Senior HTF Member
- Feb 8, 1999
- Real Name
- Robert Harris
One can set their Apple Watch to it.
Like the spring peepers returning to Capistrano, and the salmon swimming upstream to spawn, and monarch butterflies returning home, there will be new annual releases of Halloween, Scream and Friday the 13th.
I've attempted to track the Halloween series for 4k releases, and have come away with the following:
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that of the 13 films in the series - the latest to be released next month - the first five have been released by Scream Factory, with the first initially coming from Lionsgate in September of 2018.
The David Gordon Green films have been released in 4k in 2019 and January of 2022.
Which left the two Rob Zombie films - we'll call them Halloween 9 and 10 in Blu-ray.
Scream Factory has again come to fans with a gift of Halloween 6, 7 and 8 - The Curse of Michael Myers, H2O, and Resurrection being released on October 4th.
And for fans, this is a big deal.
Not just to have them in 4k, but because of the overriding quality of the set, which is replete with extras, new interviews and commentaries.
All three have been scanned in 4k from the OCNs, and IMHO they look beautiful.
Full disclosure: I'm not an expert on the series, although I've viewed the original on every format going back to the Edison cylinders, which means I'm unable to speak to the propriety of special colors, densities, etc, but can only relay what I'm seeing in a general sense.
And that general sense has come away extremely pleased.
There's a natural looking sheen of moving grain on all three films. Beautiful black levels, great color, and what appears to be nice shadow detail.
Halloween 6 comes in two flavors, the theatrical and "Producer's Cut," while 7 and 8 give us the Theatricals.
6 isn't branched, but rather is on two separate discs, making 6 a four disc set.
Packaging has spared no expense, except to the planet.
Each variant is in it own black plastic shell, with each of those shells found inside its own heavy paper case.
Each of the three cases is, in turn, akin to a Russian doll, further entombed in their own very sturdy outer box.
On a basic tech level, all four films are from 4k OCN scans, all are in Dolby Vision, and all in DTS-HD MA 5.1, as well as stereo.
Methinks Halloween fans will be happy campers.
Image – 5 (Dolby Vision)
Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1 & Stereo)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Plays nicely with projectors - Yes
Upgrade from Blu-ray - Yes
Makes use of and works well in 4k - 4