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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent blu-ray.
Ok once again amaazon are mixing up the reviews for all the different reviews for halloween 2, so lets make this clear from the start... THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE US BLU RAY OF HALLOWEEN 2.

ok, now thats out of the way, halloween 2 follows on directly from halloween only this time directed by Rick rosenthal, as after writing the screenplay carpenter didn't want to...
Published on 17 Sept. 2011 by Mr. K. Arts

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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BUYERS BEWARE!!
UK buyers beware!

This review is for the Collector's Edition of Halloween II from Shout Factory. This disc is LOCKED to Region A and will NOT play on UK players. See here for confirmation: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Halloween-II-Blu-ray/46632/

I suggest either buying the region free 30th Anniversary edition (see here:...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent blu-ray., 17 Sept. 2011
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Ok once again amaazon are mixing up the reviews for all the different reviews for halloween 2, so lets make this clear from the start... THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE US BLU RAY OF HALLOWEEN 2.

ok, now thats out of the way, halloween 2 follows on directly from halloween only this time directed by Rick rosenthal, as after writing the screenplay carpenter didn't want to direct 'more of the same' and moved on to other projects. The film takes the action to the local Hospital where michael myers quickly begins carving his way through the staff to get to the films last survivor Laurie strode (still played by jamie lee curtis from the first movie) all the while pursued by Dr sam loomis (donald plesence, who bcame a mainstay of the franchise).

Halloween 2 is gorier and louder than its predecessor and while some say its not as good as its predecessor (and their probably right about that) Halloween 2 is a LOT of fun nontheless and will certainly entertain fans of the origional. I'm not sure the gratuitous gore shots are really needed but are probably included for commercial reasons as at this point the slasher craze was in full swing and much of the competition was laying the grue on with a trowel. If you havent seen the origional Halloween then shame on you, go buy it now, if you have then this is well worth watching and definately one of the better horror sequels out there.

So is the disc worth getting?

YES.

If your a halloween fan the 35th anniversary blu-ray is a fantastic update. The picture quality is phenomenal and far better than even the previous, great quality, universal release. Extras-wise we get a featurette, and alternate ending and some deleted scenes (all of which seem to come from the TV version) but sadly we dont get the kim newman and alan jones commentary track from the uk version, which is a shame as the picture quality on that release was dreadful.

Overall then, this is a definate must buy for anyone looking for the film in hi-def, and definately worth watching if you havent seen it before. It looks and sounds fantastic and is definately the best presentation of the film to date.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BUYERS BEWARE!!, 21 Jun. 2013
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UK buyers beware!

This review is for the Collector's Edition of Halloween II from Shout Factory. This disc is LOCKED to Region A and will NOT play on UK players. See here for confirmation: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Halloween-II-Blu-ray/46632/

I suggest either buying the region free 30th Anniversary edition (see here: http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Halloween-II-Blu-ray/19651/) or waiting for a decent UK release of this film.

DON'T BUY THE SHOUT FACTORY release unless you have a region-free or region-switchable blu-ray player as you will be very disappointed!

AMAZON STOP GROUPING ALL REVIEWS TOGETHER! It's a stupid policy that only leads to confusion and annoyance for your customers. Wise up and update your system!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great disc., 20 Dec. 2012
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Having already got several copies of Halloween II the main draw for me to buy this disc was because it has the film "Terror In The Aisles" as a bonus.
This film has never been released on DVD or Blu Ray before and my old VHS copy from 1984 was beginning to get very worn indeed.
So it was a delight to be able to finally get it on disc.
Whilst no great effort has been made to clean up the image I can say that it is far better than my old VHS tape in both sound and picture and I have never seen it look better since I saw it at the cinema many years ago.
The feature presentation of Halloween II is a massive upgrade too on my DVD copies so this was a win/win disc for me.
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2011 DVD Release Review, 19 Oct. 2011
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This review is from: Halloween II [DVD] (DVD)
Iv owned this film on DVD for years and it was one of the worst DVDs I have ever bought.
It is full screen with picture and sound quality worse than ANY VHS I ever owned.
When I heard it was being re-released this October I had to buy it.
The film is now in widescreen with MUCH better picture and sound quality(although it remains in mono) and has an audio commentary by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman.
The film itself is a worthy sequel picking up the moment the first film ends, and it makes a perfect double bill.
For anyone who owns this on DVD (fullscreen) already, its well worth buying this version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of a Sequel, 14 Jun. 2001
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moviemaniac@eircom.net (Castlebridge, Co. Wexford, Ireland) - See all my reviews
This is an absolutely brilliant horror film.It picks up exactly where the first one finishes, with Michael Myers still on the loose.This film is just more of the original, with the same suspense, tension, and the same kind of shocking murders, as Myers continues to stalk his sister, Laurie Strode(Jamie Lee Curtis) in a very dark and scary looking hospital. Donald Pleasance as ever is brilliant as Dr. Sam Loomis, and Jamie Lee Curtis proves again that she is the supreme scream queen.This is truly a great horror movie, helped by a great script, great cast and some very grizzly and gruesome killings(see the jacuzzi scene).This in my eyes is a real horror classic, up there with Halloween and the Scream Trilogy.GO BUY IT NOW!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Terror Continues..., 27 Sept. 2014
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Halloween 2 (Blu-ray - Region Free).

Blu-ray Info.
Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
Language: English
Subtitles: French, Spanish
Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
Audio: English DTS 5.1, English DTS 2.0
Number of discs: 1
Classification: R (18)
Studio: Universal Studios
Running time 88 minutes

Please Note: there are two Blu-ray versions of Halloween 2, This review is of the 'Universal' Region Free version that players on all Blu-ray players, The other version is by 'Shout Factory' & is Region Locked that will only play only on Region A players.

Extras.
Alternate Ending,
Deleted Scenes,
"Terror in the Aisles" documentary

Cast.
Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode
Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis
Charles Cyphers as Leigh Brackett
Lance Guest as Jimmy Lloyd
Pamela Susan Shoop as Karen Bailey
Hunter von Leer as Gary Hunt
Tawny Moyer as Jill Franco
Ana Alicia as Janet Marshall
Nancy Stephens as Marion Chambers
Gloria Gifford as Mrs. Virginia Alves
Leo Rossi as Budd Scarlotti
Ford Rainey as Dr. Frederick Mixter
Jeffrey Kramer as Graham
Dick Warlock as The Shape (Michael Myers)
Cliff Emmich as Mr. Garrett
John Zenda as Marshal
Lucille Benson as Mrs Elrod
Nancy Loomis as Annie Brackett
Anne Bruner as Alice Martin
Catherine Bergstrom as Producer
Dana Carvey as Assistan

Budget: $2.5 million
Box office: $25,533,818

Trivia.
1)Believing Rick Rosenthal's version of the film to be too tame, John Carpenter shot a few gory scenes that were added into the film despite Rosenthal's objections
2)This sequel was originally intended to be the final film to feature the Michael Myers, Dr Sam Loomis, Laurie Strode & the Haddonfield storyline.
3)The film is set immediately after the first Halloween (1978). Since Jamie Lee Curtis had begun to wear a much shorter hairstyle in the 1980s, she had to wear a wig that matched her original hairstyle for the film.
4)Dick Warlock is the shortest Michael Myers in the entire series. In fact, he wore lifts in order to appear taller.
5)Donald Pleasence did his his own stunt when he falls down after Michael Myers stabs him in the hospital operating room.
6)Though Jamie Lee Curtis has top billing, she only appears on screen for approximately 25 min. 21 sec. This applies only to the theatrical version; in the TV version she has a few extra scenes.
7)John Carpenter turned down an offer to direct, but remained involved with the production by writing the screenplay.
8)Jamie Lee Curtis did her own stunt when she falls out of the car onto the parking lot asphalt.
9)John Carpenter produced, supervised & co-scripted and even directed uncredited a few additional scenes for this film. Carpenter's music from the first film was also used, & he was involved in the film's post-production as well.
10)The film was bookended by the song "Mr. Sandman" sung by The Chordettes. The tune would also later be used in the later Halloween movie Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998).

What's The Story.
Halloween, 1978, & Michael Myers is still on the loose after escaping certain death at Dr. Loomis' hands. By now, the entire sheriff's department is hunting for him, & Laurie Strode - his intended victim - has been taken to Haddonfield Hospital to be treated for wounds inflicted by Michael.

Only Dr. Loomis & Sheriff Brackett- whose daughter had been murdered by Myers - seem aware of Myers' presence in the town, & a young man unknowingly alerts Myers to Laurie's location at Haddonfield General Hospital.

Myers reaches the hospital as he murders the entire staff in his pursuit of Laurie, Meanwhile, Marion Chambers - who had been assisting Loomis during the planned pickup of Myers for his trial - meets up with Loomis to advise him that Myers is after Laurie for one reason: she is his sister who was born 2 years before he was committed to the Smith's Grove institute.

Dr.Loomis is forced to overpower the U.S. Marshal who was to return him to Smith's Grove & heads back to Haddonfield Hospital to stop Michael Myers bloody killing spree & save Laurie, But are they too late?

Timelord Thoughts.
This sequel follows on from the same night of the original Halloween were Laurie Strode is being taken to the hospital due to her injuries sustained by Myers & there is a massive manhunt to find Myers.

Laurie eventually gets settled into the hospital but it's only a matter of time until Michael can find out where Laurie is & when he finally comes to get her then all hell breaks loose.

The hospital setting adds great atmosphere of the film & is the movies main setting It gives us lots of long dark corridors & stair wells so we can have a few shots of Michael hunting his prey intercut with Loomis & the police manhunt to find Michael.

Rick Rosenthal directed this film with pace & atmosphere who keeps to a similar style of Carpenter's direction, The hospital lighting is atmospheric , the suspense is higher, the mask looks creepier, the score is even more chilling & the death scenes are shockingly effective & far gorier than the original movie.

Donald Pleasance is once again great as Dr Loomis & plays the part with total conviction & is just simply brilliant in the role, while Jamie-Lee Curtis proves why she was the early 80's scream queen & gives another good performance as a wounded Laurie Strode trying to survive her brothers inner murderous rage.

The Blu-ray print is a little grainy in parts & there's a little print damage here & there but it's a far better transfer than previous DVD releases & is completely uncut with a excellent 5.1 sound mix.

This is a classic sequel & great follow up to Halloween & is best watched back to back with the original for maximum efficiency, so forget those inferior sequels that followed this film & sit back & prepare to be scared witless as Michael slowly makes his way into your home.

Timelord Rating.
8/10.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TERROR IN THE AISLES, 15 April 2015
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***SPOILER ALERT*** Wonderful squeal to one of the best horror films ever made, Halloween 2 follows directly after Halloween when Michael Myers gets shot six times by Dr lomis(Donald pleasance) Laurie strode(Jamie lee Curtis) is taken to the local hospital, where she thinks her ordeal is over WRONG!. The deaths are more gruesome than the first with most of the deaths taking place inside a hospital, there is no end of instruments from knifes, syringes, even hot water therapy at his disposal .

There is now a massive police hunt for the knife wielding madman, the police think that the killer is just killing people at random, but what they don't know is Laurie is his sister and he will do anything to kill her and anyone who gets in his way. The only BIG! negative thing for me was, was the ending, don't get me wrong it was great but they basically burnt him to death, up to a point there would be nothing left but dust, so how he can turn up five more times is beyond me, but still I love Halloween 4,5,6,7 well except Halloween 8 and the two rob zombie films which were truly awful.

This review is for the UNIVERSAL(thank you universal) Blu-ray release which is region free, the picture is ok I have seen worse plus the 5.1 is in DTS and sounds great, plus the film ratio is in 2.35:1, and looks good, there are a few features on the disc I have listed them below.

***BONUS FEATURES***

Terror in the Aisles
Alternate Ending
Deleted Scenes
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Later that same evening, 28 Nov. 2011
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Whilst not the best nor worst of the series, Halloween II is a middling addition to the series but is far better than some of the later entries. The film follows directly on from the first, iconic John Carpenter movie - so much so that there are mere seconds between the end of the 1978 original and this sequel.

Several concepts are introduced in this film that play out throughout the subsequent movies, and the central characters become the focus of a new plot strand that was still running in H20 in 1998.

The disc. The print and transfer of this REGION FREE disc are the best I have ever seen the movie look. There is a pleasing amount of film grain - not excessive but present giving the overall presentation a filmic appearance. The soundtrack is suitably cleaned up to match the visuals.

The extras. The main reason many people (myself included) are buying this disc is for the full 1080p transfer of Terror in the Aisles a late 80s documentary featuring many clips of horror movies. This feature was released alone in cinemas, and on VHS and Laser disc, but is a very welcome addition to the HII package.

Overall the movie is the part of the disc that loses a point as its just not as good as the original (none of the sequels or re-imaginings have been, have they?)but I still heartily give it 4 out of 5.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 8 Aug. 2004
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This Halloween sequel is the best and better than the first. The places where they try to make you jump are perfect and made me jump every time quite an achievment that it still works 20 years later. The story is not confusing like in some of 'nightmare on elmstreet' ones and the special effects are perfect. If you have or are buying halloween you must by this sequel. It was first meant to be final part of the halloween series. It tells you why michael myers wants to kill Laurie Strode (Jamie lee Curtis) and it is all going back to when he killed his sister as a child. So buy this movie it is a dream for horror film lovers
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hospital of Doom!, 17 Sept. 2001
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John Carpenter has done it again with this truly amazing sequal!! The end of the first film was so freaky everybody wanted a sequal, and when it was made nobody was dissapointed! Most of the time sequals are pretty bad but HALLOWEEN II was just as scary as the first. The setting is perfect. The hospital (where Laurie Strode was taken to after her ordeal in the first) is so quiet that it is scary. You're always suspecting Michael Myers to jump out from somewhere and kill. John Carpenter decided to add in what the first film lacked, gore. This film is pretty gory and not for the faint-hearted. Brilliant performances once again by the 'Scream Queen' Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence. There are a few memorable scenes and some interesting weapons eg. a scalpol! John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN II is definitely one of the best sequals in the world. 10/10
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