Before getting the Region 1 Universal disc of Halloween III, had only seen the cut version when it's been shown on TV. After reading on the web that the Universal disc had the motel scene with the chip and the laser intact, decided to get the Region 1 disc. The score/soundtrack is very good indeed, with the opening setting the mood for the ominous feel of the story. The ending of the film is a classic, leaving you hanging and wondering what happened afterwards. Have nothing bad to say about the Halloween films afterwards (with the exception of parts of Halloween 5, and definitely the Rob Zombie Halloween films), but I would have liked to have seen another film similar to Halloween III. Just a pity it wasn't well received at the time of it's cinema release. But glad that it's being better received these days (along with Halloween II (1981).
Last edited by Richard O; 04-24-2012 at 12:30 PM. Reason: Needed editing.
Well, I imagine Nigel Kneale's original script didn't have those flaws (he's typically pretty ingenius that way), but the director/producers were happy to overlook such things in order to shoe-horn in more viscaral thrills, hence Kneale removing his name from the project. It's too bad there's not a more faithful BBC companion adaptation, as there is with all his Hammer films.
"I'm nostalgic for conversations I had yesterday. I've begun reminiscing events before they even occur. I'm reminiscing this right now. I can't go to the bar because I've already looked back on it in my memory... and I didn't have a good time."
I'm sure it's been already said, but I'm all for They Live and Prince of Darkness! I just hope they include the commentaries which I sadly missed on the previous editions.
Man i'm all up for more Carpenter. He's the real deal.
If we're talking Universal, methinks THE FUNHOUSE and DEADLY BLESSING likely candidates....
By coincidence, just picked up a copy of THE COMING a/k/a BURNED AT THE STAKE. Somehow missed it in the past. Reportedly one of Mr. B.I.G.'s better later efforts. Look forward to checking it out - along with THE BIG BET and LET'S DO IT!
Someone on Horror Digital "has it on good authority" that FUNHOUSE and DEADLY BLESSING are indeed the titles coming out, along with Halloween II and III. Don't know how reliable this "source" is but it's looking more and more likely that it's Universal titles that Shout is handling. Gotta tell you, I'm less than thrilled with this lineup - Everything except for Deadly Blessing has been done to death. I was hoping it was unreleased independent films making up the Shout schedule. Oh well.
Well Halloween 2 would be an upgrade from what Universal did. anyway its all speculation until they announce titles.
So in the strong rumor mill we have H2, H3 , Deadly Blessing , The Funhouse. Terror Train is confirmed. That would still leave room for more Carpenter (They Live, Prince of Darkness,etc) or how about John Carpenters Vampires or Village of the Damned ? Those hasnt been released on Blu either. But if the rumors hold true then it looks like it is all 1980s titles.
When asked at the company's forums about "Halloween III" coming to Blu-ray, Brian Ward, one of Shout!'s top producers, replied with this:
"I can't really confirm any unannounced titles in the deal. Press releases get priority there, I'm afraid".
While that doesn't really shed light on much, Brian is at least acknowledging a deal of some sort which could mean great things. I guess we'll all find out soon enough.