Scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her most famous role as Laurie Strode in the 10th sequel to Halloween(1978), which succeeds in its effort to create retroactive continuity ignoring the other 9 sequels.
The Production: 3.5/5
The Halloween film sequels have never had consistent continuity among them, opting instead to branch in different directions from the original premise. Halloween(2018) continues this trend with its “back to the basics” approach that pretends the other sequels never happened, and proceeds on the premise that psychopathic killer Michael Myers (Nick Castle) was arrested immediately following his attacks on Laurie Strode(Jamie Lee Curtis) in the 1978 film.
3D Rating: NA
Halloween(2018) appears on UHD in its original 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Halloween in 4K provides exquisite fine detail and terrific shadow detail in a presentation that leans obviously towards dark settings in its themes of suspense and horror. The tones and colors tend to be more muted than vibrant as an artistic choice, but the polychromatic range of hues demonstrates much of what UHD has to offer in enhanced video presentation.
English audio on the 4K disc is optionally in DTS:X or Dolby Digital 2.0. The DTX:X English audio delivers some excellent directional audio that may have the viewer looking back over their shoulder at the slightest creak and shudder. The real highlight of the audio is the music score by John Carpenter, which deliberately follows the action rather than telegraphing it in advance in many other horror films. French and Spanish audio are also available in DTS Digital Surround 5.1.
Special Features: 3/5
This package includes a 4K UHD disc and a Blu-ray disc. Special features on the UHD disc include all of the following:
Halloween(2018) is a return to form for the horror franchise and succeeds in its conceit that ignores the other 9 sequels. The video and audio presentation on 4K UHD are not lacking, but the special features are minimal, other than the selection of deleted scenes. The theatrical success of this entry all but guarantees a sequel in the near future to this 40 year old film franchise.
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