Halloween 3: Season of the Witch (1982) | Scream Factory Collector’s Edition | 4K Blu-ray Review


Scream Factory continues to spread their 4K love on the Halloween franchise, with this, the 3rd movie getting the upgrade. Although many are not a fan of this film as it steps its focus away from Michael Myers and Laurie Strode and onto its own standalone story, it’s still an enjoyable flick and one that still deserves a quality upgrade. Let’s check out to see if that’s what we got.


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Scream Factory’s Halloween 3, 4K Blu-ray cover art

Tech Specs:

Format(s):UltraHD/4K Blu-ray (BD-100)
Blu-ray (BD-50)
Released By:Scream Factory
Release Date:October 5th, 2021
Video Format / Codec:4K: H.265 (HEVC)
BR: MPEG-4 (AVC)
Resolution:4K: 
Native 4K, 2160/24p 
(3280 x 2160 at 23.976 frames/sec, progressive)

BR: 
Full HD, 1080/24p 
(1920 x 1080 at 23.976 frames/sec, progressive)
Digital Intermediate (DI):4K (from 35mm negatives)
High-Dynamic Range (HDR):Dolby Vision, HDR10
Aspect Ratio:2.39:1
Audio Format(s):English (4K/BR):
Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
DTS-HD MA 2.0 Mono (48khz, 24-bit)
Subtitles:English SDH
Packaging:Dual disc snap case w/ rigid slipcover*

*Slipcover may only be available on initial pressing
Region Coding:4K: Region-free
BR: Region A (locked)

Video Review:

The third movie sees enhancement in both detail and a level up in color in its first trip onto 4K. The new scan looks absolutely fantastic compared to older releases, especially the Universal release from 2015 which is quickly getting dumped from my collection. Focusing on detail itself, the resolution of much of the costuming, set pieces and skin textures has seen an absolute upgrade here revealing fine textures, wrinkles, hairs and threads that were previously not well resolved.

There is film grain throughout as one would expect from a film release in 1982. It is not heavy, but rather fine and natural for film.
On the color front, this was already the most colorful of the franchise and it definitely got a bump up here from the Dolby Vision. That said, the punched up colors don’t just get oversaturated, but rather retain a natural hue while still imparting the impact one would expect. Items that were meant to be bright and colorful, such as masks definitely pop much more off the screen. On the shadows and highlights, the HDR does a nice job of managing both, providing deep, inky black and pure, bright whites without a lot of detail lost.

The Blu-ray included has the same transfer on board and does a nice job of preserving much of the upgrade, but with a bit lost in detail and color based on the limitation of the technology.

Video Score (4K): 4.5 / 5

Video Score (BR): 4.5 / 5

Audio Review:

Of the five releases to get an upgrade from Scream Factory this is the only one with only two primary tracks available with both a 2.0 mono track and a new Atmos track, eschewing the 5.1 surround mix, likely as they would have had to create one in order to include it (no previous releases had a 5.1 mix). For both tracks on board, the score and dialog are pronounced, clean and natural sounding, if maybe a bit elevated in the mono track. The Atmos track upgrades the 2.0 by adding much more immersion with activity moving about when appropriate and generating atmosphere within your room as the scene dictates, but there are also scenes that remain fairly front heavy. The low-end is solid and beefy in many of the effects and in the score, but more concussive effects like explosions were a bit flat. Overall the Atmos mix was my preferred choice on this one, but the 2,0 Mono track still holds up for the purist.

Audio Score (4K/BR): 4.1 / 5

Special Features and Packaging:

Scream Factory took the same approach here as the past to movies, but collecting and including many of the features we have seen before, including featurettes, interviews, audio commentary tracks, stills, and tv spots. Overall there’s a lot here to enjoy especially if you are coming from the Universal release which pretty much just contained the movie.

From a packaging standpoint, this follows the same pattern, with custom artwork on the rigid slipcover, reversible artwork on the case and art on both of the discs. The only thing that stands out more on this release is the different format of the logo used, but that’s expected and in line with the original marketing and past releases. It just stands out a but more here as the rest of the five maintain a similar aesthetic. Not a knock at all, just something I noticed more prominently when I put them next to each other.

Features Score: 4.5 / 5

Buy/Upgrade-worthiness:

In short, YES! If you enjoy this film, or if you just like the franchise in general, this one is definitely one to pick up. It’s the best this movie has looked and sounded and the added features are great. But this is also starting to get into a point where you will have to weigh this for yourself and your fandom. The first two are definitely the more popular films, where getting into 3, 4, 5 and beyond there definitely is a drop off of value for a more casual fan. If you fall into the latter, then the older Scream Factory Blu-ray may be sufficient, especially given the premium price. But if you are a true Halloween fan, you need this version on your shelf.


Buy/Upgrade Recommendation: YES!

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Summary and Overall Scores:

I was happy to see Scream Factory extend the 4K treatment beyond the first couple of movies. While this film stands out from the others in terms of storyline and environment, I still really enjoy this film on its own and was very pleased with the overall experience on this remastered set. 

Experience Score**: 4.4 / 5  (Very Good)

** Experience score does not take into account the quality of the film itself, just the technical presentation, packaging and included features.

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