Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers

Featured In Issue 180, October 2013

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In Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers, we see our holiday villain escape from his handlers as he is being transferred from the Richmond Mental Institute. Now he is looking for his young niece as his reign of terror on Haddonfield continues. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include commentary with Director Dwight H. Little and Author Justin Beahm, commentary with Actors Ellie Cornell and Danielle Harris, the Halloween 4/5 Discussion Panel (SD 18:28), and the theatrical trailer.

First reviewed in Issues 37 and 56 as DVDs, the remastered 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is the definitive rendering. The imagery is significantly sharper, with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. The color palette is fully saturated and vivid with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Fleshtones are perfectly natural in appearance. Clarity is impressive, yet the picture exhibits a warm cinematic quality. This is a very satisfying and engaging visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The newly repurposed Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel tops the previous DVD Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtracks with a dramatically more refined and nuanced sound quality. While atmospherics and sound effects appropriately heighten the more intense scenes, support by Ian Howarth's haunting music score is reserved and screen-focused. Still, there are segments in which the surrounds are more prominent, providing a more enveloping sonic experience. The .1 LFE, while limited, does provide palpable deep bass. Overall, the sound lacks the dynamic impact that one would expect. (Gary Reber)