Halloween II

 Campaign to restore the producer's credit



24th October
2011
  

Updated: Thirtieth Anniversary...

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New UK DVD and US Blu-ray releases of Rick Rosenthal's 1981 Halloween II
Halloween II DVD Donald Pleasence Halloween II is a 1981 US horror film by Rick Rosenthal. See IMDb

Passed 18 uncut with previous cuts waived for:

  • UK 2011 Scanbox R2 DVD at UK Amazon just released on 10th October 2011
  • UK 2010 Lions Gate Online
  • UK 2010 Lions Gate R2 DVD
  • UK 2002 Sanctuary R2 DVD

The US release is uncut and MPAA R Rated for:

  • US 2011 Universal 30th Anniversary R0 Blu-ray just released on 13th September 2011
  • US 2005 Universal R1 DVD at US Amazon
Previously passed 18 after 17s of BBFC cuts for:
  • UK 1990 Castle VHS

The BBFC cuts were:

  • Cuts to the scene where Michael dunks a nurse into a boiling Jacuzzi. The final two thrusts under the water have been removed, a close up of her burnt face and also Michael throwing her naked body to the floor.

Summary Review: Successful exercise in terror

It is rare that horror sequels (or any film sequels) manage to capture the tone and feel of their predecessor. However Halloween 2, made 3 years after John Carpenter's original, is a successful exercise in terror.

However, expect more violence than the almost entirely blood-free first outing.

A very worthwhile film for lovers of the horror genre.

Update: Boycott Universal's Halloween II

23rd October 2011. See campaign from facebook.com , thanks to TheDVDMonster

boycott halloween ii logo In a completely disgraceful move, Universal/MCA replaced producer Moustapha Akkad's credit, on the new release of HIS film, Halloween II, with their own corporate logo.

What's worse, they did it after his tragic death, when he is not here to defend his own work. Therefore, we need to let the studio know that we will not stand for it. No one did more for the Halloween franchise than Moustapha Akkad, and we want his credit put back - NOW.

Do not but this, or any other Universal DVD, until they fix this shameful situation! And if you have bought it, return it.

Solidarity among Michael Myers lovers, for the Godfather of Halloween, Moustapha Akkad, R.I.P.

The Latest

The campaign coordinator writes:

Universal has said that they will fix the situation, and apologized for the error. We believe that no harm was intended and it was a mistake.

But, wow, the power of Halloween fans united. We will keep you posted, as news develops...

 

30th November
2011
  

Update: Happy 30th Anniversary at Last...

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Producer credit restored to 30th Anniversary Edition of Halloween II
Halloween Blu ray Jamie Lee Curtis Halloween II is a 1981 US horror film by Rick Rosenthal.

Universal released a 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray on 13th September 2011.

But the fans were not impressed as explained in a news story shortly after the release:

In a completely disgraceful move, Universal/MCA replaced producer Moustapha Akkad's credit, on the new release of HIS film, Halloween II, with their own corporate logo.

What's worse, they did it after his tragic death, when he is not here to defend his own work. Therefore, we need to let the studio know that we will not stand for it. No one did more for the Halloween franchise than Moustapha Akkad, and we want his credit put back - NOW.

Do not but this, or any other Universal DVD, until they fix this shameful situation! And if you have bought it, return it.

Solidarity among Michael Myers lovers, for the Godfather of Halloween, Moustapha Akkad, R.I.P.

Universal responded to the campaign and explained that the omission of the credit was a mistake and that release will be fixed.

moustapha akkad credit And indeed Universal made good with the pledge, and have now issued a replacement complete with the well deserved credit.

Where possible Universal are now emailing buyers of the errant disk:

Dear Halloween II Blu-ray Owner,

We're happy to let you know that revised Halloween II Blu-ray discs are now available.

For information on receiving a replacement, please let us know your mailing address and daytime telephone number.

Sincerely,

Consumer Relations UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT

 


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