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Halloween Blu-ray

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DigiBook / 35th Anniversary Edition Starz / Anchor Bay | 1978 | 91 min | Rated R | Sep 24, 2013

Halloween (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (36.20 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 (192kbps)

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Extras 3.4 of 53.4
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Halloween

 (1978)

Halloween Blu-ray delivers stunning video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Fifteen years ago, Michael Myers brutally murdered his sister. Now, after escaping from a mental hospital, he’s back to relive his grisly crime again, and again...and again.

For more about Halloween and the Halloween Blu-ray release, see Halloween Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards (II)
Director: John Carpenter

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Halloween Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.5 of 5

Halloween's original Blu-ray release has been subjected to a rather large amount of controversy and criticism for its color timing, turning off some would-be buyers, angering purists, and leaving diehard Halloween fans to settle for an inferior product, albeit a product that was otherwise well-received. But there's good news. Anchor Bay has revisited the title almost six years later and produced what most will agree to be the definitive home video version of the film yet. Better, the transfer has been overseen and approved by none other the picture's Director of Photography, Dean Cundey. It's a compelling selling point, and Anchor Bay definitely wants the film's legions of fans to know that this is a safe version to buy. After all, it's stated no less than three times on the packaging, twice on the back label and once on the inside. So this is the film as Cundey wants viewers to see it, much the same way The French Connection was re-issued with a cinematographer-approved transfer a few years after the original pressing also ran into controversy. With that out of the way, how does Cundey's transfer stack up against the old title and, more importantly, on its own merits?

In short, this is Halloween like it's never been seen before on home video. First, colors appear significantly less warm and bright. There's a slight cold, gray feel to even the film's brightest seasonal outdoor shots. Skin tones have been reduced from "hot" to "neutral." There's less an explosion of brightness and more a balance of natural, if not slightly reserved, coloring. Green vegetation and bright clothes aren't blinding but rather balanced. Oranges enjoy stable, accurate pop, particularly the opening titles and the accompanying pumpkin. Dark scenes are rich and firm, with deep, accurate blacks and no unwarranted or excess brightness. What's even more impressive is the transfer's pure film-like texture. Light grain accentuates nearly every scene and helps define a beautiful cinematic flair. Details are incredibly crisp and film-true, right down to strands of hair and light fuzzes and frays on clothes. Sidewalks, housing façades, tree trunks, and leaves are as well defined as the source and the format allows. This is a naturally sharp, very pleasing image. However, it's not without a few hiccups. Very light, barely noticeable speckling does appear throughout, though to no unwelcoming level. A stray hair is visible at the bottom of the frame for a few seconds around 26:30 mark in a scene inside Laurie's bedroom. It also appears in the previous Blu-ray release. A few shots go smeary around the edges, though that appears inherent to the source and not an issue with the Blu-ray presentation. Overall, this is a significant upgrade from the previous release. Not only do the colors enjoy a cooler, more natural tone, but the image is significantly more crisp and well defined. Fans should be ecstatic with this presentation.

NOTE: Screenshots 1-30 have been sourced from this new "35th Anniversary" Blu-ray disc. Screenshots 31-40 are comparative screenshots sourced from the Oct 02, 2007 Anchor Bay Halloween release referenced above.


Halloween Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Halloween returns to Blu-ray with an all-new Dolby TrueHD 7.1 lossless soundtrack, alongside the original soundtrack. The result of the 7.1 track is a revealing, usually engaging listen. The film begins with the picture's legendary score drifting into the stage, first, with well-defined sharp piano notes that offer natural clarity and fine front spacing. A deep, foreboding, and familiar low end follows with a rise in surround support to bring a remarkable definition and presence to the acclaimed score. This is more than likely the best presentation most audiences will have heard of that classic refrain to date. The action transitions to the exterior of the Myers home and provides light and mood-critical background ambience to start. The track doesn't always require environmental elements thereafter, but the occasional chilly late October breeze, driving rain, and booming thunder -- the latter of which grows in intensity the closer Loomis comes to the asylum -- are all perfectly implemented and create several unforgettable sonic moments. It seems this track is capable of better defining some of the film's smaller sound pieces, too. There's greater definition to even the most subtle sound effect or the most aggressive kick of music. Blue Oyster Cult's (Don't Fear) The Reaper comes through a little more evenly when it's heard playing lightly in the background around the 31-minute mark. Nevertheless, some of the older effects that never enjoyed much definition before still come up short. The splattering of Tommy's pumpkin early in the film plays with a sloppy, undefined thud. Some of the heaviest, most piercing screams heard late in the film come through as a little overly sharp and unnatural. Dialogue plays firmly and evenly, save for an exchange between Laurie and her father when they're first introduced; it's significantly more shallow than any other exchange in the film. Otherwise, the track is really quite amazing. Music benefits the most, and considering just how important it is in the film, the uptick in clarity and stage presence is most welcome.


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