Thanks for the warning Tucco. The only reason I had any interest in buying this new version was because of the Curtis/Carpenter commentary. So, Curtis just hogged up most of it huh(?).
I’ve heard from other reviewers how disappointing it was too. I guess I can close the wallet & just keep the “normal” Blu Ray I got out of the $7.99 bin several years ago.
I think these critics are smoking crack, frankly. I've side-by-sided the two Blu-rays and there's no question that the new one is a HUGE improvement over the old.
Re: The 7.1 mix: it's a new mix, spatially different than the original. Of course every music cue and effect isn't going to sit in the mix the same way. If you're a purist, you ought to be listening to the mono anyway. The 7.1 is a fine add-on and I guess I could understand the complaint if the original mix wasn't present, but I'm baffled as to how an optional remix can make the release "a failure."
Color timing is an art, not a science—particularly when Halloween
was made. There's what Carpenter and Cundey intended, what was originally released in theaters, and what fans remember. Of the three factors, I think the third is completely irrelevant . . . not least because memory is a slippery thing. Frankly, I thought the color timing on the old Blu-ray was superior to the fakey blown-out blues on the earlier Cundey-approved transfer. Having said that, I think Cundey got it right this time—at least as far as home video viewing is concerned. Nothing appears boosted or manipulated. The title sequence, in particular, is stable as credits saturate from yellow to orange and then fade to yellow again. The movie is allowed to be dark—it doesn't give way to black crush, but doesn't have a ton of boosted contrast to reveal unnecessary detail. I have no idea how the image compares to how the movie looked in theaters in '78, but anyone who claims he does is full of crap. That was a long, long time ago and there's been a ton of variation in how Halloween
has been presented in the years since.