Halloween V: The Revenge of Michael Myers (UK - BD RB)
Marcus gives the masked maniac a sweet and tells him not to bother him...
And then there were five. This fourth sequel, literally starts where the fourth left off. Myers buried underground by the state troopers and pronounced dead... but guess what folks, no one ever goes looking for bodies and yes you guessed it, Myers (Don Shanks) makes another escape via a raging river. Sheesh, when does this maniac sleep? Jumping to a year later, Myers recovers, masks up and heads back to Haddonfield to revisit young Jamie Lloyd (Danielle Harris), who is now in a mental hospital after her Myers inspiried killings at the end of the previous film.
Halloween 5 doesn’t really improve on Halloween 4 but it tries to provide creepier imagery and more of a spooky mood, so there’s a sense that it’s at least trying. Sadly though, at its core, this fifth outing is just more of the same. No real plot, Myers is killing anyone enjoying the Halloween celebrations it seems and he’s unstoppable right up to when they eventually stop him and then he hasn't really been stopped at all. Blah Blah Blah.
This is all pretty dull and everything plays exactly as you’d expect. Once again there’s minimal slashing and gore and the scares feel lazy and too easy to predict. Five movies in and this franchise felt flat lined and when your lead monster is beginning to feel tired and indeed a little stupid, despite the classic visuals, it’s time for a horror series to rethink their next move, which of course the Halloween series did, many, many times.
This is largely the same sort of presentation as what we saw in the fourth movie’s Blu-ray release but somehow blacks feel a lot weaker here. It's certainly more blue than black even at its darkest and this gives a slightly foggy look to the image when combined with the grain, which again is heavier here than in the previous instalment. Colours are not all that good, with the exception of some of the reds and really this is another case of an old 80s slasher just about achieving the minimum in its HD updgrade.
I felt there was a better level of bass and a sharpness to this Dolby TrueHD track than was heard on the Halloween 4 disc but really that’s the only difference. Once again this feels like a hollow audio experience, with little in the way of dynamic use outside of the front speakers. The score and dialogue sit well in the centres but are never all that strong, ambience is minimal but just about enough to create a horror mood and really it’s here where the age and indeed the budget of the movie is felt the most, despite the TrueHD overhaul.
The first commentary is from actor Don Shanks and author Justin Beahm and is a good listen for fans and those wanting to know more about the history of this sequel. The pair share a lot about the shoot and the approach to the story (what story?) and characters. The second commentary by director Dominique Othenin-Girard and actors Danielle Harris and Jefferey Landman offers more of the same and really just adds more background to the making of the film without anyone really feeling that convinced with the results.
‘Halloween 5 On Set’ (16:16 SD) is one hell of a raw making of but great for nostalgia’s sake and the 'Original Promo' (05:50 SD) is basically an extended trailer to sit alongside the actual trailer which is also on the disc.
Well, Halloween 5 was as bad as I remembered it being when I saw it years ago and I decided I never really needed to go back to it. Horrors shouldn't be boring but both the fourth and fifth entries into the Halloween series really are once you get past the latest reason Myers is getting all grabby and stabby. The fifth film in the Halloween series has much the same A/V as the fourth, in that they both offer up a slight but acceptable upgrade to HD and come with extras that fans should dig quite a bit. These may be lacklustre horror sequels but they certainly deliver on commentary tracks.
* Note: The above images are taken from the Blu-ray release and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the quality of the transfer.
Review by Marcus Doidge
Suitable only for persons of 18 years and over
Release Date: 15th October 2012
Disc Type: Blu-ray Disc
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1 English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Extras: Commentaries, On The Set, Trailer
Easter Egg: No
Director: Dominique Othenin-Girard
Cast: Donald Pleasence, Danielle Harris, Ellie Cornell, Beau Starr
Length: 96 minutes
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