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Halloween Ends

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

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  • Halloween Ends disappoints but offers a technically solid 4K release with mixed reception.

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  • Video
  • Halloween Ends' 4K UHD presentation excels in detail, color depth, and contrast, capturing the film's dark aesthetic with nuanced shadows and vivid textures, maintaining a cinematic feel.

  • Audio
  • The 4K disc's Dolby Atmos audio track flawlessly balances dialogue, effects, and Carpenter's score, delivering an immersive and dynamic experience with precise spatial details and robust bass.

  • Extra
  • The 'Halloween Ends' Blu-ray release offers a mixed bag of extras dominated by a detailed but often self-congratulatory commentary, underwhelming featurettes, and a few notable deleted scenes hinting at a lost potential.

  • Movie
  • Halloween Ends disappoints fans with unmet promises of an epic finale and diverges from its slasher roots, despite some thematic depth and nods to the franchise's legacy.

    Video: 92

    Halloween Ends arrives on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray courtesy of Universal, boasting a faithful transfer that maintains the film's digital pedigree. Shot on Arri Alexa cameras, the filmmakers employed Cooke Anamorphic/i and Hawk V-Plus Anamorphic lenses to cultivate a visual nod to the franchise's origins, albeit with a contemporary digital clarity. Mastered from a 4K digital intermediate with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, this release benefits from 10-bit video depth, wide color gamut (WCG), and both HDR10 and Dolby Vision grading. With impeccable depth in shadows and delightfully deep blacks, the visual finesse here is underscored by a meticulous attention to texture and detail—be it the nuanced portrayals of the flapper costume in the opening sequence or the intricacies of Michael’s burnt mask. Despite being a notably dark film, its visual narrative is compellingly conveyed through rich, well-balanced hues and crisp definition, particularly in low-light conditions where improved shadow detailing and contrast come to the forefront.

    The UHD presentation shines in its reproduction of colors and maintenance of natural skin tones, offering a visual experience that feels both organic and cinematic. Sunlit scenes and the dappled autumnal ambiance reveal a lush spectrum of colors, enhancing the naturalistic aesthetic of the imagery. Meanwhile, the Dolby Vision's prowess is evident, enriching the darker segments with pronounced depth and nuance, without compromising detail through crush. Particularly noteworthy are the sequences that juxtapose vibrant highlights against dark backdrops, such as the neon lights during the radio transmitter scene or strobes at the costume party, which exhibit an optimal blend of brightness and contrast. This accentuates the dynamic range capabilities of the format, showcasing meticulous color grading that elevates the atmospheric tension intrinsic to the narrative.

    The 2160p resolution significantly enhances visual clarity across a variety of scenes—from the intimacy of facial features to the broader, stark landscapes of Haddonfield. Each element, whether it be clothing texture or environmental nuances, is rendered with an exceptional level of sharpness that never feels unnatural or overly processed. This adherence to a 'filmic' aesthetic, devoid of grain yet brimming with detail, benefits immensely from an HEVC encoding on a BD-100 disc, ensuring optimal video bitrate and seamless compression. As such, Halloween Ends not only continues but elevates the visual standard set by its predecessors in this trilogy, presenting a 4K experience that is robust in detail and rich in atmospheric density without pushing the format to its outer limits.

    Audio: 93

    The audio presentation of "Halloween Ends" on 4K UHD Blu-ray is both aurally arresting and technically proficient, showcasing a dynamic Dolby Atmos track that excels in delivering an immersive sound experience. The English Atmos track, compatible with 7.1 Dolby TrueHD, offers a wide dynamic and tonal range, where the deep bass enhances John Carpenter’s iconic score and the atmospheric sound effects. Dialogues are crystal clear and perfectly positioned in the center, ensuring clarity against the layered mix of music and effects. The subtlety in spacing and dimensional sound placement adds texture to the overall soundscape, particularly noticeable in sequences filled with nuanced background noises like creaking steps and ticking clocks.

    The soundtrack makes commendable use of the overhead channels, providing an added layer of immersion with discrete atmospheric sounds and score bleed that heighten the film’s tension and horror ambiance. The mix balances the powerful LFE channel with nuanced ambient sounds and dialogues, creating a cohesive auditory experience that supports the on-screen action without overwhelming it. Scenes in spacious locations like the ominous opening house scene or the echoic tunnel location showcase an impressive use of surround and height channels, keeping them actively engaged with well-placed sound effects and Carpenter’s moody score enriching every scene without dominating the soundscape.

    Despite the excellent utilization of surround and height channels, there's room for a hint of criticism in the occasionally underplayed ambient effects, suggesting a missed opportunity for creating a more consistently enveloping sound bubble. Nevertheless, the meticulous attention to detail in sound layering and the strategic deployment of sound across all channels contribute to a distinctly effective horror film audio experience. The inclusion of multiple audio tracks and subtitles, including Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, alongside a broad array of subtitle options ensures accessibility to a wide audience, making this 4K UHD Blu-ray an exemplary release in terms of both visual and auditory presentation.

    Extra: 79

    The "Halloween Ends" 4K UHD Blu-Ray extras serve as a mixed bag, laden with both the essentials for franchise devotees and trivial fluff for casual viewers. They provide an in-depth exploration of the film’s closure, detailed looks at its new and returning characters, and an insight into the creative process behind the iconic horror sequel. The included deleted scenes, particularly one highlighting an unexplored storyline, emphasize the fragmented vision within the trilogy. The commentary, albeit intermittently insightful, tends to veer into self-congratulatory territory, much like the featurettes which often skirt around deeper thematic discussions in favor of surface-level praise. Nonetheless, for those interested in the technical and artistic aspects of filmmaking, segments like "The Visions of Terror" and "Twisted Deaths" offer genuine interest by delving into costume and set design as well as kill sequences. This collection, albeit exhaustive in appearance, skews towards being a one-time viewing experience, especially for those seeking substantial analytical content about the film’s lore or production intricacies.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Deleted and Extended Scenes: Moments cut from the final film offering additional context and character development.
    • Final Girl: Jamie Lee Curtis reflects on Laurie Strode's legacy and her personal journey with the role.
    • No Place Like Haddonfield: A dive into the setting of Haddonfield and its significance within the Halloween saga.
    • Gag Reel: Light-hearted outtakes from the filming process.
    • Ending Halloween: Insights into how the filmmakers planned to conclude this storied franchise.
    • A Different Threat: Analysis of the film's new antagonist and what they bring to the horror table.
    • The Visions of Terror: A behind-the-scenes look at costume, set design, and how the film's visual tone was achieved.
    • Twisted Deaths: An exploration into the crafting of the film’s most memorable death scenes.
    • Feature Commentary: Conversations with the filmmakers and cast offering additional perspectives on the creation of "Halloween Ends.

    Movie: 77

    As the curtain falls on the saga that reignited a legendary horror franchise, "Halloween Ends" carries the weighty expectations of delivering a grand finale to the confrontational odyssey between Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the nefarious Michael Myers (James Jude Courtney). With promises of an epic conclusion floated by the creators, including writer/director David Gordon Green, the film is scrutinized for its ability to satisfy fans' cravings for a traditional slasher while attempting to imbue it with contemporary thematic depths. Despite ambitions to transcend its genre by weaving existential musings on trauma, evil's genesis, and societal fragments, the film struggles to cohesively meld its philosophical aspirations with the quintessential elements that define a slasher flick.

    Intriguingly, "Halloween Ends" diverges by investing heavily in character development, particularly through the introduction of Corey Cunningham (Rohan Campbell), whose tragic narrative intersects with Laurie's and challenges Michael’s central villainy. This bold narrative choice pivots away from mere bloodshed to explore grief's nuances and the communal impact of enduring terror. However, the inclusion of Corey and a perceived sidelining of Michael has polarized audiences, spotlighting a discord between innovative storytelling and the franchise's foundational appeal. The elaborate homage to John Carpenter's original and its cinematic universe, while rich in fan service, at times feels at odds with the film's narrative coherence and the iconic final showdown that many felt was underwhelming.

    Technically, "Halloween Ends" capitalizes on high production values, a compelling score by John and Cody Carpenter, and a solid ensemble cast. Nevertheless, it falters in fulfilling the basic premise expected of it as the trilogy's climax—delivering a thrilling slasher experience. This incongruence between expectation and execution marks a missed opportunity to seamlessly blend homage with innovation, leaving fans divided over its legacy in the Halloween pantheon. Despite this, the film's ambitious attempt at story-driven horror and character arcs undeniably adds a unique layer to the franchise’s storied history, even if it diverges from its core slasher roots.

    Total: 83

    Halloween Ends," the latest entry in the iconic franchise, ventures into a polarizing finale that has left audiences divided. On one hand, the film's resolution to the long-standing duel between Laurie Strode and Michael Myers presents an audacious twist that some find refreshingly bold after the relative safety of its predecessors. However, many fans are left disillusioned, criticizing the film for its deviation from expected narratives and what they perceive as a clumsy execution. Despite these narrative shortcomings, the release shines in its technical presentation. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment delivers a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack that boasts excellent image quality with an impressive Dolby Vision transfer, and outstanding audio, highlighted by a robust Dolby Atmos sound mix. The package is complemented with a collection of extras, albeit the content leans more towards quantity over depth, leaving enthusiasts craving more substantial bonus materials.

    The disc's high fidelity visuals and audio provide an immersive experience that nearly compensates for the movie's narratively disjointed approach, which appears as an attempt to innovate within a genre formula but ultimately falters in satisfying the saga's longstanding fans. Despite these narrative miscues, the film is not devoid of merits, offering moments of genuine entertainment and what can be interpreted as a daring departure from convention—a characteristic that may, in time, be viewed more favorably.

    In conclusion, "Halloween Ends" stands as a controversial conclusion to a venerable horror series - both compelling and disappointing. Its 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation emerges as its redeeming factor, showcasing technical excellence that will appeal to audiophiles and videophiles alike. While the film itself may not have lived up to every fan's expectations, this release ensures that those willing to own it will enjoy high-quality picture and sound within their home collection. Nonetheless, the yearning for a more definitive collector's edition with in-depth materials persists among the franchise's devotees. This blend of innovative risk-taking in storytelling, paired with unparalleled home video quality, encapsulates this chapter's legacy—a mixed bag that garners both critique and commendation.