Halloween Kills (2021) | 4K Blu-ray Review

The sequel 2018’s Halloween is here on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. The 2018 film looked pretty darn good on the format, so let’s see if Universal Studios continues the trend with Halloween Kills.

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Halloween Kills, 4K Blu-ray cover art

Tech Specs:

Format(s):UltraHD/4K Blu-ray (BD-100)
Blu-ray (BD-50)
Digital code
Released By:Universal Pictures
Release Date:January 11th, 2022
Video Format / Codec:4K: H.265 (HEVC)
Resolution:4K: Native 4K, 2160/24p
BR: Full HD, 1080/24p
Digital Intermediate (DI):4K (captured on digital RAW)
High-Dynamic Range (HDR):Dolby Vision (FEL), HDR10
Aspect Ratio:2.39:1
Audio Format(s):English (4K/BR): Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Additional tracks also available in French and Spanish
Subtitles:English SDH, French, Spanish
Packaging:Dual disc snapcase with slipcover*

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

Video Review:

Halloween Kills arrives with a native 4K image and it is fairly impressive on the detail front. Close-ups reveal texture and imperfections in skin, details of individual strands of hair and fine threads on costumes. Michael’s looks disturbingly tactile and worn, and the Strode home looks appropriately aged and broken down. There is a lot to take in and the sharpness and refinement in detail throughout makes sure there is little to miss. I did note a few instances of slight softness, but this was mostly during the process of gathering screenshots and not anything that looked overtly soft when the frames are in motion.

While shot digitally, there is a layer of digital grain, and well-controlled noise, throughout. On the older 1978 scenes, the grain is amplified to better embody the look and feel of the original, while it get reduced in the near to present day scenes. In all cases, I think it looks good and appropriate for the aesthetic of the film.

For color and dynamic range, the Halloween movies present a nice balance of dark, gray blue nights, warmer interior scenes, and bright red blood. The color grade is absolutely in line with the franchise, and the cold, eerie atmosphere portrayed. Colors do get their chance to pop here and there whether it be the orange glow flames, the red at the backside of the stage at Mick’s Bar, or the blue and red flash of emergency lights littered throughout the film. On the dynamic range front, the move absolutely challenges the capability of the HDR10 and Dolby Vision, and both handle it well, with the later being just slightly more refined. Shadows remain deep without pushing to black, highlights remain bright, but still a but muted while keeping details present, and specular highlights and bright lights such as from the end of a flashlight at bright and squint-inducing. Blacks can get a bit elevated here and there, but I would not call it distracting or out of style with the film.

The included Blu-ray is also excellent, and looks great for the format. It does  struggle a bit more especially in those deeper darker blacks and the colors do not appear quite as full, but still presents a visually pleasing experience.

Video Score (4K): 4.7 / 5 (Excellent)

Video Score (BR): 4.5 / 5 (Excellent)

Audio Review:

Both discs in this set include a Dolby Atmos track that presents an active and engaging audio mix. With a baseline of clear and clean dialog and a well-placed soundstage up front, the mix continues to add to the experience as it extends out through the remainder of your speakers. There’s a good amount of detail throughout the track and the placement of activity in the surround and overhead channels is accurate and appropriate. There is a mix of stress-heightening effects and subtle ambiance building throughout the movie with standout scenes including the fire at Laurie’s home, which leverages the entirety of your system to portray the raging inferno and chaos at work as it consumes the structure around you. The overheads do get a decent amount of work, but it is mostly involved in the building and extension of atmosphere with certainly a few discrete effects properly entering your space from above.

The musical score is well supported throughout, including the low end with a good use of solid bass. Combine that with some more authoritative instances of LFE in various scenes throughout and it’s definitely a mix that further drives your experience in the movie.

Audio Score (4K/BR): 4.7 / 5 (Excellent)

Special Features and Packaging:

On the special features front, there’s a fairly good list of extras included, although none of it is overly long. Aside from the obvious inclusion on both discs of the second cut of the film to include the alternate ending, there’s also the obligatory gag reel and deleted scenes. The behind the scenes featurettes provide a good insight into the production of the movie, although some of it is fairly superficial. The highlight for me was the audio commentary track with director/writer David Godron Green as well as acting talent Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer. There was a lot of interesting and insightful anecdotes from production and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

For packaging, It’s not a premium release, but it’s still a decent package. The slipcover comes embossed for that very tactile look and feel to Michael Myers’ mask on the front with the same artwork found on the case. The Blu-ray comes in a standard black, while the 4K disc gets a slightly upgraded look with Myers adorning the front left. It’s nothing to really write home about, but it’s a decent offering for the level of release.

Features Score: 3.4 / 5 (Above Average)


If you are a fan of the new Halloween movies and want to own it on physical media (which you should since it’s better than the stream), then this definitely can have a place on your shelf. It’s still fairly new to the market and so you will still pay those new release prices. I would imagine this drops a few more dollars in the coming weeks, but think it’s unlikely to drop further until later pressings.

Buy/Upgrade Recommendation: YES!

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Summary and Overall Scores:

Overall, this is another solid entry from Universal Pictures and a well presented image and audio experience for the Halloween franchise. Any fan of the film and genre would welcome this release into their home.

Experience Score**: 4.5 / 5  (Excellent)

** 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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