Anchor Bay Entertainment and Trancas International have officially announced and detailed the 35th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release of director John Carpenter's Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasance, P.J. Soles, Kyle Richards, Nancy Loomis, Charles Cyphers and Brian Andrews. The horror classic celebrates its 35th anniversary and arrives on Blu-ray on September 24th.
Synopsis: Halloween stars Curtis in her debut role and tells the now iconic story of Michael Myers, who, as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Pleasance), the madman engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis).
In 1978, Compass International Pictures released an indie horror film by an up and coming director and a largely unknown cast. Presented by the late Moustapha Akkad, the film cost $325,000 and ended up not only becoming one of the most successful independent motion pictures of its time, but single handedly created the genre of the modern horror film along with the first iconic (via a painted-over William Shatner mask) cinematic slasher. Its global success spawned seven sequels, a reboot directed by Rob Zombie, and a sequel-to-the-reboot, as well as created generations of grateful fans.
For the 35th Anniversary Edition release, Anchor Bay and Trancas went back to the vaults to present the film as never before, creating an all-new HD transfer personally supervised by the film's original cinematographer, Academy Award-nominee Dean Cundey (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Apollo 13, the Back to the Future trilogy), a new 7.1 audio mix (as well as the original mono audio), a brand-new feature length audio commentary by writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis, an all-new bonus feature with Ms. Curtis, and select legacy bonus features from previous ABE releases. The new release is being made available in collectible limited-edition DigiBook packaging (only for the first printing), with 20 pages of archival photos, an essay by Halloween historian Stef Hutchinson and specially commissioned cover art by Jay Shaw.
"Anchor Bay Entertainment has been home to Halloween for almost 20 years," noted Malek Akkad, President of Trancas International Films and son of Moustapha Akkad. "I'm so happy that we're partnering with them to present the definitive edition of what is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal horror films of the 20th century."
Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition features 1080p video, Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and Original Mono audio tracks, and the following extras:
All-new commentary track with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis
"The Night She Came Home" new featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis (HD)
Seriously, is that the artwork they're going with?! It's freakin awful, and what's up with the color, it's not orange, it's not red, it's just wrong and ugly. Anchor Bay you have have a couple of months to make it right, and if you don't have anybody working for you that can come up with a new cover that captures the feel and look of the film, here's a crazy idea...use the original poster. Check out Shout's recent covers of classic horror films, they have talent working fort them and the know what horror fans want.
Anyway great news about the new transfer and extras, always thought the original BD had the wrong color scheme and was too smoth and contrasty.
under 12.00 for a digibook lol - uh huh
ImportCDs has a low price at the moment.
The extras from previous releases are going to be on it - *select extras* + new ones.
The truth is we will never get a definitive release until Synapse or Shout Factory releases it. Until then owning multiple copies is the only way to have it definitive
Pre-ordered, but still hoping for a price drop. For those interested, the French Amazon website released a remastered version of the original Halloween two years ago and the picture/sound quality is amazing. It's currently priced for $15.00
I kinda like the cover. It is different. But the shit comment above was mad funny!
I will buy this no doubt, as I am a huge Halloween Fan, but I still prefer my original 20th anniversary edition as my preferred choice. As that one had a lot of extras plus the TV cut on the second disc.
I don't understand why AB can not dig into the archives and include EVERYTHING from all their releases plus the new stuff and then some. I really wish A&E Halloween Backstory made this release.
I love they made it 7.1 and I am sure the SQ will be awesome as well as the PQ looking fantastic!
Anybody betting that AB will pull some special features off like they did a week before Halloween 4, 5 was released?
I kind of like the digibook artwork, but i'm still not getting this. A new commentary and a new featurette is not worth it for me.
Hell, the original release already had a great transfer, a commentary track and a feature length documentary. Unless they went and a got whole bunch of new (and old) extras and goodies, i'm not interested.
A rare double-dip that is worthy of that second dip. Especially since the first dip was so cheap.
EMan, didn'tcha know you're not allowed to like digi-books...or...something...I guess...OK then.
Ah, the internet.
Anchor Bay is going to squeeze the Halloween teat until it's all purpled and dried up. would it have really been that hard to do the extended R-rated cut for blu? What am I saying?!?!?!? They cannot give us all the goodies at once! It would kill the need for another one in a few years! Malek Akkad is one cheap dude who refused to make a deal with the man who possesses the original negatives for Halloween, which includes a good number of missing sequences. The man (forgive me, his name escapes me) wanted to make some kind of deal, but Malek refused. Whatever the case, Anchor Bay will continue to bleed Halloween 1,4, and 5, Evil dead and Army of Darkness dry with so-so reissues until they realize that most of us are tired of their crap, and Scream! Factory swipes them up and does right by the films, and us.
These boards are always filled with the mantra "I don't care about special features. All I care about is the video/audio quality". Here we have a transfer supervised by the cinematographer who also happens to be an Oscar nominee and now this board complains of anemic special features. Never really happy around here it seems.