Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition
If you’re a horror fan with a blu-ray player, you should treat yourself to this new HD restored print of our beloved classic on our favorite holiday. The print is absolutely beautiful and you’ll notice details that you’ve never seen before while watching it. Director of photography Dean Cundey supervised the transfer himself after being not so pleased with the coloring on past editions and from what I can tell they did an outstanding job. The HD transfer’s quality is apparent as the famous pumpkin from the opening sequence looks like it’s actually sitting in your TV.
I watched the 25th anniversary edition DVD a day beforehand, and I’d say it’s worth the double dip to upgrade, but this ultimately depends on how big a fan you are of the film to begin with. You do owe it to yourself to at least watch the new print at some point in your life because it’s great. The only downside is that there isn’t much in the way of extras here. There is a new commentary track with Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter that is really funny and heartwarming. They banter back and forth about what shot is happening next, and Carpenter makes a game out of antagonizing her frequently with his second guessing. Both are very complimentary of each others work on the film and since it’s the first time they’ve both watched it together it’s a special treat for the fans.
The only other new extra is a documentary “The Night She Came Home” which details Jamie Lee Curtis’s appearance at a horror convention last November for the Scares that Care foundation benefiting children with cancer. Curtis removed herself from the horror scene long ago to move on to other things but saw this as an opportunity to say hey to the fans and also benefit the Children’s Hospital of LA. It’s a very heartwarming documentary that also co-stars several of the Halloween franchise members as well as Scares that Care advisory board member Sean Clark (of HorrorHound magazine, where he writes the Horror’s Hallowed Grounds monthly column). Jamie Lee said that this appearance would be a one time thing for her and she goes all out to make sure she greeted everyone and signed their various memorabilia. The whole documentary, shot by her daughter, clocks in at about an hour, and I feel it could have been about 20 minutes shorter. It seemed to be passing the time towards the end by shots of Jamie Lee just signing things with nothing really interesting happening. Admittedly it is cool to see all the things the fans had to bring for her to sign.
The TV scenes are also up here as a supplemental bonus for those who want it. I think it would have been cool to have the option to watch them within the film, but that’s not a big issue for me. The scenes are quite obviously TV movie quality, like the little boy playing Micheal in Smith’s Grove looks nothing like the kid from the opening scene nor the one Loomis describes. He looked like he might have been an extra from a Bad News Bears movie and I’m not sure why he was cast in the role.
The “On Location: 25 years Later” featurette is ported over from the 25th anniversary edition. It features P.J. Soles, her daughters, and screen writer Debra Hill (R.I.P.) going back to the Myers house in CA and reminiscing about how it was before while giving some insights to the production of the film.
After that you got the usual extras: trailers, tv spots, and radio spots, all of them also on the 25th anniversary edition.
Included as part of the packaging is a booklet walking us through the history of the film’s impact and production with some cool behind the scenes features included. It’s a fun bonus for fans of the film who into that, but honestly, at this point the well has run dry as far as new and informative information regarding those things. The lack of special features is fine with me though because honestly, there isn’t anything new to be said about the film at this point.
I scored it for $15 at Target, which I thought was a very reasonable price. I’m sure we’ve all have/had various editions in all formats over the years but this is the absolute best presentation of the film you are likely to ever see. It is therefore worthy of the investment, especially at such a reasonable price given the format.