Halloween II appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This presentation showed its 16mm roots.
Actually, I suspect most of my complaints related to the original photography, as Halloween II opted for a slightly degraded feel. In particular, the movie boasted a lot of grain, a factor that appeared to be a conscious stylistic choice – one that didn’t work. The grain felt self-conscious and distracting, but I couldn’t fault the transfer for its presence.
Sharpness was mainly positive. The image lacked great clarity, but it showed reasonable accuracy. No shimmering or jaggies appeared, and I saw no edge haloes or print flaws.
Colors tended toward the usual orange and teal, though not to an overbearing degree. The hues weren’t memorable but they seemed acceptable.
Blacks were fairly dark, and low-light shots demonstrated decent clarity, though a few could be a bit dim. Nothing here excelled, but the image appeared to replicate the source.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it delivered a moderate sense of life. Thunder rumbled across the soundscape, and more violent moments managed to use the channels in a workable manner. Music also spread across the speakers well. None of this gave us a great soundfield, but the audio added to the tale.
Quality seemed satisfactory. Speech remained natural and concise, while music appeared full and dynamic. Effects followed suit, as those elements were lively and vivid. This meant we got a good but unexceptional soundtrack.
While not packed with extras ala the Halloween Blu-ray, Halloween II does offer a decent array of materials, and we launch with an audio commentary from writer/director Rob Zombie. He provides a running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, editing and alterations for the Director's Cut, sets and locations, various stunts and effects, music, cast and performances, and connected domains.
While I don't like his movies, I do enjoy Zombie's commentaries, as he always offers informative chats about his work. That trend continues here, as Zombie delivers another detailed examination of his film. Lots of good material shows up in this useful and engaging discussion.
23 Deleted/Alternate Scenes fill a total of 25 minutes, 14 seconds. That’s a whole lot of extra sequences – do any of them add to the experience?
Nope. We get minor, irrelevant character tidbits and additional scenes of graphic violence. I do like the dollop of nudity thrown in here, but otherwise, the deleted scenes lack purpose.
A Blooper Reel goes for four minutes, 26 seconds. It shows the standard goofs and giggles, none of which become especially entertaining.
Next we get nine minutes, 37 seconds of Audition Footage. This gives us tryout reels for seven actors – including one who would would win an Oscar two years after this film’s release. I like this material.
More behind the scenes footage arrives via Makeup Test Footage. We find a three-minute, 35-second compilation that presents silent shots of the actors in costume/makeup. It’s a decent collection but it’d work better with commentary.
After this we locate eight minutes, 40 seconds of Uncle Seymour Coffins’ Standup Routines. We find outtakes of the Halloween party’s MC (Jeff Daniel Phillips) as he offers supposed jokes. Nothing even vaguely entertaining emerges, and Phillips’ annoying performance makes the bad material even worse.
We also discover six Captain Clegg and the Night Creatures Music Videos. These span a total of 19 minutes, 11 seconds and present videos for six songs. These tend to mix movie shots, cheap lip-synch footage of the band and old spooky cartoons.
The videos are as basic as can be and the songs aren’t good. That’s a recipe for boredom.
Previews provides ads for The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, Blood: The Last Vampire, Zombieland, District 9, Moon, 2012, The Stepfather, Michael Jackson’s This Is It and Black Dynamite. No trailer for Halloween II appears here.
Rob Zombie’s 2007 Halloween remake flopped in most possible ways, and his 2009 sequel stinks even worse. Stupid, disjointed, illogical and pointless, the movie boasts no positive elements. The Blu-ray brings us generally good picture and audio along with a reasonable mix of bonus materials. Halloween II doesn’t live up to even the lowest of expectations.