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25 years ago, director John Carpenter changed the shape of terror forever with the immortal story of babysitter Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence) and the night that Michael Myers came home. Roger Ebert still proclaims it "superb." Entertainment Weekly calls it "the granddaddy of teen-slasher flicks, still more primal and frightening than any of the gazillion knock-offs." 25 years later, Halloween remains one of the greatest horror movies ever made.

For this landmark 25th Anniversary Edition, Anchor Bay has created a stunning new high-definition widescreen transfer of the classic film, plus an unprecedented collection of bonus features that will surprise even the most hardcore fans. Celebrate this remarkable milestone in horror history with the ultimate two-disc edition of Halloween like you've truly never seen or heard it before!

Includes a 16-Page Collector's Booklet.

This DVD has been mastered with DiViMax--a High Definition (HD) film transfer process that provides state-of-the-art picture quality--and can be viewed on any home entertainment system.


Studio Anchor Bay
SKU 40224271
UPC 013131228496
UPC 14 00013131228496
Format DVD
Release Date 8/5/2003
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Horror Classic
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Perhaps the most influential and successful independent film ever made, HALLOWEEN is the movie that put director John Carpenter on the map as a viable filmmaker. An exercise in simple, pure horror, HALLOWEEN takes us into the world of a mad killer, Michael Myers, who at a very young age stabbed his older sister to death. Locked away for many years in a mental hospital Michael escapes one night and returns to his hometown to continue his killing spree. Jamie Lee Curtis, in her first role, plays the resourceful babysitter who is chased by the killer on Halloween night. Produced for very little money and a tight shooting schedule, HALLOWEEN was a stunning success when it was released. Written by John Carpenter and his longtime producer Debra Hill, the film set their careers on fire, with both of them working together many times over the next 25 years. The film also made a star out of Jamie Lee Curtis and turned the slasher movie into a viable, successful genre. HALLOWEEN has been copied, parodied and even turned into a franchise of its own, but the original is still considered the best of the bunch. HALLOWEEN was John Carpenter's first foray into horror, and remains the standard to which all other modern horror films are measured.
Plot Summary
Summary The film which ushered in the modern age of horror stands well above its many sequels and clones because John Carpenter's taut direction makes it truly scary. Jamie Lee Curtis, in her debut role, plays a babysitter who must protect herself from the deadly Michael Myers, a mental institution escapee who killed his sister on Halloween fifteen years earlier. Called "the most successful independent motion picture of all time," HALLOWEEN is also one of most frightening films ever made.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Was that the bogeyman?"--Laurie (Jamie Lee Curtis), after Michael is shot off a balcony |"As a matter of fact...it was."--Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence)
Sight and Sound "...Rarely have the remoter corners of the Panavision frame been used to such good effect, as shifting volumes of darkness and light reveal the ineluctable presence of a sinister something..." 03/01/1979 p.128
Variety "...Carpenter has a good feel for timing the thrills and occasionally adds an offbeat, almost perverse sense of humor, which works..." 10/25/1978
Entertainment Weekly "...Carpenter's slasher is the original teen-scream flick..." 01/11/2002 p.37
Total Film "...A seminal slasher that gets better with age....Terrifying..." 12/01/2003 p.126
Premiere "John Carpenter's perfectly faceted gem of a horror movie..." 12/01/2003 p.12
John Carpenter
Donald Pleasence
Jamie Lee Curtis
Cast & Crew
Donald Pleasence - Actor
Jamie Lee Curtis - Actor
Nancy Loomis - Actor
P.J. Soles - Actor
John Carpenter - Director
Irwin Yablans - Executive Producer
Debra Hill - Producer
Debra Hill - Screenplay
John Carpenter - Screenplay
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1978
Catalog ID 12284
UPC 00013131228496
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 91 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
ReviewSource ReelViews
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... This is the kind of impeccably crafted motion picture that burrows deep into our psyche and connects with the dark, hidden terrors that lurk there.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Anniversary Edition, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Commentary, Trailers, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Curtis,Jamie Lee
Label Video Treasures
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Well made, with lots of scares...
Roger Ebert Halloween is an absolutely merciless thriller... I would compare it to Psycho.

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