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Time Flies By for ‘Halloween’ Actress

18 Sep, 2013 By: Chris Tribbey

It’s been 35 years since a little-known distributor released a small horror film by a young director with a largely unknown cast.

For Halloween actress P.J. Soles (Rock 'n' Roll High School, Carrie) it seems like yesterday.

“It’s gone by very, very fast,” she said of the 35 years since Compass International Pictures first released the classic John Carpenter horror film. “It does seem like yesterday we were [filming] in Pasadena.”

On Sept. 24 Anchor Bay Entertainment re-releases the film as a 35th anniversary Blu-ray Disc, complete with a new high-def transfer, a new 7.1 audio mix, a new commentary track with Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda, True Lies) and other new bonus features.

The film remains one of the all-time classic horror films for a reason, Soles said. The film spawned seven sequels, a reboot by director Rob Zombie and a sequel to the reboot.

“It’s a masterpiece, one of those small movies that works in every way,” she said. “No blood, no gore, just suspense. With all that’s happened in the horror genre since, there’s a reason that everyone keeps coming back to this one.”

Anchor Bay worked up a new high-def transfer with the film’s original cinematographer, Oscar nominee Dean Cundey (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Apollo 13), and added an all-new bonus feature with Curtis, “The Night She Came Home.”

The studio also included some legacy bonus features from previous Halloween disc releases, and the first printing of the 35th anniversary edition includes a collectible package with 20 pages of archival photos and an essay by Halloween historian Stefan Hutchinson.

“For the fans, they always want better and better, and they’re going to get it with this package,” Soles said.

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