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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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86





Studio and Year: Compass International Pictures- 1978
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 91 minutes
Genre: Horror

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Pj Soles
Directed by: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
Written by: John Carpenter
Music by: John Carpenter
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 24, 2013







"The Night He Came Home."


Film Synopsis:

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”).



My Take:

This is one of those moments that has been happening to me way too much lately. I open up a package in the mail and its the 35 anniversary edition of Halloween. Really?? Wow...getting old quick over here. Besides the quick freakout about how time fly's, I started to think about horror movies in general, especially since I have been viewing a lot of them recently (The Friday the 13th Collection, Psycho 2, 3, Prince Of Darkness, The Lords of Salem), and asked myself "Is there a better all around horror flick than Halloween?? I couldn't come up with one that was better...well it and the Exorcist seem to duke it out for top spot.

You see, Halloween is a one of the rare movies where all things clicked. From the direction to the cast cast, the story, the cinematographer, music, pacing...it was all perfect for this movie. Budget dictated long steady cam shots that went on longer than usually. This created a brooding sense of the inevitable while making the fictitious town of Haddonfield feel like it was on the map. It made the teenage girls real as they walked the streets with their boy talk, smoking cigs and getting ready to babysit. The car popping up following them, the glimpses of Michael Meyers AKA The Shape in the backyard for the blink of an eye...The film spent an hour building up until the tension, along with the infamous score took a life of its own, making Halloween on of the, if not the most iconic horror movies of all time.

Is there a need to review this film other than mentioning its status as the best of the genres best? If you have seen it you know, if you haven't what better way than this newly transferred edition that was supervised by Cinematographer Dean Chudney? This edition is the definitive release as far as A/V is concerned and should remedy the much squawked about issues with Anchor Bays original release's color timing. More of this below...







Parental Guide:

Rated R for disturbing violent and sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some drug use



AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


Audio: 84

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Video: 88

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Halloweencomes to Blu-ray from Anchor Bay featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 37.4 mbps and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 2.8mbps

Halloween was first released in 2007 by Anchor Bay, and I went back and forth between the two transfers. The difference is large, especially in regards to the films colors. This release favors a cooler tone with muted colors that fit the films fall setting. The color timing of the original was the biggest complaint with the original BD release, gladly it has been corrected. Black levels are strong ans stable, details are apparent in shadows, but the biggest upgrade to my eyes was its level of sharpness and detail- It was significant. This is absolutely the best I have seen Halloween.

The films Dolby TrueHD soundtrack is not as significant an upgrade, however, it does benefit from what sounded like a wider dynamic range. Carpenters infamous score was brooding and big, neverslightly shrill like I recall it to have been in other releases. Dialogue was always in the right place, thought it could have stood for a bit more attention at times. This is not as much a revelation at the video, though it it quite a great track considering its 35 year age and low budget production.





Bonus Features:


  • All-new Audio Commentary with John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis

  • (HD) “The Night She Came Home” new featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis

  • (HD)On Location

  • (HD)Trailers

  • (HD)TV & Radio Spots

  • (HD)Additional Scenes from TV Version


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Final Thoughts:

35 years later, he is still coming home, and this time he looks better than ever. Mr. Micheal Meyers got a make-over and boy does he look good. This could have been the definitive copy of Halloween if only it was filled with more special features, or at least with the ones that have already been released on other editions. That was a bit of a disappointment as I love digging into to that stuff. The all new commentary with Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis was fun, as was hearing how much Jamie remembered and how burned Carpenter was on some of the details. A fun and informative track that's worth a listen. Fans will be very pleased with the films new transfer supervised by Dean Chudney, the films cinematographer, thought a bit disappointed in the lack of supplements.


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thanks for the review...i will definitely buy this release...i have the 1998 25th anniversary two tape set...which was an ok version.
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Outstanding! as always Lee. I really enjoy your horror movie reviews. Keep up the excellent writing!
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Buying this one for sure since I do not own this on BD yet.

Thanks for the review!

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There are reports that the included mono track is not, in fact, the original track, but rather a downmix of the 7.1 track. You can tell by a few moments: the sound effect for The Shape popping up in Annie's car is not the same as the original audio, etc. Can you confirm or deny that the mono track is the unaltered track and not just a repurposing of the new track?
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Thanks, Lee! This sounds really good. Oddly enough, I do not own ANY version of this classic.

Two movies kept me up at night when I was a kid, this and The Exorcist. cool.gif Man, are we getting old! redface.gif

Speaking of good frights, I highly recommend you watch The Conjuring. eek.gif
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Cundey also "supervised" the THX dvd, and how does this one keep more in line with the right color palette, for what Autumn in the midwest would look like?

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35th Ann. Blu
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Cundey also "supervised" the THX dvd, and how does this one keep more in line with the right color palette, for what Autumn in the midwest would look like?

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
2007 bd
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35th Ann. Blu
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THX DVD
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Ask him if you have an issue! geez.

Also, I compared it to the original Bluray release, not the THX DVD, and like I said below i was a better fit for the fall setting over the 2007 BD. And your pics seem to support that. Thanks!


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Halloween was first released in 2007 by Anchor Bay, and I went back and forth between the two transfers. The difference is large, especially in regards to the films colors. This release favors a cooler tone with muted colors that fit the films fall setting. The color timing of the original was the biggest complaint with the original BD release, gladly it has been corrected. Black levels are strong ans stable, details are apparent in shadows, but the biggest upgrade to my eyes was its level of sharpness and detail- It was significant. This is absolutely the best I have seen Halloween.
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Ask him if you have an issue! geez.

Also, I compared it to the original Bluray release, not the THX DVD, and like I said below i was a better fit for the fall setting over the 2007 BD. And your pics seem to support that. Thanks!

LOL!

Now that I see that comparison, I'm convinced that the new Blu-ray looks more sinister, and---for that matter alone---superior! cool.gif
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Obviously he's speaking about the BD releases...and seeing it was shot in California and there's palm trees visible throughout the film, I'm not going to lose much sleep over the image actually appearing how it was shot.

This film is still the unquestioned leader in the genre, by the way.

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Sorry I might have missed the answer. Is the 35th edition better than the previous bluray as far as picture quality?
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Guys,

what year did the THX DVD get released?
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Guys,

what year did the THX DVD get released?

I believe it was 1999....

here it is!http://www.blu-ray.com/dvd/Halloween-DVD/1383/

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I have the 3-D type cover that says THX DVD at the bottom.
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Having just purchased this 35th Anniversary Halloween Blu Ray... The movie and soundtrack speaks for itself... Now Video wise, the Clarity and detail are superb in this transfer but at the cost of a "Grainy Picture" throughout... I also noticed that in "a few" of the early scenes that the sides of the picture had some faint vertical ghost lines, especially the right side.. I was very disappointed having seeing that. A click or two down on the brightness and it would have gone undetected. Again, this was only in a few of the very early scenes and not the whole movie.

I will have to say that the best version to date IMO, is still the Two Disc THX DVD Special Edition Version.. The one that has the 2nd special extended 104 minute TV version.. Although slightly less detailed.. The THX DVD version still ranks tops in my book. What they should have done here, with the 35th anniversary version, just to keep it different, is to re-release the 104 minute TV cut with newly remixed surround audio tracks (as well as improved video).. As the DVD THX limited edition of the 104 minute TV cut was mono only. Perhaps Anchor Bay will release a Blu Ray THX version that has all the bells & whistles.

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