The characters in this puppy are the usual ones you'll find in any other horror movie. Hot chicks in tight clothing, gung ho guys who think it's gonna be a piece of cake to get rid of the bad guy and some greedy professor who wants to preserve the nut alive for observation. The main hottie, Lexa Doing plays Rowan, a scientist who gets transported through time along with Jason, only to find him alive again when she wakes up 400 years later. She's fine but for a horror flick, I was hoping to see her totties a bit. The rest of the cast is also decent, granted no one in this production will be appearing on a London stage, reciting Shakespearean lines any time soon but hey, they're there to get chopped into bits anyway so what the heck, why not trot out a few second rate Canadian actors?
The movie has a pretty good look overall, the special effects are a lot better than I would have expected for a horror flick with a $12 million budget, especially when you consider the considerable expense they must have incurred to purchase all the blood. It was pretty pleasant to watch but like I said above (I think I even said it twice!), I had a blast for an hour and then spent a half hour rolling my eyes.
The commentary is followed by a half-hour long documentary entitled "The many lives of Jason Voorhees". I don't suppose this will teach anything new to die-hard Jason followers but for casual viewers like myself, the documentary trots out lots and lots of info about Crystal Lake's favorite mass murderer. With comments by film critics, filmmakers, cultural historians and more, it develops into a rather solid discussion about several topics such as the entertainment climate at the time the first film was released, the follow-up to it and even delves into the topic of violence in cinema, which although interesting, is covered by Isaac in his commentary. The die-hard fans will at least get to see some footage of older versions of Jason.
Next up and clocking in at a solid 18 minutes, "By any means necessary: The making of Jason X" is an extremely satisfying look into some of the more technical aspects of the film such as the film-to-digital-to-film transfer, CGI effects and some of the more standard "making of" topics like production design, costumes, makeup and more. This is a real featurette that discusses the physical making of the film and not some canned studio feature in which everyone pats each other on the back. Good stuff, as they say.
The last substantial tidbit, and a pretty cool one is the "jump to a death" feature. This allows you to navigate through all of Jason X's gory deaths using an index that lists all of them. If you're the kind of person who watches horror movies just to see people get impaled, sliced, dice or otherwise butchered, then it's perfect for you. You can watch them individually, all in a row or for the more creative and sickest minds, you can play them all at random and get surprised!
Aside from that, the theatrical trailer is obviously included, and kindly enough the producers of the DVD also tossed in the trailer for the original release of "A nightmare on Elm Street". Freddy? yes... Freddy...