- Apr 8, 1999
Well, that bottom shot is one of the few shots where the new disc has more vibrant colors. In most shots it's just the opposite - the new disc has faded and washed out colors in many scenes.
Halloween is a classic horror movie. That's a given and I shouldn't even have to say as much. Everyone reading this review should already know that!
As for this DVD, it is a mixed back. I prefer the transfer on the 1999 DVD from Anchor Bay, which wasn't just a limited edition. Both discs on that 2-disc 1999 Limited Edition DVD are still available for purchase separately. The colors on this 2003 DVD are weaker and I found the image overall to be too bright. The supplements are certainly enjoyable and I welcome the addition of the Criterion commentary track. One last complaint: the artwork on this new DVD is horrible. At the very least they should have ditched the 'H25' at the top. That is bound to confuse people considering there is an H20 out there.
If you're a big fan of Halloween and enjoy supplements, this DVD is a must buy for the extras alone. On the other hand, if you're only a casual Halloween fan or aren't all that into supplements, your best sticking with the 1999 DVD for the superior transfer.
I think he was referring to the fact that DOP Dean Cundey shot the film so that the greens weren't so vibrant and lush, as they are in the new transfer.Folks, give me some credit - I do know where the film was shot and when.
My point is that this is what color correcting is all about. Carpenter and Cundey wanted to hide the greenery as much as possible as this was supposed to be taking place in the midwest on Halloween. We are not supposed to be seeing that green.