Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers Blu-ray Review
“Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers” is an underrated sequel.
After an absence in “Halloween 3: Season Of The Witch,” Michael Myers does indeed return to Haddonfield in the fourth installment as he seeks to kill Laurie Strode’s daughter, Jamie Lloyd. Standing in Myers way, however, is Jamie’s babysitter Rachel and Dr. Loomis who will stop at nothing to protect Jamie and stop Myers.
Let’s be frank here, we all know none of the sequels are as good as John Carpenter’s classic original. If you can look past that though, there are a lot of fun sequels in this film franchise. The fourth flick (dubbed “The Return Of Michael Myers”) is arguably one of the best and probably the most underrated.
Thanks to the impressive direction of Dwight H. Little and Peter Lyons Collister’s cinematography, “Halloween 4” goes back to the roots of the franchise with an intense, dark, and atmospheric look and feel to the movie. From the haunting opening credits to the creepy Halloween night scenes, you’ll be hard pressed not to be gripped by this sequel.
Of course, the film wouldn’t succeed were it not for the cast. Danielle Harris (who portrays Jamie) does a great job here and it’s not hard to see why she has become a popular cult film actress. The always intense Donald Pleasance gives another predictably great performance here as well. He was always consistent in all of the films.
Having seen this film a number of times on VHS and cable over the years, I have to say I was supremely impressed by seeing it in 1.85:1 1080p. Some dirt specs aside, this is a gorgeous print that makes the movie look better than it ever has.
From the iconic score to the quieter dialogue moments, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio track does the job. Nothing more needs to be said.
* “Halloween 4” theatrical trailer.
* “Halloween 4/5 Discussion Panel”- A panel from the H25 convention which features Danielle Harris, Kathleen Kinmoni, Sasha Jenson and Jeffrey Landman. The group chats about their experiences, reveal behind-the-scenes stories and answer fan questions.
* A very chatty, giggly, laid back commentary by Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris.
* Commentary by Dwight H. Little and Justin Beahm. Beahm does a good job of guiding the commentary while Little provides some great stories about his directorial duties.
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