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Curse of Michael Myers
1995 (2000) - Dimension
review by Dan Kelly of
The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): B-/C/F
Specs and Features
88 mins, R, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), single-sided, Amaray
keep case packaging, film-themed menu screens, scene access (14
chapters), languages: English and French (DD 2.0), subtitles:
English and Spanish, Closed Captioned
What a sad, sad disc
this is. Just when you thought Disney's days of piss-poor quality
discs were behind them, we're given this lazy excuse of a DVD.
Before I get to how awful this lackluster Disney DVD is, I should
first address the movie itself. Halloween:
The Curse of Michael Myers isn't a real winner either,
but it may be worth at least a viewing. If you want a really
improbable story of what happened with Mikey Myers after he was
kidnapped by the man in black at the end of Halloween
5, then by all means check this one out.
The action picks up six years after the last installment of the
series, and Myers is now part of an underground cult. His niece
Jamie (who should be about 14 but looks like she's in her 20s) gives
birth to his child. Shortly after Jamie escapes from the cult (with
her new son in tow), she is murdered Friday
the 13th-style by Michael on some farm equipment. Bound
and determined to kill off every single one of his family members,
Michael returns to Haddonfield in search of his brand-spankin' new
Once in Haddonfield, not only does he find his grand-nephew/son, he
also finds some newly manufactured family members living right in
his childhood home. I won't get into the whole Myers bloodline
(they're more sordid and in-bred than the Clampetts), but we're
assured they are related to him somehow. Living next door to the
Strode/Myers clan is the little boy Laurie Strode was baby-sitting
back in 1978 - Tommy Doyle (Paul Rudd). Tommy's now all grown up,
and given all the trauma he went through at such a tender young age,
he's as creepy as you'd think he would be. He peeps through windows
at half-naked women, steals babies from bus terminals, has a
terminally short temper and really bad posture. He gets in contact
with Dr. Loomis (Donald Pleasence, who died shortly after this film
wrapped) to help him track down and kill Myers.
All this is banal enough, but what makes it even more far-fetched
is the continuation of the "thorn" theme that was
introduced in Halloween 5.
This film further explores Michael's goofy connection to the ancient
druids and his pattern of killing. It's all in the stars, man. There
isn't a whole lot that is done well in this film. The direction is
really poor (there are a lot of continuity problems), and the acting
is awful in parts (Paul Rudd overacts a great deal). What saves this
film from being completely unwatchable are some genuinely good
scares and a nice moody feel. I jumped in my seat on a few
occasions, and there are just enough gory death scenes to keep your
attention. That said, and in all honestly, this film is still only
for the real die-hard Halloween
The transfer used for this DVD is the same widescreen,
non-anamorphic master used for the original laserdisc release. The
picture is decent, but is far from reference-quality material.
Blacks are appropriately dark, but seem a bit grainy throughout the
film. There's also a fair amount of artifacting, which is most
apparent during many of the darker scenes. The rest of the transfer
is good, but is only slightly above average quality. Color balance
is on target, flesh tones are accurate (if just a little gray
looking) and edge-enhancement is apparent only on a few occasions.
What infuriates me about this release is the lack of anamorphic
enhancement. This goes double when you consider that the new,
direct-to-DVD release of Hellraiser:
Inferno (also put out by Buena Vista) is given full
anamorphic treatment with extra features to boot. There's simply no
excuse for this laziness on Disney's part. On the audio side, the
Dolby 2.0 "Ultra Stereo" mix is flat and boring. There is
infrequent use of the rear speakers (though they do come in handy
during some zinger moments in the soundtrack) and bass is a little
on the shallow side. Dialogue is maintained in the center speaker
and is always audible, but there is little separation between the
front channels. This is not a horrible mix, but it lacks any "umph"
The extras are where this disc really falters. There is NOTHING
here at all, not even the theatrical trailer for the film. Absent
also are the long sought after additional scenes that are present in
the "never-before-released producer's cut" of the film.
The now obligatory Disney promotional trailers start this disc off,
but they have nothing to do with this film. The upside of that (and
I really hesitate to call it an upside) is that you can now skip
through them by hitting the "menu" button on your remote.
The last thing I want after shelling out $33 is an advertisement.
This DVD is quite simply not worth the high asking price. Those who
were hoping for the additional scenes that are currently available
only on poor quality bootlegged copies are out of luck. I can't
recommend this disc EVEN to fans of the series. There's just nothing
on this DVD to make it worth having. I suppose if you've got
bottomless pockets and won't settle for VHS, by all means spend your
money. Just don't say I didn't warn you.