Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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When a terrified toy salesman is mysteriously attacked and brought to the hospital babbling and clutching the years most popular Halloween costume, an eerie pumpkin mask, Dr. Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins, The Fog, Night Of The Creeps) is thrust into a terrifying Halloween nightmare. Working with the salesmans daughter, Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), Daniel traces the mask to the Silver Shamrock Novelties company and its founder, Conal Cochran (Dan O Herlihy, RoboCop). Ellie and Daniel uncover Cochrans shocking Halloween plan and must stop him before trick-or-treaters across the country are kept from ever coming home in this terrifying thriller from writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace (Stephen Kings It).
New special features include audio commentaries, new interviews with cast & crew, a look at the original shooting locations, trailers, radio spots and more!
Scream Factory brings Halloween III: Season of the Witch to Blu-ray in style, with a lavish special edition the film rightfully deserves... And Scream Factory does a magnificent job redeeming this black sheep of the Halloween family, with a stunning transfer, solid audio and a great collection of bonus materials. --IGN, September 19th, 2012
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I had written this review a few years back when the movie was only available on a rather cruddy, bare bones DVD. I thought this was the best we were ever going to see, but I am so happy and have to give mucho thanks to Shout Factory for releasing this in a Collector's Edition, and on Blu-Ray. It's wonderful for director Tommy Lee Wallace, and others involved with the film, to finally have a voice and give their thoughts and stories on this film. Up until now there has been so little information available about the making of this film(and way too much information about the other Halloween films), and now with a Making Of.. featurette and two commentaries, we finally get some insight. I must say it was actually kind of moving to hear that Wallace was more or less devastated by the failure of this film, but in recent years has become aware of the increasing cult following. Now he seems to feel it was all worth it in the end. Very, very cool. The Shout Factory edition is a godsend, and very highly recommended.
Halloween III: Season Of The Witch was a Halloween movie that I instantly fell in love with when I saw it back in the 80s on cable and is a MUST WATCH for me EVERY October 31st without fail.
There really aren't many cool horror movies that actually deal with the holiday of Halloween itself as a means for the story. There will always be the avid Myers fans that hate this movie because it's not about him and he is not in it, except for the fun and cheesy commercials promoting the original Halloween 1978 as the TV movie of the night for Halloween and then "Be sure to tune in for 'The Big Give Away' At 9..."
To the avid Myers fans I say there are copious Halloween Michael Myers sequels (and remakes) readily available, with high accumulative body counts, so feel free to delve in to those as needed for your Michael Myers fix.
Halloween III: Season Of The Witch represents a fun and entertaining look at the Halloween holiday from a fresh perspective with witchcraft and trickery at it's core, leaving the heavily trod slasher ground behind, thankfully. If you can wrap your mind around a Halloween horror film about Halloween and not a slasher movie I think you're bound to have fun and enjoy the ride!
Halloween III: Season Of The Witch is a great little Halloween horror movie about Halloween. Personally I can't imagine October 31st without popping the Blu Ray disc in my player and singing along 'Six more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, Six more days to Halloween Silver Shamrock!! Yay!!
The Technical presentation of Scream Factory's Blu Ray release offers a decent video transfer and the 2.0 DTS HD Master Lossless audio track is ample but nothing special. There is no doubt Halloween III: Season of the Witch could use a nice video restoration and 5.1 lossless audio remix but I think that maybe asking too much.
I would normally say that this Scream Factory Blu Ray edition is as good as it's going to get for this film; but alas, Universal is releasing their Blu Ray version of this film in a few months so it will be interesting to see if they do some sort of more extensive video and audio restoration or if there will be any new and worthwhile supplements. I have no idea what the Universal release will be like but if they're using the same transfer as the Scream Factory I don't see any reason to buy Universal's Blu Ray version unless you're a nerd complete-ist (like me) or perhaps there are some revelatory bonus content or lost footage, which seems doubtful.
The bonus content on this Scream Factory BRD release are quite good. The interviews, commentary tracks and Horror's Hallowed Grounds episode are fun and super entertaining. Fans of this film should be pleased with Scream Factory's BRD release of Halloween III: Season of the Witch.