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Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers

Genre: Horror

Reviewed In Issue 52 (Sept 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Donald Pleasence, Paul Stephen Rudd, Marianne Hagan, Kim Darby, Bradford English, Keith Bogart, Mariah O

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: NR
DD Sound Rating: NR
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 2
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The disc is cursed with up-front ads.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Dimension Home Video
(Catalog Number): 20774
(MPAA Rating): R
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(Retail Price): $32.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): No
(Running Time In Minutes): 88
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1995
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 10/17/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Joe Chappelle
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Also available in the Dimension 4-disc boxed collection:

Story Synopsis:
The sixth episode of the seasonal slasher that started in 1978, Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers resurrects the always supposedly dead (from the last sequels) but unkillable and faceless masked Michael Myers, continuing his deadly evil rampage in a small Illinois community. Returning on Halloween night, six years after his presumed death, he takes vengeance on an unsuspecting family who live in his old house. Strange neighbor, Tommy Doyle (Rudd)

DVD Picture:
The 1.85:1 DVD is not anamorphically enhanced and exhibits a picture that can be generally pleasing at times. Images are sharp, but finer details and clarity are wanting. Colors are generally well balanced, with accurate fleshtones, though blacks tend to appear just shy of true depth. There is a bit of pixelization detected at times, as well as aliasing problems. The source is revealing of occasional artifacts and film grain. (Suzanne Hodges)

The Dolby Digital 2.0 matrix surround soundtrack is spatially active throughout and rather engaging as a result, though not quite to the level that is expected from a 5.1-channel production. Dynamic and frequency range are utilized to rather good effect, though a true discrete multichannel production would significantly enhance the already notable sonic virtues in this matrix soundtrack. Alan Howarth