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COLUMN: Aaron's Backstage Pass: Anchor Bay's Halloween 35th Anniversary Blu-ray Review

Updated: 11/09/2013 5:41 PM
Created: 11/05/2013 10:25 AM KSTP.com
By: Aaron Chalich

I just received a review copy of Anchor Bay’s “John Carpenter’s Halloween 35th Anniversary” Blu-ray DVD, and it is absolutely amazing.

I am a huge fan of the “Halloween” series, and the original “Halloween” is by far my favorite one.

The reason I like “Halloween” so much is that I think that the story is scary, and the characters in the movie are very interesting. I really liked the Dr. Loomis character that is played by the late Donald Pleasence and of course, Michael Myers.

“Halloween” was released in 1978 and was directed by John Carpenter. It stars Jaime Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles, Nancy Loomis and Donald Pleasence.

“Halloween” is about an unstoppable killer named Michael Myers, who at the age of 6, killed his sister and is put into a mental hospital. Fifteen years later, he escapes and goes on a killing spree in his hometown of Haddonfield on Halloween night. 

Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) who is Michael’s doctor knows that Michael is going back to Haddonfield, so Dr.  Loomis also goes to Haddonfield to try and warn everyone that Michael is coming home.

When Michael arrives in Haddonfield, he starts to stalk a young girl named Laurie Strode (Jaime Lee Curtis) and one-by-one, he starts killing Laurie’s friends and eventually tries to kill her.

Dr. Loomis soon learns where Michael is, and he must try and stop him before he kills more people.

Like I mentioned early, I really like the story of “Halloween” because I think it’s scary, and it is something that could actually happen. The whole time I was watching “Halloween” I was wondering what was going to happen when Dr. Loomis and Michael Myers eventually came face-to-face. 

I also felt that “Halloween” was very suspenseful, and you never knew where Michael Myers was or what he was going to do next.

The film quality of the “Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition” is fantastic. This is the best version of the film I have ever seen. I never got the opportunity to see “Halloween” in the theater because I was only 2 when it came out, but I am guessing that this is what it looked like when it was released. I have seen every VHS, Laser disc, and DVD release of “Halloween” and this is by far, the best.

The special features that are included on the “Halloween 35th Anniversary Edition” are awesome and include the following:

- New audio commentary with Writer/Director John Carpenter and Actor Jamie Lee Curtis
- New “The Night She Came Home” Featurette
- On Location: 25 Years Later Featurette
- TV Version Footage
- Trailer
- TV and Radio Spots

I really enjoyed listening to the audio commentary with John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis. I thought it was very interesting and entertaining to hear all of their stories about making “Halloween.”

I also thought “The Night She Came Home” featurette was also interesting. It follows Jamie Lee Curtis as she goes to the Horrorhound movie convention. It shows her meeting fans and signing autographs. This was a special event, because Jamie was donating all of the money to a charity. It was really fun seeing her interacting with fans.

Another thing that I want to mention is the case the Blu-ray comes in. The image on the front cover is a really cool drawing of Michael Myers. The case is more of a hard covered book, and the Blu-ray is in the back of it. The book is awesome and has about 18 pages. It contains stories about the making of “Halloween” and also has a bunch of never before seen photos that are really neat to see.

I really thought that Anchor Bay’s “John Carpenter’s Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition” Blu-ray was amazing. I think that this is the best version of “Halloween” that you will ever see and that the special features that are included are awesome and are very entertaining. I also thought the book was a great addition to commemorate the 35th anniversary.

If you are a horror movie fan and a fan of the “Halloween” series, you have to add this Blu-ray to your collection. 

Aaron Chalich is an entertainment columnist with KSTP.com.

Photo courtesy of Anchor Bay

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