Review: Halloween (4K)

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Master of horror John Carpenter executive produces and serves as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.

Halloween is also produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the Halloween series since its inception, and Bill Block (Elysium, District 9). In addition to Carpenter and Curtis, Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner. Ryan Freimman also serves in that role.Plot: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Director:  David Gordon Green

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Runtime: 109 min

Rating: Rotten Tomatoes 79% & IMDB 6.8/10

Unboxing (see below)

Special Features:

  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
    • Extended Shooting Range
    • Shower Mask Visit
    • Jog to a Hanging Dog
    • Allyson and Friends at School
    • Cameron and Cops Don’t Mix
    • Deluxe Banh Mi Cops
    • Sartain and Hawkins Ride Along
  • Back in Haddonfield: Making Halloween
  • The Original Scream Queen
  • The Sound of Fear
  • Journey of the Mask
  • The Legacy of Halloween

4K Blu-Ray Technical Specs:

  • Video: 2160p UHD / HDR 10
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
  • Audio: English DTS:X and Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish and French DTS Digital Surround 5.1

Review & Conclusion:

The newest installment of Halloween was shot with 3K cameras, so you will get an upscale for this release — though that part isn’t really noticeable. As per the norm, it was also given a HDR color grade for your viewing pleasure. Overall, this UHD disc is a good jump from the standard Blu-Ray, but not by leaps and bounds. You will see some soft shots in this film, but nothing that takes away from the film.

This might be on the shorter side of a ‘standard’ write up because I don’t really have much to say. It’s definitely a solid release and worth a purchase in the UHD format, but nothing was amazing enough to mark down in my usual Chapter format. You will get discrete enhancements such as sharper detailing of homes, furniture, stitching on clothing, etc. If I had to find a highlight it would be in the amount of detail shown on characters faces. You will see absolutely everything down to the pores, hair, blemishes and wrinkles — it’s pretty impressive.

As you can expect, the majority of this movie takes place at night, so there isn’t much color on the screen. Even more specific, a lot of scenes (both indoor and out) are poorly lit in order to create that eerie atmosphere the classic Halloween had. The black levels are solid and you can distinguish the difference between a shadow and utter darkness. You will see a lot of this in the climatic scene that takes place at the end of the film.

If you’re a fan of the Halloween franchise, I can almost guarantee you will be picking this up regardless of ‘critical’ acclaim or not. There have been a dozen of these films and this release from 2018 is definitely better than 90% of everything that has come before. Make sure you go pick it up in 4K UHD if you have the right equipment and get ready for what I hear is a great audio mix if you have the right setup for it. (This year I will be getting a Dolby Atmos setup so I’ll be able to comment on that soon enough.)

Cheers,

Matt.