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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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Now this is the 35th Anniversary edition which came out in 2013 so pretty soon of course we are going to be getting a 40 year anniversary edition, you know its happening, what they will add I do not know but with the new Halloween film due out in 2018 you just know theirs going to be another release on the horizon. This edition I bought for the HD transfer as it was supervised by the cinematographer Dean Cundey who I am a big fan of so I definitely trusted this and it is worth the price alone. Its sharper (no pun) than it has ever looked. There's a new commentary track by John Carpenter and Jaime Lee Curtis, again a worthy extra to have and a new featurette featuring Jaime Lee Curtis. It does not contain A Cut Above The Rest doc which was on a previous DVD which I think is all you need in the telling of Halloween so its things like that which spoil this release as if they added it on it would have been the only edition you will ever need.
What I have done and I think many other's should follow suit is take my 2nd disc of extras from my Halloween DVD, bought a two disc Blu-Ray case and add the 2nd disc to my 35th Anniversary edition, basically making my own release. This is the way forward and done it on many other films I own, The Terminator being another. Just a thought for fans who are getting sick of having to re-buy the films they love.
Bought it yesterday and it scared the life out of my 16 and 14 year olds. I watched it with the eyes of someone who has seen it many times. It's dated, there are many goofs and some of the acting is awful. I'd be more scared if I met Donald Pleasence down a dark alley than Michael Myers (my kids agreed) and why does Michael walk so slow? You could walk briskly and be a few miles ahead of him within 1/2 hour.
However, for whatever reason, it remains one of the best horror movies ever. John Carpenter's music has a lot to do with that. As soon as it starts, you are getting the jitters while waiting for something to happen.
To really freak your teenagers out (pref on Halloween) leave the front door open (no bell + pizza coming), the back door open, and the French doors in front of the computer you are watching on, open. Curtains closed so they shriek every time the wind blows and the curtains are blowing!
This Blu-ray is great I thought. I already had the 2001 DVD release (with a big THX advert on it) and I remember that edition blew me away back then. It was a huge leap compared to the VHS I had just about worn out. This Blu-ray image is superb and is easily an improvement over any DVD edition; but I didn't purchase the initial Blu-ray release a few years back so I can't comment on that. I have done a bit of research at Blu-ray review sites and, incredibly enough, a few of them have had negative comments concerning the visual image. I can't see anything wrong with it; simply beautiful to look at.
Audio wise I thought the mono track sounded a bit off.
Extras are fine but a little underwhelming. The new commentary is a fun listen and Jamie Lee Curtis's feature; "The Night She Came Home" is better than I thought. The Television scenes are wisely presented as a bonus feature rather then inserted into the film but they're fun to go through.
Potential buyers should know that the film has English subtitles but there's no mention of it anywhere. Also, there's no second disc as is listed on the site.
Great film and a great edition; and the Steelbook is nice.
But what was happening at the beginning, when Loomis and the nurse reach the loony-bin? Where did Michael learn to drive? How could he have carried around that headstone without assistance? All right, so it's probably no odder than Liz Frankenstein turning from Mae Clarke into Valerie Hobson, but it sure goes a long way to proving John Landis's contention that most fantasy films are s***.
Carpenter was a pretty good moviemaker in his day (which was short enough) - not unlike De Palma. Give them more money, though, and what do they do? Make high-budget stinkers!
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