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Halloween (Two-Disc Unrated Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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From acclaimed musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie comes an entirely new take on the highly successful and terrifying Halloween legacy, which began in 1978. While revealing a new chapter in the established Michael Myers saga, the film will surprise both classic and modern horror fans with a departure from prior films in the Halloween franchise. Audiences should brace themselves for unprecedented fear as Zombie turns back time to uncover the making of a pathologically disturbed, even cursed child named Michael Myers. (MGM)
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.3 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Item model number : 796019815888
- Director : Rob Zombie
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 49 minutes
- Release date : October 21, 2008
- Actors : Scout Taylor-Compton, Malcolm McDowell, Tyler Mane, Brad Dourif, Daeg Faerch
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Andrew G. La Marca, Andy Gould, Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein
- Studio : Dimension Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001CFLGYQ
- Writers : Debra Hill, John Carpenter, Rob Zombie
- Number of discs : 2
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Recommend Halloween 2 for hospital hijinks, marketing mania, total YOLO, as he reunites with his zany mother's ghost and baby sister Boo again for a final family reunion you won't see in Madea's house.
The audio gave a choice of two types. Either one was clear and crisp.Not sure exactly what the difference between the two is, but I experienced no problems using either.
The deleted scenes on the disc were interesting, but I am not sure all of them are present. I have seen some scenes on YouTube from the movie that were NOT on the disc. One being a group of security guards who were assigned to move Michael Meyers from the original hospital to a less secure hospital. Michael made short and gruesome work of them. That scene is missing from the movie and deleted scenes.
It IS nice that the deleted scenes all have subtitles as an option. The second Halloween by Zombie didn't have that, and some of the the dialogue is hard to understand on his Halloween II. The second disc includes a 4 hour "made for" by Rob Zombie. Haven't watched it yet. All in all the Blu-Ry version is worth every penny I paid.
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On the one hand: I'm a huge fan of Rob Zombie's films and music, and can at least appreciate Halloween as a "cover version". It's visually striking, and contains a great mix of Zombie's own style and respectful homages to Carpenter's style. I personally think the acting is much more naturalistic than in most horror movies; the only dialogue that made me cringe were the same parts that made me cringe in the original Carpenter movie... i.e. the scenes with Loomis and the town sheriff.
But, on the other hand: I'm also a massive fan of John Carpenter's early movies, in particular Halloween which happens to be one of the first horror films I ever saw. In comparison to the original, Zombie's version disappoints on several levels.
What made the original scary is the supernatural aspect to "The Shape": it appears and disappears so silently you might suspect teleportation, and its motives remain unclear, right until the end of the movie. This allows enough suspension of disbelief to allow Myers to be completely invulnerable (although later Halloween films took that aspect way too far).
Zombie's movie largely dispenses with the "now you see him, now you don't" motif, and any of those aforementioned creepy scenes. Instead, what we have is just a run-of-the-mill psychopath. This makes some of the faithfully recreated scenes nonsensical, and his resistance to bullets far less plausible. Also, because the film spends so long in the Michael Myers backstory, the second half feels somewhat rushed. For example, there's an inexplicable leap from the daytime graveyard discovery to the first nighttime murders, with no interim scenes to remind us that this is actually happening on Halloween.
However, what it lacks in actual scariness, I think it more than makes up for with the disturbing (and uncomfortably familiar) portrayal of a psychopath's early childhood. There's one pivotal scene in which you see the exact moment where Michael lets go of any last remaining social conscience and begins his downward path, and the cause is so frustratingly trivial and caused entirely by the thoughtlessness of the people around him.
Rob Zombie's no apologist for psychopaths, but a common theme in his films is to challenge our black & white notions of good versus evil. In (mostly) removing the supernatural element and managing to make us feel some sympathy for Michael Myers (in spite of his murderous action), he exposes us to a far deeper horror than you can ever get from the "jump-scares" in the original John Carpenter movie.
In conclusion: despite initially hating it, I now like this film. It does not diminish my enjoyment of Carpenter's original, and neither does Carpenter's original diminish my enjoyment of this film. As far as I'm concerned, they can co-exist as entirely separate entities, to be appreciated on their own terms.
EDIT: Also to be taken into consideration - you must see the "Unrated" version. The theatrical release was subjected to several cuts, enforced by the studio and against the director's wishes; many of these cuts seriously harm the narrative. The director's commentary and additional features also well worth experiencing.
One thinks he cant have survived being shot in the head, but then how did he get there after having his head chopped off previously!!!!!