Halloween II [DVD] [1981]

  • SKU: 4267778
  • Release Date: 09/18/2001
  • Rating: R
Rick Rosenthal's sequel to the classic horror film Halloween, Halloween II, comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible and the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer and production notes. This is a solid release from Universal that boasts strong picture quality.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (48 out of 48)

Special Features


  • Theatrical trailer
  • Production notes
  • Cast and filmmakers

Synopsis


Halloween II
While John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween irrevocably changed the style of horror cinema with its simple but relentlessly tense story, it triggered more than a decade's worth of uninspired, exploitative knock-offs, and one could easily list Halloween II among these failures. As with its predecessor, this film was written and produced by Carpenter and Debra Hill, but the terse style and unbearable suspense of the first film are missing, replaced by a more simplistic stalk-and-slash scenario. Directorial duties were handed over to Rick Rosenthal, whose lack of expertise is quite evident (though he managed to hit his stride two years later with the prison actioner Bad Boys). The plot picks up exactly where the original left off: Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), shaken and injured from her battle with unkillable psycho Michael Myers, is taken to the Haddonfield Hospital for observation, while Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) continues his desperate search for his monstrous patient. An interesting plot twist has Loomis' investigations revealing Michael's true identity (some of these sequences incorporate footage of young Michael originally shot for the television version of Halloween, which contained scenes hinting at the link between Michael and Laurie). After slashing his way through the town, Myers manages to track Laurie to the hospital, where the remainder of the action takes place. Numerous night-shift employees are slaughtered in a variety of gruesome ways before Loomis catches up with his quarry, leading to an explosive -- and seemingly conclusive -- confrontation. Pleasence is compelling as usual, but Curtis, who made an auspicious debut in the original, is sadly wasted here, her character reduced to shuffling half-drugged through darkened hospital corridors and screaming helplessly. Carpenter's active involvement in the Halloween franchise continued to dwindle steadily from one sequel to the next, getting scarcely a mention by the time producers Hill, Moustapha Akkad and Irwin Yablans revived the series in 1988 for three more sequels. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Jamie Lee Curtis
    Jamie Lee Curtis - Laurie Strode
  • Donald Pleasence
    Donald Pleasence - Sam Loomis
  • Charles Cyphers
    Charles Cyphers - Leigh Brackett
  • Jeffrey Kramer
    Jeffrey Kramer - Graham
  • Lance Guest
    Lance Guest - Jimmy



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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A horror movie classic

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    JBSooner718
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    The sequel to one of the greatest horror movies ever made still holds up after all these years, the movie picks up right after the last scene in the first Halloween as Michael Myers continues to terrorize his home town on All Hallows' Eve. The setting shifts from the town to the hospital were Jamie Lee Curtis character is being held and the body count continues to climb. There were many sequels that came after this one and I will say you can skip them all accept for Halloween 20(or H20 as it is called) This movie set the tone for a lot of the slash and gore of other horror franchises that came later. Even the remakes by Rob Zombie don't hold a candle to the original and this sequel. Be warned you will never listen to the song "Mr. Sandman" by The Chordettes with innocence ever again.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Routine, but watchable

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    prlwctd

    Halloween II belongs in the category of 'inoffensive sequels,' along with Superman II, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Scream 2. It's more graphic(and, as a result, less effective) than its predecessor. The dark, nearly empty hospital where Michael ends up resuming his pursuit of Laurie strains credulity, and the Empire Strikes Back-inspired angle of Laurie's connection to Michael is silly. However, the movie is still better than Halloween's countless other imitators. One reason being that it wisely begins where the first one left off, with many of the same people on both sides of the camera. Both Donald Pleasance and Jamie Lee Curtis do a fine job reprising their roles and the film's conclusion is satisfying.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Halloween II Universal Solo Blu

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    DarkHourMike
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    This is the Universal issued Blu of Halloween II. I like the transfer a little better than the one in ShoutFactory's box set, and it contains the feature documentary "Terror in the Aisles," which is a collection of horror film clips up to the early 80s (when the film was released). Its an awesome doc for horror fans, and those interested in getting a sampler of some older horror flicks. Plus it stars Donald Pleasance and Nancy Allen in the wraparound bits. Pick up this edition of Halloween II for "Terror in the Aisles" alone!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A good horror movie from the slasher period

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    9thDoctor
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    This sequel to the original "Halloween" picks up immediately where the first movie leaves off. The plot is about what you'd expect from a movie of that time period, for most folks you either like that sort of thing or don't and that's that. Shout Factory has done an excellent job with this BluRay release. The picture and sound are great, better than just about any other way I've watched it. It's loaded with documentaries and extra features, I'm still only part way through them. If you like this movie, this is the best presentation of it out there.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not as good as the Scream Factory version.

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    EMan67
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    Halloween II is an excellent movie, but if you are looking for an edition with great extras then the Scream Factory blu-ray would serve you better. This isn't bad at all, but for collector's it's not what you are after. Personally it serves its purpose to give me a movie that I enjoy for cheap, and there are some decent extras that you can watch. For the price I paid I would say it's worth it, but there is something better out there as well.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous sequel

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    Robin
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    I am a die hard Halloween fan. When I saw that the rare TV version was FINALLY being released with the original film, and on blu-ray, I was ecstatic. Well, I was quickly disappointed to find that the rare TV cut of H2 is NOT in BR format. If you are a collector of Halloween movies, please know this. This is my ONLY reason for not giving this set 5 star treatment. Outside of that, 2 thumbs up. Do It!!!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Good Presentation

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    Kyloren15
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    For a long time I didn't really care for this film, because it pales in comparrison to the original. But after many years and horrible sequels, it actually seems like a decent film. The blu-ray presentation is impressive forma film of this quality and age. If you like this film, you probably won't be dissapointed with the disc, especially at the price.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sequel

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    Steevjonz
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    Halloween II picks up immediately where the first movie leaves off and follows Michael through Haddonfield for the remainder of the night, looking for Laurie. I love sequels that are true sequels in the sense that they continue the story as if it is the next chapter in a book.

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