Halloween (1978) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
October 8, 2018
Halloween (1878) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: John Carpenter
Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Kyes
Rated: R/Region O/2:35/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Lionsgate Films
The year is 1963, the night; Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that a 17 year old Judith Myers has been stabbed to death, by her 6 year-old brother, Michael. After being institutionalized for 15 years, Myers breaks out just days before Halloween. No one knows, nor would wish to find out, what will happen on October 31st 1978 besides Myers’ psychiatrist, Dr. Loomis. He knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield, but by the time the town realizes it, it’ll be to late for many people.
Before we get to the timeless classic known as Halloween, let’s get the details out of the way on this release. Does Halloween look good in 4k? Yes, it does. While the Blu-ray that comes with this is the same as the original Blu-ray release (That’s the pics here), the 4K version obviously sounds better but looks more like the better received 35th anniversary Blu-ray. I think it looks great here with some solid darks and it just helps with the atmosphere, but that’s just me. So a psychotic murderer institutionalized since childhood escapes on a mindless rampage while his doctor chases him through the streets…Sounds kinda of done before by today’s standards, doesn’t it? Well maybe it does, but that’s because this movie that came out back in 1978 was the forerunner for typical slasher plots and “rules” we still have today. See just about every slasher films that’s came out since has in some way shape or form borrowed and stole from it…Was this the first slasher film? Nope, but it is the most influential by far. Donald Pleasence as Dr. Sam Loomis, Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, and Nick Castle, Tony Moran and Tommy Lee Wallace sharing the role of Michael Myers (The Mother f’n SHAPE!) all got together lead by director John Carpenter in 1978 to make a CLASSIC. Dr.Loomis is a great character, Laurie is a girl you actually want to see live whereas nowadays you could care less if the “final girl” lives or dies due to crappy acting and shallowness of the characters. Even Michael can get you setting on the edge of your seat as he stalks the cast by not doing much more than just walking and stalking..and he does without MOANING (Mr.Rob Zombie I’m looking at you). Also, Myers is a very strong villain in Halloween due to the fact he’s an emotional-less killing machine. Even people like Jason and Freddy have had their moments of not really coming across weak emotionally but coming across weak in general. Myers on the other hand, at least here in the original, is haunting and terrifying with no real weakness to be found.
Clearly, this movie originated many clichés found in low-budget horror films of the 1980s and 1990s and even now well into the 2010’s. Even more amazing gore crazy horror fans love it even with this movie not really having much gore at all. If I had to find a flaw in the film it would be the slow pacing we get from time to time. From the moment Michael gets taken into the crazy house till the moment he escapes and goes on his killing spree time seems to drag a bit. Not much of a flaw, but a flaw none the less, and really the only flaw I can find in it overall. That being said, to me, I wouldn’t call it the greatest horror film of all-time. But that’s because I have a different taste in my horror than most. At the end of the day, Halloween gives us a very atmospheric film. One that isn’t too over the top and still packs a very good punch to keep some folks on the edge of their seats. I have this movie on VHS, DVD, Blu-ray, and now 4K. I’ve seen it a whole heck of a bunch of times and Halloween still stands up well and never ages.
– Commentary track with writer/director John Carpenter and star Jamie Lee Curtis
– “The Night She Came Home” featurette with Jamie Lee Curtis (HD)
– On Location
– TV & Radio Spots
– Additional Scenes from TV Version
– Commentary with John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis and producer Debra Hill
– Fast Film Facts
– A Cut Above the Rest Featurette
– Trailer, TV Spots, Radio Spots
QUALITY OF TRANSFER: 97%