Extended Edition

While not as infamous as the television cut for Halloween II, the television cut has lived on as the aptly titled “extended cut” of Halloween – living on in VHS, DVD and eventually Blu-Ray.

The extended edition effectively serves as a composite cut – taking the film’s theatrical cut, and adding in the three additional scenes that were filmed in 1981. All of the language, minimal gore and nudity from the theatrical release is still present, but you get the benefit of seeing the new scenes.

Home Video Releases

Anchor Bay originally released the extended edition in the limited-edition THX-certified set of Halloween. The two-disc set, featuring a lenticular cover and released on September 28, 1999, had the newly created (at the time) ‘Extended Edition’ on its second DVD.

It was later released individually on DVD and VHS by Anchor Bay in both the US and the UK on August 7, 2001. All of these releases have been long out of print.

In 2014, when Shout Factory (under its Scream Factory label) released the complete collection on Blu-Ray, the deluxe edition of the set featured a bonus disc that contained the “extended cut” in full HD. The main film was sourced from the film’s 2013 35th Anniversary transfer, and the television scenes were upscaled from 480p to 1080p. However, the title card establishing the first scene’s taking place on May 1, 1964 was missing.

Shout Factory would later release a feature-packed 4K UHD edition of the film on October 5, 2021. This release would feature both the extended edition and the broadcast television cut on the third disc. Despite the film receiving a fresh 4K scan for its UHD disc, the extended cut was the 2014 composite using the 2013 transfer with the television scenes upscaled.