Thursday, September 1, 2016

HALLOWEEN II (1981) Newspaper Ads, VHS, DVD and Blu-ray Covers

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VHS SYNOPSIS: John Carpenter’s “Halloween” scared the living daylights out of 25 million people and set a precedent in smashing box-office records for a horror film. And now, prepare yourself to go one step further as the nightmare continues in “Halloween II.”

Picking up precisely where its predecessor left off, “Halloween II” follows the same ill-fated characters as they encounter the knife-wielding terror they left for dead in the first “Halloween”. But this time they discover the motive behind his savage actions. Written and produced by the original creators of “Halloween”, John Carpenter and Debra Hill, “Halloween II” brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as the hapless victim, as well as Donald Pleasence who reprises his role as Dr. Loomis, hot on the trail of the crazed psychopath. “Halloween II”. And just when you thought it was safe to go trick-or-treating again!


HOME VIDEO/DVD/BLU-RAY RELEASE: Halloween II was first released on VHS and laserdisc in 1982 by MCA/Universal Home Video and later by Goodtimes Home Video. From 1998, DVD editions have also been released by these companies.

Although the film was passed uncut with an 'X' certificate for its UK theatrical run, the 18-rated VHS release suffered 17 secs of BBFC cuts which considerably reduced the violence and nudity during the murder of Karen in the jacuzzi. These cuts were eventually waived for the 2002 Sanctuary DVD, and all subsequent releases were fully uncut.

In 2007, the film was released as a two-disc "Universal double feature" with Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Lions Gate re-released the film on DVD in Australia in 2008 with no special features.

Universal Studios released the film on Blu-ray in the United States on September 13, 2011. It is packaged as a 30th Anniversary Edition and includes deleted scenes, My Scenes featurette, Pocket BLU app, an alternate ending and the 1984 documentary feature Terror in the Aisles.

The release sparked controversy immediately due to the fact that Universal removed the credit "Moustapha Akkad Presents" and replaced it with "Universal, An MCA Company, Presents" ... in a font that did not match the rest of the opening credits. Akkad's son, Malek, called the stunt "disgusting. It's a disgrace; obviously, bias. Objectively, any horror fan would find this as an insult to the man who has done so much to the series. And to come after his tragic death, he's not even around to defend himself. It's classless. I'm talking to Universal now and they're 'looking into it.'" However, Akkad was still credited on the packaging. Fans immediately called for a boycott of the disc and set up a Facebook page. On November 28, Universal started sending out emails announcing that the revised Blu-ray was now available and for owners of the previous disc to provide the studio with their "address and daytime phone number".

Shout! Factory re-released the film in a 2-disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray on September 18, 2012 under its new Scream Factory label with new special features, including two new audio commentaries, two new "behind-the-scenes" featurettes, deleted scenes, an alternate ending, the theatrical trailer, TV and radio spots, and still gallery. The Collector's Edition also contains the TV cut, along with a downloadable script of the film, on a second DVD disc for both format releases. The new Blu-ray release restores the Akkad credit. On October 13, 2013 The Blu-ray was released in Australia by Via Vision Entertainment with the same Extras as the US Scream Factory Release.

Halloween II (1981) Official Trailer:


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Halloween II (1981) on IMDB.com
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Watch the film on MojVideo.com here


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