Friday, May 23, 2014

HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION Comes to Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory on September 24th!

In case you missed it, our pals over at Scream Factory and Anchor Bay dropped a bomb on us earlier this week when they announced that they will be partnering to bring us ALL of the existing films in the HALLOWEEN franchise in one mega-boxset... 

When word hit the 'Net at first - ahead of the announcement -  I was worried because I thought that Anchor Bay was simply scooping up the licenses for HALLOWEEN 2 and 3, and that we would not get any of the excellent extras from Scream Factory's releases of the two horror classics. Well, the official Press Release put any of my concerns to bed, as we now know that both companies are teaming up for the package, which hints at some VERY great things.

Obviously, the biggest draw is the "Producer's Cut" of HALLOWEEN 6, but we're also getting the TV cuts of both HALLOWEEN 1 & 2; which I kind of prefer to the theatricals. Couple that with the fact that we are FINALLY going to get decent discs of THE CURSE OF MICHAEL MYERS and HALLOWEEN: H20 (one of my favorites), and I am completely sold. 

Needless to say, if you are a HALLOWEEN fan, then you will likely be snatching this one up immediately. I know I will...

The official special features haven't been announced, but my guess is that we will get all of the existing features from Anchor Bay's discs of HALLOWEEN films (1,4,5) and the content from Scream Factory's discs (2,3) in addition to a slate of new content (hopefully, commentaries for 6,7,8). I also hope that all of the bonus material from Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN films carries over (that 4-hour doc on the 2-disc Blu of the first is phenomenal), and I hope Anchor Bay throws in HD versions of the HALLOWEEN docs they've released seperately to DVD (25 Years Of Terror, etc).

If you only care about the theatricals, then you can just grab the standard 10-disc Collection (SRP $129.99), but I will DEFINITELY be opting for the Deluxe 15-disc Collection (SRP $169.99).

Don't fret that price tag, either... Amazon currently has the Deluxe Collection on sale for over $50 less than that...

The official details from the press release are included below...
For Immediate Release
May 19, 2014

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 and Halloween 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 deluxe set carries an SRP of $169.99.

“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.”

The 10-disc Edition includes the original theatrical versions of the Halloween films and will include select bonus features.  SRP is $129.99.

Both sets pre-book August 27 and 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.

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