Halloween: The Complete Collection (Limited Deluxe Edition) [Blu-ray]
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Halloween night - Haddonfield, IL. A young boy butchers his older sister with a kitchen knife. 15 years later, he escapes from a mental institution only to return home and terrorize the town, including babysitter Laurie Strode. Now pursued by Dr. Loomis, the doctor who tried to treat him until he realized that “what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil”. His name is Michael Myers. And so began one of the most iconic horror franchises in history – what producers Moustapha Akkad and Debra Hill, writer/director John Carpenter and stars Jamie Lee Curtis & Donald Pleasence started has spawned 10 feature films and lasted over 35 years. Now, for the first time ever, experience the terror of every Halloween film available together in 1 set This limited edition deluxe set includes 15 discs jammed with content Halloween fans will love. Brand new, never before seen bonus features including new interviews with cast and crew, commentaries, behind the scenes documentaries, and so much more. Plus, the NEVER BEFORE RELEASED Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers The set also features both Blu-ray versions of Halloween as well as the Network TV versions of Halloween and Halloween 2. Here it is, the one that started it all – Halloween: The Complete Collection.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 5.45 x 5.2 inches; 2.05 Pounds
- Director : Rob Zombie, John Carpenter
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Widescreen
- Run time : 21 hours and 27 minutes
- Release date : September 23, 2014
- Actors : Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Joseph Gordon -Levitt, Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris
- Studio : Anchor Bay
- ASIN : B00KDU8HQQ
- Number of discs : 15
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However, while there is no rating high enough to accurately reflect my love for this set, I have to remember that my opinion is biased due to my long love affair with the series, and I have to remain impartial in this review. Hence, my honest opinion is that this wonderful treat for the fans merits 4 stars out of 5.
In no way is the rating based on the quality of the films themselves; only hardcore fans will shell out the bucks for this, and they already love the series and have their favorites. Instead, the rating is based solely on the A/V quality herein, the extras, and the overall presentation of the set.
For beginners, let's outline the many positives. First off, the physical set itself is absolutely gorgeous. A sturdy, attractive artwork-adorned box houses ten black eco-cases containing 15 discs and featuring all ten films and 5 discs of bonus content. Each case showcases the original poster art for the entry within, and the discs themselves also follow this theme, bringing a lovely unifiying quality to the set. Also included is an attractive, full-color 44-page minibook that features a length, pleasantly comprehensive essay on the series by long-time Fangoria contributor Michael Gingold. Packaging is a strong 4.5/5 stars.
The extra features on the discs themselves are also a home run. From the full-length TV cuts of HALLOWEEN and HALLOWEEN II to the beautifully restored, never-before-available Producer's Cut of HALLOWEEN 6, from brand-new episodes of "Horror's Hallowed Grounds" to the new lengthy "making of" featurettes of HALLOWEEN 4, 5, 6 and H2O, from old and new and exclusive commentaries to the massive four-and-a-half documentary that details the making of Rob Zombie's 2007 remake, the bonus bells and whistles alone will keep you busy for at least a week. Hardcore fans may snipe about the occasional extra from a previous release not ported over to this set (all the fault of one of the box's co-producers, Anchor Bay), I can't imagine any of them having their enjoyment of the frankly stunning amount of extras here affected.. Another sterling 4.5/5 score.
Unfortunately, the few negative aspects of this collection come in the worst possible place: the A/V presentation of some of the films themselves. I've seen more than one Blu-Ray review let a film's weak or disappointing picture/sound off the hook because of superlative bonus features; I just can't do that. The films are the reason we're here and what we truly love, and should always be the top priority. And while the majority of the series looks and sounds excellent to near-reference, some entries are lacking.
The original HALLOWEEN is the Dean Cundey-supervised transfer from Anchor Bay's 35th anniversary Blu-Ray, and it's magnificent. This is the first time the theatrical release has been successfully replicated on home video. Scream Factory's discs of HALLOWEEN II and HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH also feature top-notch transfers and audio. Things begin to get iffy with Anchor Bay's truly disappointing treatment of HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS. 4 featured the best photography of any of of Michael's 1.85:1 entries, only to suffer from a muddled, barely-above-standard-def picture and listless audio. Thing's improve a little with HALLOWEEN 5: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS' (again, from Anchor Bay) picture and audio in particular, but not much.
Then we come to Dimension's entries. These films saw their home video rights licensed to Echo Bridge Entertainment a few years back, and as any genre fan knows. they are truly one of the worst in the business. As a result, and despite receiving a once-over cleaning from Scream Factory, HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS, HALLOWEEN: H20 and HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION all sport weaker, muddied pictures than entries produced twenty years prior. This trifecta of triteness is thankfully broken up by the first-ever presentation of the legendary Producer's Cut of HALLOWEEN 6 on home video. Scream Factory's transfer is light years better than its Theatrical Cut counterpart.
Wrapping things up are Sony's previously released discs of Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN (2007) and HALLOWEEN II (2009). I've heard gripes because these are the Unrated Director's Cuts only; the Theatrical Cuts are not included. Blame that I. Sony, who refused to license them for the set. That issue aside, these two final discs sport reference-quality picture and sound that perfectly reflect the original intent of the filmmakers. So, in all, the A/V quality of the set merits a fair but in no way perfect score of 3/5 stars, leaving the set as a whole with 4/5 overall. As I said earlier, I only see die-hard supporters buying this, and for them I can't recommend this set enough. And if Anchor Bay does as I suspect they will and restores HALLOWEEN 4 & 5 for a fan-insulting double-dip, I plan on switching them with these and improving this box set.
*Those looking for just the films (minus the Halloween 6 Producer's Cut) in a space saving format, check out the 10 disc set. This set has 2 (slightly larger than normal) Blu/ray cases (each holding 5 discs) housed in a slipcover. The entire set takes up about the same amount of shelf space as 2 1/2 standard sized Blu/ray cases.