- 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 (339 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0002MGZA0
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,454 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Halloween: The Complete Collection (Eight Disc Box Set) [DVD]
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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.
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 alternate DVD edition.
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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.Read more ›
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!
Well, Michael Myers wasn't dead, but on "Halloween" he returned to cause trouble for the people of his hometown, with all its dark houses and teenage victims. And John Carpenter's masterpiece lives up to its reputation: creepy, eerie, harrowing, and full of solid acting from Donald Pleasance and Jamie Lee Curtis.
On Halloween, 1963, young Michael Myers lurked outside the house while his sister had sex with her boyfriend. After he left, Michael put on a mask, picked up a knife, and stabbed his sister to death.
Fifteen years later, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is about to take Myers to a legal hearing, when Myers (Nick Castle) breaks open the psych hospital and escapes in Loomis' car. On Halloween, teenage Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) notices a silent, masked figure popping up and disappearing near her school, house, and neighborhood.
Despite this, she goes about her babysitting duties, even taking care of another girl's charge overnight. The only problem is, the girl is dead, and so is another pal and her boyfriend. Dr. Loomis is staking out Myers' old home, unaware that Myers is now prowling the house where Laurie is staying -- and there seems to be no way to avoid the knife-wielding "evil."
It sounds like a thousand knockoff movies made since then, but "Halloween" formed the original mold. And like any other groundbreaker, it is the most stripped-down, intense example of the genre -- little gore, little graphic violence, but the way it's handled is enough to make your hair stand on end, and make you go to bed with a gun under your pillow.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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When I ordered this dvd disc set there was supposed to be 2 discs in it and I'm assuming that it is Halloween 1 and 2!! Unfortunately having paid £10 I received One disc!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Siobhain-Marie
The first Halloween movie released in 1978. Get ready for a few jump in your seat when michael comes home.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant horror film, I grew up with halloween and it scared me so much. I can still watch it and it will still scare me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by kathleen blackley
A classic and a truly original movie. Will never get bored of it.Published 2 months ago by Zombie Priest