Halloween appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. This became a largely appealing presentation.
Overall sharpness worked fine. A little softness interfered with the occasional wide shot, but the film usually brought nice accuracy and delineation.
No signs of jagged edges or moiré effects appeared, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to mar the proceedings.
In terms of palette, Halloween opted for a subdued feel, with an emphasis on teal and amber. These tones went down a low-key path and seemed fine given the stylistic choices.
Blacks looked dark and dense, while shadows showed nice clarity and definition. Nothing here excelled but the image worked well.
Downconverted to DTS-HD MA 7.1, the film’s DTS X soundtrack showed a fairly typical horror mix. It focused on the usual scope one associates with creepy horror films, so this meant a lot of spooky ambience and not much more.
That said, the mix did kick to life at times. Some of the stabs at scares boasted good involvement around the spectrum, and music provided nice utilization of the channels.
Audio quality seemed solid. Music was lively and full, while speech appeared natural and concise.
Effects also appeared accurate and dynamic. All of this led to a generally appealing soundtrack.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both discs provided the same DTS X material.
As for the visuals, they demonstrated minor upgrades. The 4K UHD presented improvements in terms of sharpness, blacks, contrast and colors.
However, don’t expect a huge difference from the 4K UHD. Sure, it looked a bit tighter and more dynamic, but I can’t claim I saw anything that made it a major step up in quality.
Five featurettes appear here, and we start with Back in Haddonfield. It runs six minutes, five seconds and includes notes from writer/director David Gordon Green, producers Ryan Turek, Bill Block, Malek Akkad and Jason Blumhouse, executive producer/co-composer John Carpenter, co-writers Jeff Fradley and Danny McBride, and actors Jamie Lee Curtis, Andi Matichak, Judy Greer, Virginia Gardner, James Jude Courtney, Drew Scheid, Rhian Rees, and Toby Huss.
“Back” examines story/characters, cast and performances, Green’s take on the material, some “death scenes” and reflections on the original film. A few minor insights emerge but much of the featurette feels fluffy.
With The Original Scream Queen, we get a two-minute, 32-second piece that features Curtis, Green, Carpenter, Matichak, and Greer. Essentially an appreciation of Curtis, little substance arrives here.
The Sound of Fear goes for three minutes, 19 seconds and offers info from Carpenter, Green, McBride, and co-composers Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. We learn about the movie’s music in this brief but decent overview.
Next we locate Journey of the Mask, a two-minute, 33-second reel with Curtis, Green, Carpenter, McBride, Courtney, and FX makeup designer/actor Christopher Nelson. A few notes about the movie’s iconic Michael Myers mask appear but not much of interest results.
Finally, The Legacy of Halloween lasts four minutes, 25 seconds and features Curtis, Carpenter, Green and Blum. They discuss the decision to create a sequel, story/characters, Green’s appeal as director, and the series’ appeal. It’s another superficial piece.
Seven Deleted/Extended Scenes fill a total of 12 minutes, 42 seconds. These add small character beats and a little more comedy. None of them seem especially useful or memorable.
The included Blu-ray Disc opens with ads for Glass, The Little Stranger and The First Purge. No trailer for Halloween appears here.
A sequel that negates the existence of its predecessors, Halloween launches from an interesting perspective. However, as a continuation of the original film, it seems only sporadically compelling. The 4K UHD brings pretty good picture and audio along with lackluster supplements. The 2018 Halloween provides an above-average horror movie but it’s nowhere close to the quality of the 1978 flick, and the 4K UHD provides only minor improvements compared to the Blu-ray.
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