Halloween fans have purchased this film about 1,753 times on various home media over the years. With a new film imminent (releasing October 19th in theaters), and the holiday itself right around the corner, all the classics are seeing release again into stores. However, this is the first time the original classic has been presented in 4K. Worth the upgrade? Lionsgate was kind enough to send this one over for us to take a look at and find out.
If you haven't seen Halloween by now, I don't really know what to say to you. Its the all-time classic, the standard-bearer, the one all others are judged against, and rightfully so. One of my personal favorites, and I watch it all the time. I may be bias, but I do not care in the slightest.
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The 4K transfer is a mixed bag. The blacks look really sharp, especially towards the end of the film, as they should. However, there was also quite a few batches of grain during the runtime, and it was a little distracting. The outdoors scenes during the day look crisp, and quite a few of the shots have textures that as many times as I have seen this film, I never really noticed.
A wag of the finger here for them not including the original mono track on the 4K disc. That should be one of the first things they threw on the disc. The Dolby TrueHD 7.1 is fine, but man is it a big miss to not have the original sound. Such a shame. Dolby sounds good, which gets it a baseline 3 popcorns, but if the original audio track was included it would have gotten up to four.
Nothing new is included here. All of the features have been on previous releases of the film. Weirdly, they included all of the releases from the 35th anniversary disc on the 4K disc, and the blu-ray features are from the 2007 version. Why did they do that? Who know, but it was a weird call to make. Here is what you can find:
4K Disc Features:
-Audio commentary with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis
-"The Night She Came Home" – a documentary-style piece showing Jamie Lee Curtis attending a fan convention.
-On Location: 25 Years Later featurette
-Trailer, TV, and radio spots
-TV version footage – footage added in for the film's TV airings.
-Audio Commentary with Writer/ Director John Carpenter, Actress Jamie Lee Curtis and Producer Debra Hill
-Fast Film Facts
-Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest Featurette
-Trailer, TV Spots, Radio Spots
None of these are bad really, the commentaries are interesting and provide a lot of behind the camera stories. The Night She Came Home is an interesting look at what goes on at conventions and celebrity signings. If you haven't seen the TV version footage thats a cool treat too. However if you have either of the previous releases, you have seen these before.
In the end I would say if you do NOT already own this film, for some reason, then pick this version up. The 4K presentation is solid and if you watch both discs you can see all the special features that have been spread over the last two blu-ray editions. More importantly, this is the ultimate primer for the new film, so get it and enjoy it all over again.