News on extra TV scenes for upcoming "Halloween" DVD!

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  1. Thomas Hart

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    As the Soup-Natzi in Seinfeld would say: "You get no TV scenes, and like it!"

    I just recieved an email from Michael Felsher at Anchor Bay with regards to the 12m of extra TV scenes:

     
  2. Gordon McMurphy

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    If you are that deperate to see the pointless 1981 TV cut, then it is still available on DVD from Anchor Bay.


    Gordy
     
  3. Jon Robertson

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    Indeed - I don't think I've been so bored in my entire life as watching those extra minutes of footage when I once had the 2-disc set. They are the veritable definition of the word "filler" and while they might be nice for completists' sake, I'll happily take the new high-definition transfer, 90-minute documentary and commentary instead.

    Of course it isn't actually the case that Anchor Bay can't fit the extra footage onto the disc - they simply want some incentive left in the older release. Good as their releases are, they're on the same level as Disney when it comes to shamelessly re-releasing and re-packaging their own product in any number of manifestations.
     
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    I guess that leaves the possibility of yet another release with the TV scenes seamlessly-branched. I wish this 25 Anniv. release would have done that[​IMG] I didn't get the other TV version release since it's only mono.[​IMG]
     
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    It's no big loss; the TV scenes are simply padding. I did think that would be included in the doco, but I do see the commercial imperitive that drives AB to make decisions like this - be prepared for yet another Halloween release in a couple of years time!

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    So many films, so little time...
     
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    The TV scenes do indeed suck. I have them on my Criterion LD and on the AB 2-Disc LE. Definitely nothing to write home about.
     
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    Arnie, do you only buy DVDs that are 5.1?

    The Chace remix of Halloween does not really 'add' anything to the nice, fat original mono, well, apart from the new digitally-recorded thunderclaps at the start. Basically, there isn't much you can do with the original tracks and stems of a low-budget 1978 film that the original mono didn't/can't do. There are exceptions, of course, but on the whole, mono is good. High-bitrate Dolby 2.0 stereo would be just fine for Halloween, if only for the score.


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    Yes, I do. I've seen them and don't care to see them again. Can't wait to see the new transfer and new doc though.
     
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    On Halloween I like the 5.1 mix better. The thunder does sound cool, especially after hearing it one way for so many years.

    This will be my 3rd time buying this movie on DVD, plus I have the Laserdisc. I guess I'll keep buying this one as long as there is some new content or upgrade of some kind.:b

    Is this Divimax line supposed to be a Superbit clone?
     
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    Thomas, you do know the TV scenes were written and shot specifically for TV, several years after the production wrapped, don't you? I don't think the scenes were even in the original script.

    And what do you mean about having to hold on to the Criterion disc? What's wrong with the extended Halloween DVD from Anchor Bay? That has the whole TV cut in it, widescreen anamorphic, too, and it's still in print.
     
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    Gee, wouldn't it have been nice if Anchor Bay had included the television cut on their last release (the THX one) of Halloween instead of that unneeded pan and scan version?

    Talk about wasting valuable space on the DVD...
     
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  18. Enrique B Chamorro

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    Now I am lost!!!
    I have the US R1 Limited Edition 2 disc set.
    Disc 1 have the original cut of the movie and
    Disc 2 has the TV parts cut back into the movie.

    I have some questions.

    1) Is there a better version (picture and sound)
    of the original edit than the one in the 2 disc set?

    2) is there a better version (picture and sound)
    of the modified TV version than the one in the 2 disc set?

    3) Will the new, new Special Edition really just
    contain extra bonus material?
    (Does that bonus material include the Carpenter
    commentary track from the Criterion laserdisc?)

    Thanks, but this is as confusing as the Evil Dead versions!
     
  19. Prentice Cotham

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    Enrique,

    1) Yes, when the 25th Anniversary edition is released

    2) No

    3) Well, it has better picture, remixed sound, and all new extras and the commentary.
     

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