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Release Date: October 4th, 2022 Movie Release Year: 1995

Halloween: Resurrection 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray (The Halloween 4K Collection)

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After H20 gave the series little room to maneuver for future sequels, Halloween: Resurrection was practically DOA before it even had a chance to get going. Combining the reality TV craze with pre-YouTube cyber content hijinks, the story could have worked but it gets silly fast as a group of fame-hungry college students follow Busta Rhymes into Michael Myer’s childhood home. This film never had a great disc release and this 4K scan and Dolby Vision HDR is a welcome refresher with the same solid audio and some excellent new interviews and extensive archival bonus features. Even as a franchise low point, it’s still a weirdly entertaining flick - Worth A Look

HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION (2.35:1, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & Stereo, 94 min.)

The reality programmers at DangerTainment have selected Rudy (Sean Patrick Thomas, Dracula 2000), Bill (Thomas Ian Nicholas, American Pie), and a group of thrill-seeking teenagers to spend one fun-filled night in the childhood home of serial killer Michael Myers. But the planned live broadcast turns deadly when their evening of excitement becomes a night of horror as Michael himself decides to crash the party. Halloween: Resurrection also stars Bianca Kajlich (Bring It On), Katee Sackhoff (Riddick, Battlestar Galactica), Busta Rhymes (Narc), and Tyra Banks, along with a special appearance by Jamie Lee Curtis.

HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION (2002) DISC ONE (4K UHD):

  • NEW 2022 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative
  • In Dolby Vision (HDR 10 Compatible)
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, 2.0
  • Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal And Editor Robert A. Ferretti

HALLOWEEN: RESURRECTION (2002) DISC TWO (BLU-RAY):

  • NEW 2022 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative
  • DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, 2.0
  • NEW Haddonfield North – An Interview With Production Designer Troy Hansen
  • NEW Sister, Scream Queen Sister – An Interview With Stunt Coordinator And Long-Time Jamie Lee Curtis Stunt Double Donna Keegan
  • NEW Hell Raiser – An Interview With Special Makeup Effects Coordinator Gary J. Tunnicliffe
  • NEW The Youngest Shape – An Interview With Actor Gary Clayton
  • NEW The Butcher And The Blade – An Interview With Actor Sean Patrick Thomas
  • NEW Tales From The Script – An Interview With Comic Book Author Stef Hutchinson
  • Audio Commentary With Director Rick Rosenthal And Editor Robert A. Ferretti
  • Deleted Scenes And Alternate Endings
  • Web Cam Special
  • Vintage Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Head Cam
  • Storyboard Analysis
  • Set Tour
  • Set Interviews With Cast And Crew
  • Still Gallery
  • Home Video TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer

OVERALL:
Worth a Look
Rating Breakdown
STORY
VIDEO
AUDIO
SPECIAL FEATURES
Tech Specs & Release Details
Technical Specs:
Halloween: Resurrection
Video Resolution/Codec:
HDR10 / Dolby Vision HDR
Length:
268
Release Date:
October 4th, 2022

Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

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"Trick or treat... mother f#cker!"

The evil of Michael Myers didn’t die that night. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) has been committed to an asylum patiently waiting for the last few years for her brother’s return. After ending their family feud once and for all, Michael retires to the solitude of the dilapidated rotting husk of his birth home to live peacefully eating rats in the basement. But Dangertainment founder Freddie Harris (Busta Rhymes) has other ideas. Combining the reality TV craze with cyberspace, he’s bringing the ultimate thrill to live entertainment with a group of cash-strapped college coeds “investigating” the home of Michael Myers. Little do they know the most prolific mass murderer in history lurks in the shadows… 

After a delayed production with numerous reshoots, Halloween: Resurrection finally hit theaters – in the middle of the summer. It’s never a good sign when a holiday-themed horror movie like Halloween opens in the middle of July. In fact, I went to see this opening day for my 20th birthday… dear god it’s been that long? Walking into the theater that day I knew it was going to be a mess. Despite having Halloween II director Rick Rosenthal back at the helm, the trailers just made it look like any number of other low-rent Dimension Films releases of the late 90s and early 2000s. By this point, the franchise just became a cash grab where models and hip-hop artists were more of a draw than a legacy cast member or the star killer of the film. Let’s be honest, it’s not a good thing when Jamie Lee Curtis gets billed after Tyra Banks in the opening credits. 

While my opinions for this film have warmed in recent years, I still pin this as a low point for the franchise. It’s uninspired resting on cliches and its best conceit of using multiple cameras worn by the cast didn’t liven up the hype. However, it did help future Starbuck and Bo-Katan actress Katee Sackhoff along with Bianca Kajlich, Sean Patrick Thomas, and Luke Kirby get their legs under them. So that’s something. With all its faults, I still enjoy Halloween: Resurrection. I dutifully watch it every year with my annual franchise binge. I watch this one like how I enjoy watching Friday the 13th: Part V A New Beginning, it’s junk food entertainment. 

 Read our Halloween: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Review

Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Halloween: Resurrection slips onto a new 2-disc 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Scream Factory. The discs are housed in a standard two-disc case and are not stacked. The case is enclosed in a hardstock slipcase and the insert artwork is reversible depicting the original theatrical poster art. Each disc loads to an animated main menu with traditional navigation options. The bulk of the bonus features are found on the 1080 Blu-ray. This release is only available as part of Scream Factory’s The Halloween 4K Collection set.

Quick note - all images and video are sourced from the new 1080p Blu-ray. When I can we'll try and load up some 4K images or video samples. 

Video Review

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Celebrating its own 20th Anniversary this year, Halloween: Resurrection scores a solid 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with Dolby Vision HDR release. Part of the problem for this film that’s plagued all past releases is the film style itself. Intercutting 35mm and SD digital elements is a bit jarring so the appearance of the image can fluctuate rapidly within any given scene. The beginning and the film’s climax where the digital camera foolishness isn’t in play genuinely looks terrific and the most stable. With this new scan, details are much stronger than past releases that suffered from edge enhancement and some form of smoothing - especially that terrible Eco Bridge release. Those troubles thankfully aren’t an issue here and film grain has a more natural quality than before. Those previously mentioned digital camera shots come with their own issues, but they’re baked in and can’t really be helped. The film as a whole – 4K and Blu-ray both – takes a slightly darker appearance compared to Scream’s previous 2014 release, but nothing too dramatic. 

With Dolby Vision HDR (and HDR10), the film picks up quite a few welcome enhancements. Once the film moves to the Myers house, the lighting is minimal and there are a lot of shadows. This compounds once things move towards night and light coming in through the windows is more blue-hued. Shadows and blacks are stronger without crush issues with lighting getting better accents. Blues that looked more purplish in past releases are a stronger more natural twilight shade. Blood reds are a healthier crimson and skin tones look more normal and healthy. All around a welcome improvement.

Audio Review

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And like it’s kinfolk within this set, Halloween: Resurrection returns with the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0 tracks. While the movie may not be the best, I was always impressed with this film’s sound design using the vacant space of the Myers house to add some nice creeks and groans to the soundscape. Dialog is clean throughout without issue there. Scoring is well handled adding suitable tension to the scenes. Again depending on how you’re set up at home, the 5.1 track is the best way to go and if you can, definitely kick on that DTS Neural:X function.

Special Features

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Halloween: Resurrection 

Of the three films in this new box set, this one gets the most love with a ton of new interviews with various cast and crew. Some of these interviews aren’t very long but fans can pick up a number of great trivia and production tidbits that we hadn’t gotten in previous releases. You can tell everyone was trying their best to work up something worthwhile for this one and it sounds like most folks had a good time. I especially dig Gary Tunnicliffe's interview, he’s a lot of fun detailing all the gore. I met him when Scream 4 was in production and he’s a hoot if you ever get a chance to chat with him. 

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

  • Audio Commentary featuring director Rick Rosenthal and editor Robert Ferretti

Blu-ray

  • Audio Commentary featuring director Rick Rosenthal and editor Robert Ferretti
  • NEW Haddonfield North - Interview with Tory Hansen (HD 7:06)
  • NEW Sister, Scream Queen Star - Interview with Donna Keegan (HD 9:28)
  • NEW Hell Raiser - Interview with Gary J. Tunnicliffe (HD 11:28)
  • NEW The Youngest Shape - Interview with Gary Clayton (HD 4:26)
  • NEW Butcher and the Blade - Interview with Sean Patrick Thomas (HD 8:27)
  • NEW Tales From the Script - Interview with Stef Hutchinson (HD 16:01)
  • Deleted Scenes and Alternate Endings
  • Vintage Interviews and Behind the Scenes Footage 
  • Head Cam
  • Storyboard Analysis
  • Set Tour
  • Set Interview
  • Still Gallery
  • Home Video TV Spots
  • Theatrical Trailer

I don’t hate Halloween: Resurrection. Many do, but I don't. While I find it entertaining, I'll absolutely admit it’s still a franchise low point. Out of ideas and nowhere to go, they kill off the franchise star far too early and easily to be meaningful and the film’s hip and cool look at internet technology painfully dates the film. But that’s also part of the lasting charm. Rosenthal definitely gives it his best shot and honestly, it could have turned out much worse in lesser hands. 

Halloween: Resurrection joins its franchise siblings for a new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release from Scream Factory. The new 4K scan cleans up a lot of the mistreatment exhibited from past discs looking sharper and clearer with healthier colors and thanks to Dolby Vision on the 4K disc, there’s a much stronger sense of image depth and stability. Cap this release off with a bunch of new great bonus features interviews it’s a great addition to the franchise collection - Worth A Look