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Halloween: The Complete Collection (Eight Disc Box Set) [DVD]

Donald Pleasence , Jamie Lee Curtis , John Carpenter    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
  • Producers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Irwin Yablans, Kool Marder, Moustapha Akkad
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (227 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002MGZA0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,704 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Halloween is as pure and undiluted as its title. In the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois, a teenage baby sitter tries to survive a Halloween night of relentless terror, during which a knife-wielding maniac goes after the town's hormonally charged youths. Director John Carpenter takes this simple situation and orchestrates a superbly mounted symphony of horrors. It's a movie much scarier for its dark spaces and ominous camera movements than for its explicit bloodletting (which is actually minimal). Composed by Carpenter himself, the movie's freaky music sets the tone; and his script (cowritten with Debra Hill) is laced with references to other horror pictures, especially Psycho. The baby sitter is played by Jamie Lee Curtis, the real-life daughter of Psycho victim Janet Leigh; and the obsessed policeman played by Donald Pleasence is named Sam Loomis, after John Gavin's character in Psycho. In the end, though, Halloween stands on its own as an uncannily frightening experience--it's one of those movies that had audiences literally jumping out of their seats and shouting at the screen. ("No! Don't drop that knife!") Produced on a low budget, the picture turned a monster profit, and spawned many sequels, none of which approached the 1978 original. Curtis returned for two more instalments: 1981's dismal Halloween II, which picked up the story the day after the unfortunate events, and 1998's occasionally gripping Halloween H20, which proved the former baby sitter was still haunted after 20 years. --Robert Horton

Product Description

The complete collection of 'Halloween' films. In 'Halloween' (1978) psychotic killer Michael Myers escapes from the lunatic asylum he was confined to fifteen years before and returns to his home town of Haddonfield. Bookish babysitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), all alone in the house on Halloween, soon discovers that she is Michael's new target. Can Doctor Loomis (Donald Pleasence), a psychiatrist who has studied Michael's case, arrive in time to save her? 'Halloween II' (1981) catches up with Laurie as she spends time in hospital recovering from her horrific encounter with Myers. She thinks he is now dead, but before long he has her on the run again. 'Halloween III - Season of the Witch' (1983) deviates from the tried-and-tested slasher formula to tell a story about an evil corporation which plans to take over the minds of the populace by transmitting hypnotic TV adverts that are received by novelty Halloween masks. 'Halloween 4 - The Return of Michael Myers' (1988) sees Michael Myers escape and return once again to Haddonfield, where he sets his sights on his niece Jaime (Danielle Harris). 'Halloween 5 - The Revenge of Michael Myers' (1989) has Jaime team up with Doctor Loomis when she senses that her uncle is about to go on the rampage once more.In 'Halloween 6 - The Curse of Michael Myers' (1995), Doctor Loomis warns the townsfolk of Haddonfield that Michael will soon make another bloody return. In 'Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later' Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) apparently killed in a car crash actually faked her death so that she could adopt a new identity. She is now Keri Tate, headmistress of a private school in California, and mother of a teenage son, John. Unfortunately, Halloween 1998 - the twentieth anniversary of Michael's original attack - sees the slasher decide that the time is now right to get back in touch with his family. In 'Halloween: Resurrection' it is revealed that in the previous film 'Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later'', Laurie Strode (Curtis) beheaded the wrong person. Confined to a mental institution, she soon falls victim to Myers (Brad Loree). Meanwhile in Haddonfield, Illinois, a group of college students are to star in an online reality show where they spend the night in the killer's childhood home. It isn't long before Michael Myers is stalking them one by one.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film/Very Good Blu Ray 12 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray
This will be a review of John Carpenter's classic 1978 film, 'Halloween', on Blu Ray.

In terms of the overall quality, here's what I think:

Picture: 8/10. The picture quality gets a solid 8 from me. Basically, there is very much so an improvement over a DVD counterpart here. Colours, Character clothing, Textures and Backgrounds are what to watch out for here. Also, the overall image of the film is a whole lot sharper now, thanks to this Blu Ray release. However, despite all of the above, there are some scenes I noticed that looked exactly the same as my DVD counterpart (which is the 25th Anniversary edition and which was remastered anyhow). In the heel of the hunt though, 'Halloween' is a definite improvement in picture quality on Blu Ray, so I would recommend it.

Sound: 10/10. Yes, the sound quality gets a full 10 from me. When I sat down and watched this yesterday, I could not believe how good the sound quality was. The dialogue and music score are both top notch here. In fact, I do consider this Blu Ray to be the best version of Halloween I have heard and will probably ever hear (considering its age). Ultimately, I would highly recommend a purchase of this on Blu Ray for the quality of the sound alone.

Finally, just a quick note regarding the special features. You get an Audio Commentary track from John Carpenter, Debra Hill and Jamie Lee Curtis. There's also a film trailer from 1978 and 3 TV and Radio Spots. However, on the back of the Blu Ray case, it says 'Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest Trailer'. This is incorrect; you do get the full documentary and, on that note, I must say that it is a really good documentary which covers the entire Halloween franchise and where the people involved feel it is going in the 21st Century.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Being a fan of a particular band, album or film means that at some point you will find yourself faced with the dilemma as to whether to buy a new special edition of an album or DVD you already own.

For this reviewer, the moment came with the release of Halloween 35th Anniversary Blu Ray. I already own two versions of Halloween on DVD (double disc from 2001 and 25 Years of Terror from 2008) so it became a real head vs heart debate between the joy of owning Halloween on blu ray with JLC/JC commentary (heart) and spending more money on a film that JC has already done a commentary on before and I probably know as much as I need to know from every extra before (head).

And so it came to pass that I was in the DVD section of my supermarket and I came across the blu ray. It wasn't exactly beckoning me to buy but it might just as well have. So my heart told my head to go get the coffees in whilst my heart and me went and bought it.

So what do you get? I'm not clever enough to describe the technical advantages of blu ray so all I can say is that it looks and sounds great. I could even see that the great Nancy Loomis had some teenage spots which I never noticed in my VHS edition. I don't need to describe the film, you all know how amazing it is and how it never fails to hit the spot.

The extras are limited to a JLC/JC commentary which is absolutely brilliant. To listen to the double heart and soul of the movie bickering, reminiscing and generally talking over each other is just amazing. Witness when JC starts grumbling when JLC starts talking technically about the film. The only sad part was that the brilliant underrated Debra Hill was not there to act as referee but her spirit lives on in this film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The night he changed slashers forever. 10 Feb 2014
By BigAl82
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'm not quite sure how you can not love this film. It has got EVERYTHING. Except hardcore gay porn. But other than that pure brilliance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars classic 31 Oct 2006
By sean paul mccann VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
halloween is a 1978 john carpenter movie that was an independent movie that made so much more than could have been imagined and its influence is even greater than that,logic would say that this film was inspired by hitchcocks psycho but the slasher genre grew wings after this and led to years of cheap slasher movies that have all more or less grew cult status and of course halloween is the best of a franchise that has spawned 8 films including a 2007 rob zombie led remake.

The film isnt as gory or as blood led as its reputation dictates,check it out if you havent watched it in a while and you will see what i mean,but the character of michael myers is menacing and the scare factor is immense here at times,jamie lee curtis is excellent here as one of michaels targets and while michaael never talks nor do you see his adult face,he is still one of horrors most distinctive characters,iconic almost and so is this movie,excellent.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
John Carpenter's Halloween was filmed over a period of just 3 weeks with a budget of just $300,000. A lot of compromises had to be made. The mask, for example, is a William Shatner one - all they did was spray paint it and widen the eyeholes, and to fantastic effect!
John Carpenter is such an excellent director. The first time I watched this movie I was about 12, and it is my favourit horror film. I'm 17 now and no matter how often I watch it still chills me!
Donald Pleasance and Jamie Lee Curtis give outstanding performances in the film that started the "slasher" movie genre. Also PJ Soles and Nancy Loomis are very good as Laurie's naughty but unfortunate best friends.
It goes without saying that John Carpenter's musical score for the film is very catchy/nerve-shredding, in particular the deep piano "heartbeat" chords that start when The Chase begins.
Overall just the mere concept of an unrelenting force of evil, in the shape of a person who refuses to die, makes this film so creepy and a definite MUST for all horror fans. It hooks you!
It spawned seven sequels, and a ninth is in production I believe, but none of the sequels aspired to or ever will aspire to the same terrifying level as the original. I promise you that you simply must have this film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still one of the best
1st horror film I ever watched and still love it nearly 30 yrs later.... This version has alot more going for it than the last bluray version Classic horror with a good story that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mr c d charles
4.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF THE BEST SLASHER MOVIES
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John Carpenter's 1978 movie HALLOWEEN is a true classic which spawned several sequels and two remakes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Caligula II.
2.0 out of 5 stars shoul have bought new
The film was the original and still fantastic. The trouble is I purchased it second hand for 2. plus 2 postage. A new DVD was 10 plus the same postage. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tony goldrick
5.0 out of 5 stars totally awesome
Is the blu ray better picture quality than the dvd only slightly for me though the making of Halloween is well worth it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally the real deal...
Halloween.A movie which defines a genre.A Cult Picture,a classic and finally a masterwork. Now for the 35th Anniversary it gets the final edition.Or not? Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Equalizer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Beautiful transfer of the best horror movie of all time. The Steelbook is beautiful too. Highly recommended for everyone who is thinking of getting it
Published 4 months ago by Darryn Grinter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
You can see now like it was a new movie. Ultra Bright and Ultra Quality. Love Blu Ray Disc. Yeah!
Published 4 months ago by Juan Carlos
5.0 out of 5 stars Halloween 1978 steelbook.
First off this blu-ray looks much better than the old disc from 2007.

Cinematographer Dean Cundey was involved in the mastering in this disc and the colours have been... Read more
Published 4 months ago by M. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars Halloween. Blu ray
Excellent blu ray, arrived quick and halloween looks and sounds incredible in blu ray, there is also a documentary that is very interesting.
Published 5 months ago by Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Classic
Saw this movie on release in 1978. Classic - soundtrack, Jamie-Lee, Michael Myers; love it. 10/10. Never tire of this, highly reommended.
Published 6 months ago by Martin Mulcahy
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