DVD Rating: ***

Reviewed by: Gator MacReady

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The 2.35:1 anamorphic transfer is clear and well contrasted with deep, satisfying blacks and nice fleshtones. Some light grain is noticeable here and there but it is not a problem. In fact this picture is quite problem-free, which is surprising considering the prints are 23 years old.

The remastered Dolby 5.1 soundtrack is very entertaining and delivers quite a kick when those thunderclaps strike. Carpenter's musical score sounds better than ever and comes through really well in the surrounds. Dialogue is clean: a definite crowd-pleaser. The extended version is in plain old Mono.

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A very thorough documentary called Halloween Unmasked is included and fans will lap it up. All of the most popular parts of the film are explored (setting, plot, music) and the origins and reasons are explained by Carpenter, Debra Hill, producer Moustapha Akkad and Jamie Lee Curtis. This is the best kind of documentary because it is made specifically for the DVD. The doc is in 1.33:1 anamorphic.

A second DVD contains a TV version of the movie in which Carpenter filmed new scenes, 3 years later, to beef up the running time for a TV network. They add nothing, although one, with a young Michael Myers, is interesting. This version is not THX approved and not in Dolby 5.1

Some trailers, TV and Radio Spots are included.

Reviewed on: 08 Nov 2001
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Slasher shocker about a crazy guy who kills teenagers in a sleepy suburban town. On Halloween re-issue.
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Product Code: ABD4002

Region: 2

Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1, Mono

Extras: Halloween Unmasked documentary, Trailers, TV spots, Radio Spots.

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