31 Days of Horror – Day 12

               
Halloween II (1981) – Collector’s Edition

Released by Shout! Factory (although in an awesome little touch the Shout! Factory logo has been modified to say Scream! Factory) this is the definitive Blu-ray version of Halloween II.  Last year Universal released a 30th Anniversary Edition of Halloween II that everyone thought was going to be the definitive version of the film.  While the Universal disc was stacked with the alternate ending, deleted scenes and the truly awesome and welcome documentary “Terror in the Aisles”, this new Shout! Factory release is THE version to snag.  The Blu-ray/DVD combo includes:

  • The theatrical version and the television cut with added footage not seen in the theatrical version
  • Audio commentary with director Rick Rosenthal and actor Leo Rossi (theatrical version)
  • Audio commentary with actor/stunt coordinator Dick Warlock (theatrical version)
  • The Nightmare Isn’t Over!:  The Making Of Halloween II – Featuring interviews with director Rick Rosenthal, actor/stunt Coordinator Dick Warlock, actors Lance Guest, Leo Rossi, Nancy Stephens, executive producer Irwin Yablans, director of photography Dean Cundey, co-composer Alan Howarth and more!
  •  Horror’s Hallowed Grounds: The Locations Of Halloween II – Host Sean Clark revisits the original shooting locations of the film
  • Deleted scenes with optional audio commentary from director Rick Rosenthal
  • Alternate ending with optional audio commentary from director Rick Rosenthal
  •  Theatrical trailer
  • TV & radio spots
  • Still gallery

Plus it has that killer retro-style artwork with a reversible wrap with original theatrical key art.

Amazon is selling the Blu-ray/DVD combo for $24.99.  I picked up a copy in my local Meijer store in their Halloween section for $19.99.

Do yourself a favor and pick this disc set up in time for Halloween.  It’s hands down the best sequel in the franchise and ranks up there with one of the best horror sequels of all-time.

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