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Halloween [1978] [DVD]

Jamie Lee Curtis , Donald Pleasence , John Carpenter    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 25 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GL18JA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,807 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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John Carpenter's highly influential modern horror/suspense film set the trend for two decades of re-makes and sequels. Six-year-old Michael Myers is confined to an insane asylum after stabbing his sexually active teenage sister to death on Halloween night 1963. Exactly fifteen years later Michael escapes, returning to his home town of Haddonfield with psychiatrist Doctor Loomis (Donald Pleasence) in hot pursuit. Bookish babysitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), all alone in the house on Halloween night, soon discovers that she is Michael's next target.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Film/Very Good Blu Ray 12 Jun 2013
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Night He Came Home 22 July 2004
By Burjiz
It's easy to pick apart this DVD for what it DOESN'T have: the director's uncut version, the "original" shades of certain colors in the picture, etc. But the truth remains that John Carpenter's "Halloween" is still the slasher film to beat. Unlike the not-so-subtle "Friday the 13th" movies, "Halloween" relies less on gore and more on suspense to terrify an audience. Jamie Lee Curtis, then barely out of her teens, rightfully earned her title as the "scream queen" as Laurie Strode, the babysitter who comes face-to-face with Mike Myers, a psychotic masked killer who just escaped a psychiatric ward. The DVD has been re-released for its 25th anniversary, with a decent 5.1 soundtrack (Carpenter also composed the music). Many pick apart the picture because the colors are "off." This didn't bother me, and it didn't lessen the viewing experience. I was just happy that the picture is clear with hardly any print flaws. The second disc includes a detailed documentary that runs for almost 90 minutes and has interviews with the filmmakers and the cast. This documentary is almost worth the price of the DVD, in my opinion. We also have the spooky original trailer as well as a few TV and radio shots. It would have been nice if this disc also had the TV version of the movie so I could compare the two, but that's just a small gripe. "Halloween" spawned several sequels (none were directed by Carpenter, thankfully), and none of them come even close to topping the original. No questions asked, "Halloween" is a must-have for any movie buff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. Delivery was quick and it was a present ...
Fantastic. Delivery was quick and it was a present for my husband, he really loved it as his original one of these got damaged so it was a nice surprise for him. Thank you :)
Published 8 days ago by Joanne
4.0 out of 5 stars It looked excellent to me
It looked excellent to me, but if memory serves my boxset was defective, so I sent it back. Account is still nagging me to star review it, so I have. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Doc.B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
came on time and as described
Published 23 days ago by paul thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Arrived on time a great film so great.
Published 1 month ago by denise carp
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 2 months ago by mr c d charles

John Carpenter's 1978 movie HALLOWEEN is a true classic which spawned several sequels and two remakes. Read more
Published 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 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 5 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 5 months ago by Darryn Grinter
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