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Anchor Bay & Scream Factory Team For HALLOWEEN THE COMPLETE COLLECTION On Blu-ray Sept 23!!!

Michael Myers thumbI think its to no surprise that I’m a massive MASSIVE fan of the Halloween franchise.  If you read my blog, last October I did 31 straight days of Halloween material in celebration of the original’s 35th anniversary entitled “31 Days Of Halloween”.  For years and years fans have clamored for a complete box set of the films.  And I always told them it was pretty much impossible.  There were WAY too many studios that held rights to different sequels.  Anchor Bay had 1,4,5 Universal had 2,3 Disney/Miramax had 6-8, Weinstein had Zombie’s remake and Sony had Rob’s second outing.  Somehow, some way, some MASTERWORK has led to some sublicensing GENIUS and collaboration between Anchor Bay and Scream Factory and they’ve combined forces to release the full set.  This might be the most exciting thing Anchor Bay has done in like 10 years.  This is incredible.  And to top it off…the friggin’ PRODUCER’S CUT of Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers is FINALLY coming!  Holy crap!  I am beyond excited to be once again owning these films for like the 12th or 13th time!  CANNOT WAIT til September!  Bravo!

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THE ONE THAT STARTED IT ALL…

                                                                 

ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT

AND SCREAM FACTORY,

IN AN UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP,

PROUDLY UNVEIL

HALLOWEEN THE COMPLETE COLLECTION

BLU-RAY™ BOX SETS

Limited Edition 15-Disc Deluxe and 10-Disc Edition Brings Together ALL The Halloween Feature Films In One Massive Set For the First Time EVER; All-New Bonus Features, Collectible Packaging, and 40-Page Book Make This

THE Blu-ray™ Box Set Event of 2014!

Michael is Coming Home September 23rd

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Last year, the horror classic Halloween celebrated 35 years of terror for those willing to partake in its vision of unrelenting horror. But that was only the beginning of the celebration. What producers Moustapha Akkad, Debra Hill and Irwin Yablans, writer/director John Carpenter and stars Jamie Lee Curtis & Donald Pleasence started in 1978 has transformed into one of the most durable, iconic – and copiously studied — horror film franchises ever created. Before Jason, before Freddy, and before Jigsaw, there was…Michael. Over the years, audiences have lived and relived the terrors of Michael Myers through ten feature films, as well as various re-edits and alternate versions. Yet to date, the complete saga of Michael Myers could only be told in pieces, in individual DVD and Blu-ray™ releases, with the rights spread across multiple home entertainment studios.

Until now…

Through the unprecedented collaboration of rival home entertainment companies Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory – the leading purveyors in horror home entertainment –Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray™ box sets arrive September 23rd.

For the legions of Halloween fans, the Deluxe Edition boasts 15 discs and contains all the Halloween feature films – Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II.  The set includes the NEVER BEFORE RELEASED producers cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers as well as the ultra-rare network TV version of the original Halloween, the network TV version of Halloween II,  plus the unrated versions of Rob Zombie’s Halloween andHalloween II.  It is packed with hours of BRAND NEW bonus features including new interviews with cast and crew from the entire franchise! In response to years of fan feedback, the first Halloween will now also include the original mono audio track and the set will include both versions of the original Halloween-the original Blu-ray™ release and the recently remastered 35th Anniversary version with the mono track added back in!  It also comes with a limited edition 40-page book written by Michael Gingold of Fangoria Magazine.  The collectible packaging will include a newly commissioned illustration on the outer case and each film will be in its own black Blu-ray™ case with the original theatrical one sheet as the key art.

“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,” remarked Malek Akkad, President of Trancas International Films and son of series producer Moustapha Akkad.  “The partnership between Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory to present fans for the first time with all the Halloween films in one definitive package is a tribute to everyone – including my father – who made these films the terrifying classics they are today.”

Both sets will be distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment with bonus features developed and created by Scream Factory and Anchor Bay.

Artwork and bonus features to be announced in the next couple of months.

Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray™ box sets contain the following classics:

Halloween (1978)

Director: John Carpenter

The original indie blockbuster that launched a thousand cuts…Halloween stars Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies) in her debut role. Anyone who’s ever watched a horror film in the last 35 years knows the story of Michael Myers, who as a child, butchered his sister with a kitchen knife. Committed to a mental institution and watched over by Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasance, Halloween II, IV & V, Fantastic Voyage), he engineers his escape 15 years later, returning to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois on Halloween night to terrorize anyone who gets in his way, including babysitter Laurie Strode (Curtis). Co-starring P.J. Soles (Carrie, Stripes, Rock ‘n Roll High School), Kyle Richards (The Watcher in the Woods, Eaten Alive), Nancy Loomis (Carpenter’s Assault On Precinct 13, The Fog), Charles Cyphers (Escape From New York, The Fog) and Brian Andrews (The Great Santini, Three O’Clock High), Halloween also cemented the careers of many behind the camera including Carpenter, Cundey, producer Debra Hill and film editor/production designer Tommy Lee Wallace (Halloween III: Season of the Witch, “It”).

Halloween II (1981)

Director: Rick Rosenthal

Picking up exactly where the first film left off, Halloween II follows the same ill-fated characters as they once again encounter the knife-wielding maniac they thought they had left for dead. It seems the inhuman Michael Myers is still very much alive and out for more revenge as he stalks the deserted halls of the Haddonfield Memorial Hospital. As he gets closer to his main target, Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) discovers the chilling mystery behind the crazed psychopath’s actions. Written by John Carpenter and Debra Hill, Halloween II is a spine-tingling dark ride into the scariest night of the year. 

Exclusively on the Deluxe Set: Halloween II (1981) Network Television Version

Airing on network TV since the early 80’s, the TV cut features several new scenes and additional cut scenes as well as an alternate ending from the theatrical version.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

Director: Tommy Lee Wallace

When a terrified toy salesman is mysteriously attacked and brought to the hospital, babbling and clutching the year’s most popular Halloween costume — an eerie pumpkin mask — Dr. Daniel Challis (Tom Atkins, The Fog, Night Of The Creeps) is thrust into a terrifying Halloween nightmare. Working with the salesman’s daughter, Ellie (Stacey Nelkin), Daniel traces the mask to the Silver Shamrock Novelties company and its founder, Conal Cochran (Dan O’Herlihy, RoboCop). Ellie and Daniel uncover Cochran’s shocking Halloween plan and must stop him before trick-or-treaters across the country are kept from ever coming home in this terrifying thriller from writer/director Tommy Lee Wallace (Stephen King’s It).

Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)

Director: Dwight H. Little

A decade ago, he butchered 16 people trying to get to his sister. He was shot and incinerated, but still the entity that Dr. Sam Loomis (the legendary Donald Pleasence) calls “Evil on two legs” would not die. Tonight, Michael Myers has come home again…to kill! This time, Michael returns to Haddonfield for Jamie Lloyd (Scream Queen Danielle Harris of Halloween 5 and Hatchett II and III) – the orphaned daughter of Laurie Strode – and her babysitter Rachel (Ellie Cornell of Halloween 5 and House of the Dead). Can Loomis stop Michael before the unholy slaughter reaches his innocent young niece? Michael Pataki, Sasha Jenson and Kathleen Kinmont co-star in this smash sequel that marked the long-awaited return to the original storyline and remains infamous for its startling twist ending and graphic violence.

Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard

Because Hell would not have him, Michael Myers survived the mine explosion thought to have killed him. One year later, his traumatized young niece Jamie (Danielle Harris of Halloween 4) is horrified to discover she has a telepathic bond with her evil Uncle…and that Uncle Michael is on his way back to Haddonfield. But Dr. Loomis (the late, great Donald Pleasence) has a new plan to destroy The Boogey Man in his childhood home using Jamie as bait. Tonight, the carnage begins again: Michael Myers is back with a vengeance! Ellie Cornell and Beau Starr return for this hit sequel that features grisly gore by Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead”).

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995)

Director: Joe Chappelle

In a single horrifying night, Michael Myers’ masked reign of terror changed Halloween forever! Now, six years after he was presumed dead in a fire, Myers has returned to kill again – and this time there’s no escape! As the homicidal fury builds to a spine-tingling climax, the long-hidden secrets of the screen’s most maniacal murderer are revealed…with shocking results! Starring a thrilling cast including legendary Donald Pleasence (Halloween) and Paul Rudd (Anchorman).

Exclusively on the Deluxe Set Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers (1995) Producer’s Cut

The so-called “Producer’s Cut of Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers (aka Halloween 666), was a workprint of the original film.

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Director: Steve Miner

This smart and suspenseful thriller scares up a bone-chilling good time with original scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies, Halloween I & II) and a hot cast of hip young stars! Now the headmistress of a private school, Laurie Strode (Curtis) is still struggling with the horrifying, 20-year-old memories of the maniacal killer Michael Myers…when he suddenly reappears with a vengeance! And this Halloween, his terror will strike a whole new generation! Laurie’s rebellious son (Josh Hartnett – The Faculty, 30 Days of Night), his girlfriend (Golden Globe Winner Michelle Williams – My Week with Marilyn), and the school security guard (LL Cool J – CBS’s “NCIS Los Angeles” will become Michael’s newest victims unless Laurie can conquer her greatest fears and put evil in its place once and for all! The time has come again for you to experience the frightening fun of Halloween – the motion picture series that totally redefined terror. 

Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

Director: Rick Rosenthal

Original Halloween I & II alums star Jamie Lee Curtis (You Again) and director Rick Rosenthal are back and joined by Busta Rhymes and Tyra Banks in the terrifying Halloween: Resurrection, another installment in the electrifying horror film series.  The reality programmers at DangerTainment (Rhymes, Banks) have selected Rudy (Sean Patrick Thomas, The Fountain), Bill (Thomas Ian Nicholas, American Pie), Jen (“Battlestar Galactica’s” Katee Sackhoff) and a group of thrill-seeking teenagers to spend one fun-filled night in the childhood home of serial killer Michael Meyers. But the planned live broadcast turns deadly when their evening of excitement becomes a night of horror as Michael himself decides to crash the party.

Halloween (2007)

Director: Rob Zombie

What happens when one legendary horror filmmaker tackles a horror film icon? A new chapter in the legend is born! Rob Zombie (Lords of Salem, The Devil’s Rejects) reinvents the ultimate slasher classic, unleashing Michael Myers for a bloody rollercoaster of a rampage like fans have never seen. Including a retelling of the original story that unfolds at a breakneck pace, as well as a chilling new introduction that finally reveals the secrets behind Myers’ disturbing childhood, Halloween breathes new life into one of film history’s most terrifying tales. Presenting both the original theatrical version and the unrated feature with director’s commentary, thrilling bonus features including deleted scenes and an alternate ending, and an exhaustive 4 1/2 hour documentary giving a behind the scenes look at how Zombie created “the scariest Halloween to date” (Debbie Rochon, Fangoria Radio).

Halloween 2 (2009)

Director: Rob Zombie

Rob Zombie’s H2 (Halloween) picks up at the exact moment that 2007’s box-office smash, Halloween stopped and follows the aftermath of Michael Myers’s (Tyler Mane) murderous rampage through the eyes of heroine Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor Compton). Evil has a new destiny. Michael Myers is back in this terrifying sequel to Rob Zombie’s visionary re-imagining of Halloween which grossed almost $80 million worldwide. It is that time of year again, and Michael Myers has returned home to sleepy Haddonfield, Illinois to take care of some unfinished family business. Unleashing a trail of terror that only horror master Zombie can, Myers will stop at nothing to bring closure to the secrets of his twisted past. But the town’s got an unlikely new hero, if they can only stay alive long enough to stop the unstoppable.

Halloween Box Set

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Brandon is the host, producer, writer and editor of The Brandon Peters Show (thebrandonpetersshow.com) on the Creative Zombie Studios Network. At Why So Blu he is a Writer/Reviewer. Brandon is a lifelong obsessive film nerd. As eager to educate in the world of film as I am to learn. An avid lover of horror, schlock and trash. You can also find older essays on his blog Naptown Nerd (naptownnerd.blogspot.com).

13 Responses to “Anchor Bay & Scream Factory Team For HALLOWEEN THE COMPLETE COLLECTION On Blu-ray Sept 23!!!”


  1. Eric Flapjack Ashley

    My God, I think I just wet myself. I wonder what the cost of the deluxe set will be.

  2. Brian White

    I’m right there with you Eric! Brandon will be tackling the review of this, rightfully so since there’s no bigger fan, but I’ll be damn! When the price is right I’m ponying down on this one! Happy to see they included the Zombie films too!!!

  3. Brandon Peters

    15 discs is a lot…so i’m gonna ballpark it $99-$129

  4. Brian White

    God! This sells it for me since I’m a huge fan of Zombie’s takes too!

    Presenting both the original theatrical version and the unrated feature with director’s commentary, thrilling bonus features including deleted scenes and an alternate ending, and an exhaustive 4 1/2 hour documentary.

    I was always pissed they did not give me the theatrical version option on Blu-ray (the first pressing) and now they redeem themselves. Forget the Chucky box set, this is da bomb for all horror fans!

  5. Brian White

    Oh and this too!

    “each film will be in its own black Blu-ray™ case with the original theatrical one sheet as the key art.”

    Every time I read this press release it just gets better!

  6. Brandon Peters

    There have been stellar enough releases of 1,2,3 and Rob’s Remake. 4&5 have had some solid releases in the past too. Halloween 6 and H20 have never had good releases, so those might be the 2 i’m excited about most. Oh and Rob’s Halloween II with more bonus material too!

  7. Gerard Iribe

    Amazon had it listed for $118.99 over the weekend before they yanked it.

  8. Brian White

    True. The Blu-ray version I have of H20 is horrible. Only reason I got it was because it was $3.99 at Target once upon a time. But they never released Rob’s Halloween 1 in theatrical on Blu-ray did they?

  9. Brandon Peters

    To get H20 proper, you had to get the Canadian 3 pack. The one Echo Bridge released was open matte and it looked all sorts of whacked because the framing was off so bad.

    Both Rob’s have had the theatrical versions released in other countries. You can flip a coin for me on the first one, but the 2nd one’s director’s cut is an infinitely superior version.

  10. Brian White

    Either way you slice it I am still conflicted on Michael’s escape from the hospital in Rob’s Halloween. I did not like the chain breaking of the theatrical, but the alternate version cut out some of the killing so it’s a crap shoot for me.

  11. Brandon Peters

    I prefer the super powered chain break escape opposed to the out of place and entirely unnecessary hillbilly rape scene.

    Here’s the pre-order from Shout
    http://www.shoutfactory.com/product/halloween-complete-collection-deluxe-edition-exclusive-lithograph

  12. Gerard Iribe

    I have the Canadian Triple pack of flicks.

  13. Brian White

    Eric Flapjack may disagree with me, but I got to say if I was forced to pick between the two escape scenes I much prefer the chains breaking as with the alternate way we lose too much of the killings. However, my biggest beef comes near the end where Michael eye gouges Dr. Loomis’ eyes and they are all bloody and then minutes later we see Loomis and they are good looking. That drives me absolutely nuts every time I watch. Other than that I have nothing but mad praise for Zombie’s take.