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Fifteen years ago, Michael Myers brutally murdered his sister. Now, after escaping from a mental hospital, he's back to relive his grisly crime again, and again...and again.

This is Halloween like you've never seen or heard it before!

Halloween has been fully restored under the supervision of Lucasfilm's THX digital mastering services. The DVD was transferred by the award-winning colorist Adam Adams (Terminator 2, Titanic) from a new 35mm interpositive (made from the original camera negative) and approved by the film's cinematographer Dean Cundey (Jurassic Park, Who Framed Roger Rabbit). The new Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack was created by Chace Productions in association with Alan Howarth using the original 16-track music studio master and the recently discovered original 35mm magnetic dialogue and effects tracks.

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Studio Starz/sphe
SKU 204860427
UPC 013131542899
UPC 14 00013131542899
Format DVD
Release Date 8/14/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.35:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Actors
Name Curtis,Jamie Lee
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Cast & Crew
Charles Bornstein - Editor
Dean Cundey - Cinematographer
Debra Hill - Producer
Debra Hill - Writer
Donald Pleasence - Actor
Irwin Yablans - Executive Producer
Jamie Lee Curtis - Actor
John Carpenter - Director
John Carpenter - Writer
John Carpenter - Original Music By
Nancy Kyes - Actor
P.J. Soles - Actor
Tommy Lee Wallace - Editor
Tommy Lee Wallace - Production Designer
Reviews
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Review From a shock-and-suspense point-of-view, Halloween is the rival of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho. With only a few arguable exceptions (such as The Exorcist), there isn't another post-1970 release that comes close to it in terms of scaring the living hell out of a viewer. Halloween starts out in a creepy fashion with a brutal murder, and never lets up from there. Every frame drips with atmosphere...Halloween was the film that earned Jamie Lee Curtis the infamous title of "Scream Queen"...Curtis' capable interpretation of the gawky, awkward Laurie is frequently overlooked in analyses of the movie and its genre, but she effectively conveys the feelings and aspirations of a shy, insecure teenager...Despite being relatively simple and unsophisticated, Halloween's music is one of its strongest assets. Carpenter's dissonant, jarring themes provide the perfect backdrop for Michael's activity, proving that a film doesn't need a symphonic score by an A-line composer to be effective.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource FilmCritic.com
Review Considered by many to be a modern horror classic, Halloween succeeds through simplicity. This thriller -- a veritable kickoff for 25-plus years of slasher films -- works because director John Carpenter keeps the story neat and the presentation basic. It's an approach that gives Halloween an easy, no-frills realism, and a likable indie style that shines through even today...The experts and fans that name the same films over and over when listing fine 1970s independent movies should include Halloween. It's an inexpensive, efficient non-studio thriller made by a hungry group of young filmmakers. Many sequels, all terribly inferior, would follow, as would Jason, Freddy, and other unstoppable -- and often lazy -- mad slashers. Future horror filmmakers trashed story, going for extensive body counts and increasingly "creative" styles of murder. So many forgot to take a lesson from John Carpenter and his "psycho," Michael Myers -- keep it simple, stupid.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Norm Schrager
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Slip Sleeve
Product Attributes
Actor Curtis,Jamie Lee
Label Video Treasures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Bruce Fretts, Entertainment Weekly Carpenter's brutally efficient exercise in tension and release.
Chris Hewitt, Empire Turn off the lights...Crank up the sound, and be scared witless by horror's greatest director.
Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader ...almost perfect...[Carpenter's] style draws equally (and intelligently) from both Howard Hawks and Alfred Hitchcock.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Well made, with lots of scares...
Mike Emery, Austin Chronicle ...remains an original that continues to inspire a genre and probe middle America's fears...
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...an absolutely merciless thriller...I would compare it to Psycho.
TV Guide ...nary a drop of blood on screen...but there is enough sheer cinematic ingenuity on display to coax screams out of the most jaded gorehound.

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