Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween (2007) Blu-ray Review

Halloween (2007) Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Video
Halloween comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video transfer. The video presentation was better than I expected, with a good amount of detail and strong black levels. The film is very dark, so it's not the most colorful transfer, but the majority of colors used in the film were quite strong. Grain was present throughout but never felt intrusive, and ultimately welcomed. Halloween looks great. 8/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included, and it sounds fantastic. I felt the audio track was very strong, and very dynamic. The film's dialogue was nice and clear, and the music gave me chills as it made fantastic use of the surround speakers. I love horror films on Blu-ray, as the lossless audio really provides a lot more to the film. The film really comes to life, with every scare sounding incredible. Halloween sounds fantastic, and horror fans will love it. 9/10.

Extras

Disc One:
Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Rob Zombie
Deleted Scenes (With Optional Commentary On Select Scenes) (22:19)
Alternate Ending (With Optional Commentary) (3:45) (SD)
Bloopers (10:18) (SD)
The Many Masks Of Michael Myers (6:26) (SD)
Re-Imagining Halloween (19:11) (SD)
Meet The Cast (18:16) (SD)
Casting Sessions (29:52) (SD)
Scout Taylor-Compton Screen Test (Lauria Strode) (7:47) (SD)
Theatrical Trailer (2:00) (SD)
BD-Live (Not Live At The Time Of Writing)

Disc Two
:
Michael Lives: The Making Of Halloween (4:20:00) (HD)

Blu-news Summary
Halloween (2007) is a very good film to be honest, I love what Rob Zombie has done with Halloween, but I also love the original. I try not to compare them much, as each provides a different take, but enjoy each quite immensely. There are a few scenes many viewers might find disturbing, so I would recommend a rental for first viewers who think they may not be able to handle some things as well as others. The Blu-ray presentation is great, with great video and audio, and a ton of supplements. The second disc is a very in-depth making of, which I enjoyed very much, and it's really the highlight of the features. Overall Halloween is 'Recommended.'

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