You know, you just can't keep a good ghoul down. Even after being riddled with bullets and falling down a mine shaft, Michael Myers (Donald L. Shanks) returns in Halloween 5. Out for the destruction of his niece (Harris), who has the psychic ability to sense his actions, Myers wreaks havoc on the good people of Haddonfield while Dr. Loomis (Pleasence) tries desperately to defeat him. And just who is the mysterious man in black? (Laurie Sevano)
Special features include commentary with Actor Don Shanks and Author Justin Beahm, commentary with Director Dominique Othenin-Girard and Actors Danielle Harris and Jeffrey Landman, Halloween 5: On The Set (SD 16:16), the Halloween 5 original promo (SD 05:50), and the theatrical trailer.
Previously reviewed as DVDs in Issue 46 and 47, this remastered 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits generally good quality, though, the picture still looks older than it actually is. Images can be nicely detailed on occasion during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture but are most often softly focused. Colors are generally well balanced, with nicely rendered fleshtones, though, blacks are weak and undefined. While contrast is acceptable, visuals in the darker scenes often lack definition. Overall, this new release is better than the previous releases and is definitely preferred. (Gary Reber)
The repurposed Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack still sounds dated but offers a spatially active soundfield during the intense scenes. At reference level, the sonic character is still slightly strident. Alan Howarth's music score convincingly immerses the listener and provides the emotional foundation. The surrounds are predominantly mono, but nonetheless provide substantial envelopment, namely during moments of heightened intensity. Deep bass is noticed but not particularly distinguished. (Gary Reber)