Halloween II appears in an aspect ratio of 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a dated but good presentation.
For the most part, sharpness remained appealing. The image occasionally suffered from some soft shots, but most of the flick boasted pretty accurate material.
No signs of jagged edges or moiré effects popped up, and I witnessed no edge haloes. Print flaws also never became a factor.
Like the first movie, Halloween II opted for a palette than favored a blue tint. These colors never impressed but they seemed more than adequate.
Blacks felt fairly deep, while shadows showed reasonable delineation, Some low-light shots could seem a bit murky, but not to a substantial degree. The image was more than satisfactory.
In addition, the movie’s remixed DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack held up well. Nothing here dazzled, but given the age and origins of the material, the 5.1 mix fared well.
The soundscape featured appealing stereo music that also spread to the surrounds in a moderate manner at times. Effects didn’t broaden in a consistent way, but they managed to use the side and rear speakers effectively, and they meshed together in a positive manner.
Audio quality showed its age but seemed fine. Speech felt fairly natural and concise, and I detected no prominent edginess to the lines.
Music showed nice range and punch, while effects appeared largely accurate. They didn’t boast great dynamics but they also didn’t suffer from notable distortion. This felt like a perfectly acceptable remix for a 38-year-old movie.
This “Collector’s Edition” comes with a bunch of extras, and we find two audio commentaries. The first features director Rick Rosenthal and actor Leo Rossi, both of whom sit together for a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and locations, effects, music, photography and related domains.
Although the commentary touches on a broad array of topics, it lacks much oomph. Much of it just feels dull, so while we get some decent details, the track largely comes across as slow and forgettable.
For the second commentary, we hear from actor/stunt coordinator Dick Warlock. Along with moderator Robert V. Galluzzo, this track discusses his work on the film as both Michael and a stuntman as well as other impressions of the production and aspects of Warlock’s career.
While clearly superior to the sluggish Rosenthal/Rossi piece, this one still doesn’t become anything special. Galluzzo ensures that the chat moves along well enough and we find some nice thoughts, but this never becomes an above-average commentary.
With The Nightmare Isn’t Over, we find a 44-minute, 55-second documentary. It involves Rosenthal, Warlock, Rossi, executive producer Irwin Yablans, production designer/editor Tommy Lee Wallace, director of photography Dean Cundey, costume designer Jane Ruhm, co-editor Skip Schoolnik, co-composer Alan Howarth, and actors Ana Alicia, Tawny Moyer, Lance Guest, and Nancy Stephens.
“Over” covers the move toward the sequel, story/characters, cast and crew, photography, sets and locations, costumes, stunts and kill scenes, editing and alternate versions, music, and the film’s reception/legacy.
“Over” becomes a fairly solid overview of the production. It gets into a good variety of topics to offer a worthwhile view of the film.
Part of a series, Horror’s Hallowed Grounds lasts 13 minutes, 10 seconds and brings a tour from Sean Clark. He takes us to various spots used in the movie. Clark makes this a useful exploration.
In addition to an Alternate Ending (1:44), we find six Deleted Scenes (8:06). The “Ending” allows a presumed-dead character to survive, and it seems inappropriately sunny after all the darkness that precedes it.
As for the deleted scenes, they mainly stay inside the hospital and focus on the doctors and nurses. They add some minor character notes but not enough to expand the roles in a satisfying manner.
We can view the “Ending” and the scenes with or without commentary from Rosenthal. He tells us about the sequences as well as why they got the boot. Rosenthal adds useful notes.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we get three TV spots and six radio spots. Disc One ends with a Still Gallery that presents 60 images. It mixes shots from the set, publicity images and ads to become a good compilation.
On Disc Two, we find a TV Version of Halloween II. A standard-def DVD, it goes for one hour, 33 minutes, 11 seconds and goes with a 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
If you saw the deleted scenes and Alternate Ending on the Blu-ray, you’ve seen the additions found on the TV Version. As expected, it also loses gore, nudity and profanity.
Other changes occur, as the TV Version comes with a mix of alternate shots. This makes for a mildly intriguing edition of the film, but I suspect fans will prefer the “R”-rated cut. The TV Version becomes a novelty you’ll watch once and leave it on the shelf after that.
screenplay as a DVD-ROM option. If your computer boasts the requisite drive, you can download the shooting script. I like that option.
As a sequel, Halloween II feels competent at best. It doesn’t extend the original in a particularly satisfying manner, though, so it ends up as a forgettable rehash. The Blu-ray brings generally good picture and audio along with a fairly extensive roster of bonus materials. Though not much of a movie, the Collector’s Edition fares well.