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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.
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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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 ›
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
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.
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.
First up with have the magnificent original, which although the best of the series is nowhere near as scary as the legends.
Next is the Halloween 2 which continues straight onwards, not as good as the first but a worth continuation. Next is no 3 which is no good and has nothing to do with the legend.
Then we have 4 which is a sequal but also an attempted remake, this delivers a lot of scares and is much more scary than 1. Then comes 5 which is still scary and they try to vary the story a bit beginning to explain Michael's invulberability. Then comes 6 which continues the story straight on from 5 and fully explains Michael and what he is. But what's this? Six is not in the box, has there been a mistake? No the manufacturers for some inexplicable reason left out 6. Which is a vital part of the story. Finally we have H20 which continues the story on from 2 and kind of from 6 as well. H20 is a good sequal which effectively concluded the Michael Myers series, in the most satisfying was as possible ie the kind of death he can not return from. This box is released to coincide with Halloween 8: The Resurection, which extremely cunningly explains how Michael survived. All in all this box is very good, but it should have included 6: The Curse Of Michael Myers. Instead of 3 even that's why I gave this box 3 stars, 1 off for not having 6 1 off for not excluding 3. 3 has nothing to do with the story where as 6 actually does so it just defies all logic. Still this is very very good value for money. I'd recommend it and by a copy of 6 on video or wait for the DVD so you have the complete experience.
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