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Monday, August 11, 2014

NEW RELEASE UPDATE: HALLOWEEN: Curse of Michael Myers Screen Shot Comparison and Updated Extras List for the Anchor Bay/Scream Factory Halloween Collection

First off, there is a massive list of updates below in RED regarding some of the added or clarified features on the Halloween Complete Collection Blu-ray from Scream Factory and Anchor Bay. These are items for which fans have clamoured or requested additional explanation. Once again Scream Factory and Anchor Bay have sought to give us as much as possible for our dollars on this release including a few new bonus features. I note in particular selected scenes from Halloween H20 using the alternate score and a bunch of Horror's Hallowed Grounds for various sequels. The Horror's Hallowed Grounds features are some of my favorite extras on any disc. Sean Clark's presentation is always a pleasure, and save you some airfare. For me it actually is an inspiration to go check out locations that have special meaning to me.

Also make sure to check out the comparison between the Halloween: Curse of Michael Myers bootleg screen grab and the new HD Master on the new collection. This is going to be something special for fans who have waited to have a more than simply "watchable" version of this release. This is what some people in the media industry like to call "a moment of clarity".

Full notes from Anchor Bay and Scream Factory:

Now that the Michael Myers have returned from Comic Con, work resumes on Anchor Bay Entertainment’s and Scream Factory’s HALLOWEEN Complete Collection Blu-ray™ set. While the finishing touches are being made as of this writing, we are still adding new bonus features and supplemental materials to the release. Also, as a small taste of what to expect, please see the comparison photos below from an previously unauthorized VHS release of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and a screengrab from the all-new high-definition master from the Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Producers’ Cut Blu-ray™available for the first time on September 23rd!

Bootleg screen grab:

New High-Definition Master screen grab:


Updates are listed below in RED:

Disc 1 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978)
Bonus Features:
  • HD transfer supervised and approved by cinematographer Dean Cundey
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Editor Tommy Lee Wallace And The Shape, Nick Castle
  • Audio Commentary with Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actress Jamie Lee Curtis.
  • “The Night She Came Home” Featurette
  • “On Location: 25 Years Later” Featurette
  • TV Version Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby TrueHD 7.1; Original 1978 Audio in Dolby TrueHD Mono
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Disc 2 – John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978) (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter, Actress Jamie Lee Curtis and Co-Writer/Producer Debra Hill
  • Featurette: Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby Surround 5.1; PCM 5.1; Original 1978 Mono Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Disc 3 – Halloween II (1981)
Theatrical Version
Bonus Features:
  • Audio commentary with director Rick Rosenthal and actor Leo Rossi (Theatrical version)
  • Audio commentary with stunt co-ordinator/actor Dick Warlock (Theatrical version)
  • The Nightmare Isn’t Over: The Making Of Halloween II” Featuring Rick Rosenthal, Lance Guest, Dick Warlock, Alan Howarth, Dean Cundey, Leo Rossi and Moore...
  • “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 from director Rick Rosenthal
  • Alternate Ending with Optional Audio Commentary from director Rick Rosenthal
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV and Radio Spots
  • Still Gallery
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA 5.1

Disc 4 – Halloween II TV Cut (1981) DVD (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Television Cut With Added Footage Not Seen In The Theatrical Version
Tech Specs: Standard Definition Full-frame 1.33:1; Dolby Digital Mono

UPDATED! Disc 5 – Halloween III: Season of The Witch (1982)
Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary with director Tommy Lee Wallace
  • Audio Commentary with actor Tom Atkins
  • “Stand Alone: The Making Of Halloween III: Season Of The Witch” featuring Tommy Lee Wallace, Tom Atkins, Stacey Nelkin, Dick Warlock, Dean Cundey and more
  • “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds” - Revisiting the original shooting locations
  • Still Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • TV Spots
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD MA Mono
Disc 6Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Actors Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dwight H. Little and Author Justin Beahm
  • Theatrical Trailer
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

UPDATED! Disc 7 -- Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Actor Don Shanks and author Justin Beahm
  • Audio Commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Actors Danielle Harris And Jeffrey Landman
  • Halloween 5: On The Set
  • Halloween 5: Original Promo
  • Theatrical Trailer
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

UPDATED! Disc 8 -- Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Theatrical Cut
Bonus Features:
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Still Gallery
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.78:1); DTS-MA HD 5.1, 2.0
Subtitles: English

UPDATED! Disc 9 – Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Producer’s Cut (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Bonus Features:
  • NEW High Definition Master from the original inter-negative
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Screenwriter Daniel Farrands and Composer Alan Howarth (Producer’s Cut)
  • NEW “Jamie’s Story” – An Interview With The Original “Jamie” Actress Danielle Harris
  • NEW “The Cursed ‘Curse’” – An Interview With Producers Malek Akkad And Paul Freeman
  • NEW “Acting Scared “– A Look At The Film’s Cast With Actresses Mariah O’Brien And J.C. Brandy
  • NEW “The Shape Of Things” – A Look At Michael Myers’ Murders And Mayhem With Special Make-Up Effects Artists John Carl Buechler And Brad Hardin And Actor George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers)
  • NEW “Haddonfield’s Horrors” – The Sights of Halloween The Curse of Michael Myers With Director of Photography Billy Dickson And Production Designer Brad Ryman And Director of Photography (Additional Scenes) Thomas Callaway
  • NEW “Full Circle” – An Interview With Composer Alan Howarth
  • NEW Cast And Crew Tribute to Donald Pleasance
  • Archival Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage (approx. 30 Minutes)
  • Alternate And Deleted Scenes (Not Present In Either Cut Of The Film)
  • Teaser Trailer: Halloween 666: The Origin Of Michael Myers
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1:78:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, 2.0
Subtitles: English

UPDATED! Disc 10 -- Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)
Bonus Features:
  • Presented in the correct 2.35:1 Aspect Ratio
  • NEW Commentary With Director Steve Miner And Jamie Lee Curtis, Moderated By Sean Clark
  • NEW “The Making of Halloween H20” Featuring Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, Nancy Stephens, Adam Hann-Byrd, Tom Kane, Editor Patrick Lussier, Producer Malek Akkad, Producer Paul Freeman, Composer John Ottman, Chris Durand (Michael Myers), Writer Robert Zappia, Stunt Co-Ordinator Donna Keegan, Make-Up Brad Hardin And Cinematographer Daryn Okada
  • Vintage Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Scenes from the film with John Ottman’s original score
  • Theatrical Trailer
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, 2.0
Subtitles: English

UPDATED! Disc 11 -- Halloween: Resurrection (2002)
Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal And Editor Robert A. Ferretti
  • Alternate Endings with optional director’s commentary
  • Deleted Scenes with optional director’s commentary
  • Featurette: “Head Cam”
  • Web Cam Special with optional director’s commentary
  • Storyboard Analysis
  • Set Tour With Production Designer Troy Hansen
  • Set Interview With Jamie Lee Curtis
  • Vintage Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Home Video TV Spots
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, 2.0

Disc 12 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007)
Bonus Features:
  • Unrated Director’s Cut With Audio Commentary By Writer/Director Rob Zombie
  • Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary
  • Alternate Ending With Optional Commentary
  • Bloopers
  • Featurette: “The Many Faces Of Michael Myers”
  • Re-Imagining Halloween
  • Meet The Cast
  • Casting Sessions
  • Scout Taylor-Compton Screen Test
  • Theatrical Trailer
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish

Disc 13 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween (2007) Bonus Disc (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
Bonus Features:
  • Documentary: “Michael Lives: The Making of Halloween (4 ½ hours)
Tech Specs: Dolby Stereo
Subtitles: English

Disc 14 – Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 (2009)
Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Rob Zombie
  • Deleted And Alternate Scenes
  • Audition Footage
  • Make-Up Test Footage
  • Blooper Reel
  • Captain Clegg And The Night Creatures Music Videos
  • Uncle Seymour Coffins’ Stand-Up Routines
Tech Specs: 1080p Anamorphic Widescreen (1.85:1); DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1;
Subtitles: English


UPDATED! Disc 15 – Bonus Features (Exclusive to Deluxe Edition)
  • John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN – The Extended Version (In HD - TV Inserts Are In Standard Definition)
  • Interview with Moustapha Akkad about origin of HALLOWEEN
  • Featurette: HALLOWEEN UNMASKED 2000
  • Featurette: The Making Of HALLOWEEN 4: FINAL CUT
  • NEW episodes of HORROR’S HALLOWED GROUNDS - we go back to the filming locations of HALLOWEEN 4, HALLOWEEN 5 (with special guest Don Shanks) and HALLOWEEN: THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS. Plus the original 2005 pilot for Horror's Hallowed Grounds featuring a look at the locations of the original HALLOWEEN.
  • HORROR’S HALLOWED GROUNDS: Fan Edition – a special episode shot with, and for, the fans as they board a bus tour, during the 35 YEARS OF TERROR convention, and visit the locations of HALLOWEEN (1978), HALLOWEEN II (1981) HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH and HALLOWEEN (2007). Hosted by HHG’s Sean Clark with special guests Dick Warlock, Charles Cyphers, Brian Andrews, Tommy Lee Wallace and Erik Preston.
  • NEW The Making Of HALLOWEEN 4 Featuring Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Kathleen Kinmont, Beau Starr, Raymond O’Connor, Erik Preston and Sasha Jensen, Stuntmen Tom Morga (Michael Myers) And George P. Wilbur (Michael Myers), Composer Alan Howarth, Writer Alan B. McElroy, Producers Malek Akkad And Paul Freeman, Special Make-Up Effects Artists John Carl Buechler And Ken Horn
  • Featurette: Inside HALLOWEEN 5
  • NEW The Making Of HALLOWEEN 5 Featuring Interviews With Actors Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Wendy Kaplan, Jeffrey Landman, Jonathan Chapin, Frankie Como, Tamara Glynn, Matthew Walker, Don Shanks (Michael Myers), Producer Malek Akkad, Line Producer Rick Nathanson And Composer Alan Howarth
  • NEW Interview With Make-Up Effects Artist Tom Burman On HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH
  • HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH Radio Spots
  • TV Spots – HALLOWEEN 4, HALLOWEEN 5, HALLOWEEN (2007) and HALLOWEEN II (2009)
  • Photo Galleries -- HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN 4 and HALLOWEEN 5
Tech Specs: 1080p, 520p Full Frame, Anamorphic Widescreen 1:78:1, 2.35:1;
DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Stereo, Mono

29 comments:

  1. I kind of wish they left out the Rob Zombie movies. I'm not trying to hurt anyones feelings.

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  2. I am absolutely pleased; I cannot wait. I hope this also satisfies other fans who have been requesting features that pleases them most. I am amazed at the clarity of H6's cinematography! My God, that is so great; it looks spectacular. In closing, 'Requiescat in pace' Robin Williams. :(

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  3. It says that HALLOWEEN 2007 is the director's cut. Is the theatrical version included? There are two discs listed for that movie but the second disc doesn't specifically state that the Theatrical Version is on it. Is the second disc just extras?

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    1. No theatrical cuts included for the two Rob Zombie films.
      That second disc is just extras.

      The only release of the two theatrical cuts on this side of the world (North America) is the Canadian Alliance Double Feature of both of Rob Zombie's Theatrical Cuts. Very Highly Recommended.
      Apparently the theatrical cuts will cease to exist for some strange reason. That Canadian Alliance release is all there will ever be.

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  4. Scream Factory confirmed only the director's cuts of Zombie's films included. Would be nice with such a comprehensive set to have all versions (especially since Zombie's theatrical cuts have radical differences), but oh well, those are shit entries anyway.

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  5. There were rights issues with the theatrical cuts of Zombie's crappy redo and sequel if I'm remembering correctly.

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    1. Correct. The theatrical cuts are a separate licensing right, but I believe they would have also required a new HD transfer (but it's been about a month since I last discussed it). I think the inclusion of the H20 alternative score even in pieces is a great addition. SF would have had to recut the movie to include them which is a cumbersome endeavor at best.

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    2. Are you saying they would require a new HD transfer because they aren't allowed to use the existing HD transfers (the Canadian Alliance Double Feature of the Theatrical Cuts of both Rob Zombie's Halloween films, for example)?

      Or are you saying they would need new HD transfers because the existing one (example cited above) isn't up to snuff?

      I'm guessing not the latter case, because those existing ones put out by Alliance on that one disc are superb as is.

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    3. I think it is just a licensing issue unfortunately then from what I recall from the Scream Factory response upon the initial extras reveal. Sorry to misspeak.

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  6. Can you guys PLEASE find out if the Extended Cut's TV Scenes are actually in 480p or if they're the SD scenes upscaled to 1080p like on Disc 1? I can deal with them being upscaled to 1080p, but if my player actually has to stop and adjust to 480p, making the cut not seamless? That would suck. I've been trying to get this one question answered for months. Please help!

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    1. Asked our rep for this release. Per Scream Factory, it is upscaled. Hope this helps man.

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    2. OMG, thank you guys so much!! Any word on which transfer the Extended will use for the rest of the film (2007 or 2013) and if the original mono audio will be there as an option when viewing this cut? I REALLY appreciate this information, thank you thank you!

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    3. Will let you know if I get a response on this one. Always glad to help and thanks for the awesome questions. They help everyone.

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    4. Thank you so much again. You just have no idea how much I appreciate you guys digging into this. I've asked this on the SF Facebook page, on their Twitter page, etc. I was finally given a direct email for Customer Service, who in turn forwarded my questions on to the set's producer...who's not sent back a response in over two weeks. It's beyond frustrating. I know people are busy, but this isn't an inexpensive product, and they owe it to their customers to let them know exactly what's on the discs. You guys have helped more in a few days than the studios have in weeks of my asking for help. You rock! :)

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    5. I guess they're not responding about this? :-\ Even if not, thanks so much for trying...

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    6. I guess I'm going to have to get rid of my preorder and wait for some reviews from people when they see the actual product. I can't believe SF would risk sales like this just being tight-lipped about simple questions. Some of these things are make or break for customers like me. :(

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    7. Let me do one more follow up.

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    8. The Extended Cut on Disc 15. Just want to know two things - 1, which transfer's being used for the theatrical scenes (2007 or 2013) and 2, will the original mono be there on this cut? Thanks again. Whether they answer or not, your attempts are greatly appreciated.

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    9. At this point, I'm hoping someone will post an early review and just get this information out there once discs are in the hands of an actual FAN.

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    10. If I get it will try to address your questions.

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    11. Oh I know you guys would! You ARE fans. :)

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    12. No 1964 title card. Just checked. Sorry man. Also confirmed it is only stereo audio for the extended which I saw you found out. Sorry I didnt respond sooner.

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  8. Could I get a few Likes/Shares for my entry in the Halloweenmovies Box Set contest going on right now? I'm currently in the top two (honestly the other isn't really Halloweenish so I don't know how its getting Likes!) and would like to win the blu-ray set. Here is a direct link to mine. Thanks so much!

    https://www.facebook.com/halloweenmovies/photos/a.10152537034205660.1073741828.61391610659/10152537037055660/?type=1&theater

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  9. I've confirmed that the 2013 transfer is used for the non-TV scenes of the "Extended Cut". Still trying to find out if the "Smith's Grove 1964" title card has been restored and if the original mono audio is an option. I'll update here when/if I find this out.

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    1. No 1964 title card my friend. Sorry for the delay.

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