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 this steelbook edition of Halloween II, and I present the entire stream in order.
We like to say that Halloween II picks up directly after Halloween but the real truth is… it picks up during Halloween. With that nice continuity goof with Loomis’ shots.
I love the neighbor that comes outside after the gunshots sounding absolutely exhausted. “I’ve been trick-or-treated to death!” Well my friend, it sounds like you’ve had a tough Halloween. But tougher than Laurie’s?!
It’s a little grating to hear Loomis mispronounce Samhain. You’d think for such a big part of the film they’d have researched it more. But… Supernatural made the same mistake in “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Sam Winchester.”
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).
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.
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 – 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
Universal Pictures 30th Anniversary
Terror in the Aisles documentary
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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Steelbook for collectors
4k scan is from the interpositive and not a huge difference in quality