Halloween: 25 Years of Terror

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  1. Sandi

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    Halloween: 25 Years of Terror
    Has anyone seen or heard anything about this? I found it on Imdb.com but not much info is out there about it.
     
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    I believe that http://www.halloweenmovies.com/ is the official site for the documentary (and movies).

    Here's the most interesting info they have
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    Trancas International Films
    presents
    A Paranormal Pictures Production
    In association with MasiMedia LLC and rehab 54

    HALLOWEEN: 25 Years of Terror

    Narrated by P.J. Soles
    Running time: 84 minutes

    Distributed by ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT

    RELEASE DATE: TO BE ANNOUNCED

    APPEARING (in alphabetical order)
    Moustapha Akkad
    Brian Andrews
    Tom Atkins
    Clive Barker
    Heather Bowen
    Larry Brand
    J.C. Brandy
    John Carl Buechler
    Jeff Burr
    Michael Cacciotti
    John Carpenter
    Nick Castle
    Jennifer Cocchiara
    Jason Paul Collum
    Ellie Cornell
    Charles Cyphers
    Dean Cundey
    Jamie Lee Curtis
    Kim Darby
    Chris Durand
    Cliff Emmich
    Bradford English
    Dennis Etchison
    John Fallon
    Daniel Farrands
    Gloria Gifford
    C.J. Goodman
    Marianne Hagan
    Brad Hardin
    Danielle Harris
    Phillip Hendrix
    Cassandra Henwood
    Debra Hill
    Alan Howarth
    Sasha Jenson
    Bianca Kajlich
    Wendy Kaplan
    Jeff Katz
    Julie King
    Kathleen Kinmont
    Janice Knickrehm
    Nancy Kyes
    Jeffrey Landman
    Brad Loree
    David Margrave
    Anthony Masi
    Tawny Moyer
    Kim Newman
    Thomas Ian Nicholas
    Greg Nicotero
    Jodi Lyn O'Keefe
    Dominique Othenin-Girard
    John Ottman
    Ron Paglio, Jr.
    Josh Pennell
    Nick Phillips
    Donald Pleasence
    Rick Rosenthal
    Brad Schacter
    Don Shanks
    Marc Shapiro
    Pamela Susan Shoop
    P.J. Soles
    Beau Starr
    Garn Stephens
    Paul Swearingen
    Donna Tucker
    Dave Vanderhoff
    Tommy Lee Wallace
    Mark Ward
    Dick Warlock
    Lance Warlock
    George P. Wilbur
    Joseph Wolf
    Edgar Wright
    Irwin Yablans
    Rob Zombie
     
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    Thanks for the info.
     
  5. Sandi

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    Look forward to seeing this.
     
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    The HALLOWEEN films (1,4,5) are being re-released next year by Anchor Bay so I'd guess this will show up then.
     
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    What the heck could they put into another release of halloween?? the 25th ann Divimax release is brilliant!!

    #4 & 5 would be worth upgrading if they are anything like the Divimax release.
     
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    This is the first I've heard of another release of the original Halloween. I've got the LE 2-Disc from '99 and the Divimax 2-Disc from '03. What could they add that hasn't already been added? I'm really looking forward to the Divimax releases of 4 and 5 as well as the documentary DVD. It's a shame they couldn't get them out this year.
     
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    Well they could release a "divamax" transfer that actually has the proper color timing that Dean Cundey specified for the 99 transfer rather than the overly bright uncorrected version they have now, that would be nice.
     
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    I think whoever stated that "Halloween" was going to be re-issued was mistaken. But if they did, maybe we can finally get the extended television version on there via seamless branching.
     
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    I think you're mistaken, Will. There was an extended TV version with seamless branching on DVD. I think it's out of print, but I own a copy.
     
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    No such animal exists. The TV version has only ever been released as its own disc (first as part of a 2-disc limited edition set and later as its own release). Plans to have it incorporated via seamless branching on the latest release were scrapped.

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    Just a rumor at this point but I'd be willing to bet everything I own that we'll get another release. HALLOWEEN, THE EVIL DEAD, DAWN OF THE DEAD, F13.....fans will buy whatever they release. [​IMG]

    Just for starters, this documentary would be a good thing to add as an extra to get people to rebuy it. There is more behind the scenes footage from the set that could be added. Another cast commentary with the supporting players would get fans to rebuy. And yep, seemless branching of the TV cut.

    Nice pic there Damin. I just got done watching MANIAC and the majority of the extras, which IMO makes this the greatest DVD ever produced. I'd still buy it again if Blue Underground decided to re-release it. What else could they add to it? I'm not sure but I'd rebuy it. [​IMG]
     
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    Blue Underground produced the disc for Anchor Bay, anyway, so there's little that they would likely do with it at this point. It's also no surprise that, in the years since he directed "The Joe Spinell Story," David Gregory has become BU's main documentarian.

    DJ
     
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    Okay, then I only have the TV version as "its own release", and can you explain to me what "incorporated via seamless branching" means? Do you mean one DVD with both the original version and TV version on it, on which you can combine the two?
     
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    Yes, seamless branching is a certain way of encoding multiple versions of a film onto one disc. When two versions of a film are presented this way, it saves space on the disc by re-using the same video data when the versions are the same. When the versions differ, it then "branches" off to a different part of the video file, and then returns to the main version again. For Halloween, this would mean that the same video data for the entire theatrical version of the film would be seen by the viewer, no matter which version is chosen. However, when the TV version is chosen, the disc would jump to that footage, and then jump back to appropriate point in the video of the theatrical version again.

    This process referred to as "seamless," because once the viewer chooses a certain version of the film, the viewer cannot tell that what is being shown to them is actually jumping around the video data on the disc. For Halloween, the viewer would not be able to tell that the player jumps around the disc each time a TV scene is inserted. There should be no pause in the playback, nor any notation on the screen. On the other hand, there is "extended branching," in which the viewer knows that they are being shown video data that is branching off from the main presentation (example: any DVD you may have that gives you the option of pressing a button when an icon pops up at a certain moments during the movie to see behind-the-scenes footage).

    A DVD can also contain two versions of a film by having completely separate video encodings done for it. This would involve no branching at all. This method can be a waste of precious disc space if the versions have enough footage in common and can be done more efficiently via seamless branching.

    From a quick look at your collection, your Terminator 2 Ultimate Edition DVD is a good example of seamless branching in the way that it presents the versions of the film on one disc. If you ever pick up the Extrmee Edition release of that film, you'll see that that disc uses extended branching to present the "interactive" version that allows you to press a button on your remote when an icon comes up so you can see behind-the-scenes footage related to that moment in the film.

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    I think one of the problems might be sound related, the TV scenes have mono sound only while the theatrical cut has several options...I don't know if branching between the different scenes requires that both the elements have the same sound options or not OR if it might be possible to lock a branched "TV" version to the Mono only track or how complicated that encoding would be for the DVD technicians. Looking at the seamless branched DVD's I have it strikes me that they all have exactly the same audio options between the theatrical & branched scenes.

    However I don't know if that is merely a coincidence.
     
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    Why can't (or couldn't they have) remixed the sound of the TV scenes for whatever audio options the main feature has. How hard could that be?
     
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    I would assume it's because they don't have the right audio elements to create a 5.1 track for those scenes. Although I guess they could just use the center channel and have silence on the other channels for those three scenes if they had to.
     
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    (Shrugs shoulders) I don't know, I just noticed that all of the branched DVD's I have all have the exact same audio options between them & I postulated that this might be a problem for the encoders somehow. It's just a theory.

    Plus I don't think Anchor Bay has actually done a seamless branched DVD yet, have they? Maybe it's too expensive for them to expend the extra time to do the encoding.
    I mean I would think SB would have been perfect for The Wicker Man but perhaps the noticable audio jump to the cut scenes would have been jarring to say the least on that film.
     

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