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'Halloween' in time for Christmas

25 Oct, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

Rob Zombie's Halloween

What do you do with the DVD of a horror film when its theatrical run takes place in the weeks leading up to Halloween? Wait a year for the next scary season? Not if you're Genius Products.

The mini-major is rushing Rob Zombie's remake of the classic Halloween, from The Weinstein Co., into the fourth quarter. It's due Dec. 18, a week before Christmas — and just 109 days after its theatrical debut.

Two versions are being prepared, both priced at $29.95: the original theatrical version and an unrated director's cut with 11 additional minutes of gruesome footage. Each version comes with a second disc of extras, including 17 deleted scenes, an alternate ending, bloopers, casting sessions, an interview and audio commentary with Zombie, and more. The theatrical DVD comes with both full-screen and widescreen versions of the film, while the unrated director's cut is widescreen only.

Halloween grossed $57.1 million at the box office and is a retelling of the 1978 John Carpenter classic of the same name, which is credited, along with 1974's Black Christmas, as one of the cornerstones of the slasher-film subgenre.

Zombie's Halloween stars former world champion wrestler Tyler Mane (X-Men, Troy, The Scorpion King) as Michael Myers, a psychotic but silent killer who escapes from a mental institution, dons a haunting disguise and slashes his way through his hometown. The cast also includes Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, “Heroes”), William Forsythe (The Devil's Rejects, Freedomland) and Danny Trejo (Grindhouse, Once Upon a Time in Mexico).

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