Anchor Bay milks the Michael Myers franchise once more with a six-disc “Halloween: 30th Anniversary Commemorative Set,” but its all-in-one approach is too good to pass up.
John Carpenter’s original 1978 classic is included, of course, in three versions: the theatrical cut, a new Blu-ray disc (for those of you with such players) and the extended cut, which adds in roughly 13 minutes of footage that was seen on the film’s television broadcasts. While these scenes aren’t earth-shattering, they do provide more menace for your money!
From 1988 is “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers,” which marked the murderer’s “Return” to the franchise after a Myers-less “Halloween III.” Fans weren’t bowled over by it, but I think it’s a case of unfair comparison; really, it’s one of the better sequels, standing well on its own and with repeat viewings.
Much better, at least, than the following year’s “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers,” which directly continues the story, yet leaves many questions unanswered. Technically, it’s not a bad movie, but it’s not among the strongest in the series.
That series is covered in its entirety in the final disc, the feature-length documentary “Halloween: 25 Years of Terror.” With interviews and footage, this is an essential look at the making and influence of the landmark classic and its sequels. The only thing missing is Rob Zombie’s remake, which goes mentioned, but had yet to be made.
All this and a replica of Mr. Myers’ mask! (Not actual-size, sadly.)
“ Rod Lott