A set comprising of all ten installments of the iconic Halloween horror series was long thought impossible, due to the rights to various installments of the franchise being divvied up between a number of different parties. But Anchor Bay and Scream Factory have teamed up and managed to cut through that problem like a machete-wielding Michael Myers and will be releasing a blu-ray box set this fall of the entire franchise.
The set will contain Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season Of The Witch, Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge Of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection, and director Rob Zombie’s Halloween remake and its sequel Halloween II.
Additionally, the set will contain the first legitimate release of the fabled “Producer’s Cut” of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. Already circulating among fans in bootleg form, this alternate cut of the sixth film in the franchise features 43 minutes of alternate footage including a different ending. And for Halloween completists, the set will also feature the television edits of the first two film which also contain some alternate and exclusive footage.
The first Halloween, directed by John Carpenter and starring Jamie Lee Curtis, was shot as an indie horror movie and released in 1978. Its remarkable success prompted Universal to pick up the franchise for two more installments. The rights for later franchise installments passed through the hands of Galaxy International and CBS Video before finally landing at Disney-owned Dimension/Miramax, which released the later films of the original franchise as well as the the remake and its sequel from Rob Zombie.
Here is the press release from Scream Factory –
Last year, the horror classic Halloween celebrated 35 years of terror for those willing to partake in its vision of unrelenting horror. But that was only the beginning of the celebration. What producers Moustapha Akkad, Debra Hill and Irwin Yablans, writer/director John Carpenter and stars Jamie Lee Curtis & Donald Pleasence started in 1978 has transformed into one of the most durable, iconic – and copiously studied — horror film franchises ever created. Before Jason, before Freddy, and before Jigsaw, there was…Michael. Over the years, audiences have lived and relived the terrors of Michael Myers through ten feature films, as well as various re-edits and alternate versions. Yet to date, the complete saga of Michael Myers could only be told in pieces, in individual DVD and Blu-ray™ releases, with the rights spread across multiple home entertainment studios.
Through the unprecedented collaboration of rival home entertainment companies Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory – the leading purveyors in horror home entertainment –Halloween The Complete Collection Blu-ray™ box sets arrive September 23rd.
For the legions of Halloween fans, the Deluxe Edition boasts 15 discs and contains all the Halloween feature films – Halloween, Halloween II, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers, Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, Halloween H20, Halloween: Resurrection, Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II. The set includes the NEVER BEFORE RELEASED producers cut of Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers as well as the ultra-rare network TV version of the original Halloween, the network TV version of Halloween II, plus the unrated versions of Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween II. It is packed with hours of BRAND NEW bonus features including new interviews with cast and crew from the entire franchise! In response to years of fan feedback, the first Halloween will now also include the original mono audio track and the set will include both versions of the original Halloween-the original Blu-ray™ release and the recently remastered 35th Anniversary version with the mono track added back in! It also comes with a limited edition 40-page book written by Michael Gingold of Fangoria Magazine. The collectible packaging will include a newly commissioned illustration on the outer case and each film will be in its own black Blu-ray™ case with the original theatrical one sheet as the key art. This deluxe set carries an SRP of $169.99.
“This compilation is the ultimate collector’s item for fans of the Halloween films and a testament to all the wonderful talent that have worked on them,” remarked Malek Akkad, President of Trancas International Films and son of series producer Moustapha Akkad. “The partnership between Anchor Bay Entertainment and Scream Factory to present fans for the first time with all the Halloweenfilms in one definitive package is a tribute to everyone – including my father – who made these films the terrifying classics they are today.”
The 10-disc Edition includes the original theatrical versions of the Halloween films and will include select bonus features. SRP is $129.99.
Artwork and bonus features to be announced in the next couple of months.