BLU-Ray Review: HALLOWEEN II
By Dave Dreher
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Nov 30, 2012 - 5:17:07 AM
I've admitted to this before but I have always found
HALLOWEEN II to be one of my favorite horror films ever. Obviously it could have never existed without
John Carpenter's ground breaking original but the second one built upon that
original perfectly and for my money there was and has been no better Michael
Myers then the amazing Mr. Dick Warlock.
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I've had the honor to hang with Mr. Warlock on several
different occasions and those opportunities hold a special place in this horror
fans heart. For me, Dick Warlock is
Michael Myers and it's great to see his amazing work finally gets its due in
this amazing Blu-ray release of HALLOWEEN II.
SHOUT! Factory, known by fans as a top-notch provider of
assorted genre fare has branch into the horror only world with their new line
going under the SCREAM! Factory banner.
They have an amazing slate of releases coming up for this Halloween
season and they kick it all off with the much anticipated, much needed Blu-ray
of HALLOWEEN II. In this day and age
it's hard to think of a title that fans want- no make that demand on Blu-ray but
HALLOWEEN II was one such title.
As is the case with a lot of these older films that make
their trip to Blu the biggest thrill for long time fans (me included) comes
from viewing awesome special features and this disc has some of the best I have
viewed in quite a while.
First though, lets talk a little about the film itself. Unless you are a complete tool you already
know that HALLOWEEN II picks up right where the first one left off, with Dr.
Loomis shooting Michael who falls off the balcony and vanishes into the
night. From there we travel the streets
of Haddonfield and eventually end up at the local hospital where Michael slices
and dices his way through the halls searching for Laurie.
As I stated above, what really sets this one apart for me is
the way that Dick Warlock portrays Michael, the epitome of the mindless,
stalking killing machine.
The disc itself comes in a 2 disc Collector's set. Disc one is the Blu-ray with all the special
features; Disc two is a standard DVD that features the TV version of the film
with an alternate ending. Very
cool! Some new artwork was commissioned
for this release and it's awesome but it's also printed on a reversible insert sleeve
and on the other side is the old artwork that features the pumpkin with the
The meat and potatoes of this disc though is the outstanding
slate of special features that are literally crammed onto this disc. There are the usual selection of audio
commentaries and deleted scenes, also TV spots and still galleries. Where the
coolness really kicks in is a feature titled THE NIGHTMARE ISN'T OVER!: THE
MAKING OF HALLOWEEN II. Put together by
Michael Felsher and his group over at Red Shirt Pictures this really is a
special look at the film. It's obvious
that Mike and his minions love this film and they really gave the project some
love. A great view that offers a lot of
behind the scenes info and great stories, I really enjoyed the piece, worth the
price of the disc itself. Also included,
Sean Clark and his great HORROR'S HALLOWED GROUND show. For those not in the know, Sean travels
around and brings fans to the shooting locations really giving us all a true
behind the scenes look at where our favorite films where shot. I've enjoyed all Sean’s travels and his trip
to Haddonfield is every bit as fun and informational as all the others he’s
done and it is the perfect addition to this exceptional Blu-ray release.
So, what does it all add up to? For my money it's THE Blu-ray release of the
year, so far but with that being said, SCREAM! Factory has an impressive slate
on the way. I've got the Blu-ray of
HALLOWEEN III sitting right here next to me and it's looking to be every bit
the disc that HALLOWEEN II is. It's a
good time to be a horror fan.
This is a disc set that is must have for any true fan of
horror so run to the store and get this one now.
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