Just the Features: Halloween: The Complete Collection Limited Edition




Released by Shout! Factory

Release Date: Oct. 25th, 1978 (Halloween) (Theatrical)
                      Oct. 30th, 1981 (Halloween II) (Theatrical)
                      Oct. 22nd, 1982 (Halloween III: Season of the Witch) (Theatrical)
                      Oct. 21st, 1988 (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers)                                                                     (Theatrical)
                      Oct. 13th, 1989 (Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers)                                                                  (Theatrical)
                      Sept. 29th, 1995 (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers) (Theatrical)
                      Aug. 5th, 1998 (Halloween H20: 20 Years Later) (Theatrical)
                      Jul. 12th, 2002 (Halloween: Resurrection) (Theatrical)
                      Aug. 31st, 2007 (Halloween (2007)) (Theatrical)
                      Aug. 28th, 2009 (Halloween II (2009)) (Theatrical)

Region Code: A (locked)

Run Time: 1h 31m (Halloween)
                 1h 32m (Halloween II)
                 1h 38m (Halloween III: Season of the Witch)
                 1h 28m (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers)
                 1h 36m (Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers)
                 1h 27m (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers)
                 1h 26m (Halloween H20: 20 Years Later)
                 1h 34m (Halloween: Resurrection)
                 2h 01m (Halloween (2007))
                 1h 59m (Halloween (2009))

Audio: 
            Halloween
           English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1
           English: Dolby TrueHD Mono
           English: LPCM 5.1
           English: Dolby Digital 5.1
           English: Dolby Digital Mono (Original)

             Halloween II
           English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

           English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

             Halloween III: Season of the Witch
           English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)
             
            Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
           English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

            Halloween 5; The Revenge of Michael Myers
           English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

            Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
           English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

           English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

            Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later
           English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

           English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

            Halloween: Resurrection
           English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

           English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 (48kHz, 24-bit)

            Halloween (2007)
           English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

           English: Dolby Digital 5.1

            Halloween II (2009)
           English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Video: 1080p (2.35:1 Aspect Ratio (Halloween (1978), II, III, H20, Resurrection and                                 Halloween (2007))
                       (1.85:1 Aspect Ratio (Halloween 4, 5, and Halloween II (2009)
                       (1.78:1 Aspect Ratio (Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers) 

THE FEATURES: [4 out of 4]

Disc 1: Halloween (1978) 35th Anniversary


Commentary with Dean Cundey, Tommy Lee Wallace, Nick Castle

Commentary with John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis
The Night She Came Home (59m 43s, HD) Curtis does her first and only convention

On Location: 25 Years Later (10m 25s, SD) A Look at the Pasadena locations used for the movie. Produced for the 2003 dvd release. Debra Hill is interviewed.

Television Footage (10m 43s, SD) Three scenes shot for the television airing on NBC. Only "Play All" function. No index. Shot during the filming of Halloween II.

Theatrical Trailer (2m 42s, SD) Red band trailer

TV Spots Three tv spots

Radio Spots (3) We don't have these anymore. Interesting.

Disc 2: Halloween (1978) (Original Blu-ray Release)

Commentary: John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Debra Hill

Fast Film Facts: Subtitle track that gives us bits of info as the movie plays. Can be played during the commentary so you can do both at the same time.


Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest (1hr 27m, SD) I believe that this aired on FX, cable channel, in 2003. FX used to have a series called "Back Story", where they would talk about a movie that had a troubled history or was a huge gamble that the studio took. As the series was winding down, they covered Halloween. The narrator on this documentary is the same as the one on "Back Story", so I think that they are one in the same.

There is a trailer, TV spots, and radio spots on this disc, but they are the same ones that appear on the first disc.

Overall: Halloween is a classic. I still consider it the scariest movie I have ever seen. The movie is a masterstroke of filmmaking. That being said, the special features on these two disc are a little lacking. The commentaries are good, but I wish that they were better. The best one is the one found on the second disc. All of the participants have a great time talking about the movie and telling stories. The two new commentaries are lesser ones. The one with Carpenter and Curtis is fairly annoying. The two are good friends, but Curtis keeps interrupting Carpenter and he never gets to finish his thought. Sometimes, I am really into what he is saying and then Curtis gets scared by what is happening in the movie (happens more than once). The commentary with Cundey, Wallace, and Castle is fun, but the three fall into the trap of watching the movie.

The documentary The Night She Came Home is also nice, but somewhat annoying. It appears that Horror Hound, who hosted the convention, was a little shocked by the turnout. They also were getting a little peeved that Curtis was talking to every fan. I guess that they didn't know that Curtis loves her fans and wanted to give every fan the best experience. It still is nice to see Curtis do at least one convention.

The documentary Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest is really good. A whole hour and a half is spent talking about the making of the first movie. There are a lot of stories and some nice BtS footage.

The rest of the features are ok. I don't think that I will watch them again, but they were ok the first time.


Disc 3: Halloween II (1981)-Theatrical Version


Commentary: Director Rick Rosenthal and actor Leo Rossi

Commentary: Stuntman Dick Warlock and Icons of Fright creator Robert V. Galluzzo

The Nightmare Isn't Over: The Making of Halloween II (44m 55s, HD) A look back at the making of Halloween II, produced by Red Shirt Pictures.

Horror's Hallowed Grounds (13m 10s, HD) Sean Clark takes on a tour of the locations used in Halloween II, including one where he claims he could get arrest for going to.

Deleted Scenes (8m 16s, SD) Wisely cut.

Alternate Ending (1m 44s, SD) Terrible ending. Wisely cut.

Still Gallery: Pictures taken from the set,

TV Spots

Radio Spots

Theatrical Trailer (2m 18s, HD)

Disc 4: Halloween II (1981)-TV Version

The TV version of the film is cut for langauge, violence, and nudity. In the place of what was cut, we get alternate takes, added scenes, and a different ending.


Overall: Halloween II is a good sequel, but doesn't come close to the original. It holds it's own like the Psycho sequels hold their own against the Hitchcock classic. The special features are better than the ones for the original film. The two commentaries are good. Rosenthal and Rossi seems like it would be kind of bad (I just picture Rossi making fun of the film), but it turns out to be an informative and fun commentary. The one with Dick Warlock could have been bad, but there is a moderator and he asks Warlock a lot of questions. I still think it could have been good with the moderator. The making of, The Nightmare Isn't Over, is great. Lots of information (Irwin Yablans sued John Carpenter to get the movie made.) and reminiscing can be found here. I loved this making of. It moves at a quick pace, but still has the goods. I could do without the deleted scenes and alternate ending. The TV cut, on the other hand, is good. Knowing what we know from the making of, Rosenthal had a different vision for the film than what we got. He wanted the movie to be scary without having to rely on gore. This tv cut get us closer to what he had in mind. It isn't a director's cut, but I'll take what I can get. The Horror's Hallowed Grounds segment is good, I like seeing the places then and now, but there is something about them that I don't like. I'll have to watch one again to see what I am missing.

Disc 5: Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)



Commentary with Director Tommy Lee Wallace. Moderated by Rob V of Icons of Fright

Commentary with Actor Tom Adkins. Moderated by Michael Felsher

Stand Alone: The Making of Halloween III: Season of the Witch (33m 9s, HD)

Horror's Hallowed Grounds (19m 44s, HD)

Still Gallery

Theatrical Trailer (2m 44s) 2 trailers and 1 teaser

TV Spots (1m 35s, SD)


Overall: I like Halloween III. It goes in the complete opposite direction than the series was going in and deals with witchcraft. The movie has been hated until the last few years. Now people love it. Scream Factory saw this and gave us some good special features. We, again, get two commentary tracks. The first has Tommy Lee Wallace talking about the film. Wallace has a nice voice so there isn't any harshness to this commentary The track is moderated by Rob V of Icons of Fright. The two get along just fine and keep the track from getting old. The second commentary track is with star Tome Adkins and he is moderated by Michael Flesher. Not the biggest fan of Felsher. He seems too eager to be a part of any of the horror dvds and blu-rays that he has worked on and he comes across as smug. Atkins, on the other hand, I love. He showed up all the time in 80's and had a great run. He talks about working on Halloween III and his career in general. Both track are good.

We also get a half hour featurette, Stand Alone. that is well done. We find out that Irvin Yablans hates this movie (which is no surprise). The actors and special effects are profiled here as well. The movie was not the hit they had hoped it would be, but became a cult hit later on.

Sean Clark returns in Horror's Hallowed Grounds. He gives us another nice tour of locations. Most of the movie, and thus most of the feature's time, is spent in Lolita, Ca where the movie was shot. Again, it is nice to see the then and now and this time Clark is joined by the film's director, Tommy Lee Wallace. Wallace helps Clark find some locations he could find before.

Lastly, we get some TV spots, the theatrical trailer, and a still gallery.

This is a fine assortment of special features for a movie that gets more love as time goes on.

Disc 6: Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)


Commentary #1 Director Dwight H. Little and Author Justin Beahm

Commentary #2 Actors Ellie Corneli and Danielle Harris

Theatrical Trailer (1m 36s, SD)



Overall:
 The disc included for Halloween 4 is the same disc that Anchor Bay released many years ago. That is not to say that this is a bad assortment of special features. The features here are acutally pretty good. The commentary with Little and Beahm is a good listen. Little talks about the casting, in particular, Danielle Harris, but also talks about shooting the film, the locations, and some of the technical stuff that goes into making a movie. The second commentary with Corneli and Harris is more of a gabfest. The two here are very comfortable with each other and have a blast talking about the time they spent on the set. I liked both commentaries, but if I had to pick one, I would go with the first. I like commentaries that have a little bit of everything and the best person to talk about everything is the director. Luckily, Little brought his A game and we are grateful for that. The lack of a making of or anything else is a letdown, but Scream Factory has given us what we crave on the bonus disc. The review of that disc is towards the end of the whole thing.

Disc 7: Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)


Commentary #1: Actor Dan Shanks and Author Justin Beahm

Commentary #2: Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Actors Danielle Harris, Jeffrey Landman

Halloween 5: On the Set (16m 16s, SD)

Halloween 5: Original Promo (5m 50s, SD) Back in the day, companies would put together these promos, which consisted of interviews, BtS footage, and a trusty narrator to sell the movie to video stores and mom & pop theaters.

Theatrical Trailer (36s, SD) 

Overall: This is another disc in this set that is the same disc that released years ago. The two commentary tracks are good. The first, with Shanks and Beahm, is surprisingly deep. They talk about the motivations of Myers and why he is who he is. There are also a lot of stories from the set and stunt work is discussed as well. The second track, with the director and two actors, is more of a technical track. The director is a very hands on director and knows exactly what he needs to make the movie work. The actors are there to give us the stories, which include a story about Harris, as a child in the movie, had to run away from a car, something they don't normally have a child actor do. We also get some old featurettes that are not very good. Round that out with a trailer that is shorter than a sneeze and you have a decent package. Again, like Halloween 4, Scream Factory put the big making of on the set bonus disc.

Disc 8: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) (Producer's Cut) 

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Commentary with Writer Daniel Farrands and Composer Alan Howarth Great commentary. The two have a friendly banter between them as they talk all about the troubles this movie faced. Farrands speaks at great lengths about the differences between his script, the theatrical version, and the Producer’s Cut. Howarth talks about how he scored the film and the problems he faced with the rescore. This one of my favorite commentaries in this set.

Acting Scared: A Look at the Film’s Cast (19m 25s, HD) We get two interviews: the first is with Mariah O’Brien who plays Beth. She talks about the problems the production faced (as do most of the people interviewed for this film), like how it snowed on the first day of production. She also talks about Paul Rudd and her friendship with him. She also mentions that he didn’t cheapen the script like a lot of actors do with horror movies. Lastly, she mentions her nude scene and how she had to negotiate what was seen and for how long.


The second interview included in this featurette is with J.C. Brandy who plays Jamie Lloyd. She talks about her casting as Jamie. She also talks about how the test screening audience didn’t like her “double death”. She also likes the farm scene, but the one in the producer’s cut, not the reshoot one.

The Shape of Things: The Murder and Mayhem of “Halloween 6” (11m 36s, HD)
John Buechler, Brad Hardin, and George P. Wilbur talk about getting the iconic mask back to the way it should be. (I think the mask in Halloween 6 is the best mask in the series, after only the original) The mask from part 5 was hated by the producers. Wilbur was not brought back for the reshoots. Also, they talk about the lack of communication that brought down the filming.

Haddonfield’s Horrors: The Visual Design of “Halloween 6” (11m 17s, HD)
Director of Photography Billy Dickson, Production Designer Brad Ryman, and Director of Photography (reshoots) Thomas Callaway talk about the film and the reshoots. Dickson hates the way the reshot scenes look. Ryman talks about his inspirations for the look of the film. Callaway talks about the challenges he faced during the reshoots.

A Cursed “Curse” (10m, HD) Malek Akkad and Paul Freeman talk about the problems the film faced, the recasting of Jamie Lloyd, the many higher ups who broke the film, the relationship with Dimension Films and the Weinsteins, how the studio mandated the reshoots based on test screenings and the lack of gore, how they were not part of the reshoots, and how they both hate the theatrical version.

Full Circle (7m 27s, HD) Composer Alan Howarth talks about writing the music for Halloween 6. He talks about building upon what came before and the chance to redo some of the classics.

Jamie’s Story (7m 35s, HD) Danielle Harris talks about the recasting of her role as Jamie Lloyd. She talks about how she found out that the studio wanted someone who was at least 18 (Harris was 17 at the time) because the production wouldn’t have to work within the child labor laws. She said that she went through all the legal steps to become an adult in the eyes of the law so that she could work on the film. After all of the legal stuff was do with (including the four thousand dollars it cost in legal fees), the studio lowballed her. They told her that anyone could play the role. The salary that they were going to pay her wouldn’t have covered her legal fees. Harris walked away. She also talks about how she doesn’t have any hard feelings towards the actress who replaced her and that they are friends to this day.

Cast and Crew Tribute to Donald Pleasence (3m 7s, HD) Most of the interviewees from the other featurettes talk about the experience of working with Donald Pleasence. This is a nice featurette, but it is way too short for a man who made five Halloween movies.

Deleted and Alternate Scenes (7m 24s, HD & SD) Nothing much here. Some extra gore shots and tidbits not found in either version of the film.

Archival Interviews (8m, HD & SD) We get interviews with following people:

-Donald Pleasence
-Paul Stephen Rudd
-Marianne Hogan
-Joe Chappelle
Behind-the Scenes Footage (24m 4s, SD) Fly-on-the-wall style footage shot by Farrands during the production.

Electronic Press Kit (5m, SD) Here we have a vintage promo reel.

Teaser Trailer: Halloween 666: The Origin of Michael Myers (1m 1s, HD) sourced from a VHS. Nothing special. Just nice to have.

Disc 9: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) (Theatrical Version)


Still Gallery: Just the standard still gallery

Theatrical Trailers (3m 4s, SD) Three trailers that don’t vary much from each other

TV spots (3m 3s, SD) Nine TV spots that, again, seem very much the same.

Overall: Scream Factory has done a wonderful job of giving us the goods. Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers was movie that was not well received when it was released, but not all of the criticisms were warranted. For years the fabled Producer’s Cut was only available on bootleg usually found at horror movie conventions. No one thought that this cut of the film would ever see the light of day via legal means. Not only that but we are given a treasure trove of special features. The commentary is a blast to sit through. There is a lot of information to cover and Farrands and Howarth fit the bill. We also get a wealth of information through featurettes. This includes everything from how it was to work with Donald Pleasence to how it snowed the first day of production. Then there is the information about the reshoots. These reshoots are the reason that the movie, when released theatrically, was a mess. Scream Factory has made sure that we get the dish about the troubled production and reshoots by everyone they interviewed. Not only do we get the Producer’s Cut, but we also get the theatrical version. I always like we companies include all versions of a film, so we can see the differences. Here is it very important to have both versions because they are radically different. Some characters live longer in the Producer’s Cut and some don’t die like we are lead to believe in the theatrical version. Kudos to Scream Factory for pulling out all the stops on this one.

Disc 10: Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later (1998)



Commentary with Steve Miner and Jamie Lee Curtis, moderated by Sean Clark.
Miner and Curtis have been friends ever since they worked on Forever Young back in 1992, so this commentary has that “old friends” feel to it. Curtis tries to fall into the “watching the movie and getting scared” routine that she did on the 35th commentary on the first film. Luckily, Clark is able to steer her in the right direction by consistently asking questions. This keeps the commentary flowing very nicely.

Blood is Thicker Than Water: The Making of Halloween H20 (58m 44s, HD)
Most of the cast is on hand to talk about shooting the 20th anniversary Halloween sequel. Discussion about Kevin Williamson’s involvement as well as how the final showdown was put together all covered in this excellent featurette.

Scenes with John Ottman’s Original Score (24m, 3s, HD) We get six scenes with composer John Ottman’s original score. Ottman handed in a score that didn’t fit what the film was going for. Ottman’s score is a classic orchestral score, while the finished film’s score is more generic and predictable. Ottman’s score is actually pretty good. I can see what the studio was saying, but I think that if they had tried, the score might have worked.

Vintage Interviews and Behind-the-Scenes Footage (45m 36s, SD) We get interviews with:


-Jamie Lee Curtis
-Steve Miner
-LL Cool J
-Alan Arkin
-Janet Leigh
-Michelle Williams
-Josh Hartnet
-Adam Hann Boyd
-Joseph Gordon Levitt
-Moustapha Akkad

We also get 30 minutes of BtS footage.

Theatrical Trailer (1m 57s, SD)

TV Spot (31s, SD)

Still Gallery (7m 36s, HD)

Overall: Back in the late 90’s, when Halloween H20 was released on dvd, we were promised a commentary track with Steve Miner and Jamie Lee Curtis. Now we finally have one (the original track was supposedly never recorded) and it is pretty decent. Curtis likes to hear the sound of her own voice and doesn’t like to give others the chance to speak their peace. It is a commentary track that is a one time listen. The rest of the features more than make up for Curtis’ never ending speech pattern. The making-of featurette is a really good watch. There are some things mentioned here that I did not know about. The other major new featurette is the one about John Ottman’s score. I really liked this feature because I liked seeing what Ottman was trying to do with his score. The rest of the features are nice, but there are here mostly for completest. This is a nice round of special features by Scream Factory.

Disc 11: Halloween: Resurrection (2002)


Commentary with Director Rick Rosenthal and Editor Robert Ferretti
This is a good commentary. Rosenthal and Ferretti talk about any and everything about the production, including the chance to work with Curtis again and challenges of editing all of the different perspectives together. I may hate this movie, but I love this commentary.

Alternate Endings (3m 16s, SD) with optional commentary

Deleted Scenes (7m 32s, SD) with optional commentary

The alternate endings seem like the same ending, just tweaked, and the deleted scenes are nothing special. We do get a bit more commentary though.

Webcam Special (41m 19s, HD) The webcam footage from the film has been edited together into a really, really boring film. I would have hated to be the editor on this thing. We also get some more commentary.

Featurette: Head Cam (4m 12s, SD) This featurette focuses on the head cams worn by the actors.


Storyboard Analysis (3m 51s, SD) A scene from the film will play on the bottom half of the screen while it’s accompanying storyboards fill the top half. I like this because I like to see how close they get to the storyboards.

Set Tour with Production Designer Tony Hansen (6m 53s, SD) A lot of Halloween: Resurrection was shot in a studio. We are shown around said studio as well as a walkthrough of the Myers’ house.

Set Interview with Jamie Lee Curtis (4m 5s, SD) The cast and crew talk about Curtis and her final scene.

Vintage Interviews and Behind-the-Scenes Footage (36m 37s, SD) We get interviews with:

-Jamie Lee Curtis
-Biance Kajlich
-Moustapha Akkad
-Rick Rosenthal
-Busta Rhymes
-Tyra Banks
-Luke Kirby
-Sean Patrick Thomas
-Katee Sackhoff
-Daisy McCrackin
-Thomas Ian Nicholas

Still Gallery (6m 49s, HD)

Theatrical Trailer (2m 19s, SD)

Home Video TV Spots (47s, SD) In 47 seconds these two tv spots gives away the big surprise (and no, it is not that the movie really doesn’t exist.)

Overall: Halloween: Resurrection is an awful movie. It even put Friday the 13th VIII and Freddy’s Dead to shame. The only good thing I can say about it is that Rick Rosenthal was able to make a movie that was in focus. Everything else is terrible. The special features, on the other hand, are sometimes good, but mostly they suck too. They are better than the movie, but not by much. This is not Scream Factory’s fault as they had nothing to do with this disc. Everything presented here was ported over from the original DVD.

That being said, the commentary is good and so are the commentaries found on the deleted scenes, but the rest of it is just boring. Mostly boring special features for an entire awful movie. Next!

Disc 12: Halloween (2007) (Movie Disc)


Commentary with Rob Zombie
I love Rob Zombie commentaries. His voice is soothing (kinda weird, I know), but it makes for an easier listen. He gives you a ton of information and stories from the set. Even if you don’t like the movie, the commentary is still a must.

Deleted Scenes (22m 19s, SD) with optional commentary with Zombie
-Rabbit in Red
-Quickdraw
-End of a Long Night
-Rainy Evening
-Not a Monster
-You Seem Sad Today
-The Media
-Xmas Present
-Parole Hearing
-Night Shift
-Very Young
-He’s Out
-Tombstone
-Aftermath
-Adoption Agency
-Missing Stone
-Van Kill

There are some intriguing character moments, but most were cut for good reasons.


Alternate Ending (3m 45s, SD)

Bloopers (10m 18s, SD) I always find it a little bit weird when outtakes or bloopers are included in a horror release. Zombie’s movies always have a serious tone, so seeing all the actors having fun is kind of weird in a way. It is nice to see everyone having a blast.

The Many Faces of Michael Myers (6m, SD) Here we are given a look at the process of the creating the mask worn in the movie.

Re-Imagining Halloween (18m, SD) Here we are given three featurettes that give us a little bit more insight in the making of Halloween.

-From Camera to Screen: Rob Zombie
-The Production Design
-The Make-up, FX, Props, and Wardrobe

Meet the Cast (18m, SD) The actors discuss their role in the movie as well as what they are bringing to the character.

Casting Sessions (30m, SD) Here we see 15 actors and a bit from each of their test screening.

Scout Taylor-Compton Screen Test (7m, SD) Just what it sounds like. She reads a few scenes and acts to an unseen casting director.

Theatrical Trailer (2m, SD)

Disc 13: Halloween (2007) (Special Features Disc)

Michael Lives: The Making of Halloween (4m 30m, HD) This is one of the best making of documentaries of all time. No stone is left unturned as we see everything that Rob Zombie and cast and crew had to go through in order to make this movie. The approach here is a fly on the wall, giving us access to all the stages of production. We get to see Zombie and his crew go location scouting (it is way better than it sounds), we see the make-up process, we see that a lot of the indoor, nighttime scenes were actually filmed during the day. We get to see how Zombie interacts with his crew, especially the actor who plays Young Michael. There is just so much covered here that it would take me a long time to list everything. Just know that when it is over, you will have found that it didn’t feel like four and a half hours. That it how good this documentary is.

Overall: There is a lot of debate about whether Zombie did a good job remaking a classic. I on the side that thinks he did. I really like this movie. If I had to boil it down to one word it would be: brutal. This movie is incredibly violent and it doesn’t even show as much gore as you would think. It is a good movie that gains new fans every day.

With that out of the way, this is an amazing set. The commentary by Zombie is just great. He knows what you want to hear and doesn’t skip a beat. The deleted scenes are nothing special and the featurettes found on the first disc are good. The behemoth, though, is the four and a half hour documentary found on disc two. It is a massive doc that covers every aspect of the film. I love it and, if you give it a chance, you will too.


Disc 14: Halloween II (2009)



Commentary with Rob Zombie
Another wonderful track by Rob Zombie. Here he talks about the white horse, why he ended up making the movie after he swore he would never make another Halloween, and the differences between the theatrical version and director’s cut. Zombie seems like the type of guy who you could discuss movies with. This is must listen.

Deleted and Alternate Scenes (25m 14s, HD)
-Wrenched My Back
-A Cherokee Legend
-Tex Ritter
-Are We Still a Family
-Complete Denial
-WWMD T-Shirts
-Phantom Jam Idea
-Vomit 1
-Vomit 2
-Hanging
-Bigfoot
-Cemetery
-I Say That
-Horny Lou
-Strip Club Kill (alternate)
-Beer Man
-Sleep in It
-Such a Sour Puss
-Mr. What?
-Turkey Free
-Darren
-Comic Book Convention
-She’s Like My Sister


Blooper Real (4m 26s, HD) Sherri Moon Zombie causes everyone to laugh and other funny things happen.

Audition Footage (9m 37s, SD)
-Chase Wright Vanek
-Angela Tambur
-Jeffrey Daniel Phillips
-Chris Hardwick
-Mary Birdsong
-Richard Brake
-Octavia Spencer

Very quick clips of each person’s audition tape.

Make-up Footage (3m 35s, HD)
-Michael-Interior
-Michael-Exterior
-Deborah Myers

A quick look at what the different make ups look like under different lighting schemes

Uncle Seymor’s Stand-up Routines (8m 40s, HD) There are four parts to this and it is just not funny.

Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures Music Videos (19m, HD) Six Music Videos
-Zombie A Go Go
-Honky Tonk Halloween
-Red Neck Vixen from Outer Space
-Dr. Demon and the Robot Girl
-Transylvania Terror Train
-Macon County Morgue

Overall: Halloween II is not as good a movie as the first, but it still is interesting. I love some of the things Rob Zombie did with this movie. There is a scene with Brad Dourif that is beautiful and painful at the same time.

The special features presented here are a step down from Halloween (2007). We still get a great commentary from Zombie and it does not disappoint. The rest of the special features are not very good. There really isn’t much in the way of a making-of. This is due to the fact that Zombie had a big documentary shot, but the studio didn’t want to include it, probably because the movie wasn’t as profitable as they had hoped. The commentary does make up for the lack of a making-of, but the disc feels incomplete because of the omission.

Bonus Disc

This bonus disc is only available in the Limited Deluxe Edition version of the box set.

Halloween: The Extended Version (1hr 40m, HD with added scenes in SD)
Also known as the Television Version, this is the version that was shown on NBC in 1981. The only difference is this version does not cut out the language or nudity. The scenes are, but they don’t really add anything.

Halloween Unmasked 2000 (27m 16s, SD) This featurette was included in the 2000 Anchor Bay release of Halloween. Everything that is said here has been said elsewhere in this set. It was nice back in the day, but now it’s just here for legacy reasons.

Halloween 4: The Final Cut (16m 47s, SD) This featurette was originally included in the Halloween 4 dvd. Decent featurette, but it pales in comparison with what Scream Factory put together.


Back to Basics: The Making of Halloween 4 (47m 47s, HD) This is the Scream Factory featurette mentioned above. This is a newly made featurette just for this release. Dwight H. Little, Alan B. McElroy, Alan Howarth, and Danielle Harris are just a few of the people interviewed for this definitive featurette on Halloween 4. I loved this look back and Scream, again, does a bang up job with getting the right people behind and in front of the camera.

Inside Halloween 5 (15m 10s, SD) This featurette was originally included in the Halloween 5 dvd. Anchor Bay, for whatever reason, left this off of the blu-ray, but Scream Factory included it here.

Dead Man’s Party: The Making of Halloween 5 (44m 25s, HD) Another save from Scream Factory with this newly produced featurette that is exclusive to this box set.
Malik Akkad, Alan Howarth, Danielle Harris, and Don Shanks are just some of the people interviewed here. No stone is left unturned in this featurette.

Interview with Mustapha Akkad (1m 17s, SD

Interview with Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Burman (6m, HD) Burman did the effects on Halloween III: Season of the Witch and talks about them for a few minutes

Horror’s Hallowed Grounds  (1h 46m, HD/SD) Here are some more of the Hallowed Grounds episodes that I just can’t get in to. Here are the episodes:

-Halloween 4 (25m 50s, HD)
-Halloween 5 (24m 3s, HD)   
-Halloween 6 (23m 9s, HD)
-Halloween (20m 39s, SD) This is the premiere episode
-Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: Fan Edition- Bus Tour (11m 25s, HD) Host Sean Clark and Tommy Lee Wallace take a busload of fans on a tour of the first three Halloween movies (and the Rob Zombie remake as well)

TV Spots for Halloween 4, 5, and 6 (3m 42s, SD)

Radio Spots for Halloween III (1m 43s)

Still Galleries:

-Halloween (12 57s, HD)
-Halloween 4 (6m 9s, HD)
-Halloween 5 (6m 9s, HD)

Overall: It is nice that Scream Factory included some of the missing features on this bonus disc. Not only that, but they made some new ones and put them here as well. Outside of the Scream Factory featurettes and the Horror’s Hallowed Grounds episode, this disc is for completists. It is nice to see the vintage stuff, but I do not see myself watching them again.

Packaging: Scream Factory (and Anchor Bay, I guess) did a wonderful job of putting together some nice packaging for this box set.


Each movie comes in it's own case featuring the original theatrical poster of that movie. The cases that each movie comes in are black (I would have went for orange.). This looks really nice and adds to the overall look, but the cases are those dreadful eco cases, the ones that have the holes underneath the clear plastic part. These have been know to damage cover art so be careful when handling them.
Each case contains one disc except for: Halloween (1978), Halloween II (1981), Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween (2007), and Halloween II (2009)

The cases are housed inside a bigger box that has some nice artwork on each side. The set also comes with a booklet, which contains an essay by Michael Gingold that goes through each movie like he was telling a story. There are also some nice pictures and a dedication page to Moustapha Akkad, Donald Pleasence, and Debra Hill.

OVERALL FOR THE ENTIRE BOX SET: I love this set. It is the most complete set we will mostly ever see and Scream Factory shot for the moon and got it. They have included just about everything that a Halloween fan, new and old, can appreciate. Every movie has at least one commentary track, if not more than one, and they are all good. Every movie, except for Halloween II (2009) has extensive making-ofs. Scream Factory was also able to give us the Holy Grail of Halloween fans, the Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6.


There are some omissions though. I mention in the Halloween II (2009) portion of the review that there is no making-of because there was supposed to be a lengthy one that was a lot like the one of Zombie’s Halloween (2007). I was hoping that it would be included here, but it was not. We also did not get the theatrical versions of either of the Rob Zombie Halloweens, which means that we are stuck with the “rape escape” from the director’s cut of the remake.  These should have been included, but the Weinstein Company probably never made HD versions in the first place.

All in all, this is a beautiful box set. Any Halloween fan should be required to own one and every horror fan should think about getting it. The time and effort put into this set rivals just about any other box set ever put together. The special features are worth the price of admission alone. Get this set today.