Friday, September 27, 2013
Blu-ray Review: HALLOWEEN 35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
HALLOWEEN: 35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Directed by: John Carpenter
Distributed by: Anchor Bay Home Entertainment
I'm sure everyone that reads this blog has seen John Carpenter's classic horror masterpiece, HALLOWEEN. If you are a true fan of horror, you have seen this film numerous times and it is required viewing every October! If you have never seen this film, do so asap. This is as close to a perfect horror movie as you can get. For those not familiar with the film, here is a description from the Anchor Bay website:
Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies) in her debut role. Anyone who’s ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the 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 (Donald Pleasance, Halloween II, IV & V, Fantastic Voyage), he 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). Co-starring P.J. Soles (Carrie, Stripes, Rock ‘n Roll High School), Kyle Richards (The Watcher in the Woods, Eaten Alive), Nancy Loomis (Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13, The Fog), Charles Cyphers (Escape From New York, The Fog) and Brian Andrews (The Great Santini, Three O’Clock High), Halloween also cemented the careers of many behind the camera including Carpenter, Cundey, producer Debra Hill and film editor/production designer Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season of the Witch, “It”).
I don't feel the need to review the actual movie. You have probably all seen it, and like I said before, it is about as close to the perfect horror film as you can get. So, I'm gonna tell you all about the other stuff you get with this new edition. Now I realize you probably already own this film, either on DVD or the earlier Blu-ray release, but you will definitely want to pick up this new Blu-ray edition. In addition to the new HD transfer of the film, this set contains a very cool built in booklet full of info and behind the scenes pics from the film. This new Blu-ray edition also contains some great special features including a new commentary with John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis and two very cool documentaries. One is new doc called, THE NIGHT SHE CAME HOME, about a rare horror convention appearance Jamie Lee Curtis did back in 2012 to raise money for charity. Jamie Lee Curtis does not do many appearances at all when it comes to horror conventions, so this was a lot of fun to see.
The other great documentary is called, ON LOCATION: 25 YEARS LATER which was previously available on past DVD and Blu-ray releases. It is a cool look at the filming locations and how they look today compared to back I the late 70's when the film was shot.
If you have not seen this film, this is the version you will want to get for sure. The picture looks amazing on this new HD transfer. The HALLOWEEN: 35TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Blu-ray is available now from Anchor Bay Home Entertainment!
CLICK HERE to watch the trailer
CLICK HERE to purchase the Blu-ray