“Halloween” fans have a huge reason to be celebrating. In what can only be referred to as a major miracle, nine different movie companies have come together to release the definitive box set for the most important franchise in the slasher genre. “Halloween: The Complete Collection” hits store shelves just in time to be binge-watched during its namesake’s holiday season.
“Halloween: The Complete Collection” is an exhaustive assemblage of every film in the series and enough special features to keep any horror fan entertained for days. Not only are all ten of the entries in the franchise included, but there are alternate versions of a couple highlighted as well depending on which version of the collection you get.
The deluxe edition includes the long sought-after Producer’s Cut of “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.” This rare gem is available for the first time “legally” and features 43 minutes of footage not seen in theaters, which creates a completely different viewing experience than what audiences in 1995 received. An extended cut of John Carpenter’s original 1978 film made up of footage from the TV edition is found as well. The TV versions of both “Halloween” and “Halloween II” are also included.
The standard release comes with the theatrical cuts of the original eight movies and unrated director’s cuts of Rob Zombie’s reboots. “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers Producer’s Cut,” the “Halloween” and “Halloween II” TV versions, and the extended “Halloween” aren’t included in this edition. It’s perfect for those who just want all the basic films in one neat package.
“Halloween: The Complete Collection” is filled with so much bonus material it would take a whole other article to describe them in detail. They include audio commentaries, deleted scenes, alternate endings, behind-the-scenes featurettes, new and vintage cast and crew interviews, TV and radio spots, theatrical trailers, and more. “Horror’s Hallowed Grounds” takes audiences back to the filming locations of “Halloween II” and “Halloween III: Season of the Witch.”
I don’t know if there’s really any point for me to even include a breakdown of the ratings for the “Halloween” movies, but here it is for what it’s worth. Each one has its own measure of violence, bloody images, profanity, nudity, and adult situations. They’re all an interesting example of where the slasher genre was at the time they were made. 1978’s “Halloween” is a study in suspense which shows very little onscreen gore. Move ahead to 1989’s “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” and more bloodshed is seen. Rob Zombie’s versions of Michael Myers are even more graphic in every way to fit in with what genre fans expect in the 2000s.
It’s safe to say that “Halloween: The Complete Collection’s” high-definition audio and video transfers for each film beats any previous standard DVD releases. Most have been available on Blu-ray before, but having them all together in one set is where the excitement comes in. They all look and sound great based on the level of restoration they were given.
John Carpenter’s “Halloween” and its sequels deserve to be celebrated because of their impact on the modern slasher and horror genres. “Halloween: The Complete Collection” helps to remind older audiences of this and educate newer viewers on where movies like “Saw,” “Hatchet,” and other less potent reboots and remakes of classics come from. It’s a historical piece celebrating the many faces and eras of the Boogeyman and how he’s stayed the iconic face of terror for over 35 years.
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