Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition Review
Coming out tomorrow September 24th is yet another version of the classic film Halloween from Anchor Bay on DVD and Blu Ray. Should you pick it up or should you be happy with the multiple versions you might already have? Let’s find out what I discovered when I popped it into my Blu Ray player.
This version has an all new blu ray transfer supervised and approved by the original cinematographer Dean Cundey. This film has never looked more beautiful. It’s so clear and crisp yet still has the inherent film grain. With the millions of times I have watched this film I have never even noticed that the leggings Laurie Strode is wearing at the beginning of the movie actually were textured and had lines in them. They always looked just plain white to me. The colors really pop and it wouldn’t be hard to believe that this could have been shot only a few years ago rather than the 35 years that have passed.
The special features on this disc could have been a little more plentiful but the things we do get is a documentary called The Night She Came Home which is all about Jamie Lee Curtis coming to my local horror convention Horrorhound Weekend. I unfortunately could not attend this particular one as we were running the Drunken Zombie Film Festival the weekend before but it was fun to see her interact with fans at the convention and how she made sure to make each person feel special and let them know how much she appreciated them coming out to meet her as all the fees attendees paid for autographs were donated to the LA Children’s Hospital. She weathered long lines, over sold tickets, and missed smoke breaks to make sure that the last person in line got the exact same experience as the first person in line. It goes a long way to show how much she appreciates her horror fans from the beginning of her career.
The other featurette is On Location: 25 Years Later which revisits where the icon houses are now (one of them was actually physically moved to a new location). This is a hold over from a previous release from another Halloween release from Anchor Bay. It’s a look behind the scenes of how they decided on the houses they did and what they did to turn Los Angeles, California to Haddonfield, Illinois.
Included is also a brand new commentary by John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis. I haven’t had to chance to fire it up yet but it’s always great to hear John and Jamie get to sit down together to talk about Halloween.
And lastly included is footage from the TV version of Halloween that was shot to pad out the run time by what had to be edited out for content, trailers, and radio spots.
Only thing I would really complain about the release is that it could have been loaded with more special features. I currently have 4 copies of Halloween on my DVD shelf because each release has different special features on it. Some I got for free through gift cards and what not but it would have been great for the blu ray to condense all of special features into one release and then advertise the new The Night She Came Home and the new audio commentary to entice fans. But if you’re a fan and want a great transfer and see Jamie Lee Curtis interact with fans at Horrorhound Weekend then this is definitely a buy. Worth it alone to see Jamie relive some of her horror roots with fans.