Halloween Ends 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 265, January/February 2023

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Bloody horror violence and gore, language throughout, and some sexual references
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David Gordon Green
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In the terrifying finale "Halloween Ends," Laurie Strode (Jamie Curtis) faces of for the last time against the embodiment of evil, Michael Myers ( James Jude Courtney). Michael hasn't been seen for four years after the events of "Halloween Kills." Laurie lives with her granddaughter Allysn (Andi Matickak) and has chosen to liberate herself from fear and rae and embrace life. When a young man is accused of killing a boy he was babysitting, a cascade of violene and terror is ignited with a fina confrontation between Laurie and Michael unlike any ever captured on screen. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Co-Writer/Director David Gordon Green, Actors Andi Matichak and Roohan Campbel, Co-Producer/First Assistant Director Atilla Salih Yiicer and Production Assistant Hugo Garza; six deleted and extended scenes )HD 07:06); six featurettes:"Ending Halloween" (HD 08:26) "Final Girl" (HD 04:40), "No Place Like Haddonfield" (HD 07:49), "A Different Threat" (HD 05;43), "The Visions Of Terror" (HD 05:47) and "Twisted Deaths" (HD 05:02), gag reel (HD 02:45) and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally in anamorphic /i Scope using the Arri Alexa Mini and Arri Alexa SXT camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is superb with a natural color palette that exhibits warm and rich hues. Naturalness is the norm, Flesh tones are perfectly hued. HDR contrast is excellent. The darker scenes exhibit excellent shadow delineation though color is very desaturated. Black levels are deep and natural. White levels appear realistic. Resolution is superb with fine detail exhibited in facial features such as skin pores, lines, beard stubble, beards and hair , Object resolution is excellent, whether its buildings and interior furnishings or vehicles. And, of course, Michael Meyer's decayed mask is haunting. Clothing fabrics are finely resolved. This is a well produced and photographed presentation that exhibits realism and natural color fidelity throughout. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is quite dynamic sounding and the soundfield is aggressively active with panned and directionalized sonics, The orchestral score and other music is extremely aggressive in terms of dynamics and surround envelopment, Likewise, sound effects are powerful with deep bass extension to sub- 25 Hz frequencies. Dialogue is clean and generally well integrated spatially.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of the orchestral score, which is presented aggressively. Dialogue is extended in the beginning and end scenes and other strong and nuanced dialogue occurs in other scenes. Women screams are heard during intense killing action. Sound effects are extended as well and include heavy pounding sounds, thunder, wind, underground sounds, din atmospherics, chain rattlings, rifle and gun shots and other effects. All the sonics favor a frontal height location. While satisfying and effective, still more could have been achieved to make this an outstanding height layer presentation.

Overall, this is an effectively frightening holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that delivers impact. (Gary Reber)