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Halloween (Divimax 25th Anniversary Edition) (1978)

Donald Pleasence , Jamie Lee Curtis , John Carpenter    R (Restricted)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (446 customer reviews)
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Halloween is as pure and undiluted as its title. In the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois, a teenage baby sitter tries to survive a Halloween night of relentless terror, during which a knife-wielding maniac goes after the town's hormonally charged youths. Director John Carpenter takes this simple situation and orchestrates a superbly mounted symphony of horrors. It's a movie much scarier for its dark spaces and ominous camera movements than for its explicit bloodletting (which is actually minimal). Composed by Carpenter himself, the movie's freaky music sets the tone; and his script (cowritten with Debra Hill) is laced with references to other horror pictures, especially Psycho. The baby sitter is played by Jamie Lee Curtis, the real-life daughter of Psycho victim Janet Leigh; and the obsessed policeman played by Donald Pleasence is named Sam Loomis, after John Gavin's character in Psycho. In the end, though, Halloween stands on its own as an uncannily frightening experience--it's one of those movies that had audiences literally jumping out of their seats and shouting at the screen. ("No! Don't drop that knife!") Produced on a low budget, the picture turned a monster profit, and spawned many sequels, none of which approached the 1978 original. Curtis returned for two more installments: 1981's dismal Halloween II, which picked up the story the day after the unfortunate events, and 1998's occasionally gripping Halloween H20, which proved the former baby sitter was still haunted after 20 years. --Robert Horton

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This collector's edition of Halloween has been fully restored under the supervision of Lucasfilm's THX Digital Mastering Services. The video was transferred by the award-winning colorist Adam Adams (Terminator 2, Titanic) from a new 35mm interpositive (made from the original camera negative) and approved by the film's cinematographer Dean Cundey (Jurassic Park, Who Framed Roger Rabbit). The new Dolby stereo surround soundtrack was created by Chace Productions in association with Alan Howarth using the original 16-track music-studio master and the recently discovered original 35mm magnetic dialogue and effects track. The original theatrical trailers, television spots, radio spots, and the featurette Halloween Unmasked 2000, produced and directed by Mark Cerulli, follow the film's conclusion.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death has come to your little town Aug. 11 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Once Halloween was Samhain, the one night of the year when the dead returned to cause trouble for the living.

Well, Michael Myers wasn't dead, but on "Halloween" he returned to cause trouble for the people of his hometown, with all its dark houses and teenage victims. And John Carpenter's masterpiece lives up to its reputation: creepy, eerie, harrowing, and full of solid acting from Donald Pleasance and Jamie Lee Curtis.

On Halloween, 1963, young Michael Myers lurked outside the house while his sister had sex with her boyfriend. After he left, Michael put on a mask, picked up a knife, and stabbed his sister to death.

Fifteen years later, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) is about to take Myers to a legal hearing, when Myers (Nick Castle) breaks open the psych hospital and escapes in Loomis' car. On Halloween, teenage Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) notices a silent, masked figure popping up and disappearing near her school, house, and neighborhood.

Despite this, she goes about her babysitting duties, even taking care of another girl's charge overnight. The only problem is, the girl is dead, and so is another pal and her boyfriend. Dr. Loomis is staking out Myers' old home, unaware that Myers is now prowling the house where Laurie is staying -- and there seems to be no way to avoid the knife-wielding "evil."

It sounds like a thousand knockoff movies made since then, but "Halloween" formed the original mold. And like any other groundbreaker, it is the most stripped-down, intense example of the genre -- little gore, little graphic violence, but the way it's handled is enough to make your hair stand on end, and make you go to bed with a gun under your pillow.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a must have Sept. 27 2009
Format:DVD
Being a die hard "Nightmare on Elm street" fan, I bought this set as a present for my boyfriend. I have to admit I was not disappointed and he absolutely loved it. The extras are awesome and just the box itself is worth every single penny. Collectors and Halloween fans should buy this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb edition Dec 4 2013
By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful edition, back in the days where Anchor Bay was synonym of amazing special features and quality remasters. They WERE the Criterion of horror films in the birth of the 21st century. Were.

This edition of Halloween contains two versions of the film. One is the original John Carpenter version and the second disc holds the TV version presented in widescreen with 8-10 more minutes of film.

There are a few special features such as a 30-min doc entitled "Halloween unmasked" which you could have if you had bought the orange VHS videocassettes back in 1998 (yeah, I DO feel young), trailers and a commentary track. This and the H25 anniversary edition, combined with the recent Blu-ray edition of the 35th anniversary would make for a perfect Halloween experience with all the special features that Anchor Bay NEVER repeats or collects for later editions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Original Horror Film Nov. 2 2013
By Miracle Max TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I am not that big into horror films, but this film really appealed to me because of it's very realistic approach to a very real spiritual battle among mankind that actually exists outside of the film industry.

Halloween is a well made horror film about a young boy named Michael Myers who for no apparent reason becomes possessed by a demonic entity that makes him KILL his sister one Halloween night in 1963. Locked up in an insane asylum for 15 years, he escapes to return to the small town of Haddenfield to continue his mission of killing.

He is a quiet killer who never speaks, but only kills. Because he is possessed by a Demon, his very existence is to kill and to never stop killing.

Because he was wearing a mask during his first killing as a little boy and his weapon a Butcher knife, he continues to follow that pattern in this film and throughout the series. Even when a gun falls into his hands, he never fires it, but uses it as a stabbing weapon as stabbing is his method of killing.

The BLUE RAY edition is very well put together, and has an hour & a half long documentary with John Carpenter and cast members that really gives you insight into how the film was conceived and eventually brought to the theatre.

The hidden message in this film is that Michael Myers is NOT HUMAN, but that he is possessed by a demon. This is demonstrated through his Sub-Human strength and ability to survive multiple attempts to kill him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2007 Anchor Bay/Starz Blu Ray edition April 18 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Excellent film, I watch it every Halloween without fail. The film is presented in anamorphic widescreen 2.35:1, audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1, English 5.1 PCM Uncompressed & original mono, subtitles: English SDH & English, scene selection. Extras: audio commentary with John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis & Debra Hill, Film Fast Facts, documentary - Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest (1:27:07), theatrical trailer (2:42), 3 TV spots (1:17), 3 radio spots (1:24) and some previews of upcoming blu ray releases.
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3.0 out of 5 stars If you already have the 2007 version...... Oct. 14 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I bought the 2007 version when it first came out, the picture quality on it is great, clean, clear, and crisp. And I liked the extras features better on the 2007 version. I was excited to hear this would be a complete remaster job. I don't feel that it is. its video quality is the same as the 2007 version and the extra features aren't that great, except a Halloween Convention with Jamie Lee Curtis signing autographs and auctioning off her Halloween movie memorabilia. I bought this new version thinking it was an upgrade. And its not. And I wished they had've stayed with the original movie poster artwork instead of this cover. I am a real fan of the movie Halloween. I just wished I would've waited a little longer to see reviews on this new release. I wouldn't have purchased this bluray at all. I hope my review helps others in deciding whether or not to purchase this or just stay with your 2007 release. The video quality is identical to me. and definitely not an upgrade.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, awkward packaging...
I've been so excited for this release, however, that all changed when I saw it in the store. It's too big to stack neatly with my collection. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Summer_Nights
1.0 out of 5 stars False advertising!
The original mono mix on the 35th anniversary blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment is just a poor down mix of the 5.1 mix. Read more
Published 6 months ago by More pointless changes.
3.0 out of 5 stars Awful Cover
What an awful cover! Why not putting the original cover like the next UK version? Let's hope now that this 'Cundy' version will be the last I will have to buy...
Published 7 months ago by Boyvin
2.0 out of 5 stars A reflection on this 5th or 6th disc release of the film...
Halloween was a classic. I originally bought the DVD years ago. Then there was the epic 25th anniversary DVD with loads of excellent special features which I bought in a heartbeat. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dogbury
5.0 out of 5 stars halloween 35
wow just the cover art is amazing i cannot wait for this to come out really i am counting days for now on yes its another version but hey its dean cundey this is the real deal... Read more
Published 8 months ago by herick69
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
This movie is simply a classic. I've seen it on TV almost a million times and decided I'd buy it on Blu-ray since it was cheap.
Published 9 months ago by Toni
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original Horror Classic
It still holds up, 35 years later!

The terrifying nature of the "monster" is unparalleled. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Steve McCahon
3.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memory
As a child this movie scared the bejesus out of me. But watching it now left me ho hum. The remake is a far better movie
Published 14 months ago by Peter Leadbeatter
5.0 out of 5 stars halloween
great movie enjoyed it on bluray and it was delivered on time and in great condition will buy again, thanks for the purchase!!
Published on Feb. 20 2012 by Timothy James Hein
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