Halloween: The Complete Collection - Deluxe Edition

Undoubtedly, the 80s were the decade of the slasher film. During that time the genre of horror focused monsters with a perchance the slicing and dicing teenagers and ever-increasing imaginative ways. In the last few years, the studios have been releasing Blu-ray sets featuring the complete franchises of many of the most famous monsters that have populated is exceptionally popular movies. The reigning triumvirate of these unstoppable killing machines have been frequently challenged but never toppled from their exalted ranking in the genre; Jason Voorhees, Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers, who collectively altered the landscape of horror movies. The respective series of films; ‘Friday the 13th’, ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ and ‘Halloween’, have together generated billions in revenue for their studios and producers. The first two have already been given the complete franchise Blu-ray treatment leaving fans anxious to complete the set. Finally, fans can now place in their collection in a suitable place of honor, the complete Halloween cinematic franchise. Unlike some similar collections, this one goes beyond just repackaging previous Blu-ray releases. Not only are all the individual extras from those additions retained, but there is an expert ‘Killer Bonus Disc’, which offers additional material, including insight into the special effects makeup and CGI used to create this for these films. Also included in the collectible metal casing is a booklet with information pertaining to the franchise as a whole. When the term ‘complete’ is used here, the distributor means it. Not only are the original films that began with the John Carpenter iconic movie, but the Rob zombie remake from 2007 and its sequel, ‘Halloween II’ from 2009 are included.

With the possible exception of ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’, the Halloween franchise the Halloween franchise has had its distribution rights passed around more than a wineskin at a Grateful Dead concert. Because of this, it took Anchor Bay a considerable amount of effort to gather together all of the films under one cover. In several cases both the theatrical cut in a special edition are included together. Typically the second edition is the unrated cut, occasionally called directors cut, produces cut or extended cut. One Rather strange addition was with the first sequel to the 1978 original, ‘Halloween II’, where the highly bowdlerized edition used for television is presented. This might go down in Blu-ray history as a contender for the disc most likely to remain unused. The box set includes 10 cases with a grand total of 15 discs plus a commemorative booklet. Working closely with Anchor Bay work closely with Scream Factory, taking advantage of Echo Bridge, losing the rights to films held under their Dimension subsidiary. This permitted the rights to finally be consolidated under one banner, resulting in the comprehensive set presented here.

Case 1

Halloween (1978) 1 hour 31 minutes

Director: John Carpenter

Writer: John Carpenter

This is the one that started it off and so as a set demonstrates, many films have followed but none have come even close to John Carpenter’s original vision. Besides introducing horror fans to one of the top three most iconic fictional serial killers, Michael Myers, this opened the door for a decade where horror films would be dominated by the slasher movie. Clueless teenagers looking to have a good time but sex, drugs and alcohol, a methodically hunted down and imaginatively dispatched by a villain who becomes increasingly supernatural as the franchise continues. Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, a second-generation scream queen, this film put her on the map with her own merits beyond the famous parents; Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. The background is given here with Michael Myers murdering his sister on Halloween. Wearing a clown costume he interrupted his big sister during her time with her boyfriend with gruesome results. To show how long-lasting those initial scenes have been in the impact they have date on our culture, but recently have seen home March played to Michael’s first murder on the incredible horror anthology television series ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’. Included are fundamentally the same extras that have been part of the recent released 35th anniversary edition.

New Audio Commentary with Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actor Jamie Lee Curtis
The Night She Came Home Featurette
on Location: 25 Years Later Featurette
TV Version Footage
Trailer
TV & Radio Spot

Halloween (1978) Extended Cut 1 hour 41 minutes

Among some in the heart community, there is a bit of controversy surrounding this extended cut. Although it does indeed have a full 10 minutes extra of material, it was produced for the television network presentation. As such, the modifications tended to dilute some of the more gruesome elements of the theatrical cut and presented a different ending to the story.

Case 2

Halloween II (Unrated Cut) 1981 1hour 32 minutes

Director: Rick Rosenthal

Writers: John Carpenter/Debra Hill

As to be expected, the erosion of a hollow franchise in general be traced back to the first sequel. Hoping this one along is although the director has been changed the original creator, John Carpenter and his wife, Debra Hill provided the story and screenplay. This is identical to the 2012 release by Scream Factory, which is now been absorbed into shout factory.

includes Theatrical Version and the Television Cut With Added Footage Not Seen In The Theatrical Release
Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal and Actor Leo Rossi
Audio Commentary With Actor/Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock
The Nightmare Isn't Over: The Making of Halloween II - Featuring Interviews With Director Rick Rosenthal, Actor/Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock, Actors Lance Guest, Leo Rossi, Nancy Stephens, Executive Producer Irwin Yablans, Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Co-Composer Alan Howarth And More
Horror's Hallowed Grounds: The Locations of Halloween II - Host Sean Clark Revisits the Original Shooting Locations of the Film
Deleted Scenes With Optional Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal
Alternate Ending With Optional Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal
Theatrical Trailer
TV & Radio Spots
Still Gallery

Halloween II (TV Edition) 1981 1hour 30 minutes

This is bowdlerized edition rendered suitable for broadcast television. Some effort was made to retain the running length which was already close to the ninety minutes used to pad with commercials for a two hour television slot.

Case 3

Halloween III: Season of the Witch 1982 1hour 38 minutes

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace

Writer: Tommy Lee Wallace

This appeared to be a point in the franchise is no attempt made to extend the story of the original film. Here the sinister owner of a Halloween mask company, Silver Shamrock, has embedded chips stolen from Stonehenge. On Halloween night it will trigger an ancient Celtic ritual, sacrifice all the children wearing masks. As with the previous movie this is the edition release by scream factory

Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Tommy Lee Wallace
Audio Commentary With Actor Tom Atkins
Stand Alone: The Making Of Halloween III: Season Of The Witch Featuring Interviews With Writer/Director Tommy Lee Wallace, Actors Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Brad Schacter, Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock, Executive Producer Irwin Yablans, Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Co-Composer Alan Howarth and More
Horror's Hallowed Grounds: The Locations of Halloween III Host Sean Clark and Writer/Director Tommy Lee Wallace Revisit The Original Shooting Locations of the Film
Teaser Trailer
Theatrical Trailer
TV & Radio Spots
Still Gallery

Case 4

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988) 1 hour 28 minutes

Director: Dwight H. Little

Writer: Dhani Lipsius

After this goal performance at the box office will, Michael Myers is brought back hopefully to make the franchise as supernaturally resistant to death as he is. Michael returns home on the 10th anniversary of the original massacre. While some of the other films have to be remastered by definition this film and the one that directly follows it, has been released by Anchor Bay as Blu-ray releases.

Audio Commentary with Actors Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris
Audio Commentary with Director Dwight H. Little and Author Justin Beahm
Halloween 4/5 Discussion Panel
Theatrical Trailer

Case 5

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) 1hour 36 minutes

Holding to the edition of sequels, the events of this outing take place a year after the previous outing. More full of rage and ever Michael Myers was again returns the Haddonfield to, you know the rest. At this point you really have to wonder why anyone still lives in the town, or at least why people don’t take investigation at the end of October. This is also Anchor Bay original Blu-ray release.

Audio Commentary with Actors Don Shanks, Danielle Harries and Jeffrey Landman
Audio Commentary With Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Author Justin Beahm
Halloween 5: On The Set
Halloween: Original Promo
Theatrical Trailer

Case 6

Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) 1 hour 36 minutes

Director: Joe Chappelle

Writer: Daniel Farrands

With this installment, the calendar moves ahead another six years and Michael is back again, this time looking for his niece. Notable thing about this film is that it does include, from the original cast, Donald Pleasence, reprising his role as Dr. Loomis. Another notable member of the cast is Paul Rudd, fresh out of his breakthrough role in the cult classic ‘Clueless’. The director, Joe Chappelle, will go on to helm a number of other films that is most noticeable contributions will be in some of the most well regarded television series. Among the ones that are regularly features his credit as director was HBO’s, ‘The Wire’, ‘Fringe’ and more recently in ‘Chicago Fire’.

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

Like many films, especially in the horror genre, alternate versions seem to mark off the originals with great frequency. This seems to be particularly true for the sixth installment of Halloween franchise. Have been director’s cuts restoring footage that had been removed for various reasons, and one version that is felt to be closest to the original vision for the film, the so-called Produces Cut. Copies have been floating around horror conventions but only as rather low quality bootleg. Holding true to using the word ‘Complete’, this set has the first official release of this long-sought after

Case 7

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998) 1 hour 26 minutes

Director: Steve Miner

Writer: Robert Zappia

In honor of its 20th anniversary this story centers around the return of the very first Halloween survivor girl, and one of the first to establish that archetype, Laurie Strode, once again played by Jamie Lee Curtis. Adding to this notable cast, her mother Janet Leigh has a cameo. Michelle Williams, who would go on to three Academy award nominations also has a role here. The list goes on with the addition of Josh Hartnett, LL Cool J and an actor who has proven to be quite versatile and talented, Joseph Gordon-Levitt. This song was previously released in Blu-ray but Echo Bridge home entertainment.

Case 8

Halloween: Resurrection (2002) 1hour 34 minutes

Director: Rick Rosenthal

Writer: Larry Brand

This flick reunites Halloween II director, Rick Rosenthal and the return once again of Jamie Lee Curtis. Science fiction fans with a sharp eye will notice an early appearance of Katee Sackhoff, one of the main casts of ‘Battle Star Galactica’. This also concludes the original story arc as begun by John Carpenter.

Alternate Endings
Deleted Scenes
Head Cam Featurette
Storyboard Analysis
Set Tour with Production Designer
On Set Interview With Jamie Lee Curtis

Case 9

Halloween (2007) 1 hour 49 minutes

Director: Rob Zombie

Writer: Rob Zombie

This is the long anticipated reboot of the franchise by one of the newer masters of horror, Rob Zombie. Just as John Carpenter was helped by his wife behind the camera, Mr. Zombie the laws of the talent of his wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, only this time as one of the leading characters. For those who are interested in a little piece of trivia, the two were married on Halloween 2002. In this reimagining of the story we get to see a little more of my early years. The role of Dr. Loomis is taken on an reinterpreted by Malcolm McDowell.

 

Halloween (2007) (Unrated) 2 hours one minute

Unrated Director's Cut With Feature Length Commentary By Writer/Director Rob Zombie
Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary
Bloopers
The Many Masks Of Michael Myers
Re-Imagining Halloween
Meet The Cast
Casting Sessions
Scout Taylor-Compton Screen Test
Theatrical Trailer
Blu-ray Live

Complete with the extra Michael Lives: The Making Of Halloween, A 4 1/2 Hour Documentary By Rob Zombie.

Case 10

Halloween II (2009) 1 hour 49 minutes

Director: Rob Zombie

Writer: Rob Zombie

Once again, Laurie Strode has to cope with the slaughter caused by her brother, the infamous Michael Myers by returning to her scared hometown. This set was derived from the Weinstein Company’s release.

Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary
Bloopers
The Many Masks Of Michael Myers
Re-Imagining Halloween
Meet The Cast
Casting Sessions
Scout Taylor-Compton Screen Test
Theatrical Trailer
Blu-ray Live
 

Halloween II (2009) (Unrated) 1 hour 59 minutes

Michael Lives: The Making Of Halloween, A 4 1/2 Hour Documentary By Rob Zombie

Unrated Director's Cut With Feature Length Commentary By Writer/Director Rob Zombie
Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary
Bloopers
The Many Masks Of Michael Myers
Re-Imagining Halloween
Meet The Cast
Casting Sessions
Scout Taylor-Compton Screen Test
Theatrical Trailer
Blu-ray Live

Many other box sets have made claims of being complete but thus is finally one that truly lives up to the denotation of the word. Even if you never watch them the addition of the television, the attention to their promise is admirable. About 98% of the previous individual releases is present making this not only a must have for franchise aficionados but for all true horror fans

Posted 10/25/2014