halloween II steelbook

Halloween II Blu-ray Review (Scream Factory Steelbook)

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Honestly, we’re not going to do yet another traditional review of the film Halloween II. It has been reviewed to death since 1981 and there’s really no point in diving in again since we’ve already done reviews on In Poor Taste and a full podcast episode about it, which I will link below.

So instead, we’re going to do something a bit different. On Halloween this year I livetweeted my viewing experience while watching thisย steelbook edition of Halloween II, and I present the entire stream in order.

Steelbook Blu-ray

This new steelbook release of Halloween II from Scream Factory ports over all of the previous extras from their 2012 Blu-ray edition, including the 45-minute series of interviews about the making of the film, deleted scenes and alternate ending with or without commentary from Rick Rosenthal, trailers, still galleries, audio commentaries from Rick Rosenthal and Dick Warlock, and a DVD version of the TV cut. However, Scream Factory did give the film a new 4k scan of the interpositive, previously notated as the original camera negative incorrectly (and still listed that way on the box).

Halloween II steelbook extras menu 1

This new 4k scan looks quite good, giving the film lush and bright color depth that accentuates a number of elements in the storyline including the Myers mask’s blonde hair, the verdant greenery in Haddonfield, and a more vibrant aesthetic within the hospital. Darks are well-preserved, and the grain field remains naturally present throughout. However, the interpositive does yield a little less detail than previous releases that is negligibly noticeable during actual viewing.

Audio is both a 5.1 DTS-HD MA and 2.0 track, both sounding quite good with no apparent noise or volume drops. English subtitles have been added to this release.

The other main draw for this release is the steelbook itself with new cover artwork, seen below. Ultimately, for Halloween II fans and steelbook collectors, this is certainly worth picking up, though it might not be as big of a jump in quality as some might expect.

Packaging Details

Halloween II steelbook front cover
Halloween II steelbook reverse cover
Halloween II steelbook back paper

Extra Features

    • NEW 4K Scan of the Original Camera Negative (error: it is actually from the interpositive)
    • Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal
    • Audio Commentary With Stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock
    • “The Nightmare Isn’t Over – The Making Of Halloween II” Featuring Rick Rosenthal, Actors Lance Guest and Leo Rossi, Dick Warlock, Composer Alan Howarth, Director Of Photography Dean Cundey And More (HD; 44:56)
    • Horror’s Hallowed Grounds โ€“ Revisiting The Original Shooting Locations With Host Sean Clark (HD; 13:11)
    • TV cut (SD DVD version)
    • Still Gallery (chapter breaks; 4:34)
    • Posters and lobby cards (chapter breaks; 6:58)
    • Theatrical Trailer (unrestored HD; 2:19)
    • TV Spots (unrestored HD; 1:42)
    • Radio Spots (3:17)
    • Alternate ending (w/ commentary by Rick Rosenthal (unrestored HD; 1:45)
    • Deleted scenes (w/ commentary by Rick Rosenthal (unrestored HD; 8:07)
    • DVD-ROM film script

What’s Missing?

Show Features

Universal Pictures 30th Anniversary

  • Terror in the Aisles documentary

BD Info

halloween II steelbook
This steelbook features a new 4k scan of the film's interpositive that is a slight step up from previous releases, though perhaps not as detailed due to the use of the interpositive. Thus, it's really worth a purchase if you don't own past releases or you collect steelbooks.
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Good
Excellent sequel
Steelbook for collectors
Bad
4k scan is from the interpositive and not a huge difference in quality
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