Halloween Kills 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 259, January/February 2022

WSR Score3.5
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Strong bloody violence throughout, grisly images, language and some drug use
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David Gordon Green
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In "Halloween Kills," the Halloween night when Michael Myers returned isn't over yet. Michael manages to free himself from Laurie Strode's (Jamie Lee Curtis) trap to resume his ritual bloodbath. As Laurie fights for her life from injuries from her last encounter with Michael, she inspires her daughter Karen (Judy Greer), granddaughter Allyson (Andi Matichaak), and all of Haddonfield to rise up against their unstoppable monster. The vigilante mob then set out to hunt Michael down, once and for all. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director/Co-Writer David Gordon Green and stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer; gag reel (HD 03:12); three deleted/extended scenes (HD 03:21); six featurettes: "Haddonfield's Op[en Wounds" (HD 07:15), "The Kill Team" (HD 11:02), "Strode Family Values" (HD 03:37), "1978 Transformations" (HD 05:50), "The Power Of Fear" (HD 04:28) and "Kill Count" (HD 0:53); upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally in 2.39:1 anamorphic /i Scope and Hawk Scope using the Arri Alexa Mini and Arri Alexa SXT camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is dynamic with good HDR contrast in mostly low-light settings that exhibits deep black levels, dark but revealing shadows, and effective illuminated lighting including intense white levels exhibited in vehicle lights and flashlights. Color fidelity is naturally rendered with saturated hues that at times pop for effect, such as anywhere there is red blood. Flesh tones are natural throughout with accurate complexions. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited in facial features, clothing and police uniforms, as well as Michael Myers black clothing and mask, and object textures. The picture delivers in terms of color and textural resolution, which enhances the gruesome experience. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding a haunting Carpenterish synthesizer score that extends wide and deep across the soundstage and aggressively to the surrounds. The music is supported with powerful and deep sub-25 Hz throughout, as well as sound effects, Sound effects and music are directionalized in the surrounds. Gunfire is powerful and realistic as are knife stabbings and weapons flung throughout the soundfield. Foley sound effects are perfectly in sync and realistic. Atmospherics are delivered with subtle nuances and crowd din. Dialogue is intelligible with generally good spatial integration with a lot of yelling and screaming and anxious crowd chatter during the community hunt for Michael.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of the aggressive extension to the height layer of the music score and the occasional sound effect and selected dialogue. In an early scene of the house on fire, the sounds of rising flames is heard. In another, a young boy is killed on a bannister with
crushing blows. Driven by the periodic music sequences, this is a generally satisfying height layer experience, though much more could have been achieved.

This is a horrific modern slasher holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that delivers the intensity to frighten. Gary Reber