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Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Quick note: This review includes Ultra HD screenshots, but generating SDR images from an HDR source is inherently problematic. Take the UHD screenshots – especially when it comes to brightness – with more than a couple grains of salt.


In the final moments of Halloween 4, Michael Myers lay dead, and yet The Shape lived on: a daring shift that could've taken the franchise in an entirely different direction. But no one was really sure what that direction was, exactly, and with pressure looming to capitalize on The Return of Michael Myers' colossal success at the box office, Moustapha Akkad and company kind of just threw whatever they could against the wall to see what might stick. And as it turns out, not a whole hell of a lot did.

 Anchor Bay Blu-ray (2012)      Scream Factory Blu-ray (2021)      Ultra HD Blu-ray (120 nits)

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Profoundly traumatized from the events of the previous movie, Jamie (Danielle Harris) is a year later all but mute. And whatever transferred when she touched her uncle's hand has left her with a psychic connection to The Shape. Michael Myers has long been assumed dead, but he's had a year to recover from his grave injuries, and now that the calendar has flipped over to October 31st, it's time for him to return to Haddonfield once more.

And in broad strokes, anyway, there's not all that much else plot-wise worth getting into. Michael Myers carves a path towards Jamie through her foster sister Rachel (Ellie Cornell) and her circle of friends, with Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence) returning again to play Ahab to this great white Shape.

 Anchor Bay Blu-ray (2012)      Scream Factory Blu-ray (2021)      Ultra HD Blu-ray (120 nits)

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The trouble with The...[read the entire Ultra HD Blu-ray review of Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers]



Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Quick note: This review includes Ultra HD screenshots, but generating SDR images from an HDR source is inherently problematic. Take the UHD screenshots – especially when it comes to brightness – with more than a couple grains of salt.


Ten years have passed since the Halloween night that he came home. Horribly burned, comatose, and locked up in a sanitarium hours away, Michael Myers is a distant memory to those who call Haddonfield home. Schoolchildren snicker jokes about the boogeyman, and the drug store in town even has that expressionless white mask back on the shelves just in time for Halloween.

 Anchor Bay Blu-ray (2012)      Scream Factory Blu-ray (2021)      Ultra HD Blu-ray (120 nits)

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What's there to truly fear anyway? Michael Myers has no compulsion to ever return to Haddonfield, as his obsession with his sisters is a thing of the past. The first fell to his blade a quarter-century earlier; the other, Laurie Strode, escaped his relentless stalking only to die years later in a car crash. Unbeknownst to Michael, it turns out that Laurie left something behind: a young daughter named Jamie (Danielle Harris).

It hasn't been easy for Jamie to settle into anything resembling a normal life, still reeling from the loss of her family and all too aware of what a soulless monster the uncle she's never met is. Her foster family cares for her as best they can, including her teenage 'sister' Rachel (Ellie Cornell), but young Jamie is still tormented by nightmares of the ghostly figure that tried to butcher her mother all those years ago. And, as one might expect from a film subtitled "The Return of Michael Myers", it goes without saying that Jamie soon has a hell of a lot more to worry about than bad dreams.

 [read the entire Ultra HD Blu-ray review of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers]


Halloween III: Season of the Witch (Ultra HD Blu-ray)

Quick note: This review includes Ultra HD screenshots, but generating SDR images from an HDR source is inherently problematic. Take the UHD screenshots – especially when it comes to brightness – with more than a couple grains of salt.


Once upon a time, Halloween III: Season of the Witch was the red-headed stepchild of the Halloween franchise, sneered at and dismissed for daring to tell a story without Michael Myers. But hindsight is 20/20, and once you've suffered through a sequel with Busta Rhymes yowling like Bruce Lee and spin-kicking The Shape in the head...yeah, Season of the Witch was ripe for rediscovery.

Say what you will about the times we live in, but at least this is an age when it's just generally accepted knowledge that Season of the Witch is terrific – that its disinterest in rehashing the same formula isn't something to condemn but to celebrate, resulting in one of the most distinctive genre films of its decade.

 Blu-ray (2012)      Blu-ray (2021)      Ultra HD Blu-ray (120 nits)

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Halloween was more or less just set dressing in the first two installments in the franchise; Season of the Witch, meanwhile, is inexorably tied to All Hallow's Eve. Dr. Dan Challis (Tom Atkins) is exhausted by the holiday well before the calendar's flipped over to October 31st, though. His ex-wife is nagging him relentlessly. The demands of the hospital barely give him enough of a break to catch his breath, let alone spend time with his kids.

Look at what happened tonight! Some sweat-drenched nutjob is dragged into the hospital, ranting and raving about how "they're all gonna kill us!" Later that night, a superhumanly strong psychopath snaps the man's jaw and stretches his face like so much Silly Putty, coldly and...[read the entire Ultra HD Blu-ray review of Halloween III: Season of the Witch]



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