Blu-ray Review: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers

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Distributor: Echo Bridge Entertainment

Release Date: 10/May/2011

Region: Region Free

Length: 88 min

Video: 1080i (MPEG-4, AVC, 20Mbps)

Main Audio: 2.0 English DTS-HD Master Audio (48 kHz, 1.8 Mbps)

Subtitles: None

Ratio: 1.78:1

Note: There is also a non-anamorphic DVD release of this title.

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

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers is perhaps the worst film in the entire series. Joe Chappelle seems almost completely inept in his direction of a script that really didn’t deserve anything better than Chappelle was able to give it.

The story is terrible on a number of levels. The attempt to provide a reason behind Michael Myer’s quest to kill off his bloodline is misguided and the reason provided is beyond ridiculous. There are fans who champion the film, but the reason isn’t evident to this reviewer.

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The Presentation:

3.5 of 5 Screams

The disc is held in a standard Blu-ray case with the film’s original poster artwork. The case itself is very nice.

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

Picture Quality:

3 of 5 Screams

While the image transfer isn’t exactly wonderful, it is a large enough improvement over the non-anamorphic DVD release. Fans might be disappointed that the film is not released in its original 1.85:1 ratio, but the 1.78:1 transfer doesn’t seem to noticeably alter the impact of the cinematography. The print is rather clean with no noticeable damage and grain never seems to overwhelm the image. Colors seem to be rendered accurately and blacks rarely seem to be crushed. There are occasional issues with banding and compression artifacts are occasionally evident. These issues are never terribly distracting and seem worse in the DVD release of the film.

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Sound Quality:

2 of 5 Screams

The disc’s 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track is rather unimpressive. This completely lifeless track does contain decent clarity with well prioritized dialogue that is always intelligible. It is probably an improvement over the DVD’s audio, but fans will likely be disappointed with the track.

Special Features:

0 of 5 Screams

There are no extras.

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Final Words:

This is a surprisingly adequate Blu-ray release of the film. The disc’s lack of extras and the lossless 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track might disappoint a few fans, but I doubt if the film will ever be given a better release than this one. It is certainly a substantial upgrade from the DVD release.

Review by: Devon Powell