Between the one with the lenticular cover and the "Network TV" version, I've simply lost count of how many different Halloween DVDs Anchor Bay has released in my lifetime. (I'll guess eight, and that's not including the feature-length Halloween documentary that recently got its very own DVD release instead of being packaged as Disc 2 in a normal Special Edition.) Me, I own one copy of John Carpenter's unquestionable classic (this version, I think), and I've never really felt the urge to invest in any of the subsequent releases.

But I may have to change that tune pretty soon.

Don May Jr., the horror-lovin' DVD producer who runs Synapse Films, recently let Fangoria know about a virtual Holy Grail of Horrordom: "What we've got is pretty much all the unused original camera negative from John Carpenter's original Halloween," is what May had to say, and to imply that the guy is very excited about the treasure trove would be an understatement on par with "Dr. Loomis is mildly obsessed with Michael Myers." What does this mean to you and me? It means we just might get to see an all-kinda-new and unseen-footage-laden version of Carpenter's classic, complete with new "clothesline scene" and an alternate (unused) ending. Mr. May also found a box of negatives that has "1981" scrawled on it, which is a little strange since Halloween was shot in 1978! The assumption is that this box may contain materials shot exclusively for Halloween's network TV premiere! Oooh, it's all so geekily exciting!

That said, don't expect anything to come of this discovery for quite a while. May's been in contact with original Halloween editor Tommy Lee Wallace and film preservationist Robert Harris, and everyone seems pretty darn excited about the find. No word yet on the state of the overworked salivary glands over at Anchor Bay.
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