The Halloween that Almost Wasn’t (1979) plus Bonuses on Blu-ray/DVD Combo
This is a rare Halloween special that has been transferred from VHS to digital then it was cleaned and upscaled to 1080p for the Blu-ray and 480p for the DVD.
It come with a interactive menu that allows you to choose the special you like as well as chapter skips and a play all feature to play the whole disc.
The screenshot are taken from a 60″ LCD TV playing on a Blu-ray player with an iphone. The screenshot are from the Blu-ray version.
Trick or Treat Seasons Greetings
WGN Channel 9 Boo
Halloween is Grinch Night
After hearing rumors from a TV newscaster that Halloween may end and that he is being blamed, Count Dracula exclaims, “How dare they suggest such a thing? Halloween is my national holiday!” and he calls the world’s most famous monsters—Warren the Werewolf a.k.a. Wolf Man (Jack Riley) of Budapest, Frankenstein’s monster (John Schuck), Zabaar the Zombie (Josip Elic) of Haiti, the Mummy of Egypt and the Witch – to his castle to make them frightening again. Dracula believes that the problem is that the monsters have “exploited their monsterhood” to the point of being funny rather than scary; for example, Frankenstein’s monster has let a movie influence him into tapdancing rather than frightening people. As it turns out, the rumor about Halloween coming to an end was started by the Witch herself; sick of jokes about how ugly she is, she no longer wishes to participate and without her annual ride over the moon, there can be no Halloween. She has prepared a list of demands, which Dracula refuses to meet, so she rides off to her own castle.
Dracula pursues the Witch as a bat, but realizes that the sun is about to come up and he goes back into his mausoleum. The next evening, on the night before Halloween, he and the other monsters break into the Witch’s castle. They have her cornered, but she turns a painting of the Three Musketeers into minions. After a brief chase scene using The Munsters-style fast motion, the Witch is cornered in a room, while Igor (Henry Gibson) has her broom. Dracula turns into a bat again to sneak under the door, but gets smashed by the Witch and comes back; Igor tries climbing on a ledge and swinging into the room through a window Hunchback of Notre Dame-style, only to have the Witch open the door so he goes right back outside. “It’s one of those days I wish I was dead,” Dracula declares. “And stayed dead.”
Although Dracula finally gives in to the Witch’s demands (including a randomly added wish for him to take her disco dancing every year), she suddenly changes her mind and decides not to go along. Then, a pair of children who were watching the newscast of the events on TV appear outside the door, one dressed as the Witch, and plead with her, telling her they love her the way she is. Moved by the children, she does her ride over the moon as promised.
The film concludes with a disco scene during which the Witch transforms into a disco queen resembling the character Stephanie Mangano from the movie Saturday Night Fever by doing a Wonder Woman-style spin, and Dracula, figuring he may as well go with the flow, rips off his costume to reveal a Tony Manero-esque leisure suit mimicking John Travolta’s character from that same movie.
Standard Blu-ray player: This has the highest playback of all options. I recommend this option if available to you – please make sure your Blu-ray player is fully updated for the best playback experience.
PlayStation 3: I have tested my sets on my PS3, I have a generation 1 FAT model with a firmware of 4.43 and it plays fine. Remember that playback of PS3 is determined by the version of the system and the update you’re on.
PlayStation 4: This has the highest playback of the PlayStation systems. Quality of playback is determined by the version of the system and the update you are currently on. Make sure your system is fully updated for the best playback.
Xbox One: Based on customers reports Xbox has the lowest playback of all game systems. There are some ways to improve playback by updating the system and making sure the Blu-ray app in the system has the newest update. Playback is determined by the version of the system and the update you’re on.
All of this information is based on customer reports and personal experience. I would urge you to go through my feedback to see other customers experiences with playback. Many customers have had great success playing these on game systems. I put this here to be open and honest with you so you can have the best experience possible.
Running these Blu-rays on a video game consoles could result in playback issues based on all the information above.
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