The 1978 horror classic "Halloween," directed by John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, has been lauded by many as the greatest horror film of all time. Long before we were introduced to Jason behind the hockey mask or Freddy Krueger in our nightmares, there was Michael Myers. He was the ultimate silent slasher, and now, thanks to Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory, fans will finally get the ultimate "Halloween" collection on Blu-ray.
The two rival companies announced their collaboration on the upcoming release on Mon., May 19. Two sets will be available; an ultimate 15-disc set with a myriad of bonus features, along with a 10-disc set which will include the original theatrical versions of all the "Halloween" films, along with fewer bonus features.
The SyFy Channel, AMC and Chiller channels in Riverside often show various films in the series, but this set will bring bonus features and rarities you'll never catch on TV. At a reasonable SRP of $169.99 for nearly 18 hours of Michael Myers, plus extras, this is one set every fan of the franchise must have in their collection.
The "Halloween The Complete Collection" 15-disc set will not only feature every film in the series, including Rob Zombie's recent reimagining of "Halloween" and "Halloween II," but also some rare gems fans haven't been able to see in many years. This includes the ultra-rare network TV versions of both "Halloween" and "Halloween II," which features scenes not found in the theatrical versions, including a completely different ending for Jimmy in "Halloween II." In addition, a producer's cut of "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers," never before released, will also be a part of the set.
After much fan feedback, the set will also feature both the original Blu-ray release of "Halloween," as well as the recently-remastered 35th Anniversary edition with mono track added.
New bonus features include all-new interviews with crew and cast from every film in the series. As well, Fangoria's Michael Gingold contributed a 40-page book about the series. Throw in brand new illustrations on the collectible packaging, along with each film having its own black case containing key art of the original theatrical one sheets, and you have a box set you absolutely won't want to miss.
Malek Akkad, President of Trancas International Films and son of series producer Moustapha Akkad, shared his thoughts on this new collection. “This compilation is the ultimate collector's item for fans of the 'Halloween' films and a testament to all the wonderful talent that have worked on them."
1978's "Halloween" was the film that started it all. 7-year-old Michael Myers brutally butchers his sister on Halloween night and is placed in an institution. 15 years later, he manages to escape and returns to Haddonfield on Halloween night with his doctor, played by the incomparable Donald Pleasance, in hot pursuit to stop this monster he has not been able to reach. Michael terrorizes Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), Linda (P.J. Soles) and Annie (Nancy Loomis), and many won't live to see the dawn. The film also boasts a very young Kyle Richards from the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
Both box sets will be available in stores on Sept. 23, 2014. Riverside Horror will be requesting a screener for review, so check back for a follow up of the bonus features and additional extras included in this set.