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FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE COMPLETE...
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

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What's it about
For the first time ever on blu-ray, Jason Voorhees is slashing his way into your home. If it's got Jason in it, it's here, from part one to the remake, including the New Line films and Jason's encounter with Freddy!
Is it good movie?
I've always, always fancied myself as a Friday the 13th guy. Growing up, it was the Friday VHS covers that terrified me. I know it's a bit subjective and perhaps selective memory, but I fondly remember being terrified by TV spots for parts 4 and 5 as a kid. Seeing that goon with the hockey mask coming after some poor teenager was enough to send me into shock!

So it was no surprise that when I finally summoned up the courage around the age of 10 or 11, it was the Friday series I turned to first to dip my toe in horror lake. So, suffice it to say, I have a lot of history with this franchise. I'm going to give this review with my own sheer personal bias- I know that some movies have more love and hate with the fans than others, but I'm just going to give my straight up opinion. Everyone and their mother have their own thoughts on this franchise, so I likely won't change your mind. With all that said, here's my (kinda) brief perspective on this long, storied franchise.


Friday the 13th
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Cast: Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, Kevin Bacon, Jeannine Taylor

Plot: Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.

Review: The granddaddy of 'em all has quite frankly not aged well. It plays almost like a goofy sort of cartoon at this point, but remember- this is a pioneer or sorts! This baby was responsible for scaring the ever-loving crap out of a whole generation of young people. The idea of fun-loving, red-blooded teenagers getting hacked up for no reason? How awful.

This is a crude and harsh looking movie that in a lot of ways set the rules for so many copycat slashers to come after it. Scary music (Manfredini for the win!), scary sounds, the "killer in the bushes" POV shots, it's all here. You've even got a young and hungry Tommy Savini providing some awesome effects. Betsy Palmer and Adrienne King are also quite good in their roles, without a doubt (though Palmer is clearly the more seasoned actress). Throw in a badass ending and you've got the start of one of horror's most beloved franchises.

Note: This is the only uncut Friday film in this set.

Rating: 3.5/5

Friday the 13th Part 2
Director: Steve Miner
Cast: Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Stuart Charno

Plot: Mrs. Voorhees is dead, and Camp Crystal Lake is shut down, but an unknown assailant stalks a camp next to the infamous place. Is it Mrs. Voorhees' son Jason who didn't drown in the lake some 30 years before?

Review: A lot of people call part 2 one of their favorites, but I've never really been huge into the first two entries of the series. I think it's simply a matter of a generation gap- by the time I was ready to watch horror, I was able to get into slicker, more modern versions of the Friday movies. Especially in the case of Jason's flicks where they tend to be really formulaic, it made the earlier ones tough to watch once I started going backwards.

This entry is actually one of the ones I'm least familiar with (by that it means that I have only seen it two or three times instead of 10-15 like many others). The movie sucks, it does. But, it sucks so good. You can tell almost right away that this is a cash-grab because they actually got Adrienne King to show up and get killed off, which is a great little cameo and a fun way to start things off. After that, this movie is basically a remake, following the same pattern that almost every movie afterwards would follow. There are cookie cutter characters, boobs, drugs, sex and blood.

Being a bit more objective, as a Friday fan, this isn’t a very memorable movie for me. Sure, it introduces Jason and features the decapitated head of Mrs. Voorhees, but it just isn’t really gripping. The kills are decent enough for the time and the effects aren’t awful but still, this isn’t a thrilling entry. You may feel differently, but I’m just not a huge fan of the first two films, although I can appreciate what they add to the franchise.

Rating: 2.5/5

Friday the 13th Part III – 3-D

Director: Steve Miner
Cast: Richard Brooker, Gloria Charles, Steve "Dash" Daskawisz, Anne Gaybis, Rachel Howard
Plot: Having escaped, Jason Voorhees is back, hockey mask and all, to continue his murderous rampage across Camp Crystal Lake.

Review: This one cashed in on the old anaglyph 3D fad back in the day (who would ever think that 3D would be popular at the movies, sheesh?) to bring us Jason in eyeball-popping glory. I've always had a bit of a soft spot for this one, although it's worth noting that this set totally cheeses out on giving us a 3D transfer, instead opting for the "traditional" method.

You won't be able to forget that this was a 3D movie, either..because this one is practically pure comedy with all the stuff they throw at the screen. Hell, that's part of its charm! The characters don't stand out though, besides the great Larry Zerner's performance as Shelley (the tubby schlub who winds up giving Jason his mask!).

This is a purely fun, purely ridiculous flick complete with a disco theme! If you're into a dated, pre-zombie Jason and can find a substance or two to enhance the lame 3D viewing, you're at least in for some fun.

Rating: 2/5

Part IV: The Final Chapter
Director: Joe Zito
Cast: Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Kimberly Beck, Peter Barton, Corey Feldman

Plot: After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake.

Review: Although it's never been my personal favorite, I can see why many fans consider this one to be a high point in the Friday series. Now, it's not like this one breaks the mold or anything- Jason comes back to life all of a sudden (which really makes no sense), and heads back to Crystal Lake to murder people while the Jarvis family (who live nearby, of course) get caught up in the crossfire.

Thing is though, this one gets a lot right. It's paced well, loaded with darkness and tension, and even the teenagers are likeable and downright hilarious (obligatory reference to Crispin Glover's dance goes here), and there's a ton of nudity and otherwise enjoyable female content. On top of that, the awesome Tom Savini shows up for effects duty and absolutely doesn't let anyone down- he's got some very nasty tricks up his sleeve here.

It helps too that Corey Feldman (though young) manages to steal the show as the odd aspiring effects artist. He makes some memorable facial expressions and just fits. He goes way off the deep end during the finale too, which is so memorable both for Jason's death and Tommy's transformation. This is simply a great slasher.

Rating: 4/5


Part V: A New Beginning
Director: Danny Steinmann
Cast: John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile, Todd Bryant

Plot: Still haunted by his gruesome past, Tommy Jarvis - the boy who killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if somehow he is connected to brutal slayings occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.

Review: Arguably one of the very worst entries so far, it's too bad that it follows such a fan-favorite. In case you don't remember or didn't already know, this one features (SPOILER!) an impostor Jason. That's right, this is one of those "who is under the mask" sort of gimmicks, as the bizarre Tommy Jarvis (played strangely by John Shepherd- the guy barely emotes) makes friends with annoying young Reggie (Shevar Ross) to try and piece it together after tragedy falls on the halfway home.

There are some memorable characters (Anita and Demon come to mind, especially when Demon's singing on the crapper, the stupid hillbillies, and twisted punk rocker Violet too), and some decent kills (and there are lots and lots of them, many of them totally unnecessary), but this is a totally forgettable entry. If you're looking for straight-up sleaze, nudity and killing, you'll find it here but part V is missing the J-Man and really sort of craps on the cool stuff part IV builds up to. No wonder part 6 ignores its existence.

Rating: 2/5


Part VI: Jason Lives
Director: Tom McLoughlin
Cast: C.J. Graham, Thom Matthews, Ron Palillo, Renee Jones, Jennifer Cooke

Plot: Tommy's all grown up now, and he's escaped a mental institution. He's on his way to Forest Green (the former Crystal Lake) to make sure that Jason's been dead and buried. Naturally, Jason manages to come to life once again, and begins a rampage on (where else?) his former campground.

Review: This is a bit of a turning point in the series, where director Tom McLoughlin makes Jason more of a monster (he's actually revived by an impromptu lightning rod!) for the first time. This one is a heavy favorite for a lot of fans, myself included. I much prefer the "undead" Jason to the "weird bald guy in a jumpsuit" Jason as a personal preference. The brief strings of plot make sense, as overly concerned Sheriff Garris (played wonderfully by David Kagen..named after Mick Garris!)wants to keep the peace by keeping the truth under wraps, while Tommy (Thom Mathews) falls in love with his daughter AND has to stop Jason. The rest of the movie moves along at a great pace, and keeps a light and comedic tone that winks at the audience. Memorable moments include a hilarious cemetery caretaker, a strange paintball scene, and of course plenty of Jason moments. This one isn't super gory though, and I really find that CJ Graham's Jason is a bit lacking- the guy just doesn't put much physicality in the role, comes off a bit small too. I also think it doesn’t' help that Jason looks like a real dork in this movie with his silly gloves and outfit. Still though, this is an easy Friday movie to watch that encapsulates a lot about this series that people love (it even has some tunes from Alice Cooper!).

Rating: 4/5


Part VII: The New Blood
Director: John Carl Buechler
Cast: Kane Hodder, Lar Park Lincoln, Kevin Spirtas, Susan Blu, Terry Kiser

Plot: After accidentally resurrecting Jason from his watery grave while trying to bring her dead dad back, Tina (Lar Park Lincoln) is dropped into the woods of Crystal Lake (of course, teenagers are partying there too) with her Mom  (Susan Blu) and psychiatrist (Terry Kiser) to try to get her special powers under control. Meanwhile, Jason + teenagers partying in the woods = killing.

Originally conceived as Freddy vs. Jason before rights negotiations fell through, this one comes off as Jason vs. Carrie and it just works. John Carl Buechler takes the directing seat and uses his effects knowledge to construct my absolute favorite look for Jason- he's waterlogged, ragged and rotting away. It's so cool to see his bones and flesh sticking through his wrecked outfit. I admit that his face looks ridiculous once his mask comes off, but that's small potatoes. Unfortunately, we get the same old "rated" cut of this one, which is a shame because the violence is clearly snipped.

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood still has some great kills, but be aware that the MPAA wasn't kind to this one. I've always liked the silly little supernatural gimmick tacked on to this entry, and I think it feels a bit like a comic book which adds some real fun to the mix. Series favorite Kane Hodder also makes his first appearance here as Jason, and proves that it took seven entries to get the character right- the guy embodies the role. You can see it in his breathing that he's pure evil! Add the great Terry Kiser (Bernie!) to the mix, and you're in for a fun time. As a downside, the acting from the leads is particularly brutal (especially Kevin Spirtas), and the ending of the flick left a lot to be desired, even for a Friday movie. Still though, arguably one of my most watched Friday movies.

Rating: 5/5


Part VII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Director: Rob Hedden
Cast: Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves, Mark Richman, Barbara Bingham, V.C. Dupree

Plot: A bunch of high school kids take a cruise to New York City, and Jason tags along for the ride.

Review: I'll always have a special place in my heart for this one, as it's the flick that took my horror virginity from me as a young lady..er...man. However, it's tough to deny that it's misleading, bloodless, silly and ultimately (and unfortunately) fairly dull.

Many of these sequels seem arguably unnecessary, but this one just felt mailed in. Helmed by F13 the Series' Rob Hedden, it should be noted that this is "Jason on a boat" and not "Jason in New York". Even Jason's resurrection is lazy this time around (just hitting a power cord underwater? the guy had Jason's exact mask on his stupid boat? come on). The plot is thin even by Friday standards (though young Jason figures in fairly well, the final girl's  I've always thought there were fun moments (the "head" scene comes to mind), and the stuff in NYC is unquestionably cool (Jason in Times Square is a memorable visual), but it doesn't add up. Plus, the ending here is so incredibly ridiculous that it really hurts to think about. Jason's makeup is really awful here too, though Kane Hodder does turn in another great performance. I think it's worth seeing for completion's sake, but I can't argue that this is a weak entry that under-delivers.

Rating: 2/5


Jason Goes to Hell
Director: Adam Marcus
Cast: John D. Le May, Kari Keegan, Erin Gray, Allison Smith, Steven Culp

Plot: Jason is back (he's just back) and we learn that in order to kill a Voorhees, he must die by a Voorhees (or something like that). Jason's long lost sister is tasked with taking him out for good, and in the meantime, he's learned a new trick- how to jump from body to body.

Review: This one gets a TON of heat from the fans as well, as it takes the franchise in a whole new direction. I think it's really cool to see this one released alongside the paramount flicks, but it's too bad we only get the rated cut (we got the freaking unrated one on VHS, for god's sake!). Again, this one is worth mentioning for me as a movie that absolutely scared the crap out of me when I saw it as a kid. It's got a mean streak and can get pretty dark and violent without question. Directed by first time director (and long-time fan) Adam Marcus, this ambitious entry kills Jason within the first ten minutes of the film..they just blow the ever-loving crap out of him (it's an awesome scene). From here, the movie develops into a little evil Jason monster-thing that crawls into a woman's uhh...vertical smile, which has Jason jumping from body to body until he presumably finds a suitable host to be reborn (or something).

I don't hate this movie, I guess it just doesn't fit with the others at all. I think it's suspenseful, shot with style and can be pretty scary. Though there isn't much Jason, he's a monstrous, disgusting beast when he's around. At least this one tries to have a different plot (John D. Lemay is a charismatic everyman lead who goes through hell, and Creighton Duke is a hilarious bounty hunter who somehow knows exactly what to do), but it can be awkward when you're watching a 6 foot black dude in a doctor's coat acting like Jason and slicing people up (the tent scene uncut is one of the coolest kills in the whole series). If you're a Jason lover, you'll be understandably disappointed. If you're into a different take on things, maybe you can appreciate the new direction. If nothing else, this one needs to be seen for its daring attempt to shake things up- even if it wasn't exactly welcomed (but after NINE goddamn movies, isn't it time to look around?)

Rating: 2.5/5


Jason X

Director: Jim Isaac
Cast: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Lisa Ryder

Plot: Jason gets frozen with a scientist (Lexa Doig) and the two wind up getting thawed and reanimated in the year 2455 on a spaceship full of disposable space-dorks.

Review: Okay, okay, I get it- this is another often maligned entry in the Friday series. Honestly though, if you're just looking at sheer entertainment value, Jason X has it in spades. This one infamously sat on the shelf for awhile after rotting away in development hell, and came out rather quietly, performing not-so-well at the box office after being leaked on the internet. Unfortunately, this also marked the last time we'd see Kane Hodder bring this character to life.

I'll go ahead and say it- I think Jason X is a good time. I think of it as a sort of dorky space TV show (like a bad TNG episode) with Jason thrown in (though the movie is way too bright for my tastes). He's caught early, he's frozen, he's thawed and he starts wreaking havoc on the ship. If you know anything about Jason X at all, you know that "evil gets an upgrade" in the form of Uber-Jason towards the end of the movie. I'm okay with it! Sure, it's different (like JGTH) but what's wrong with that in entry TEN? This one takes a far more comedic, tongue-in-cheek approach and while some of the characters are annoying, there are some badass kills (the freeze-smash, the drill bit, the cyborg battle, etc.). There's a great nod to past entries (we love to smoke pot!) and a ridiculous space-battle between Jason and one of the space marines (Peter Mensah rocks!). Ultimately, at this point its kind of open to interpretation- why not do something silly or "out there"? Last I checked, people didn't exactly fawn over the remake, and that was basically more of the same.

Rating: 3/5

Freddy vs. Jason
Director: Ronny Yu
Cast: Jason Ritter, Monica Keena, Kelly Rowland, Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger

Plot: Freddy's weak and wants someone to help him kill a bunch of kids to get back into shape. He tries to trick Jason into doing it, while a group of Elm Street kids tries to survive getting caught up in the middle.

Review: I waited a long, long time for this flick to come out and I feel like I've written about it so much (I even did a podcast on it for a few hours once). Here's the thing- when this movie was coming out, I was sure it was going to disappoint me and ultimately let me down. When I finally got to see it, I was so pleased that it wasn't a total piece of garbage. In fact, it gets a lot right. As far as the plot and cast go, it's pretty okay, dealing with Hypnocil to forget Freddy, connections to Crystal Lake, mental hospitals and more. Nice to see Katherine Isabelle (though her character is detestable), and Monica Keena and Jason Ritter do just fine as the leads, though it might have been nice to see Monica's Keenas.

Talk about development hell- this movie was stuck there for awhile. However, what we wound up with was pretty good. If you're a Jason fan, you kind of get a new take on Jason. This time around, he's a lumbering, slow sort of dummy. He never comes off as overly menacing, just sort of stupid most of the time. This isn't to say that he's not dangerous- Jason beats wholesale ass in this flick in so many cool ways. It's just that he's a shark who remains docile until he gets that whiff of chum. He's designed this way to build sympathy for the character (as odd as that sounds), as Freddy is using Jason's fears (of water and the image of his Mom) to control him until Jason wises up and decides he's had enough of Freddy's sh*t.

I have to say that I prefer Freddy's portrayal in this flick as opposed to Jason- I should reiterate that I’m perhaps just more pleased with Freddy's character. It's a true return to form for Robert Englund, as he gets to infuse pure evil back into the Springwood Slasher, instead of just cracking jokes. He's absolutely fantastic in what would prove to be his final time playing the character. Stuntman Ken Kirzinger slips into the hockey mask this time around, and is just fine. Production reasons stated for him playing the role center around his "more expressive eyes", but Hodder maintains it's simply because the flick was shot in Canada and they wanted a Canadian stunt guy. Too bad- he's unquestionably missed.

Yes, there are inconsistencies in the plot (of course there are) and some of the characters are annoying (I wanted Rowland dead immediately..and the script choice of a homophobic remark from her character was less than stellar), but F/J absolutely delivers the bloody goods. There are plenty of great murderous moments (the dream world stuff is really handled well), and the final fight scene is just pure insanity. I cannot tell you how pleased I was when it finally comes down to the bloody wire- these monsters absolutely ravage each other; Ronny Yu's amazing sense of visual style and study of pro wrestling really shines through here and it's appreciated. Is there a winner? Well if you don't know, I'll let you find that out. I've already talked about this flick for several paragraphs, so I'll stop here- I really enjoyed this one.

Rating: 4/5

Friday the 13th (2009 remake)
Director: Marcus Nispel
Cast: Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Arlen Escarpeta, Danielle Panabaker, Ben Feldman

Plot: A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.

Review: A new Friday movie! With Michael Bay involved! A bigger budget! A director (Marcus Nispel) who pulled off a decent horror remake (Texas Chainsaw)! A new Jason (Derek Mears) who's passionate about the role! I know it all sounds awesome, but this one really falls flat. I watched it a few times when I originally had to review it, but since then I've tried more than once and just can't get through it. It's just so dull.

This film really exists only for the kids who would think the old movies were cheesy and full of bad effects (which they are). It's a slick re-imagining (hate that word) of a franchise that doesn't really add anything new at all. Let's start with Jason, because he's really the only character in this movie who matters. I dig Derek Mears and I thought he did a pretty good job as Jason. I'm a Kane Hodder booster, which shouldn't surprise you, but Mears is an intelligent and capable performer who does a good job with the character. With that said, he didn't look right to me. I don't like 'hillbilly' Jason and found that the guy just didn't look scary. He looked better in the sack than he did in the mask, and that's not right either. I also don't really like the redesign of the mask. I actually prefer the F/J look over this one.

As for the rest of it all, it's pretty par for the course. The teenagers are stupid stereotypes, and casting Padalecki from Supernatural didn't blow my mind (the guy was SO serious all the time) despite trying to add a bit of plot with the sister thing. The kills were pretty good (I dug the sleeping bag, running machete to the face), but when you really expected the flick to deliver the goods, it doesn't. It's not shy, but nothing makes you high five your friend beside you.

I was unquestionably disappointed with this film, because it felt unnecessary and didn't live up to its promises to reinvigorate the franchise. As it stands, it just feels like another entry into the franchise. There's lots of potential and the inevitable sequel could be better, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.
Video / Audio
Video:
Parts 1-3 are presented identically to their original blu-ray releases at 1.85:1 widescreen, and certainly look pretty good given how old they are. Detail is fairly sharp, with decent colors and black levels.

Part three suffers the worst, since it wasn't given the appropriate 3D conversion. It's ugly and pretty blurry. Too bad.

Part 4: 1.78:1 widescreen, and it's not looking too hot. The detail level is inconsistent, there's a fair amount of uneven grain, though colors look pretty good.

Parts 5/6: Both show up in 1.78:1 widescreen and ironically enough look pretty damn good, which is a shame because part 5 is just so lame. Pretty good facial detail here, black levels are good and colors are excellent. Still some grain though.

Parts 7/8: Again, these look pretty good in 1.78:1 widescreen, though 8 is stronger looking, with better color saturation and deeper black levels. Nothing amazing here, pretty much on par with the presentation in parts 5/6.

Goes to Hell/Jason X: Keeping on par with most of the set these maintain the 1.78:1 widescreen ratio, Jason Goes to Hell looks alright, but pretty muted given that it's not nearly as old as the other films that come through. The whole thing just seems a bit blurry and dark. Jason X looks understandably cleaner and far more hi-res as we get into the more modern stuff.

F/J: This one comes in 2:35:1 widescreen and looks wonderful in high definition. Details are extravagant- this is a beautiful video presentation.

Friday the 13th (2009): presented in 2.39:1 widescreen and looks fantastic, great stuff here. Very sharp picture and a great transfer overall.

Audio:
Parts 1-3: Dolby TrueHD soundtracks here- they're decent, but can get tinny and somewhat unbalanced during tense scenes. Perfectly serviceable, though.

Part 4: DTS-HD master audio soundtrack- not quite as good as the first three films, with some obvious pops and hisses in the track, this one lacks punch.

Parts 5/6: Another DTS-HD master track, this one sounds really good, though it tends to be balanced a bit more towards the front speakers. Again, things seems to get screechy when the action picks up but this is mostly fine.

Parts 7/8: More DTS-HD master tracks, these feature great, clear dialogue with a similar tinny/screechy feel when the soundtrack gets going.

Hell/X: DTS-Master tracks again, with a good performance from Jason goes to Hell and an excellent showing for Jason X with great surround balance, effects and dialogue shine through.

F/J: This one has a DTS-HD 6.1 track that is every bit as excellent as Jason X's, if not better. Great presentation here.

Friday 2009:  Dolby TrueHD 5.1 and also sounds just great. Sure, this movie is lacking some Manfredini violins, but this mix is fantastic and delivers on all fronts.
The Extras
NOTE: If you own any of these films on Blu-Ray, know that these are identical copies, right down to the menu and disc art. The "Killer Bonus" DVD that was included is the exact same disc used in the Crystal Lake to Manhattan box set from about a decade ago. There is not a single new extra that has been produced for this set, so you've been warned. Some recaps of the extras are borrowed from previous reviews from the awesome folks who've written for this website.

What's in the box? You get a Crystal Lake camp counselor patch, two pairs of anaglyph 3D (red/blue) glasses for Part 3, a mini pamphlet version of Peter Bracke's excellent book Crystal Lake Memories, and a little red band that says "You're All Doomed" to keep it all together.

There's also a code to download all of the films together in an Ultraviolet digital copy.

Friday the 13th:
Commentary with Director Sean S. Cunningham, Cast and Crew is actually just audio interview excerpts that sound like they recorded at different times. Author Peter Bracke moderates between comments by Cunningham and various crew.

Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th (HD, 14 min) gathers crew members for interviews as they look back on the success of the films. It runs about 14 minutes.

The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham (HD, 9 min): A 9-minute sit down with the producer-director of the original film has some interesting points; for one, he and writer Victor Miller didn't like the direction of Jason as the killer, but soon admitted they were wrong.

A Friday the 13th Reunion (HD, 17 min): A great little discussion panel with makeup artist Tom Savini, actrors Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Ari Lehman (who played young Jason), composer Harry Manfredini, and writer Victor Miller.

Friday the 13th Chronicles (SD, 21 min) : This 20 minute piece features interviews with the cast and crew and tends to repeat itself a little bit.

Secrets Galore Behind the Gore (HD, 10 min): 10 minutes with Tom Savini, as he gleefully narrates over stills and other neat artifacts to show off his handiwork.

Lost Tales from Camp Blood - Part 1 (HD, 8 min): A short scene where a big killer (probably Jason) stalks and kills two people.

Plus, you get the film's Theatrical Trailer.

Friday the 13th Part II:
Inside Crystal Lake Memories (HD, 11 min): a great little primer for an excellent coffee table book that came out a few years ago. My wife bought me that book when it came out and I still read it all the time. This is a short feature that gives a bit of insight into this movie and should prompt you to run out and buy it, I say.

Jason Forever (SD, 29 min): a half hour bit which includes fanboys asking 4 Jason actors (yeah, Kane is there) some questions you’ve likely heard answered before. Still, a good watch if you’re new to the series.

Friday's Legacy: Horror Conventions (SD, 7 min) : a fluff piece from a convention in 2008 featuring actors talking about random bits and pieces of their moment in the spotlight and how they’re clinging to it.

Lost Tales from Crystal Lake – Part II (HD, 9 min): which seems to be a continuation of some sort of fan film or something. It seems Jason-esque, until some dude in a coat is revealed as the killer. Why does this exist on this release?

There is also a trailer.

Friday the 13th Part III – 3-D:
Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror (HD, 13 min): Moderated by Crystal Lake Memories writer Peter Bracke, this 13-minute retrospective on the film includes things such as the decision to go 3D (and its repercussions), as well as the different endings that were considered (including one that involved Stan Winston's handiwork for Jason). Like the previous Friday The 13th Chronicles featurette, this isn't as in-depth as many would like, but it's nice to have.

Legacy of the Mask (HD, 10 min): which runs 10 minutes and is also in HD. This serves as a rundown of Jason's evolution throughout the series up to his Vanc-, er, Manhattan stroll. The focus is on the mask (natch), and how the crew's hockey games led to the decision to go the route we've all come to know and love.

Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular (HD, 7 min): really just a fluff piece. Featuring several series alumni as well as Tyler Mane aka the HALLOWEEN remake's The Shape and Tony Todd aka The Candyman, this featurette goes into just what makes a good slasher flick, and these films' appeal. Interesting, but at seven minutes (in HD), it feels sort of wasted.

Lost Tales from Crystal Lake – Part III (HD, 5 min): another throwaway piece, although the killer (who isn't masked nor is he Jason) does a nice job of stalking and putting a hammer to good use. Otherwise, it's forgettable.

As well, there's PART 3's theatrical trailer in HD.

The Final Chapter:
Commentary: Director Joe Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman provide a good, entertaining track. Zito in particular is great to listen to. He appears to love this film and loves telling the audience every great detail he can remember.

Fan Commentary: Adam Green and Joe Lynch provide a track. Basically, they come off obsessive fans who love this movie a bit too much, but it is fun listening to a couple of guys really dig this thing.

Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 4 (HD, 6 min): The mini movie thing continues, It has a killer with an axe, which is always fun.

Slashed Scenes (HD, 15 min) : Right around 15-minutes of cut scenes that are without sound, leaving the director to comment and fill in the missing parts. Really, most are outtakes, not cut scenes as promised, but it’s extremely interesting seeing how horror great Tom Savini’s created and used the effects.

Friday the 13th Chronicles: Friday the 13th – Part IV (SD, 13 min): Feldman and Zito discuss Tommy Jarvis.

Jason's Unlucky Day: 25 Years After (HD, 11 min): A good look back at the film with interviews from the cast and crew. There’s plenty of good stories and plenty of Savini, which is always, well, good.

The Lost Ending (HD, 3 min): I always am interested in alternative endings no matter the film. And in the case of this movie, I prefer the ending shown here, which incorporates a dream sequence and answers the question of what happened to Corey Feldman’s mom.

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited, Part 1 (HD, 18 min): A 17-minute fake documentary that views Jason and his murders as real life. Sorta Blair Witch-ish with interviews from the “town folk” and “historians.” Amusing for awhile.

Jimmy's Dead Dance Moves (HD, 2 min) : An outtake of the very strange Crispin Glover doing his very strange dance. I can’t really explain his moves, but let’s say it’s by far the worst dance I’ve ever seen.

Secrets Galore Behind the Gore (SD, 13 min): Savini discussing the tricks of the trade all over again.

The Friday the 13th Chronicles; Part V features Zito and Feldman discussing Tommy Jarvis' character.

Plus, the trailer and previews.

A New Beginning:
Commentary: Director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann, along with various cast and crew members, provide an entertaining, goofy track. These guys seem to have a blast doing this commentary, and it feels like a family reunion. They had me laughing several times. Very reminiscent of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 5 (HD, 10 min) : A six-minute installment of the exclusive mini film. It appears to be just an exercise in gory filmmaking.

The Making of (HD, 11 min): Not nearly as extensive or entertaining as Part IV’s installment, but still a decent collection of interviews with the cast and the critics. Can’t say I agreed with the one who declared it one of the best of the series.

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited, Part 2 (HD, 10 min): The second fake documentary runs about ten minutes. It views Jason and his murders as real. Sorta Blair Witch-ish with interviews from the “town folk” and “historians.” Amusing for a while.

Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part V (SD, 6 min) — Joseph Zito and Corey Feldman are strangely enough, back again to talk about Tommy.

Trailer's here, too.

Jason Lives:
Cast and Crew Commentary: Director McLoughlin, editor Bruce Green, and actor Vincent Guastaferro provide an informative and entertaining commentary, even if they take the movie a little more seriously than it merits.

Director commentary: This one's just McLoughlin alone, having a friendly and upbeat discussion with..no one, talking all about how the film came to be and how he wanted to inject some fun into the franchise.

Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 6 (HD, 7 min): It keeps going, just a couple of minutes of a hospital patient being chased through the woods by a non-Jason killer-type wielding a machete.

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited, Part III (HD, 10 min): Not sure why it is part III on disc VI, but there you go. This is a pseudo-documentary full of fake interviews basically giving the once-over of the proceedings in the film. It smartly continues the tongue-in-cheek audience-winking vibe that the film itself has. Also, observant viewers will notice an interviewed mental patient listed as Dukey Flyswatter. This is the same moniker credited as the voice actor for the Imp in David DeCoteau's Linnea Quigley-starring 80's b-movie gem Sorority Babes in the Slime Bowl-A-Rama.

Jason Lives: The Making of (HD, 13 min): This is more of a straight interview piece intercut with clips from the movie than an actual making of piece, but it still contains some tasty stories and bits of trivia.

Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part VI (SD, 15 min): McLoughlin and CJ Graham get to chatting about the film.

Meeting Mr. Voorhees (HD, 3 min): This is an animatic of what McLoughlin wanted as the final scene in the film, which ultimately got scrapped: namely, the introduction of Jason’s father. Personally, I think it would have felt tacked-on and anticlimactic.

Slashed Scenes (HD, 6 min): A 3 minutes of extended kill scenes.

Original Theatrical Trailer: This is really a teaser, not a trailer. Until the title came up, I would have sworn it was for Return of the Living Dead.

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood:
Commentary with director John Carl Buechler and actors Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder: It isn't the beefiest track, but these guys have a great time talking about the flick, and doesn't have much dead air. Strangely enough, Lincoln's dialogue was put in separately. Still, good stuff.

Jason's Destroyer (HD, 15 min): Running about 15 minutes long, this one is full of fun tidbits of information, and you'll find lots of grainy, nasty uncut footage here.

Mind over Matter: The Truth of Telekinesis (HD, 7 min): This short features parapsychologists and psychics talking about the use of telekinesis in the film. This one takes itself pretty seriously for a fluff piece, but it's a cool inclusion.

Makeover by Maddy (HD, 3 min): This brief deal features Elizabeth Kaitan and Diana Barrows (Robin and Maddy) performing makeover, having their first meeting in fifteen years. Lame, but funny.

Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part VII (SD, 12 min): Buechler, Hodder and Lincoln chat about the film for about ten minutes.

Slashed Scenes (HD, 17 min): Here's the beef- all the uncut nasty scenes, introduced by Buechler, who apologizes for their awful quality. Too bad they didn't ever remaster them and add them into the film- can you believe it got an X the first time through the MPAA?

Secrets Galore Behind the Gore (SD, 11 min): features Buechler this time around, and is quite fun as always.

A trailer! For you! To watch!

Friday the 13th Part VII: Jason Takes Manhattan:
Two commentaries: One with Rob Hedden going it alone, the other with cast members Scott Reeves, Jensen Daggett and Kane Hodder (via telephone). Both are fact-filled and strong, though those with interest in the more technical side would be better suited to Hedden's take.

New York Has a New Problem (HD, 18 min): A 20 minute series of interviews with Hedden and other folks involved with the flick. Pretty standard stuff, a lot of talk about censorship and fan reactions.

Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part VIII (SD, 15 min) : This one features Hedden mostly solo, and remains pretty fun to watch, though he begins to repeat himself. Still, Hedden's a likable guy who has certainly not forgotten this one.

Slashed scenes( HD, 13 min): about 15 minutes of deleted stuff, most of it containing the wonderful gory bits.

Rounding things out are a brief blooper reel and a trailer.

Jason Goes to Hell:

15 minutes or so of deleted scenes from the toned down television version. Lame.

A trailer!

Jason X
Audio commentary: Jim Isaac, Todd Farmer and Noel Cunningham take the reigns here, and they're extremely candid, honest, informative and charming.

The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees (SD, 30 min): is an excellent 30 minute career retrospective from a bunch of noteworthy horror fans and critics alike. This studies impact, great moments, and more. This is a must watch!

By Any Means Necessary (SD, 18 min): is your standard 15 or so minute EPK where the cast and crew talk about how awesome this movie is.

Believe it or not, a trailer is here!

Freddy vs. Jason

Feature Length Commentary: Director Ronny Yu and actors Robert Englund and Ken Kirzinger come in to partake in this feature length commentary. Yu and Englund are particularly very animated giving us loads of insight about the many facets of making the film. From the experiences on location, to commenting on the actors in the film, to the hardships of some of the scenes to Freddy's "raison d'etre", this commentary made for a groovy listen and should please the fans. Why was Kirzinger so quiet though? I wanted more from the guy that bumped Hodder off. Oh well...

Deleted/Alternate Scenes (HD): Here we're treated to 21 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director Ronny Yu and executive producer Douglas Curtis. To be honest, nothing really stood out here apart form the "alternate opening" which heavily nodded the Friday the 13th series and the "original ending" which although pretty tacky, was kind of fun to watch from a fan point of view ("Nightmare on Elm Street: Friday the 13th Part II" came to mind, for some reason). The commentary basically explained why the scenes were cut out (usually because of test screening feedback or pacing reasons). This was a decent feature. I expected more slick deleted scenes than the ones offered, but it still quenched my thirst.

Genesis: Development Hell (SD, 10 minutes): The lengthy struggle the film went through to finally come to life is dissected here.

On Location- Springwood Revisited (SD, 14 minutes): This featurette takes us on set to witness Yu performing his magic.

Art Direction- Jason's Decorating Tips (SD, 11 minutes): The look of the dream world vs the look of the reality world. What they went for.

Stunts- When Push Comes to Shove (SD, 21 minutes): We get an in-depth look at the stunts in the film and how they were accomplished.

Make-Up - Effects- Freddy's Beauty Secrets (SD, 6 minutes): The Freddy makeup process gets the royal treatment in this feature.

Visual Effects Featurettes (SD, 35 minutes): Here we get 12 Visual Effects Featurettes that we can either watch individually or all at once. This feature had visual effects supervisors Ariel Velasco Shaw and Kevin Elam come in to talk about the many visual effects found in the film from the CGI shots, the green screen effects, to the blood and guts. Although I enjoyed this feature and appreciated its weighty insight into the world of special effects, it did feel a tad too long. I said a tad, so don't go call your lawyers just yet.

Pre-Fight Press Conference (SD, 4 minutes): This feature covers the cute promo event that took place in Vegas where Jason (Ken) and Freddy (Bobby) came up on stage in front of a crowd to go through a mock pre-fight boxing press conference. Robert Englund really ran with it, having an obvious hoot with it all. A silly-willie yet very entertaining watch.

My Summer Vacation (SD)- My Visit to Camp Hack 'n Slash (4 minutes): This feature chronicled the time that some fans spent at a Camp that was put together to push the film. So we see fans drink beer, draw pictures of Fred and Jase, play sports, participate in eating contests and do arts and crafts (mmm...ok). If it wouldn't be for the wet T-Shirt contest and the screening of the film, I would've said this weekend looked pretty lame-ass to me, but then again, I wasn't there so what the fuck do I know. An interesting feature in a "Animal Discovery Channel" type of way.

We also get the Original Theatrical Trailer, various TV spots (8 of them), a Music Video for the song "How Can I Live?" by Ill Nino (good tune).

Friday the 13th (2009):
Rebirth of Jason Voorhees (HD, 11 min):  a 12 minute little press kit which of course features glad handing and is exactly a part of the reason why I was so pumped to see this movie. It feels like everyone's talking about a different movie.

There are also 3 Deleted Scenes (HD, 8 min): a lame alternate ending, a cop scene and another cut of Jason getting his mask. This all runs about 8 minutes long so don't expect much substance.

There's also the Terror Trivia Track, which I just finished watching and is really annoying. It's an infrequent trivia track laid over the movie interspersed with making of footage. I thought this was terrible stuff because you can't watch the film and then the footage shows up infrequently and goes on forever. The footage on its own is good, but not in this weird pop-up track.

Hacking Back/Slashing Forward (HD) is 10 minutes of fan service to the original movies and really just makes me want to watch them. Good stuff, but too short.

The Seven Best Kills (HD) runs about 20 minutes and details just what the title implies. It's interesting enough to note that most were done without any CGI, but why couldn't they have added more "F*CK yeah!" to them?

Bonus disc (DVD):
Friday the 13th Chronicles: Here's all of them, put together in a full-length cut!

Secrets Galore Behind the Gore: See above.

Crystal Lake Victims tell All!: A bunch of cast and crew members share tidbits about getting cast in the film, and a bit of their experiences.

Tales from the Cutting Room Floor: All the deleted scenes (from the first 8 flicks)!

Friday Artifacts and Collectibles: All the cool props and stuff that the different cast, crew and directors kept from the films. Lucky!

Trailers for the first 8 flicks are here too.
Last Call
It's unquestionably disappointing that this one is just a rehash, but to say "just a rehash" isn't totally fair- there's tons of stuff to dig into here. If you own the previous box sets, don't get this unless you're dying to have better picture/audio quality (though none of it is mind-glowingly good). If you're simply a collector, you've probably already got it and you're not happy about it. As a lifelong fan, I'm quite happy to have Jason sitting at home amongst my Hi-Def collection. Sure, the movies can be hit and miss (hack and slash?), but I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the old hockey masked kid from Crystal Lake.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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