Director Rob Zombie has re-envisioned the original "HALLOWEEN" film for his "HALLOWEEN," being released on blu-ray from the Weinstein Company. Zombie does his best to explore the psychology behind what made the young Michael Meyers into a serial killer, with much of the first half of the film depicting his white-trash family surroundings, abuse, neglect and more. But, in doing so, one still has to wonder if Zombie is merely explaining the creation of this particular monster, or justifying how anyone in that given situation, would become so evil. It's a question that, while first interesting, becomes pointless, as the rest of the film basically serves as a nastier, more graphic update of the original "HALLOWEEN" film.
The cast, all decent in their roles, serves the film well, but Zombie's seemingly erratic decisions to virtually "re-play" exact scenes from the original, and forget about other important ones, will probably leave more viewers annoyed than pleased with the idea of him paying "homage" to Carpenter's original film. In the end, those who've not seen the original, will still find plenty of scares and enough unsettling elements throughout the film, to make this version a suitable film for horror fans, but still not up there with superior ones, like the original classic.
THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p blu-ray release. The image varies in quality, depending on the lighting. As most of the earlier part of the film takes place in bright surroundings, the resolution, depth and overall quality is outstanding! There are plenty of "jump-off-the-screen" resolution moments. However, the majority of the latter half of the film, is darker,(intentionally) causing a sharp drop-off in depth. Blacks are inky in many scenes, and detail is even impressive in some of the darker moments, however most of the 2nd half of the film lacks the kind of high-resolution quality one hopes for in the best blu-ray releases.
The WEINSTEIN COMPANY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix for this release, and it's outstanding! The mix isn't always aggressive. In fact, Zombie has chosen to slowly build up its overall depth, culminating in a tour-de-force experience during the final moments of the film. However, from the beginning to the end, music, ambient effects and even sheer silence, are all used with maximum impact.
There are loads of extras on this 2 disc edition. Featurettes, deleted scenes and a great commentary are included on the first disc. All of the featurettes and deleted scenes are available in standard resolution only.
The 2nd disc offers a 4 1/2 hour documentary, in 1080i, giving terrific detail and examination of the filmmaking process which fans of the film and aspiring filmmakers should all appeciate.