Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989) | Scream Factory Collector’s Edition | 4K Blu-ray Review


In just one year, the team behind Halloween 4 came back with the 5th installment. And while the script clearly suffered from this fast turnaround (some even mentioning it wasn’t finished when they were already filming) it is an enjoyable, albeit fragmented, entry into the franchise. Scream Factory decided to include this as their 5th (and hopefully not last) entry into their collection of remastered 4K Halloween films, so let’s check out what they gave us.


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Scream Factory’s Halloween 5, 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 (FEL), HDR10
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Audio Format(s):English (4K/BR):
Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
DTS-HD MA 5.1 (48khz, 24-bit)
DTS-HD MA 2.0 (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:

Once again I’ll be comparing the visual presence here to the 2012 Anchor Bay release of Halloween 5, but also keeping in perspective how this transfer fits into the four films before it that got the same treatment. From a detail perspective, this is absolutely an upgrade over past releases and sits well with its peers. Textures, skin details, costume elements and daytime scenes all get a detail lift and it makes the film look so much more natural. Before, many elements looked fake because they were almost too softened by the transfer. Now makeup effects actually look more realistic (to a point). Grain is present and can be a bit heavier at times but overall it’s fairly well controlled. As with the rest of the films, if you are grain-sensitive, you will notice it, but I personally found it very organic.


The color and dynamic range are an absolute improvement, but of the 5 releases that came out here in October 2021, this is probably the one that has the most challenges. Colors, like reds and pinks definitely get a boost, and overall the film gets a bit more of a warm/pink tone while mostly maintaining a natural look (there are a few exceptions). As the film takes place in the warmer, brighter days of the summer, there is definitely a brighter aesthetic to the film and the HDR absolutely elevates that. While I adjusted, it is definitely the brightest transfer of the bunch and at times some of the highlight details suffer. I do believe that this is likely due to the source material as even the darker 2012 Blu-ray loses details in the highlights here as well but the mastering team on that disk aimed to tone everything else down and the Scream Factory team seemed more to embrace it. That said, even though a bit bright, the darks and blacks mostly do not suffer as a result, remaining deep and inky, with shadow detail maintained There were a few instances of inconsistency towards the early in the film with some scenes waffling on the edge of too dark or too elevated, but on the whole, it looked good.

The included Blu-ray also uses the same transfer and looks very good compared to its 1080p peers and outclasses the 2012 release.

Video Score (4K): 4.1 / 5

Video Score (BR): 4.1 / 5

Audio Review:

Like the first two installments, we get 3 mixes onboard, with a stereo mix, a 5.1 surround and a new Dolby Atmos mix. Once again the audio time did a great job on the new mix and it’s my favorite of the bunch, with the Stereo coming in behind it and the 5.1 once again being tossed aside (it’s nice to know it’s there, but I’ll probably never use it).

The Atmos mix leverages the myriad of speakers and objects to good effect, mimicking a similar experience to the Halloween 4 disc. It remains mostly upfront but when the surround needs to come into play, they do with great purpose and discrete effects coming through with accuracy. Dialog remains clean, clear and centered. The low-end carries some weight in both the impact of the action elements but also in the score. It won’t make your hair stand up, but its deep and powerful enough to enhance the experience.

The stereo mix also does a nice job with the audio presentation. While not benefiting from the increased capabilities of the Atmos mix, it still has presence, clarity and some authority. And lastly the 5.1 mix…well it’s there. Other than for completeness, I don’t think it offers anything that surpasses the other two mixes.

Audio Score (4K/BR): 4.3 / 5

Special Features and Packaging:

As with its 4 brethren, This Scream Factory special features list cobbles together most of what we have seen and heard before. Overall its a really nice list of features. The most notable was the inclusion of the pieced together Dr. Death intro which was more interesting than I expected, although I’m not sure I would say I think they should have included it in the film. The rest of the featurettes, commentary tracks, stills, promos, and galleries are all here and all very enjoyable for fans of the franchise.
From a packaging standpoint, once again we custom artwork on the rigid slipcover, reversible artwork on the case and art on both of the discs. I don’t have much more to add than I’ve said about the past 4 films. It’s a lovely step up from the art and feel of past releases and fits right in with the other 4 on the shelf.

Features Score: 4.5 / 5

Buy/Upgrade-worthiness:

If you are considering buying Halloween 5, this is definitely the version to own. If you already own the older Bluray and are a fan of the film, this is also the one to own. Scream Factory did a very good job on this release and while it had more flaws than the past 4, it is still a fine addition to any collection.


Buy/Upgrade Recommendation: YES!

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Summary and Overall Scores:

Halloween 5 is definitely a winner, although with some minor flaws. It’s a strong entry to the remastered 4K market, and gives a solid presentation to a film that is a bit fragmented.

My biggest disappointment with Halloween 5 from Scream Factory is that it is the last one they have decided to upgrade (for now). I do hope one day we get the rest of the films on remastered 4K sets. Scream Factory did an admirable job bringing these films up and giving several of them the first time on the 4K format and looking better than they ever have. Additionally they collected as much of the special features as we could expect on this type of release and put it all in a nicely presented package.

Experience Score**: 4.2 / 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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