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Halloween II Blu-ray

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Collector's Edition Shout Factory | 1981 | 1 Movie, 2 Cuts | 93 min | Rated R | Sep 18, 2012

Halloween II (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC (29.09 Mbps)
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Subtitles
None

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

Playback
Region A (locked)

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Video 4.2 of 54.2
Audio 4.3 of 54.3
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
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Halloween II

 (1981)

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

Starting right off from the original classic "Halloween", Dr. Loomis and Sheriff Brackett are again searching the dark streets for Micheal Myers but meanwhile Laurie Strode is taken to the Haddenfield Hospital where she is still not safe. Micheal, being shot by Dr. Loomis six times, is also still looming in the shadows hunting for her yet this time, there is a reason why he is after her.

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

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers, Jeffrey Kramer, Lance Guest, Pamela Susan Shoop
Director: Rick Rosenthal

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Halloween II Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Shout Factory's 1080p/AVC-encoded video transfer was minted from the same master Universal used in 2011 for its 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of the film. However, the new version of Halloween II isn't the same. At least not entirely. Unwilling to simply re-purpose Universal's transfer and call it a day, and unable to create an all-new master from the original negative (due to the prohibitive cost of a ground-up overhaul), Shout Factory has taken the previous presentation, carefully retained all of its finer qualities, and alleviated or, in most cases, eliminated many of its issues. The 2011 Universal transfer, impressive as it was in its own right, was plagued by minor but persistent damage inherited from the film elements: white specks, dark pocks, tiny burns, split-second squiggles, faint horizontal splotches, and other nicks and scratches. No single blemish emerged as a problem; it was the sheer volume of blemishes that became a problem.

The Shout Factory transfer? The highs no longer outnumber the lows, as I wrote in my review of the Universal presentation; the highs far outnumber the lows. The vast majority of the aforementioned bumps and bruises that scuff up the 2011 transfer have either been removed or, at the very least, minimized, and without the use of the kind of invasive or detrimental digital manipulation that might have resulted in equally disheartening issues. Digital techniques were obviously utilized; we're not dealing with a photochemical restoration here. But the fact that you can't tell digital techniques were utilized is the real testament to Shout Factory's efforts. It's still important to note, though, not every fleck of print damage has been scattered to the winds. You'll still take note of a fleeting nick or scratch, see a white speck here or there, or catch sight of something sinister in the darkness. It's just as important to note that that only so much can be done with Dean Cundey's intermittently soft, shadow-slathered photography. It's a thirty-one-year-old horror sequel, and it's wise to come to such a film with appropriate expectations. That said, the new Blu-ray presentation represents a marked and welcome improvement, even if that subtle improvement will go unnoticed by many.

Elsewhere, little has changed. Colors and skintones remain as pleasing and well-saturated as before, the ol' red sticky stuff packs particular punch, black levels are satisfying throughout, and fine detail is, by and large, surprisingly crisp, clean and precisely resolved. Again, there are a variety of shots and less-exacting sequences that will no doubt disappoint those hoping for a razor-sharp image from start to finish, but those willing to accept the inherent limitations of the film's source -- limitations no amount of responsible remastering or restoration could correct -- won't be left with much to criticize. Better still, artifacting, banding, aliasing and other unsightly encoding anomalies are nowhere to be found, grain is consistent and rarely a distraction, and aberrant noise and troubling crush are kept to a bare minimum. I also didn't notice any signs of worrisome smearing, significant halos, overzealous noise reduction or glaring edge enhancement.

Not so long ago I wrote "this is most likely the best Halloween II will ever look." Turns out I was wrong. Dead wrong. This is most likely the best Halloween II will ever look. If you've been wondering why a second release of Halloween II was on any studio's docket, how does a new and improved transfer sound? And a pair of DTS-HD Master Audio tracks... and a slew of exclusive special features... and a... well, read on, horror hounds. Read on.


Halloween II Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

The new Shout Factory release of Halloween II also includes something the 2011 Universal release did not: lossless audio. Or to be more specific, two DTS-HD Master Audio tracks; a killer 5.1 remix and a decidedly decent lossless stereo mix. (Actually, four. Even the disc's audio commentaries are presented via DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0.) The 5.1 remix will be the choice of all but the most hardened horror purists, and there isn't much room for improvement. Voices are clean and clear on the whole, and only sound a touch thin, flat or tinny on occasion. (And most always due to the age of the film, not the quality of the dialogue reproduction.) LFE output ranges from weighty to jarring, just as low-end effects in a horror movie should. The rear speakers, meanwhile, are used subtly in regards to everything except the film's pulsing-then-pounding score, which creeps up from behind, leaps out of the darkness, and stabs at anyone and everyone within earshot. Too loud? Maybe. Effective? Absolutely. Chirping crickets, approaching cars, leaping cats, hospital ambience and even the echo of voices in smaller rooms play a role too; perhaps too much of a role at times, as some effects seem unnaturally represented in every speaker. Video and now audio; Shout Factory's release of Halloween II stands out, yet again, as the release of the sequel to have in your collection.


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