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Studio: Starz/sphe Release Date: 08/14/2007

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

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

Customer Reviews:

  • Hands down classic that is oft copied but rarely (to never) duplicated
    Quite simply the best modern horror movie, no ifs, ands or buts!!!! Many films have tried (unsuccessfully) to repeat what Halloween accomplished but almost all rely on cheap sight gags and have no real atmosphere. Halloween is good cinema.

    This is the movie that put Carpenter on the map. Young and brash but having fun making film, Carpenter and his band of 20 something's took a simple concept and made it something great. Even now 30+ years after its release, it doesn't fail to deliver. If you enjoy horror movies filled with blood and to have all scares made obvious for you, Halloween is not going to be your movie. This movie is about mood, mood and more mood. The ability of Halloween to deliver chills and suspense is derived from several `things that work'. First, is Carpenter's sense of style and what to film and not film. So often directors, especially suspense/horror directors don't hold things back, forgetting that that human imagination is often so much more powerful than what you can create for someone else visually. Carpenter keeps this close (although certainly given his later works at least part of the effectiveness of Halloween was its low budget which necessitated use of little versus more). So what you don't see in Halloween is as important as what you do see. I liken this to a great drummer - take Neil Peart (RUSH) or Buddy Rich, it's not simply what they play but when they chose NOT to throw a rimshot in at a spot where essentially all other drummers would that makes their music special!

    The next component that `worked' for Carpenter in creating a masterpiece was employment of Dean Cundey as cinematographer. Cundey's work sets the tone, the photography is quite simply amazing, especially given the limited budget and minimal sets. Scenes such as that which follows Laurie's (Jamie Lee character) discovery of the bodies as she backs against the wall in shock and the `Shape' appears in the otherwise perfectly black doorway, caught in a dull blue hue, is not only scary, but visually brilliant. This is just one example of taking a simple shot and making it something more. It also demonstrated Carpenter's visual and emotional sense since the scare is certainly more subtle (yet very effective) than one might expect.

    No ensemble movie is good with a good ensemble cast. Halloween has that and for next to nothing in terms of known entities. Donald Pleasance is really the sole star, and even then his star was already heading into its twilight when cast in Halloween (a movie he initially had no interest in doing). Jamie Lee Curtis, while a huge female star now, was just a kid, daughter of Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, with little real experience when Carpenter cast her. What an absolutely fortuitous and wonderful casting it was too. Certainly the acting can be a bit rough at times - this is a B-budget movie afterall - but generally the cast pulls out their best and Carpenter, together with Cundey, show the audience only the best.

    Lastly, Carpenter, who scores nearly all of his movies, provides one of the most critical elements to Halloween's success with its completely hair raising and goose-pimple-generating musical score. No one can forget that simple repeated motif; my wife to this day will cover her ears or leave a room if I play the first 8-10 counts of the main theme. Certainly testament to linking audio elements with visual and ultimately visceral elements to give more to less.

    Halloween is a five star movie, not to be missed during the Halloween season. Low on GORE, high on CHILLS....more info
  • It's a classic for a reason
    Guess, I'll finally weigh in on this one. Halloween is a perfect product of it's time and the fact that it was actually scary allows it to continue to live on all these years later. The cast is perfectly awkward, the scares numerous, the soundtrack exceptional, and the nostalgia brilliant. Every year, after we've killed -- er, I mean fed --the last trick-or-treaters, we settle in for this fabulous, low-budget gem. It deserves it's status among fright films....more info
  • Sublime
    Another Halloween review is obsolete by now. After all, we are approaching the film's 30th anniversary. However, it's such a tasty mouthful of a slasher that I'm going to recommend it anyway, perhaps to the few viewers that (unexplainably) haven't watched it yet.
    Halloween is, presumably, the most well-known horror film of all time. This is because Carpenter masterfully combines all the elements that make a truly successful genre movie: the precise use of subjective camera, a spine-tingling and unforgettable score, a cast of beautiful teenagers who aren't afraid to sin (and, fortunately for us, get adequately punished for it), an irreplaceable Final Girl, and the most terrifying villain ever to grace the silver screen. The remarkable thing, of course, is that Carpenter wasn't really copying other filmmakers, but taking a few basic concepts that already existed and expanding them way beyond anyone had dared to do thus far. Black Christmas (1974) is sometimes credited as being the first slasher, but the horror genre certainly owes more to Carpenter's original and resourceful filmmaking than any material presented in the earlier movie. Halloween has outlived many of its inferior counterparts, those countless T&A slashers spawned by hopeful production companies immediately after 1978, because it is a classic for genre enthusiasts and regular movie fans alike. The acting, compared to that of any 70s and/or 80s splatter film, is phenomenal - particularly Jamie Lee Curtis's portrayal of the young and likeable Laurie Strode. Carpenter's direction is, of course, as close to flawless as it will ever be. Considering the extremely low budget he was working with ($325,000!), minor blunders like the California license plates may be overlooked and forgiven a thousand times over. Finally, Michael Myers, with his unfeeling and unrelenting drive for murder, is an incredibly effective boogeyman that has horrified entire generations of audiences - and successfully continues to do so even going into his 30th year on celluloid.
    Whether you enjoy late 1970s slashers or not is irrelevant when it comes to Halloween: once you get to know it intimately, with its outstanding strengths and its minimal faults, you will like it - maybe even love it....more info
  • The original horror film!
    Although I have the movie, I anticipate seeing it every year around Halloween. Love it. Michael Myers is so sneaky and quiet. Never know his next move. Silence is deadly......more info
  • Buy the Divimax version instead!
    Do not waste your time purchasing this unless you want an inferior version! The divimax version is far superior to this. It is slightly more expensive though, so unless you don't care about owning the best possible version available on DVD then this version should be an option.

    This has been about the sixth time Anchor Bay has released this movie, and the same amount of times that I've purchased it. I've never been disappointed with the new version they put out, until now! As soon as I started watching it I realized it was very inferior to the version I've been watching the last couple of years - the Divimax version.

    So leave it up to what your DVD standards are and purchase this version to save some $ and get a decent looking version, or buy the Halloween (Divimax 25th Anniversary Edition) and own a great quality DVD with plenty of features!

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  • You can't kill damnation mister!
    I have always been a fan of the Halloween movie series. The original was w/o a doubt a true classic and masterpiece!

    I recently saw Rob Zombie's version and was pleasantly surprised that it was pretty good. The Halloween series is the only horror series that I believe had a good story line.

    Was that the Boogeyman? As a matter fact it was....more info
  • A classic film that has gotten even better

    I know most people have seen this movie already so I will not even bother to review the film itself, but what I will review is the picture and audio quality of this film and all I can say is buy this film. If you are a fan of this picture and already own it buy it again anyways because on bluray the picture quality is superb, it seems an though it was shot yesterday. The audio quality is excellent as well but the picture quality is what will have you astonished....more info
  • One of the all time greats in horror!
    The film: Halloween (Divimax 25th Anniversary Edition)
    Year Made: 1978

    The Packaging: 5 Stars. The outside is a classic Halloween shot that you have to just love. Inside you will find 2 discs. One has the full length movie and the other disc is full of some very nice extras. The discs are very easy to pop out of the holders, yet they also stay in place very well which is always huge plus. You also get a nice inlay book that has some classic photos from the film, along with some nice information to read about throughout the booklet. My favorite picture is the one of Michael Myers standing there with the sheet over his head, looking like a ghost! I LOVE that photo, it's so creepy! Any Halloween, horror fan should be very pleased with this nice package.

    Spook Meter: 3 Stars This movie is spooky. I have seen films that have spooked me more and films that spook me less. While holding a bowl full of your favorite popcorn, you may lose a few popped kernels while you jump a time or two while watching this. This film is just full of TONS of great scenes. It's all the nice little details while watching this that really make this so great to watch. All of a sudden you look in the distance and there is Michael standing there, then he's gone. You think there will be a kill from him, but no he is suddenly gone. You hear the breathing from him under his mask while a lit pumpkin glows and casts a shadow on the nearby house. I LOVE THIS! This is the kind of details that can really make a horror film a all time great that stands out from all the rest for years to come. When I watch this every year I feel so pulled into the film. It feels so Halloween like when watching this gem. The blowing leaves in the breeze, you can almost feel the chill in the air. There is so much, so many things about this that I love that every time I watch this, there is always something exciting that I notice. This has always been considered one of the top all time greatest horror films by many horror fans including myself. It really is that good and it only gets better and better as it ages. Ahhh what a classic!

    Gore Meter: 2 Stars. There is not much gore here as far as blood is concerned. I will say that there are a few scenes that will be considered a bit violent for some viewers, but it's nothing over the top. The Gore Meter is low because even the few violent scenes that are in the film, they show very little blood and are not that hard to handle.

    Profanity Meter: 3 Strikes. There is a fair amount of language throughout this film. I have seen worse, and I have seen less. I use a DVD player that will block out the profanity which I encourage others to put to use if you enjoy watching films but don't care for the language.

    Sexual Meter: 3 Strikes. We see a make out scene in this film that is not very graphic. It has the usual moans and stuff while two people act like they are having sex while covered in blankets. I gave the sexual meter 3 stars because there are a few shots that we see a woman naked from the top half wearing no bra. It's a few quick shots, but it's something just to point out for viewers.

    Final thoughts: Overall this is just a amazing film. Halloween is one that will forever be considered to be one of the all time greatest in the horror hall of fame!
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  • Pure Evil
    This by far is the single most important film of it's kind ! Everything works.This is by far the best movie of it's kind ! The movie is a complete masterpiece with it's music and camerawork. Nothing will ever compare to this film nor will John Carpenters work to follow . The Rob Zombie film should be passed on as the rest of the halloween films. H20 showed some promise however. The 1978 Original Halloween is a classic and a great lesson how horror films should be made start to finish....more info
  • The best of the best, bar none!!!
    The shape, the scream queen, the atmosphere.....it's all here.
    The single greatest horror movie of all time, period.
    The big three slasher movies?
    Halloween
    Friday the 13th part 2.
    And the original Nightmare on Elm Street.
    These three are the masterpieces of the genre.
    Halloween?
    My favorite holiday and my favorite horror movie.
    This movie has inspired and horrified sooooooo many people, and still does after all these years.
    A masterpiece in every way, the simple but effective story line, the music, the acting, everything about this movie is timeless and classic.
    A must have, a must see.
    I can't give this movie any more praise than I already have.
    If you haven't seen this, and I have a hard time believing anyone hasn't.
    RENT IT!!!!!!!!
    BUY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Horror? I'm not so sure
    As a rabid horror fan, I've never been certain why so many other horror fans go "ga-ga" over this 90 minute film of predictability. It lacks any suspense. Albeit, Zombie's "reimagining" was MUCH worse. This film is so bland and dull. Carpenter's orchestration is the best "thing" to come out of this film. The characters are dull and lifeless, there is obviously NO talent involved within this film.

    I must say that the story written for "Friday The 13th One" is far superior to this jive. I simply do not like this film. The character is never given any light of purpose. Horror fans are a savvy bunch, we deserve better DEBRA HILL!

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  • Excellent movie !
    This is one of the most great movies from 70's, it's one of my favorites. It's a classic movie....more info
  • Perfect
    Utterly perfect, with commentary from Carpenter and Curtis and others. The extras is what brings this home, to say nothing of the outstanding picture and sound.
    I recently rated the other 25th anniversery, not knowing about this.

    Get this, instead. If you like and appreciate classics, this is a must have....more info
  • One of the all time scariest films EVER!
    This film is truly one of the scariest films ever. When I first saw it I had chills. I walked out of the room because I was so scared. It has the perfect atmosphere and the perfect score. And it has a great script. ...more info
  • The best slasher movie ever!
    Here's the ultimate slasher movie. "Halloween" still is and will always be the best slasher movie ever made. Its terrifying tale about psychotic killer Michael Myers still has the power to scare the hell out of the viewer. Even though I have seen this movie well over 50 times, it still keeps me on the edge of my seat. And it's still the best film from horror movie director John Carpenter. Not only did Carpenter direct the film as well as co-write it (with the late Debra Hill, who was his occasional writing and producing collaborator at the time), he also composed the now famous scary music score, probably the best ever for a horror movie. The movie's story about a six year old boy from Haddonfield, Illinois who kills on Halloween night in 1963 and then returns to the same town 15 years later to extend his crime by stalking babysitters is still powerful to this day. Jamie Lee Curtis made her film debut here as Laurie Strode, and it would be the beginning of a great movie career. Nancy Loomis and P.J. Soles provide moments of terrific comic relief as Laurie's girlfriends Annie and Lynda, respectively (or as Lynda would put it: "totally"). And the late veteran actor Donald Pleasence would have his most famous role as Michael Myers' doctor and pursuer Dr. Sam Loomis. "Halloween" went on to become the most successful independent film of its time. The movie only cost a little over $300,000 to make, and grossed $70 million worldwide. Thanks to this outcome, eight more "Halloween" movies have followed (including the recent remake). But the original 1978 film is the real deal. It became so popular that afterwards in the early 1980s a bunch of slasher movies came out that tried to imitate the success of "Halloween" with most of them failing. The one "Halloween" imitator that didn't fail was "Friday the 13th" (1980), which was a big hit at the box-office and launched its own successful movie franchise. But others like "My Bloody Valentine", "The Burning", "The Prowler", "He Knows You're Alone", "Graduation Day", "Mother's Day", "New Year's Evil", and "Silent Night, Deadly Night" failed to capture the same success as "Halloween" did (or "Friday the 13th" for that matter). Some of these movies might have made back its money since they were all made on a very low budget, but none of them grossed the kind of box-office numbers that "Halloween" did. But the "Halloween" franchise eventually joined in on the parade. Three years later, "Halloween II" was released, and the series hasn't ended yet. But none of the follow-ups have topped the original film, and no matter how many more "Halloween" movies are made from here on out, none of them will ever top the superior first film. And one of the main reasons why this film is so much better than the sequels and rip-offs that followed is that it relied on scarring its audience instead of grossing them out. Even though it's violent, there's very little bloodshed in this movie. "Halloween" is a must-see. Plus, an excellent feature is presented on the DVD. "Halloween - A Cut Above the Rest" is an excellent documentary about the making of the movie. If you'd like to see how this long running movie series got started, then watch this entertaining feature. ...more info
  • A Slasher Classic!
    This is an awesome 25th anniversary edition of the film, especially the special features... Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence came out in 1978 and will forever be a slasher classic!...more info
  • Puts the Horror in HORRIABLE
    "What??? He gave this classic masterpiece 2 stars?!?"


    Is that whats racing through your so called brain?


    This film has been heralded as great horror, but its nearly as stupid, boring, and insulting to one's intelligence as some of todays worse slasher movies.



    This original version of the movie, unlike the Excorcist, does not stand the test of time.



    And why is that? Well, i hear time and time again, that this movie is a such a great essential classic. Being essential and classic doesnt apparently mean its truly great, becouse the acting is very bad in this movie. The script is dumb and the characters arent interesting or likeable.


    Its not as annoying and insulting as something like Halloween:Ressurection. ( a zero star movie) but its certainly NOT the great film its touted to be.


    And we hear "CLASSIC MASTERPIECE" over and over again in the same sentence as the title. But i honestly feel the people caling it that are just stuck on the fact that its suppost to be this "great classic" and dont or refuse to see it for what it is...a B-movie.


    Maybe it got popular becouse of the fact that in the late 70s, a movie with a killer in a mask like that, killing kids and people with a butcher knife was kind of a fresh idea. But as a movie, you cant deny how poor it is.


    It might be a classic old horror movie that sparked lots of trends, but this is NOT deserving of the word " MASTERPIECE ". Thats a complete lie.
    But people and critics keep saying it and saying it, but their words dont have meaning becouse it doesnt match up with the movie.


    The genre of "HORROR/SLASHER" movies hasnt been the most respected or acclaimed genres out there, to say the least. And i suppose within the relm of the endless sea of stupid gore fest slasher films, this must be the Father of them all and so its reveared as such a 'great' thing. But if you see it as a film, its not very good, and you dont even have to be some purist film critic snob. Anyone can see that fact.


    The music, the resounding piano theme is memorable and is classic.
    The legend that has become Michael Myers through out the years has grown beyond the depiction found in the original film. Michael Myers is not very impressive at all in this movie. He sounds allmost like an ape, how he breathes through the mask. And he just seems like he is mentally handicapped more than he is psychotic.


    And the 'teenagers' in this movie all look like they are allmost 30, like they should be outta college or something. Not convincing AT ALL as highschool kids.


    But all that is just side complaints. The movie itself is just boring, and i had to force myself almost to watch it in its entirity and give it a proper chance before i made final judgment of it.


    The image of Michael Myers and his theme music is what is truly legendary and haunting to this day....Not this film.


    Despite the 'popular critics' view, the recently re-telling of the film,
    directed by Rob Zombie, titled "HALLOWEEN". is far more superior film,
    that brings actual weight and respect to that legendary killer...MICHAEL MYERS.


    Out of respect for John Carpenter and his original film, watch this original movie made in 1978.


    But FIRST, if you have a choice for which to see first, id say
    see the Rob Zombie re-telling of "HALLOWEEN", first, that is a deep, emotional, and truly horrific piece of work, that captures the sheer intensity of what became the legend of Michael Myers that rises above and beyond the original, while stil giving it much respect. Rob Zombie delivers something awesome that truly and finally lives up to such a haunting legend...something neither the orginal or ANY of the sequals have EVER done, nor could do.


    Im no fancy critic, but im giving this 2 and half stars...the half is for its originality at the time, with its theme and character....more info
  • Purdy Good
    This movie was a purdy good one, suspenseful, check. Cool, check. Scary, ehhhm, hmm, uhh... check! Not a great movie, but the best, I'd say, as far as slashers go. If you liked Psycho, you're gonna LOVE this!...more info
  • Classic Parts Are Much Better Than The Whole
    In my eyes there are two categories of people when speaking of favorite holiday slasher films: those that like 1974's Black Christmas to those who rather prefer 1978's Halloween. Count me a part of the former's category, as Black Christmas is a forgotten perfected-diamond that not only chills the marrow, but is also intentionally hilarious in spots. Halloween, however, is a pretty good movie, damn near great in spots, in fact. Although it features scenes not only worthy of Psycho, and of which have found their rightful place inside classical cinema, yet the parts are indeed better than the whole. Halloween's approximate first 11 minutes and final 36 minutes (yup, I checked the runtime) are truly the reason the film is held in high proverb-- it's too bad that that only makes up a little over ? of the film's total length.

    Halloween may in fact have a greater affinity for art-house horror fans like myself, than blood-and-guts fans, so I almost hate to say it, as Halloween I also remember fondly from my younger years, and it is one of those films that got me obsessed with horror, but nostalgia should never get in the way of being an honest and fair critic (or wannabe critic.) Halloween is a good movie, but damn that middle section sure is mightily flawed, and even seems cheesy in parts. Yet, the term arty can also be applied to the good parts of the film, as well.

    Yet, I hate to use that term "art-house horror movie", as that implies that horror is on the contrary, but I believe when viewing Halloween that it does in fact fit. This is due to the way John Carpenter directs the movie: stylish and relying on Hitchcockian-like suspense and a real sense of horror, rather than bodycount. I also must first point out that the dialogue throughout the film is actually one of the best components of the script. Often the everyday conversations about normal day things that Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her school friends have does in fact seem natural, rather than boring. Though we don't necessarily "know" the characters all that well from a literary perspective, we do like them, as they seem like any real life type of girls that both you or I might know in high school.

    Yet, the overbearing dialogue exchanges between Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) and the Sheriff (Charles Cyphers) seems necessary, it's also too bad it's not known until about that 55 minute mark. As the masterful opening scene, and its follow up "escape from the hospital scene" is long forgotten after about another 45 minutes of misstepping true scares. As although the mask-wearing Myers may be indeed a scary villain, not due so much to the ice-cold way he dispatches the characters, but much more due to the fact that he truly feels like evil incarnate. Yet, it also must be said that the way that Dr. Loomis perceives Myers in dialogue at first seems like it's overblown, lame, and not natural. What doctor really talks of a patient in high-strung, diabolical terms: "Death has come to your little town, sheriff." To the films credit, however, although it at first slips into this "only in Hollywood" jargon, yet that is later completely evaded and it even becomes justified when we do later in fact agree with him in that final act when this "bogeyman" character is finally put and secured into a menacing night backdrop.

    Because, as good as John Carpenter is as generating suspense and menace in the terror scenes, in the initial daylight stalking scenes sadly lack that blood luster. As framing a character that your film makes out to the "The Bogeyman" not just in daylight, but also (hilariously) standing outside a school window just next to laundry, honestly brings a roll of the eyes, and a bad smile to my lips. Then having this evil character possibly hide behind bushes and a bed sheet makes me cover my eyes with my hands, shaking my head. Call me cynical, but it truly feels like two different kinds of films throughout the acts: a masterful frightshow, then a cheesy B-movie, and then back to a white-knuckle terror ride.

    In conclusion, despite that I still like Halloween and even if its opening scenes and final act are amongst my favorites, I must admit that in parts I can't really take the bogeyman threat that serious. Sorry.

    Score: 8.0 / 10.0 (In 0.5 increments)
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  • "Halloween" Goes Blu
    Halloween Goes Blu

    John Carpenter's "Halloween" was, is and will remain the best horror movie placed on film and now Michael Myers can murder in high definition blu-ray. This 1978 low budget movie couldn't afford hi tech effects, so Carpenter brilliantly manipulated the greatest fear of all fears, "the element of surprise." I first saw this movie in the theater when released along with 4 other friends. 3 of those friends walked out they were so frightened, as did other movie goers. The remaining diehards like myself who stayed, frequently jumped 2 inches out of seats as ear piercing screams filled the movie theater with a deep sense of dread, panic and terror. I have owned the movie on VHS, Laser Disc, DVD and now Blu-Ray, it is the only movie ever I felt so strongly about to own every format. Through the years I have talked with others who enjoy this movie and we discuss the small little errors that even John Carpenter himself has talked about. However, there is one huge error in this film that to this very day I can not find one other person who caught this major mistake. If I ever someday have the privilege to meet or talk with John Carpenter I would be most curious to ask if he himself knows of the mistake. Until such time I will go to the grave keeping this huge flaw a secret. Blu-Ray lovers, the HD format in "Halloween" does exactly what it should do, making it worth the upgrade from standard DVD. The HD visuals are awesome giving this 30 year old fearful tale a makeover fit for the walking dead. For the first time ever in all formats the enhanced HD sound track gets the surround sound almost right. The only recommendation while watching "Halloween" in blu-ray is during the beginning credits while Carpenter's spooky theme song is playing, adjust your home theater audio channels. You will find the blu-ray enhancements on the center speaker will require extreme find tuning to match the other speakers. Failure to adjust the center channel will easily throw off your complete sound separation experience. Other than that, take a seat all you good couch potatoes, relax, take your shoes off, don't fear the reaper, and enjoy "Halloween" renewed. Halloween gets a rating of, "7 Potato More". Michael Couch Potato.
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  • [4.5] Turn off the lights, turn up the volume, and prepare to still be scared
    Thirty years later and this horror classic is still as scary as ever. In the Hollywood horror genre today over-run with blood and gore, it is refreshing to take a break and return to the old school when horror films where truly (and still can be) scary. There are many devices that has made Halloween a success. Number one is Michael Myers, perhaps one of the most memorable horror villains of all time. There is no motive for his actions. He seems to kill without cause - an emotion-less villain who has never spoken a word almost his entire life. One moment he appears out of nowhere, glaring from a distance, and the next moment, he's gone. No matter how fast his victims run, Michael is always right behind, ready to make the kill, stabbing his victims with his trademark kitchen knife.

    Audio is one of the most important elements that can determine the success of a horror film, and above all else, John Carpenter's Halloween theme sets the tone all too well. Even at the opening credits the theme begins, instantly placing the viewer into a creepy horror state of mind. Slight variations of this simple theme are constant throughout the film, adding tension and suspense, and progressing scenes along nicely that might have seemed longer otherwise.

    The usual weak dialouge and acting are certainly present here, as in most horror films, but I can't say it takes away from the fun, as it is to be expected (especially from a film made 30 years ago). Jamie Lee Curis does a memorable enough performance as her charcater Laurie, the babysitter who Michael has targeted on Halloween. Donal Pleasance does a decent job as Dr. Loomis, a man who basically becomes obsessed (and has every right to) on taking down Michael Myers. The remainder of the cast is unimpressive, but serve up well as Michael's victims.

    Halloween has spawned off 7 sequals and even a recent remake. Though they don't match up to this original, it says enough that Halloween has become a popular sucess. I wish I could say for a movie that is 30 years old, it might be difficult for first time viewers today to appreciate, but the fact remains that this is from a different era of horror, a time when good horror films presented us with "less is more" Halloween is the perfect demonstration. There is less blood, less gore, less violence, and we know almost nothing of Michael's background, and the end result can be truly scary when we are not given details and must deal with the unknown.

    Acting - 2.5
    Characters - 4
    Horror - 4.5
    Music - 5
    Story - 4
    Overall - 4.5...more info
  • Michael Madness
    One of the best Horror movies of our time.
    Good to see a 25year Edition come out,
    to Honor it.
    Can't wait to watch it again on Halloween
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  • Excellent but slightly overrated
    This film is often hailed as Carpenter's masterpiece. Though it isn't (that would be Assault on Precinct 13), it is, nevertheless, one of the greatest slasher films ever made. People also often wrongly state that Halloween is the first slasher film ever made. Not so. There were many Italian slashers before it, including The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Twitch of the Death Nerve.

    The mood and pacing of this film are nearly flawless. The soundtrack is classic. What many don't know is that Carpenter based the theme song to Halloween off of Goblin's theme song from Argento's Suspiria, which was in turn inspired by Tubular Bells from Friedkin's The Exorcist. Though the film takes place in Illinois, it was filmed in California, as evidenced by the trunks of palm trees seen in people's front yards. Further, though the film is set in the fall, it was filmed during springtime. Carpenter had a bunch of fake dead leaves that they would throw in the front yard of the house they were filming at. When they switched houses they would have to gather up all the fake leaves and move them!

    By the way, the mask that Michael Myers wears was a William Shatner mask that they somewhat altered. Shatner has since said that he does not appreciate being referred to as "evil incarnate." The crew of the film referred to Myers as "The Shape," implying that he is, as implied in the films, a supernatural force and not a human being.
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  • A powerfully effective psychological masterpeice!
    Having been into AV and home movie watching since VHS arrived, I have to tell you that Blu technology for PQ and SQ is what all of us long time enthusiasts have been waiting for. Halloween on BD is once again lending me to say that this is the first time I have really seen this movie. Even though I saw it in the theater in 1978, owned on VHS and DVD. The innocent and very eerie musical score by John Carpenter matches his more subtle directorial and far more powerfully effective psychological techniques of using dark scenes, shadows, subjective angles and facial reaction close-ups to deliver a timeless classic and new Horror Genre. Halloween started it's own genre which was copied but never equaled by such slasher flicks as the Friday the Thirteenth 1 thru 87 movies. Freddy and Jason were good in their time and are still entertaining, but these movies do not command the timeless attraction and longevity that Halloween always has had and will in the future. PQ is absolutely Stunning. Colors are natural, beautiful, Blacks are as solid and grain free (as is the entire movie) as you will ever see. This is one 10+ superb and suprising transfer. PQ was so impressive in this new PCM re-mix of 5.1. I could go on and on about the sound, but would rather have you experience it for yourself. PQ is also a 10+. Especially for a movie made on a 300K budget with probably only stereo mix (2 channels) in 1978. Bottom line is this: If you like this movie even half way, the blu experience ups it 10 fold. If you have never seen it and like well made suspense films, this is a must! Happy Halloween!...more info
  • Let Sid get serious for a minute: Halloween is the best Horror film ever.
    Folks, today we, Sid the Elf, are reviewing Halloween. This will not be our typical review because Halloween deserves a respectful review with no make-up. This film is so well-done that every scene has a scare in it. This includes the opening credits that shows an innocent looking jack-o-lantern against a black backgroung while the Halloween theme plays ominously tempting you to turn the lights back on. Seriously, if you don't believe us, watch this movie from tap to buzzer the right way with no lights, popcorn, candy and the rest of the important food groups. If you get lucky and it's a chilly, windy October night during your screening you will get at least a little freaked out.

    So, Halloween is centered around a small Illinois town, Haddonfield. It is typical Anytown, USA. But, in 1963, the star of our show, Michael Myers, then 6 killed his sister on...that's right, Halloween night. He is then inevitably sent to live in a mental institution. Flash forward to October 30, 1978. Michael's doctor, Dr. Loomis, arrives at the mental hospital to take Michael to trial. What he finds is the patients roaming the grounds in the pouring rain. Of course, Myers has broken out to be free to return to Haddonfield for a Halloween rampage.

    Now, what ensues are some of the creepiest nuances in horror film history. Myers ends up stalking Jaimie Lee Curtis and her friends for his next victims. That is all status quo in horror. What isn't is that Myers knows where Curtis is at all times. He appears quickly and disappears even faster. She sees him behind a curtin outside her house, does not look away and he's just gone the next instant. Oh, did we mention his appearance? He's wearing black cover-alls and a stark white expressionless mask. If you try to put yourself in her shoes it's scary. You have no idea who this guy is, or why he's in your path.

    Eventually, he gets to Curtis' friends and kills them. When he kills Bob, he just stares at him to watch him die. When he finally gets to Curtis, she fights back. She stabs him with a knitting needle in the neck, a wire hanger in the eye, and a knife to the chest...Ah, finally over. So we see Curtis(completely spent) sitting against the door frame. Myers is laying with a knife in his chest across the room. Then, in Sid's opinion, the single scariest moment in film history, Myers sits srtaight up, and turns his head to look at Curtis. He catches her, starts strangling her, but she pulls off his mask just as Dr. Loomis enters the room after hearing screaming. He shoots Myers SEVEN times causing him to fall out of a second-story window. When Loomis looks down to the ground to catch a final glimpse at his long-time patient, Myers is gone. Theme music ensues, final shot is of Curtis sitting on the floor crying at the realization that this indestructable force of evil who had the blackest eyes, the devil's eyes is still after her. ...more info
  • THE GREATEST SLASHER OF ALLTIME
    This has to be the greatest slasher film and one of the best horror films ever made , this makes sense unlike all of the Friday the 13th films , this film is well made , good performances , not campy or over done like the other slasher films , great thrills , not stupid , this is the only film to buy of the slasher genre if you really want the best. highly recommened...more info
  • My Favorite Movie Of All Time!
    I was only 2 when it was released in theaters but growing up in the 80's it became and instant classic to me. Thank You John Carpenter for making Awesome Movies! And Thank You Mom for letting me watch all those horror movies growing up....more info
  • Hands Down Horror Classic
    Halloween is a hands down classic horror film. John Carpenter made a film that was often imaited but never duplicated. The camera angles are one of the many things that make the film scary. Carpetner allows the viewer to see through the eyes of the killer with the subjective camera and then there's the classic music score. Jamie Lee Curtis had a star making role in this movie and if you've never seen the film you should...more info
  • Along with "Psycho" the GREATEST Horror film ever made!
    In my opinion the two GREATEST Horror films ever made are "Halloween" and "Psycho". There is a part of me that wishes they had never made any sequels to "Halloween" because that would have made the ending of the movie even more CLASSIC than it already is.

    To turn this movie into a long drawn out series was a shame. John Carpenter says the same thing in the documentary that accompanies the movie. But don't let this stop us from appreciating this CLASSIC of the Horror genre.

    The "Halloween" music is so eerie and GREAT it's ridiculous! Donald Pleasence is one of my favorite actors and gives his usual GREAT performance as Dr. Loomis. Jamie Lee Curtis is GREAT as well in her first starring role.

    Of course it is IRONIC that her mother starred in "Psycho" and she starred in "Halloween". Mother and daughter have dualing CLASSIC films! Does William Shatner deserve royalties on this movie since Michael Myers wears his halloween mask?!

    "The evil is gone!"...more info
  • Got my DVD
    Got my dvd in a good time and it came just as it was described. i would buy from this seller again. ...more info
  • Halloween...A Technical Review
    This review covers the Starz/Anchor Bay dvd release of Halloween with the slip cover. I have not seen the Divimax version of the dvd so have no experience with it. I will not go over the plot or its stars and director because that has been done so many times and most of us are already familiar with them. For those of you looking to purchase one of the myriad formats of the original Halloween, I hope this review will be of help to you.
    First of all let's talk about the quality of the video. A new 35mm negative print of the film was used to transfer this onto the dvd format. Upon studying the picture quality, I think that this is as close to a perfect picture as you are likely to get out a 30-year old print. Let's be reasonable here, the entire movie was shot on a $300,000 budget ($20,000 going to Donald Pleasence's salary), and while I'm sure Dean Cundey and Carpenter got the best they could afford, with that kind of budget you can't possibly get the high-end film stock that the bigger budget films (James Bond for instance)can afford. With that in mind, there are the occasional film artifacts floating around during the movie (sparklies, a miniscule black spot, etc.) but they show up only here and there. Overall, the picture is clean and crisp making it look better than it did on my vhs version when it was brand new. The color timing issues some folks had were not present, at least not on my copy: fall looked like fall, and the creepy blue hue used during the dark scenes were absolutely there. All-in-all I would give the video a solid 4 stars.
    Audio: It states on the back of the slip case that the original 16-track music studio master and 35mm magnetic dialogue and effects tracks were used to give this a 5.1 surround sound make-over. While I agree that the soundtrack really comes alive here giving the music a very wide sound field, you only get the occasional surround sound effect (a thunder crash here, or a bird chirp there), but over all the surround speakers are used very little. However, in defense of this I can't really count a whole lot of scenes where the rear speakers would be used because almost all the action is in front of you. Oh yes, you do hear Michael's breathing now and then in all speakers which is creepy in itself. I would give the audio a solid 4 stars, too, for effort if nothing else because of the original source material being almost 3 decades old.
    Extras: Finally, the extras on this dvd are a-plenty. You have radio spots, trailers, trivia (you learn some really neat things about this film), a documentary loaded with interviews that should answer just about any questions you may have on this film (you even get an interview with the orginial "Shape", Nick Castle, which really (in my mind) was the highlight of the documentary), you also get some talent bios, and posters and stills. Plenty there for everyone. An easy 4 stars for that one.
    I hope this long and in-depth review helps. For me, it was easy to give a high rating because I was very satisfied with the quality that was put into this version. I hope you find this, too.
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  • the original!
    You cant beat the original Halloween! It is fantastic, has a wonderful theme song that gets stuck in your head! Watch this classic horror film with Jamie Lee Curtis in it! ...more info
  • Best Halloween is the First Halloween!
    While all the other Michael Myers movies are filled with blood and gore, this one is all thrill. It keeps you on the edge of your seat in anticipation. Even knowing the end just makes it better! You can't kill Michael Myers, like true evil never dies. It is a must own for my library....more info
  • THE PERFECT BEDTIME MOVIE
    I can still remember the frightened whispers, and collective intake of breath in the theater when I first saw this masterpiece. This happened during several of the scenes when Michael Meyers was in pursuit of his sister with a butcher knife. The mounting, relentless suspense in this horror movie has rarely been matched, and Carpenter's music was as eerie, and malevolent as that in another favorite of mine ( THE EXORCIST ). HALLOWEEN proved that you don't need buckets of blood, and fake gore to scare the crap out of people- just great camera work, and excellent direction. Horror movies don't get better than this, and the added scenes in the extended version make it even better. A must for any horror fan....more info
  • Why don't you own this yet?
    Why did I wait so long to own this? I have seen this fantastic movie since it came out on the big screen back in the late 70's. Well, it's 2007 and why did I wait so long to buy it? For the most part I have seen it to death, but with the new version by Rob Zombie in the theaters, I guess I just got all excited to see it all over again. But now is the perfect time to pick up this film if you have not yet. There are many releases of this film to pick up now and this version is a great deal for your money if you just want the film without all the extras. Don't get me wrong, if you want a bunch of special features, then pick up the 25th anniversary version. But for me, I only watch special features once. So double disc releases just cost me more money for something that I won't really use. Save yourself some cash and pick up a great film for your collection....more info
  • Death ahs come to your little town
    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.

    And Carpenter handles the spookiness beautifully -- initially, the story is pleasantly average -- teen gossip, small-town atmosphere, and chatter about boyfriends, dances and babysitting. It has the occasional spooky moment -- such as Myers popping out of a hedge to stare at Laurie -- but isn't really scary just yet. But as Myers starts bumping off teenagers, the plot darkens and twists.

    Carpenter spins up a claustrophobic, trapped feeling, partly due to a shadowy old house full of windows and doors, any of which could be Myers' way in. You can't help but jump with every shadow. And Carpenter sprinkles the plot with unspeakably creepy moments -- Myers quietly slithering in a window above Laurie, or dressing as a ghost with only his heavy breathing to identify him.

    Curtis was the original scream queen thanks to this movie, and she does an amazing job -- even when she's racing around pounding on doors and shrieking, she seems realistic. Pleasance is just as good as Loomis, who is determined and full of dread at what his patient is, but also has his moments of humour (like when he frightens some pranksters at the Myers house). And though we only see Myers' face a few times, his masked face, silent movements and heavy breathing are the stuff of nightmare.

    "Halloween" was a more psychological, atmospheric kind of horror, and it did its job almost too well. The original slasher movie -- harrowing, eerie, and petrifying....more info
  • My FAV movie of all time!
    I have seen this classic way to many times to count and it will never get old to me. NOTHING compares to Halloween, it is a one of a kind, and the first in its genre. The writing, direction by John Carpenter, score by Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis - EVERYTHING fit together perfectly. This is a must see for anyone who apperciates a great classic Horror film....more info
  • Quintessential movie for the season!
    There really isn't much for me to say here, I only wanted to post this up on todays date! Great movie!...more info
  • Better color timing than DIVIMAX edition... less pumped than Cundey version
    After seeing screen grab comparisons this new version has GOBS of extra detail in the 1080p transfer and the color timing lands squarely in between the extreme and pumped color pallet (almost cartoonish) of the THX Dean Cundey approved version and the completely 180 degree different Divimax version that everyone screamed bloody murder about. The fall color timing is much improved over the Divimax version and much closer to the Cundey version, but the extremely BLUE!! color scheme of the night time shots has been toned down while still retaining the bluish tint created by gels on the lights.

    It allows for you to choose the original mono track in Dolby Digital and the new 5.1 mix in uncompressed PCM.

    It'll probably be good enough for me (it's a classic Carpenter horror!) and the extra detail will more than make up for any discrepancies in the colors. Some say this cleaned up HD version looks as good or better than the original theatrical release....more info
  • Birth of a legend...and a sub-genre
    Although most people don't want to hear this, I've always said that some people are born rotten. Now, don't misunderstand me; I wouldn't suggest that any single factor is responsible for this. Sociopaths can't help themselves. Sadists are a product of their abusive environments. And it's always possible that old Satan sometimes distills a little of his own essence into a human form now and again.

    This notion of mine has been dismissed by ideologues as often as it's been confirmed by experience. Christians tell me that we're created in God's image. Egalitarians whine that all men are born equal. And no Leibnizian optimist is going to tell you that bad seeds exist in this best of all possible worlds!

    Well, bad seeds really do exist...and if you live in a community of any notable size, there's probably one in your neighborhood. Don't worry, most of them are harmless creeps who never do more than sneer at people who they secretly lust after, fry ants with magnifying glasses and engage in insider trading. But John Carpenter's third feature explores the concept of the bad seed in a popular worst-case scenario: that of the homicidal maniac.

    Created on a budget over three times larger than the preceding "Assault On Precinct 13" ($325K!), "Halloween" delivers in a big way on a modest investment. As one of the most popular and influential horror films of all time, this movie made more money than anyone ever guessed that it could ($55M) and inadvertently invented a rightly reviled sub-genre of slasher movies. It also cemented the career of America's most successful B-movie director; put simply, "Halloween" made John Carpenter as much as Carpenter made "Halloween." This happened because he did it the right way: by emphasizing technique over bloodshed. And if you set all of the lame sequels and imitators aside and ignore Rob Zombie's silly recent remake, you're left with that rarest of gems: a film that actually deserves the overwhelming praise its' received.

    I hadn't watched this film in many years, but during this past All Hallows Eve viewing, I finally noticed that one of the two televised movies watched by some of the characters is Howard Hawks' "The Thing," an adaptation of the John Campbell novella, "Who Goes There?" Of course, Carpenter would go on to direct an incredible, superior remake of "The Thing" that became a cult classic...after suffering as a box office disaster.

    However, I must admit that Carpenter stretched my suspension of disbelief to the breaking point with this film. I can force myself to believe that a serial killer can impale a teenager through the abdomen with a knife and pin him to a wall with it. I can blindly accept that this same unstoppable killer is ultimately undeterred by multiple knife and gunshot wounds that would kill an ordinary man on the spot. But a twenty-year-old Jamie Lee Curtis as somebody who can't get a date? Please!

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  • A Comparison Between Halloween's Two Most Popular DVD Versions
    Halloween. What a perfect title for a Horror movie. It's hard to believe back in 1977 that there had never been any movie, let alone a Horror film, that incorporated that title. And what good usage it got. Written, directed, and even musically scored by John Carpenter (with great assistance by then girlfriend Debra Hill), this was truly a film that brought Horror to it's roots, leaving an impact that only George Romero's Night Of The Living Dead did ten years earlier. Showcasing a deranged killer by the name of Michael Myers who in childhood murdered his sister in cold blood on Halloween night, only to escape his asylum to return to his Illinois home to hunt down babysitter (and eventually known little sister) Jamie Lee Curtis 15 years later, was truly an amazing film that never exploited the genre, keeping the imagination and terror flowing within the viewers mind rather than blatantly on the screen. For it's time it was the number one profitable independent film ever made, and after almost thirty years, it still terrifies and never grows old. A true classic film. Every single DVD collector should own it....

    But which one?

    Not in the sense of sequels, but rather in which version of the original should you add to your collection. You see, this film has had the DVD distribution rights by Anchor Bay Entertainment (now known as Starz), and they have re-released this classic now a total of six times. So I would like to compare the two most popular versions to see which one should be for you, the "Restored" or the "25th Anniversary"

    Starting with the "Restored" version, this DVD was authored way back in 1999. However, it was personally restored by Halloween original cinematographer Dean Cundey, trying to preserve as much of the look of it's original theatrical run. This version has been released a whopping three times. But for the film's "25th (2003) Anniversary", Anchor Bay remastered the film yet again for another release "Halloween 25", this time taking the remastering process in their own hands, something of which Cundey was not happy with. You see, comparing the two's video, you'll notice that each are different. One point is brightness and sharpness. In the Cundey version, overall picture is dark and not as sharp while for 25 the white levels have been raised and it's overall color saturation has been lowered. To me, while the original with it's dark blue hue running throughout looks good, at times it's hard to see certain shots in the dark. The 25th version has fixed that, even going as far as making the film look more natural. As for sharpness, the 25th beats it by far. Audio wise, each film seems on the same level, so a tie there, but it's the video that should be considered when purchasing: the Cundey-more true to the original film/the 25-a sharper, more realistic picture.

    Next would be the use of the disc space. Restored is one of those discs that wanted to cater to the early 2000's audiences of giving them both a widescreen and a fullframe on the same disc. Because of this, the bitrate is pretty small for both presentations. However, the 25th is a 2 disc set that only offers on Disc One the Widescreen presentation, and it's Divimax as well. But to be honest, it's bitrate isn't up to say Superbit quality. It's better, but with a total of four audio tracks to choose from, the entire dual layer disc is only used by 75%, and that other 25 could have went to more video bitrate, but alas it's not. But to me, the bitrate still is higher on the 25, not to mention it's compression is four years younger than Restored, so 25 wins again.

    Finally is Extras, Restored has a 30 minute documentary called Halloween Unmasked 2000, narrated by Twisted Sister's Dee Snider. Why is he on here than just being a popular fan, beats me. But on 25's second disc is a whopping 87 minute documentary called A Cut Above The Rest which expands on the original and gives much greater detail on the film. 25 also includes another ten minute featurette called On Location, going back to view all the houses and such that were used in the film that Restored does not include either. And if that wasn't enough, 25 has the original Laserdisc commentary by John Carpenter with additional vocals with Jamie Lee Curtis and Debra Hill. This might be the best extra 25 has over Restored, because it's got to be one of the most personal commentaries I've ever heard. Carpenter doesn't hold anything back, a must listen. And sure, both have the same trailers, TV Spots, and such, but again to me 25th Anniversary wins this one too.

    But the main reason why I'm writing all this is because back in 2007, Anchor Bay decided to stop releasing the 25th Anniversary and instead re-issue the Restored version. Why, I'm not sure. Dean Cundey was never happy with 25, and maybe his name on the back of Restored's box was a selling-point, I don't know. Maybe the 25's cover was confusing buyers because it looks a little like sequel H20's version? But I do know for your money, the 25th Anniversary is still the best way to go. What's sad is to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the classic film, Anchor Bay is yet again double-dipping it's audience by releasing a six disc collection featuring Parts 1, 4, 5, the NBC-TV edit, the 25 Years Of Terror special and a Blu-Ray version of the original. But again, both the DVD and Blu-Ray (BD version rumored to be a video-hybrid of both) are from the 1999 Cundey master (but the Blu does have the Cut Above special and commentary too). It would have been nice if the DVD was the 25 so fans could have both versions, but no, 25th Anniversary seems lost now.

    In conclusion, if you want the best overall 1978 Halloween package, go with the 2003 25th Anniversary Edition. More extras, a more realistic picture, and a commentary to die for. Ratings-wise then from me is:

    Restored: (8.5/10)
    25th Anniversary: (9.5/10)

    Thanks for reading,
    RedSabbath...more info
  • Orginal!
    This movie is my favorite movie of all time. It is very original and has an amazing storyline. Halloween is my favorite movie/horror movie. This is a MUST see for all horror movie fans. Buy this for this halloween to watch. ...more info