Halloween: 30th Anniversary Commemorative Set (Blu-ray / DVD)



Halloween: 30th Anniversary Commemorative Set (click for larger image)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Danielle Harris, Donald Pleasance, PJ Soles

Directed by (Halloween) John Carpenter, (Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers) Dwight H. Little, (Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers) Dominique Othenin-Girard, (Halloween: 25 Years of Terror) Stefan Hutchinson

Distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment


Now this? This is pretty cool. Anchor Bay has packaged itself the mother of all Halloween box sets in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of the movie in what has to be the best damned packaging I've seen to date. Let's explore a bit, shall we?

Once you get past the cool ass rubber mask that's on the front of the box (and no, it is not removable, nor is it big enough to wear), inside you'll find six discs of Shape-laden goodness!

Things kick off with three versions of the original film: Halloween, Halloween: The Extended Cut, which includes all of the extra footage shown on TV, and the Blu-ray version of the movie that words alone cannot describe. The movie has never looked better. If that's not enough for you, you'll also find Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, and the all-inclusive documentary Halloween: 25 Years of Terror.

Halloween: 30th Anniversary Commemorative Set (click for larger image)That's quite a haul, no? Since we have reviews already of almost everything included here, I'm just gonna point you in their direction so you can get the general idea of what to expect ...

Halloween Blu-ray (review here)
Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (review here)
Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (review here)
Halloween: 25 Years of Terror (review here)

There are a couple of buggy things about this collection. The first is that this is the standard DVD version of Halloween and not the glorious 25th Anniversary Edition, and the second is that only Disc One of Halloween: 25 Years of Terror is present. For Disc Two, which contained lots of goodies, you're gonna have to shell out the cash for the DVD separately. Still, the packaging makes up for the omissions, and this is a set that no Halloween fan will want to be without. But therein lies the problem ...

Only two types of people will buy this -- extreme fanboys and the handful of horror fans who don't own one or more of the flicks included here already on DVD. Is it worth the cash? Well, the price is low enough, but ultimately that's up to you all to decide.

Mine is sitting proudly on my shelf.

Special Features
Halloween DVD and Blu-ray

  • Audio commentary with John Carpenter, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Debra Hill
  • Fast Film Facts
  • Halloween: A Cut Above the Rest featurette

    Halloween: The Extended Edition

  • Nothing at all

    Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers

  • Audio commentary with actors Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris
  • Audio commentary with writer Alan B. McElroy
  • Halloween 4 and 5 discussion panel
  • The Making of Halloween 4: The Final Cut featurette
  • Trailer

    Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers

  • Introduction by Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris
  • Audio commentary with stars Jeffrey Landham, Danielle Harris, and (a big part of the reason this film sucked) Dominique Othenin-Girard
  • On-set Halloween 5 footage
  • Inside Halloween 5 featurette
  • Trailer

    Halloween: 25 Years of Terror

  • Horror's Hallowed Grounds -- An Exclusive Tour of the Halloween Series Filming Locations
  • Halloween II and III Extended Interviews
  • Extended Celebrity Interviews
  • Halloween 5 On-Set Footage
  • Halloween Convention Montage
  • Fans of Halloween -- Collections of Props and Memorabilia

    Films Combined:

    4 out of 5

    Special Features Combined:

    5 out of 5

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