Preferred Halloween (1978) transfer

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Which is your preferred transfer of John Carpenter's Halloween?

  1. THX DVD with Dean Cundey's approved color timing

    62.2%
  2. Blu-ray presentation

    37.8%
  1. bigdaddyhorse

    bigdaddyhorse Detroit Hi-on

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    Send Carpenter a $20 check and the question with a note the check will be cancelled unless he replies, and he probably will!
     
  2. shape22

    shape22 Well-Known Member

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    I don't know. Asking him about Halloween seems like a good way to get poked in the eye. It doesn't seem to be his favorite subject.
     
  3. Shannafey

    Shannafey Don't Monkey With Me!

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    Great thread! I've been wondering about this and after reading this, I'm going to pick up a Blu-Ray of it. The damn thing is under $10 anyway!!
     
  4. shape22

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    It'll be money well spent. Even though the color timing issue drives me nuts the hi-def transfer is really striking. The additional detail really helps you get a better look at the mask in longer shots. You'll also notice background stuff you never really saw before--like Carpenter's cigarette smoke blowing into the frame during the later part of the hedge scene.

    When I really want the Halloween experience I always choose the THX DVD. But if I'm watching with casual fans I usually show them the Blu-ray. And while they're just enjoying the movie, I can scrutinize the image a little more closely.

    I really hope we eventually get a Cundey-approved Blu-ray. That would mark a day of celebration for me.
     
  5. JGrendel

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    I think I have all the different versions of Halloween on dvd & now on Blu-ray. That's good enough for me...
     
  6. Bobbywoodhogan

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    I never really noticed the Blu Ray looks fantastic to me
     
  7. SaviniFan

    SaviniFan I Have A Fetish

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    Gotta go with the blu for now until something better comes along.

    That said, I find myself completely distracted in many of the outdoor shots now after listening to the Carpenter commentary. It's quite funny to see "Haddonfield, Illinois" with all those palm trees in the background.
     
  8. DVD-fanatic-9

    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    I really bought the 25th Anniversary Edition for the extras. I will only watch the film in its' THX / 1999 remastered incarnation. Ever. It's sad that the Blu-Ray wouldn't give us a choice. One more reason for me to never bother with Blu-Ray.
     
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    THX DVD with Dean Cundey's approved color timing
     

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