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Special Features
Go Inside the Minos Escape Rooms
Meet the Players
Director Adam Robitel on Raising the Stakes

The Forever Purge

This is unexpected. Everardo Gout’s fifth film in this Blumhouse franchise is arguably the best since the 2013 original. After a few lackluster sequels, the creator of the franchise, James DeMonaco, returns to write a film that feels more current and vital than most modern horror movies. It helps that Gout has a definite eye and sense of pacing that horror sequels often lack, and it helps even more to have a whole talented ensemble working on the same page, including Ana de la Reguera, Tenoch Huerta, Josh Lucas, and Will Patton. The script flirts with the idea that we are now in the age of anger in a way that feels relevant to the world today without being didactic. And Gout doesn’t skimp on the action either. The final act kind of falls apart but that first hour is as impressive as this series has been in years, maybe ever. 

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Special Features
Alternate storyboard opening
Deleted scenes
Collapsing the System: Behind The Forever Purge
Creeptastic Wardrobe

“Halloween” (4K)

Listen, I know that the “Halloween” movies have been released on Blu-ray and DVD maybe more than any other franchise. It feels like there’s a new special edition every single year. There was just a massive box set last year. Why should you buy them again!??! Well, the hook in this year’s special editions aren’t related to special features or packaging or collectibles but purely transfer-related. The first five films have all been given 4K scans from their original negatives with approval by the people who made them, and, yes, you can tell the difference. I re-watched “Halloween 2” to prepare for “Halloween Kills” (and was glad I did) and the colors are more defined, and the dark, shadowy scenes at Haddonfield Memorial Hospital seem richer. The sound mix is also tighter and more impressive than ever. Do you NEED to get them all again? Probably not. But if you don’t have them yet and “Halloween Kills” has gotten you all excited about Michael Myers again, this is the way to go.

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Special Features (all five releases have a ton, here’s just the first film):
NEW 2021 4K Scan From The Original Negative, Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
NEW Dolby Atmos Track
Audio Commentary With Co-Writer/Director John Carpenter And Actress Jamie Lee Curtis
Audio Commentary With Director Of Photography Dean Cundey, Editor Tommy Lee Wallace, And Actor Nick Castle
NEW 2021 4K Scan From The Original Negative, Approved By Cinematographer Dean Cundey
NEW Dolby Atmos Track
Audio Commentary With John Carpenter And Jamie Lee Curtis
Audio Commentary With Dean Cundey, Tommy Lee Wallace, And Nick Castle
“The Night She Came Home”
TV Version Footage
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spots
Radio Spots
Original Color Timing Presentation
Vintage Interview With Producer Moustapha Akkad
“Halloween: A Cut Above The Rest”
“Halloween Unmasked 2000”
Halloween – The Extended Cut In HD (TV Inserts Are In Standard Definition)
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spots
Radio Spots

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