Running out of steam 3.5 Stars

Shout! Factory closes out their 4K UHD releases from the Halloween franchise with Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
Released: 13 Oct 1989
Rated: R
Runtime: 96 min
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell
Writer(s): John Carpenter, Debra Hill, Michael Jacobs
Plot: One year after the events of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988), the Shape returns to Haddonfield once again in an attempt to kill his now-mute niece.
IMDB rating: 5.1
MetaScore: 28

Disc Information
Studio: Scream Factory
Distributed By: Shout! Factory
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, English 2.0 DTS-HDMA, English 5.1 DTS-HDMA
Subtitles: English SDH
Rating: R
Run Time: 1 Hr. 38 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray
Case Type: 2-disc UHD eco keepcase with slipcover
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 10/05/2021
MSRP: $36.99

The Production: 2.5/5

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers is the film where the series started to show that it’s running out of steam and original ideas or can’t make up its mind if it wants to continue where the previous film left off. After recapping the shocking conclusion to Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, the film fast forwards one year with Jamie (Danielle Harris) in the hospital being treated for PTSD by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance), causing her to become mute. Rachel (Ellie Cornell) and her friend Tina (Wendy Kaplan) visit Jamie to keep her spirits up, but Jamie is having some sort of psychic connection with Michael Myers (Don Shanks) that eventually goes nowhere, and a Man In Black has arrived in town, following in Michael’s footsteps, but is never explained. Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers suffers from slow pacing, a lack of suspense or thrills, and perhaps one of the most annoying teenage characters to grace the screen, Tina, whose portrayal by Wendy Kaplan has no drive or focus other than to be annoying and be a surrogate big sister after Rachel disappears during the second reel. Director Dominique Otherin-Girard tries to bring an artsy touch and look to the series with European-style lighting, but ultimately it is just another distraction.

Video: 4/5

3D Rating: NA

Halloween 5 has always been a difficult film to transfer for home video, likely due to many of the artistic choices director Dominique Otherin-Girard made in the cinematography of the film. While the new 4K transfer of the original camera negative helps bring out more detail in the image, the transfer does exhibit occasional issues with blown out whites (the daytime shot of the white mental hospital at the beginning of chapter two has no texture whatsoever) despite the use of both Dolby Vision and HDR10 on this disc. That being said, darker sequences fare better with stronger shadow detail than on previous releases. This transfer has also been color-timed with a warmer tone compared to the cooler bluish tones of the previous Blu-ray release. For those who have not upgraded to 4K yet, the included Blu-ray has been sourced from the same new 4K transfer.

Audio: 4/5

The audio choices on Halloween 5 include a DTS-HD MA 2.0 stereo mix (replicating the film’s original Ultra*Stereo theatrical release), a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix (which sounds nearly identical to the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track from the 2012 and 2014 Blu-ray releases), and a new Dolby Atmos mix. The Atmos mix is a bit wider and deeper, but it is still a fairly front-heavy mix, only a slight improvement over the 5.1 track. Dialogue is clear and understandable throughout.

Special Features: 3.5/5

Shout! Factory has included nearly all of the video supplements associated with Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers from their 15-disc Complete Collection Blu-ray release from 2014 ,plus a few surprises.

UHD Disc:
Audio Commentary with Actor Don Shanks and Author Justin Beahm
: The author of Halloween: The Complete Authorized History moderates this track with the actor who plays Michael Myers.

Audio Commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Actors Danielle Harris and Jeffrey Landman: The director discusses making the movie with help from Danielle Harris (Jamie) and Jeffrey Landman (Billy).

Blu-ray Disc:
Audio Commentary with Actor Don Shanks and Author Justin Beahm
: The author of Halloween: The Complete Authorized History moderates this track with the actor who plays Michael Myers.

Audio Commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Actors Danielle Harris and Jeffrey Landman: The director discusses making the movie with help from Danielle Harris (Jamie) and Jeffrey Landman (Billy).

**NEW** Of Darkness and Shadows – The Cinematography of “Halloween 5” (1080p; 18:53): Director of Photography Robert Draper discusses the challenges of working on the fifth installment of a series, honoring the legacy of the previous films, and bringing his own style to this installment.

Inside Halloween 5 (1080i; 15:10): An archival documentary (from the DVD release of Halloween 5) on the making of the film, upscaled from an SD source.

Dead Man’s Party: The Making of Halloween 5 (1080p; 44:25): The documentary delves into the production troubles with the film, including the fact that it was rushed into production without a completed screenplay. Featuring interviews with Malek Akkad, composer Alan Howarth, and actresses Danielle Harris and Ellie Cornell.

On the Set: Behind the Scenes footage (480i; 16:16): A rather amateurish behind the scenes documentary with cast and crew interviews.

Halloween 5: Original Promo (480i; 5:50): Fairly standard EPK trailer with behind the scenes footage.

**NEW** Additional gore footage cut for an R rating (1080p; 0:28)

**NEW** The Doctor is In: The Alternate Dr. Death Opening Sequence (1080p; 7:37)

Horror’s Hallowed Grounds (1080p; 24:03): Host Sean Clark takes us on a tour of the shooting locations for Halloween 5.

Theatrical Trailer (480i; 0:44)

Newsprint Gallery (1080i; 1:48)

TV Spots (upscaled 1080i; 1:12)

Still Gallery (1080p; 6:16)

Overall: 3.5/5

Halloween 5 is the weakest of the five films in Shout! Factory’s 4K UHD release set, both in terms of content and transfer. For completists only.

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