hard to list many movies that have held their grips on the minds and hearts of moviegoers over years and decades like 'Halloween' has.
The plot is so well known that I wont even attempt to go into it. I will instead describe my first encounter with this film. Originally I had seen the sequel 'Halloween II' first. So, I was already familiar with Michael Myers and Laurie Strode, but there were obviously details that were omitted from the second film because the filmmakers assumed that the viewer had already seen the original. Fast forward to Halloween night, 1992 - a saturday. After a night of trick-or-treating I retreated to my bedroom with my generous Halloween haul to enjoy some candy and some TV on my "huge" 19 inch RCA color tv (having retired my 13 in. black and white Zenith the prior year). I orignially planned a night of NES, but didn't want to have to stop every minute or so to open another piece of candy, so I tuned in WDRB-41 (the Louisville area Fox affiliate) instead, and just before 10:00 p.m. saw that 'Halloween' was due to air. I had never seen it and decided to go ahead and watch (I recorded it on VHS as well). I loved it and immediately after popped in my old VHS recording of 'Halloween II' from an old tv airing on WGN 9 and watched that all the way through, mainly so I could see how the pieces fit together. My first impressions of the original film were that I thought it was one of the coolest horror movies I had ever seen. I couldn't wait to watch it again on my recorded VHS, and did so the next morning. The viewing had such an effect on me that I remember it so vividly now, more than 20 years later. In the simplest of terms, 'Halloween' is a masterpiece of psychological horror. Carpenter drew on inspiration from not only Afred Hitchcock, but directors such as Howard Hawkes (who he pays homage to in the film with Laurie and Tommy watching Hawkes film "The Thing From Another World") and even elements from Stanley Kubrick as well. It is an amazing movie and there's no wonder why it is universally praised as being one of the top 100 films of all-time.
Part Two - The Blu Ray. Although I expected the picture to be far better (after being spoiled by the amazing restoration jobs done on Spielberg films "Jaws", "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial", and "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the film does look better than it ever has, with deep blacks and rich vibrant colors (particularly in things like pumpkins and grass/trees, etc.). I did, however, expect a bit more from the Dean Cundey helmed HD transfer and was a bit disappointed, but not much. The film still looks amazing and maintains just the right level of film grain. The sound mix is great and really enhances the mood of the picture. The coolest thing about the Blu Ray release, however, is the Carpenter/Curtis commentary track which I will update this review with my thoughts on once I listen to it this weekend. I've been waiting for this for years, since listening to the Carpenter/Russell commentaries on "The Thing" and "Big Trouble in Little China".
Overall, this is a great Blu Ray release of one of the greatest films of all-time.
i have to type it all in one review even thou both formats have different ASIN numbers
very pathetic and ridiculous
One of my favourite John carpenter films ever, Halloween
a Great Atmospheric chiller lots of suspense and some Horror, this film is more a suspense Thriller than a Horror
if it was a Horror there would be some Blood and Gore in the killing scenes
any Halloween fan knows the plot, this is about the different releases
there's been more than one DVD release of this film and this new 35th Anniversary blu-ray
which is the best version any Halloween fan will get of this film
and main reason is
cause this new HD transfer is done by Cinematographer Dean Cundey who was the actual D.O.P on the film
instead of someone else coming in to do a HD transfer
i've seen the film many times ofcourse so i just watched most of the film just to check the picture and audio quality
and i'm very amazed on How Good the picture and audio quality is, 10/10 HD quality
plus the Audio has been remixed in 7.1 surround sound now, previous releases only had 5.1 surround sound
so the Audio mix is excellent no Doubt about it
there's all new special features as well
Brand new Audio commentary by John carpenter and Jaime lee curtis which is nothing new
some new info about the film are mentioned that weren't said in the 25th Anniversary commentary but they are both similar
a new 1 hour Behind the scenes Documentary of Jaime Lee curtis attending the 35th Anniversary conventions
it's footage of her signing Posters, Having Photos with her Halloween fans and also Q&A footage aswell
i've seen the uncut Q&A footage with Jaime lee on you tube someone from the Audience filmed the whole Q&A goes for 1 hour
very interesting/exciting for sure
but there's also interviews with some of the fans aswell which is interesting
On Location 25 years later featurette which is nothing new cause this was on the 25th Anniversary edition anyway
there's TV version footage included from the Extended TV cut DVD release, 12 mins of extra footage
the footage is TV scenes actually that have been given a HD transfer for sure, the picture quality is incredible
the TV footage was filmed by John carpenter during the filming of Halloween II in 1980
cause when both Halloween and Halloween II were first broadcast on TV on the same night
John carpenter was asked to film some extra footage for NBC
some of the TV footage is worth watching and some of it isn't necessary and boring.
there's also TV footage of Halloween II for the NBC broadcast night,
the TV footage of Halloween II is just the Deleted scenes from the Theatrical version that's all
some of those scenes are boring aswell but each to their own
Anchor bay should've released the TV version on this blu-ray aswell for the fans
but instead they just added the TV scenes only
til this day the Extended cut version 104mins runtime has not been re-issued again on DVD or blu-ray since 2001
there's no extras at all on it just the Theatrical version with the TV footage added in that's it
it's still available to buy off amazon but very expensive depending which seller you buy from
the only Documentary that is not on this 35th Anniversary blu-ray is the Cut above the rest
that was actually released on the 25th Anniversary edition DVD
Cut above the rest is an extremely detailed Documentary 90mins about the making of Halloween and Halloween II
incredible Documentary but it's not on this 35th Anniversary blu-ray unfortunately for some reason
this blu-ray is a Digibook with some nice rare Photos in the book and some new notes on the film
so this 35th Anniversary blu-ray is definitely worth the money and is the best version to get.
i Gave it 5 star rating
but keep the 25th Anniversary edition dvd for the Cut above the rest Documentary.