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Halloween Restored [DVD] [1978]

  • SKU: 8445818
  • Release Date: 08/14/2007
  • Rating: R
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (389 out of 395)

    Special Features


    • Widescreen presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 tvs
    • Full-frame presentation reformatted to fit 4x3 tvs
    • Original theatrical trailers
    • Television spots
    • Radio spots
    • Talent bios
    • Still and poster gallery
    • Behind-the-scenes still gallery
    • Halloween Unmasked 2000 produced and directed by Mark Cerulli

    Synopsis


    Halloween
    It was "The Night HE Came Home," warned the posters for John Carpenter's career-making horror smash. In Haddonfield, IL, on Halloween night 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers inexplicably slaughters his teenage sister. His psychiatrist Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) can't penetrate Michael's psyche after years of institutionalization, but he knows that, when Myers escapes before Halloween in 1978, there is going to be hell to pay in Haddonfield. While Loomis heads to Haddonfield to alert police, Myers spots bookish teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and follows her, constantly appearing and vanishing as Laurie and her looser friends Lynda (P.J. Soles) and Annie (Nancy Loomis) make their Halloween plans. By nightfall, the responsible Laurie is doing her own and Annie's babysitting jobs, while Annie and Lynda frolic in the parent-free house across the street. But Annie and Lynda are not answering the phone, and suspicious Laurie heads across the street to the darkened house to see what is going on.... ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Donald Pleasence
      Donald Pleasence - Doctor Loomis
    • Jamie Lee Curtis
      Jamie Lee Curtis - Laurie
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      Nancy Loomis - Annie
    • P.J. Soles
      P.J. Soles - Lynda
    • Charles Cyphers
      Charles Cyphers - Brackett



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 395 reviews

    98%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      GET TO THE STORE NOW

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      MovieBuff
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      Anchor Bay has re-released John Carpenter's 1978 masterpiece "Halloween" about as many times as they have the Evil Dead trilogy. It's been almost impossible to know which one to pick up over the years there are so many versions. Halloween was originally released on DVD by Anchor Bay featuring a bad transfer that didn't do the film any justice at all. They then re-released it again on DVD with a transfer approved by the original director of photography Dean Cundey. The transfer was greatly improved but it was lacking in extras for a film of such great importance. Then they released another cut of the film in which the extra scenes filmed for the TV airings of the film (filmed during the making of the sequel oddly enough) were cut into the film. A 4th DVD release then occured as part of their "divimax" line which was a 2 disc set with plentiful extras and a brand new remastered transfer. That 4th DVD release proved to be the most problematic. While the quality of detail was greatly improved, somebody made a huge error in that they completely stripped away the blue tint from the film that made it appear that it was set in the fall. It just didn't look how Halloween was meant to look. A backlash ensued and Anchor Bay claimed to have taken those complaints into consideration with Halloween's blu-ray debut. While the initial blu-ray release did correct some of the color timing errors of the divimax DVD release, it still just didn't look right and it was obvious that they didn't film the movie actually in the fall as the grass was too green and the night time scenes lacked that famous blue tint that gave the film such a great atmosphere. Anchor Bay though have FINALLY righted their previous wrongs and brought director of photography Dean Cundey on board again to supervise the transfer for the film's 35th (has it really been that long?!) anniversary blu-ray re-release. After directly comparing the new blu-ray to the old blu-ray, I can say that they have FINALLY gotten it right and Halloween looks as it was meant to be seen again. The colors in the new transfer are a bit more muted and natural looking than the first HD go around. The blue textures in the night scenes are back in full force and the film looks like it is set in the fall season once again! Not only that, but detail has taken a considerable boost with the new HD transfer compared to the first one. This is apparently due to the higher bit rate on the new release in addition to I believe they actually did a 4K scan this time of the original camera negative. It's truly like seeing the film again for the first time. No digital noise reduction was used so the film retains its filmlike grain texture. A truly amazing HD transfer of one of the greatest films ever made. The sound is provided in a new 7.1 surround mix but the original mono mix is also included. Both are in lossless HD audio. Extras include a brand new commentary track featuring star Jamie Lee Curtis and director/co-writer/composer John Carpenter. Sadly though, the commentary tracks on the prior releases are missing in action. Most extras were ported over but not all from prior releases as well. This is a bit frustrating and keeps this from being as definitive of a release as it could have been. What is here though is nice and the best is a nearly one hour documentary of Jamie Lee Curtis doing her one and only horror convention to help raise money for a children's hospital charity that she supports. The initial pressing of the new blu-ray also is included in a nice & classy digi-book featuring essays and lots of cool production photos. Apparently once this initial run is depleted, it will only be available in a standard blu-ray case so get the digi-pack while you can. So, I highly recommend this new blu-ray to fans of the film as they finally got the film looking like it was supposed to look again and the new HD transfer is truly a marvel to the eyes. Why they chose not to include all previous extras too on this release is a bit frustrating but shouldn't keep somebody from not getting this new release. It blows the original bu-ray away picture quality wise and comes highly recommended!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      STILL A CLASSIC

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      DDunnDatBoi
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      Halloween. What a perfect title for a Horror movie. It's hard to believe back in 1977 that there had never been any movie, let alone a Horror film, that incorporated that title. And what good usage it got. Written, directed, and even musically scored by John Carpenter (with great assistance by then girlfriend Debra Hill), this was truly a film that brought Horror to it's roots, leaving an impact that only George Romero's Night Of The Living Dead did ten years earlier. Showcasing a deranged killer by the name of Michael Myers who in childhood murdered his sister in cold blood on Halloween night, only to escape his asylum to return to his Illinois home to hunt down babysitter (and eventually known little sister) Jamie Lee Curtis 15 years later, was truly an amazing film that never exploited the genre, keeping the imagination and terror flowing within the viewers mind rather than blatantly on the screen. For it's time it was the number one profitable independent film ever made, and after almost thirty years, it still terrifies and never grows old. A true classic film. Every single DVD collector should own it.... But which one? Not in the sense of sequels, but rather in which version of the original should you add to your collection. You see, this film has had the DVD distribution rights by Anchor Bay Entertainment (now known as Starz), and they have re-released this classic now a total of six times. So I would like to compare the two most popular versions to see which one should be for you, the "Restored" or the "25th Anniversary" Starting with the "Restored" version, this DVD was authored way back in 1999. However, it was personally restored by Halloween original cinematographer Dean Cundey, trying to preserve as much of the look of it's original theatrical run. This version has been released a whopping three times. But for the film's "25th (2003) Anniversary", Anchor Bay remastered the film yet again for another release "Halloween 25", this time taking the remastering process in their own hands, something of which Cundey was not happy with. You see, comparing the two's video, you'll notice that each are different. One point is brightness and sharpness. In the Cundey version, overall picture is dark and not as sharp while for 25 the white levels have been raised and it's overall color saturation has been lowered. To me, while the original with it's dark blue hue running throughout looks good, at times it's hard to see certain shots in the dark. The 25th version has fixed that, even going as far as making the film look more natural. As for sharpness, the 25th beats it by far. Audio wise, each film seems on the same level, so a tie there, but it's the video that should be considered when purchasing: the Cundey-more true to the original film/the 25-a sharper, more realistic picture. Next would be the use of the disc space. Restored is one of those discs that wanted to cater to the early 2000's audiences of giving them both a widescreen and a fullframe on the same disc. Because of this, the bitrate is pretty small for both presentations. However, the 25th is a 2 disc set that only offers on Disc One the Widescreen presentation, and it's Divimax as well. But to be honest, it's bitrate isn't up to say Superbit quality. It's better, but with a total of four audio tracks to choose from, the entire dual layer disc is only used by 75%, and that other 25 could have went to more video bitrate, but alas it's not. But to me, the bitrate still is higher on the 25, not to mention it's compression is four years younger than Restored, so 25 wins again. Finally is Extras, Restored has a 30 minute documentary called Halloween Unmasked 2000, narrated by Twisted Sister's Dee Snider. Why is he on here than just being a popular fan, beats me. But on 25's second disc is a whopping 87 minute documentary called A Cut Above The Rest which expands on the original and gives much greater detail on the film. 25 also includes another ten minute featurette called On Location, going back to view all the houses and such that were used in the film that Restored does not include either. And if that wasn't enough, 25 has the original Laserdisc commentary by John Carpenter with additional vocals with Jamie Lee Curtis and Debra Hill. This might be the best extra 25 has over Restored, because it's got to be one of the most personal commentaries I've ever heard. Carpenter doesn't hold anything back, a must listen. And sure, both have the same trailers, TV Spots, and such, but again to me 25th Anniversary wins this one too. But the main reason why I'm writing all this is because back in 2007, Anchor Bay decided to stop releasing the 25th Anniversary and instead re-issue the Restored version. Why, I'm not sure. Dean Cundey was never happy with 25, and maybe his name on the back of Restored's box was a selling-point, I don't know. Maybe the 25's cover was confusing buyers because it looks a little like sequel H20's version? But I do know for your money, the 25th Anniversary is still the best way to go. What's sad is to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the classic film, Anchor Bay is yet again double-dipping it's audience by releasing a six disc collection featuring Parts 1, 4, 5, the NBC-TV edit, the 25 Years Of Terror special and a Blu-Ray version of the original. But again, both the DVD and Blu-Ray (BD version rumored to be a video-hybrid of both) are from the 1999 Cundey master (but the Blu does have the Cut Above special and commentary too). It would have been nice if the DVD was the 25 so fans could have both versions, but no, 25th Anniversary seems lost now. In conclusion, if you want the best overall 1978 Halloween package, go with the 2003 25th Anniversary Edition. More extras, a more realistic picture, and a commentary to die for. Ratings-wise then from me is

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Price

      Posted
      Lovelyash

      "Halloween" is a modern horror classic. To date, it has spawned seven sequels, one remake, and a host of imitations including some of the best holiday slasher fare. I was a freshman in high school when "Halloween" was released thirty years ago on an unsuspecting America. My classmates were hailing it as a great horror film; they couldn't stop talking about it. This film went down in history as one of the top grossing independent films. Expertly directed by John Carpenter and Debra Hill (who also brought us "The Fog" - a creepy ghost story), "Halloween" shocked America with its chilling plot. What would possess a six-year-old boy from a normal, middle class family and make him stab his teenage sister to death? the devil possessed him! Fifteen years later, when the grown Michael Myers escaped from the psychiatric hospital, his psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (horror icon Donald Pleasance of "The Flesh and the Fiends," "Raw Meat, and "Phenomena") insisted he was pure evil, and no longer a human. This would explain his ability to survive being shot, stabbed, and set on fire. Jamie Lee Curtis (daughter of "Psycho" star Janet Leigh) made her film debut as babysitter Laurie Strode; she and her high school friends are stalked by Michael Myers on Halloween. Curtis gives an outstanding performance as the injured teen who desperately flees the maniac while pleading for help from the neighbors who turn off their front porch lights. She quickly realizes there really is a Boogeyman. Granted, ""Halloween" is not a gory, high body count slasher flick. However, it does have nail-biting suspense, memorable theme music (on a par with "Jaws" and "Friday the 13th"), and history making originality. "Halloween" proved that monsters are still real. They can be the boy next door - the one who killed his sister. It is a delight to watch the beautiful P. J. Soles when she plays her usual role as a mischievous, free-spirited girl. She was a tom boy in "Carrie" and a cheerleader in "Halloween." If you haven't seen the original film "Halloween," you're in for one of the best Halloween treats in history. I envy you!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Probably the best horror film of all time.

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      JakeInLivnColor
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      This wasn't made to cash in on a horror trend or just a copy and paste movie that's exactly like everything else. No, no.... this is the horror trend, probably one of the most influential films of all time. Not bad considering it was a low-budget film, shot in the springtime (The leaves were from the previous fall!) with a virtually unknown cast and crew, with Donald Pleasance being the most known, but what it lacked in finances, it made up for it in spades with great direction, great acting, a taut screenplay and Dean Cundey's impressive cinematography all ad up to being a legendary film. The PQ is very nice, which includes a widescreen and fullscreen version (Stay away from the 4x3 version!) which has nice details, film grain and colors but the grain tends to spike (Maybe compression related due to 2 versions and extras on one side of the DVD) during dark scenes. The AQ is very nice with a nice 5.1 track which expands on the original mono track, which is also included here along with a 2.0 surround sound track. The extras are fairly slim here, considering the multiple versions of the DVD n BluRay out, which contain commentaries, documentaries, deleted scenes and then some. Included here is a 27-min. making of, trailer, tv spots, biographies, radio spot, and galleries. All in all, a decent DVD release, but there are far superior Blu Ray & DVD releases out there, but for $5 and under, it'll fill your horror hunger sufficiently.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best edition of Halloween to date!!!

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      Nathan
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      First of all, Halloween is one of my favorite movies. And any film, dated prior to the use of digital cameras, will have grain or have a certain dated look. But they've really gone back and cleaned up this print. I have never seen this movie look cleaner than it does now. But more than that, one of my favorite features is the audio commentary by John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis. It really is fun listening to these two recap their experiences while making the film. I found it very amusing during moments when Ms. Curtis would say: "Look at that, John. That's scary. That's just scary!" And I got the feeling that she really did mean it. I think it's interesting that these two can look back on something they created 35 years ago, and critique from a more adult perspective. I also enjoyed the featurette "The Night She Came Home" which shows Jamie Lee Curtis attending her first convention. I really did like seeing her thoughts about fans, and their obsession over the Halloween franchise. Okay ... the gist of this is ... if you're a Halloween fan, you must positively, absolutely own this blu-ray edition. And even if you're not a fan, there's no better way to watch this movie than with this 35th Anniversary Edition. A definite recommend. Now stop reading and go buy it already!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      perhaps the greatest horror movie ever made

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      Starocean

      Thirty years later and Halloween still remains incredibly relevant. It's still intense, and it's still a classic. Few horror movies can withstand the test of time as well as John Carpenter's Masterpiece. The reason it still works today? Simple...the story is steeped in realism and it's a situation that everybody can relate to. It boils down to that primal fear that a psycho really might be lurking in the shadows...waiting to hack you to bits. Though several people die, Halloween doesn't really rely on gore to spook audiences. Rather it features brilliant photography that deftly places "The Shape" in the background of several scenes (usually accompanied by some disconcerting synth sound effect). It helps create this palpable tension that makes you weary a crazed maniac is creeping around every dark corner. The atmosphere benefits heavily from Carpenter's pulse pounding iconic score. You really feel as though you're part of the chase scenes and it's easy to find yourself sitting on the edge of your seat. Halloween is the archetypal slasher movie as it practically laid the foundation of the genre for years to come. I suggest picking this one up on Blu Ray since it's arguably the best version available. No horror movie collection is complete without this one.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Essential Piece of Modern Horror

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      ChihuahuaGeek
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      Halloween is a film that was released all the way back in 1978, and is often considered a classic. I however, just saw this film in 2018. All in all, I feel this movie holds up fairly well. Suspension is probably this film's strongest suit. The music used in the film is perfectly crafted to the atmosphere and can definitely give one chills. Due to the age of the film, some scenes can come off as a bit cheesy. Despite those scenes, I definitely enjoyed Halloween, and I believe every slasher movie fan should at least view it once. In addition to the movie, this copy of Halloween comes with a small paper back book that gives insight to the production of the film. I found the book to be very interesting. This version also has a fair amount of special features (which I have admittedly not looked into yet). Overall, this Blu-ray is a great way to watch the film.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Blu Review for Halloween

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      NewEnglandpatsfan

      This low budget story of a crazed slasher out to get Laurie started a new trend in film making with some of the first use of steady cam (to offer us the perspective from the eyes of Michael Myers the stalker). This was the highest box office smash in the world of horror at the point the movie was original released, no surprise that it launched Jamie Lee Curtis onto bigger things in Hollywood. A must have movie for any fan of horror. "Halloween" gets the royal treatment on Bluray with this very satisfying HD transfer. The 1080p HD master reveals unprecendented detail and repairs many of the "soft" apearing scenes with incredible detail and clarity. The colors pop and some shots even have a 3D presence such as those where Laurie is walking home from school surrounded by the tress lining the streets and the bright orange leaves on the ground. The sound is mixed in an Uncompressed PCM 5.1 with a Dolby Digital 5.1. While the film will never sound like "Terminator Salvation', it offers crystal clear ambient and rear channel effects, crisp dialogue, and the classic music theme has never sounded better or more chlling. This one is priced to own, and a must for fans!

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