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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
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Starz Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jan. 1998
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005Q3VN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,767 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Stewart on 6 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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 toned down to best suit the film and the colours and sharpness look much better on this blu-ray.

inside the steelbook their is a booklet with info on the cast and crew.

SQ is dolby true hd 7.1 and the original mono mix but some people on blu-ray.com have mentioned that it is really just the 7.1 mix downgraded which is annoying for fans as the 2007 mono mix had no problems.

Special features are

All-New Audio commentary with writer/Director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis.

The Night She Came Home New Featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis

On Location

Trailers

Tv & Radio Spots

Additional Scenes from TV Version.

Blu-ray.com have an excellent review on this disc and also have screenshots compairing this new transfer with the 2007 release.

On the negative side A Cut Above The Rest special feature is missing from this disc which is no big deal but enough to annoy fans who want the ultimate edition.

Overall this is a much better release than the 2007 disc and worth buying.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Fox in the Box on 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Oct. 2006
Format: DVD
This is one of the greatest horror films ever made and deserves a place on every horror film fans shelf. Made on a showstring budget of about $300,000 it went on to become the most successful independent movie of all time.

The film is directed by John Carpenter, who at this time was churning out cult classics every year or two. Carpenters use of the camera as the killers view set a trend that continues to this day. Of course 'The Shape' as he came to be known, is a truly nightmarish creation. He wears a mask, which apparently was originally a Captain Kirk mask which one of the crew adapted! He's virtually indestructible, totally inhuman and one of the scariest killers ever.

Jamie Lee Curtis is pretty good, but the main reason to watch this from an acting point of view is Donald Pleasence who plays Dr Sam Loomis. Pleasence's role is crucial to the film, as some of the lines he has to deliver are, well a little clunky, such as

"He's gone from here, The evil is gone".

However Pleasence delivers them, good or bad, with conviction and gives a fantastic performance.

Another reason this film works is Carpenters creepy musical score, which racks up the tension at all the right points.

I'll give the final word to Dr Loomis:

"I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes! I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil!"
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Caligula II. on 28 May 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
REVIEWED VERSION: 2006 Anchor Bay UK DVD

Director: John Carpenter

Cast: Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis, Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, Charles Cyphers as Sheriff Leigh Brackett.

SYNOPSIS

Michael Myers has been institutionalized since he murdered his sister on Halloween at age 6. His doctor, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence), wants to keep him locked up for the rest of his life. After 15 years Michael Myers escapes from the looney bin and returns to Haddonfield, stalking his younger sister Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) with Loomis already in pursuit.

THE PROS & CONS

John Carpenter's 1978 movie HALLOWEEN is a true classic which spawned several sequels and two remakes.
I'm not a fan of the series - I liked the first sequel but that's all. The character of Michael Myers made a good villain in the first two movies, but the multiple returns were tedious. He is by no means a great cult figure.
John Carpenter's great effort behind the camera and as a writer make HALLOWEEN one of the best slasher movies. Personally I believe it is better placed in the thriller genre, though. It lacks blood and gore and will most probably not satisfy gore hounds (the 18 certificate is overrated). At its time it was a very suspenseful little shocker, though. Now, several thousand slashers later, of course the shocks are kind of predictable (thanks to slashers copying this movie) but I guarantee it will get you a couple of times nonetheless!
In front of the camera we get great performances by Donald Pleasance, Jamie Lee Curtis and Charles Cyphers. Also P.J. Soles in an early role.
HALLOWEEN certainly is one of Carpenter's better works and definitely a must-see.
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