Blu-ray Review: Halloween Resurrection

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Distributor: Echo Bridge Entertainment

Release Date: 17/April/2012

Region: Region Free

Length: 89 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC, 19Mbps)

Main Audio:

5.1 English DTS-HD Master Audio

5.1 English Dolby Digital Audio

2.0 English LPCM Stereo

Subtitles: None

Ratio: 2.35:1

Notes: There is also a DVD release of the film.

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“John Carpenter created the idea of Halloween, so his vision remains the most focused and intelligently directed.” -Donald Pleasence

To say that Halloween Resurrection doesn’t live up to the original film is an understatement. Most fans seem to be in agreement that the film is a major disappointment. There are many reasons for this. The most important of these is likely the fact that there simply wasn’t any real reason to make another sequel.

The Presentation:

3.5 of 5 Screams

The disc is held in a standard Blu-ray case with film related artwork.

The animated menu contains footage from the movie along with the Halloween theme. 

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Picture Quality:

3.5 of 5 Screams

Echo Bridge’s image transfer is decent (especially when compared to a few of their other transfers). The picture is usually sharp with nice detail, but the quality varies quite a bit from moment to moment. Some moments are extremely sharp, while others are more on par with a quality DVD transfer. Black levels also vary a great deal. The color seems fairly accurate and skin tones always appear natural. There are a few transfer related problems to report. At times film grain appears normal and natural, while at other times it can be a bit overwhelming. Aliasing is a major issue with the transfer and noise becomes a problem on occasion (especially in darker scenes). These issues are sometimes complicated by occasional edge enhancement.

Keep in mind that part of the film was shot with webcams and these moments were never very pristine. This is certainly the best the film has looked on home video, but with proper handling and a better transfer, it could look a lot better. 

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Sound Quality:

4 of 5 Screams

The sound is actually very nice on this disc. Echo Bridge includes a lossless 5.1 DTS-HD master audio mix that sounds nice and rather dynamic. The music is especially strong in this mix. There are moments when dialogue is overwhelmed by the score, but it remains intelligible throughout the track. The music is certainly the most dynamic element of the mix, but sound effects are also quite effective in this track.

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Special Features:

3 of 5 Screams

Most of the special features that were included on the DVD were ported over to this Blu-ray.

Commentary with Director Rick Rosenthal and Editor Robert A. Ferretti

This commentary will be of interest to fans of the series. Rosenthal carries the bulk of the commentary and discusses returning to the series after a twenty year absence (he directed the second installment in the series). Most interesting is the discussion of the film’s gimmick. (Actors were wearing webcams on their heads and the footage was used in the film.) While this probably will not interest anyone other than fans of the series, it seems unlikely that people who aren’t fans of the series will be purchasing this disc.

Alternate Ending with Deleted Scenes – (SD, 11 min.)

It is always interesting to see scenes that didn’t make it into the final cut of a film. Fans should be happy that these scenes are included. [Note:The DVD included an optional commentary track for these scenes. This track is not included on this disc.]

Tour Set with Production Designer – (SD, 7 min.)

Fans are given a tour of the set as it is being constructed. The set is essentially the Myer’s house.

On the Set with Jamie Lee Curtis – (SD, 4 min.)

This featurette is made up of obligatory publicity interviews with Jamie Lee Curtis and other cast and crew involved with the production. It discusses Curtis’ appearance in the film.

Head Cam Featurette – (SD, 4 min.)

The film’s actors and crew discuss shooting live digital footage using “head cams” on the actors. Fans are shown some ‘behind the scenes’ footage to illustrate points being made in the interviews.

Storyboard (Splitscreen) – (SD, 4 min.)

Footage from the film is played along with storyboard drawings.

Missing on this disk is a supplement entitled Web Cam Special, which was a re-editing of part of the film using only the footage shot on the digital webcams. This feature included optional commentary with the film’s director and editor. The deleted scenes and alternate endings also included optional director’s commentary on the DVD release and the commentary for these scenes are not on the Blu-ray. The only other feature included on the DVD that is absent is a Photo Gallery.

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Final Words:

Halloween Resurrection isn’t the most loved sequel in the Halloween franchise, but it was given a serviceable Blu-ray release that improves on the DVD in terms of image and sound quality. Many of the special features were ported over to this disc, but there are a few supplements that were not included here. Fans of the series will want to upgrade to Blu-ray and hold on to their DVD as well.

Review by: Devon Powell