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Halloween H20 (Deluxe Blu-Ray) Review
Everyone remembers where they were at when Hogan slammed Andre or the night Ultimate Warrior returned to Monday Night RAW those moments will live on forever. But history has been made once again, this time in the horror and podcasting community.
On September 21st an anonymous email circuited the horror and podcasting community stating, TCM.com (Turner Classic Movies) was selling the Halloween Deluxe Blu-Ray box set for $20, once word got out TCM was flooded with orders, but the real question was… Will they honor said price? And they did, to the first five hundred people. With over eight thousand orders placed only a lucky few made out like a bandit. I and a good amount of the horror and podcasting community wasn’t so lucky.
As I stated in the opening, history was made. Never Forget the 21st of September. Now! Let’s look at the Halloween Deluxe Blu-Ray box set.
You all know my feelings on A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. Those same feelings also goes towards Halloween H20, because at the time H20 was released VHS was still selling and DVD extras was trying to find its footing. I own H20 on VHS because the DVD is bare bones and there was no need to upgrade. Until Scream Factory released their Halloween box set and gave Halloween H20 a proper release with extras…
The two main extras for H20 is a fifty-eight minute featurette (Blood is Thicker Than Water: The Making of Halloween H20) looking back at H20 with vintage and brand new interviews with Jamie Lee Curtis, Josh Hartnett, screenwriter Robert Zappia with a few others going through the process from having Halloween 7 being a low budget straight to VHS movie to Harvey Weinstein asking Jamie Lee to come back and giving the film a bigger budget if she did and put the Dimension marketing machine behind it.
In the second half of this extras, it’s all about the Michael Myers mask and how many incarnations there was. In the film there’s about four or five different mask used. Some are CGI and a few were practical and even the mask from part six returns for one scene.
The other major extra is the audio commentary with director Steve Miner, Jamie Lee Curtis and it’s moderated by Sean Clark (Horror’s Hallowed Grounds). From the start Jamie Lee says she hasn’t seen this film in years and doesn’t remember a lot of it until Miner and Clark remind her, but once the movie picks up she can’t shut up because everything is coming back. Clark also hits all the bullet points when asking questions to Curtis and Miner to get them to talk about a key scene or give fanfare about the homages in the film.
One miner extra that you will hear more about in the making of is John Ottman’s original score. It also has an extra of its own. You’ll get to see a handful of scenes with the original score laid under it. In my opinion, the “original score” sounded horrible. But I love his opening credits score.
Rounding off the extras, you have forty-six minutes of vintage on set interviews. A question will flash on screen and said actor will answer. Lastly you have TV spots, trailers and a picture gallery.
Overall I’m happy with all the extras for Halloween H20. It answered questions I had from seeing this film on VHS many times over.
Side Note: I won’t be reviewing all movies in this box set. Also, Never Forget the 21st of September.