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FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE ULTIMATE...
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Various

Starring:
Betsy Palmer
Adrienne King
Jeannine Taylor

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What's it about
The Ultimate Editions of Friday Parts I through VIII in a nifty little box set that comes with a collectible Jason hockey mask that will probably fit your four year-old. If anyone reading this review doesn't know what the FRIDAY THE 13TH films are all about, then get the F off our site!

Is it good movie?
I suppose that each flick deserves a review even though you've probably already seen about 20 for each one. Regardless, I'm glad to finally give me own machete slice of an opinion.

FRIDAY THE 13TH

The one that started them all (as they say). Yes, before the hockey mask, before the boy that drowned became resurrected, there was this little independent slasher that had an original story to tell about a summer camp gone bad. The kills, the concept, and the twist at the end all serve as a positive reminder that the horror genre's roots did indeed care about its audience and delivered. This is a must-own for any horror fan who has yet to purchase FRIDAY THE 13TH for their home library.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART II

Ah, the inevitable sequel, which thankfully, leaves a little bit of a connection to the original in the beginning. This is where Mrs. Voorhees passes the torch (through death) to her son, Jason. So, in case you never saw SCREAM, this is the first FRIDAY movie to feature Jason as the killer. In terms of a sequel, PART II does a fairly efficient job of following the "horror sequel" rules of upping the violence and nudity content. And it is nice to finally see Jason himself performing all the carnage. It's a fun sequel that comes pretty close to matching the original.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III

Clearly, Paramount was extremely eager to capitalize on the horror franchise they had begun and ushered out this third offering in 3D! Was it necessary? No. But, does it again follow the FRIDAY formula and provide a boatload of carnage kills? Yes. And, speaking as a true horror fan, is it fun? Certainly. Plus, this is the sequel that officially provided Jason with his now iconic hockey mask. Hence, it's a keeper.

FIRDAY THE 13TH PART IV: THE FINAL CHAPTER

Okay, this was the alleged "final" entry in the series. If you really want to appreciate the true value of this fourth entry in the series, I highly reommend you listen to the "fan commentary" by Joe Lynch and Adam Green. These two horror directors definitely know their shite and have a blast highlighting all that PART IV has to offer. Actually, it is a pretty cool and interesting "final" entry. Great nudity, heavy violence, and a cool heroine in Kimberly Beck. Plus, it's got feakin' Crispin Glover in it!

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V

I am sorry, but anyone who says that this is a legitimate entry in the FRIDAY series is, for the most part, sorely mistaken. Despite the overly zealous cast/crew commentary that continually hammers home their notion that this is a significant flick in the series, I have to sorely remind them: No real Jason, No real FRIDAY! With that said, in terms of slasher mayhem and a general homage to all things "Jason," this flick is nowhere near as bad as some may think.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES

Now, here we get back on track big-time! This one was directed by Tom McLoughlin, who has an excellent flair for visuals, action, humor, and fun! PART VI offers all of the above in spades while providing an organic continuation of the series storyline. You could tell that everyone involved respected both Jason and his audience of fans. Belive it or not, the filmmakers actually cared as much about the story as they did about the gore. This is a great sequel and a great horror flick in general. It's a shame that what came after this was...

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD

All the fun and style and story that got reanimated with JASON LIVES became shot to hell with this this turd of a sequel. All the fresh ideas of PART VI were quickly killed off with PART VII merely rehashing the same crap we've already seen before. The flick thinks that adding a chick with telekinetic powers to battle Jason would lead to some sort of cool confrontation, but frankly, they were dead wrong. Is this a superhero or slasher flick? Only Jason is supposed to be the one to display any kind of supernatural abilities. By this point, you don't need some other super human force fighting Jason (unless it's Freddy) because it doesn't fit the mold of the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise. Plus, people now root for Jason, so there's no need to amp-up your "virginal survival chick" with these ridiculous mind moving powers. Also, SPOILER ALERT, the way that the telekinetic chick defeats Jason is pathetically outlandish: she f*cking brings her father up from the lake where he drowned 10 years ago... and he's nearly perfectly in tact! Just some soot rubbed across his still-flesh-covered-face! A perfect comparison would be between the dad and the young Jason in the very first FRIDAY who pops out of the water at the end. You'd think a sequel that was made seven years later would be making progress in terms of make-up effects, but it's just the opposite. Listen, if you've been dead at the bottom of a lake for 10 years, you JUST DON'T F*CKING LOOK ALL PUT TOGETHER LIKE THAT! F*CK YOU, PART VII!

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN

And if you think it couldn't possibly get any worse after PART VII, well... think again mutha-f*ckas! Perhaps since THE NEW BLOOD got things rolling with a such a strong sense of poor storytelling, the filmmakers figured they could f*ck the franchise five ways from next Friday and nobody would care. I certainly don't care, but not in the sense they were most likely hoping for. Whoever thought that the notion of Jason hitching a ride on a party yacht to New York ought to have his head either examined or just run-through with a machete. The fact that the story is told without even a drop of style or creativity is just the rotted cherry on top of this mess. And don't get me started on the completely inexcusable ending that sees our monster man, Jason, (SPOILER) doused with toxic waste that turns him back into a child! A child without ANY cuts or burns. Damn, Manhattan sure has some magical toxic waste flowing around in its sewers.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.85:1

Audio English dolby digital with French, Portuguese, and Spanish subtitles.

The Extras
Any true horror/FRIDAY fan will absolutely love the multiple extras included on each disc. Lots of fun Jason stuff! (Although, there is still nothing brand new)

FRIDAY THE 13TH

A Commentary from director Sean S. Cunnigham, cast, and crew that isn't really a true commentary of the film you're watching. It's just a lot of pieced-together snippets from other FRIDAY THE 13TH interviews.

A Fresh Cuts Featurette with some newer stories from the set.

The Man Behind the Legacy is a quick documentary on director Sean S. Cunnigham and what he's up to nowadays.

A fun Friday the 13th Cast/Crew Reunion video from a convention in 2008.

Lost Tales from Camp Blood-Part 1 is a neat little series of shorts (this is part 1) featuring Jason stalking other people hanging around Camp Crystal Lake.

Lastly, the Theatrical Trailer.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART II

Inside "Crystal Lake Memories" is an in-depth interview with the writer of the definitive book detailing the FRIDAY films.

Friday's Legacy takes a look at the flicks' popularity at horror conventions.

Lost Tales from Camp Blood-Part 2.

Jason Forever is some fun footage from a horror convention featuring all four people to have played Jason together on one panel.

Lastly, the Theatrical Trailer .

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III

Just the Theatrical Trailer?!

Well, there's also both the 2D and 3D versions of the flick along with 2 pairs of 3D glasses, but if you actually think that it's going to look like actual 3D, then you may be a bigger slow-learner than Jason.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART IV: THE FINAL CHAPTER

A less than stellar Commentary from director Joseph Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen, and editor Joel Goodman.

An absolutely outstanding Fan Commentary from directors Adam Green and Joe Lynch that made me like the movie even more.

A 15-minute long set of Slashed Scenes that reveals a lot of the gore that had to be trimmed.

The Lost Ending of the flick that involves a bathtub, the lead heroine's mother, and a possibly still alive Jason.

Jason's Unlucky Day is a very informative documentary featurette with the cast and crew 25 years later.

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited-Part 1 is a very cool faux news report documenting the "deadly slayings" that happened at the famous camp grounds.

The craziest little extra on this disc is definitely Jimmy's Dead F*ck Dance Moves. All I'll say is it involves the always outlandish Crispin Glover and you must watch it!

Another Lost Tales from Camp Blood-Part 4.

Lastly, the Theatrical Trailer.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING

A very eager Commentary from director Danny Steinmann, cast, and crew that desperately tries to convince you that this is a strong entry in the FRIDAY series.

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited-Part 2.

Another Lost Tales from Camp Blood-Part 5.

A Making Of featurette.

Lastly, the Theatrical Trailer.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES

A wonderful Commentary from director Tom McLoughlin, cast, and crew.

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited-Part 3.

Another Lost Tales from Camp Blood-Part 6.

A Making Of featurette.

Meeting Mr. Voorhees which was a fascinating look through storyboards of an alternate ending that introduced Jason's daddy for the first time. Between you and me, it should have been in the final cut.

A bunch of Slashed Scenes.

Lastly, the Theatrical Trailer.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD

An ok Commentary from director John Carl Buechler and actors Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder.

A Making Of featurette.

A neat little Telekinesis Featurette.

A silly, but very cute extra called Makeover by Maddy: Need A Little Touch-Up Work, My A** that sends up one particularly funny bit from the movie.

A bunch of Slashed Scenes with an Intro.

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN

An fun enough Commentary from actors Scott Reeves, Jensen Daggett, and Kane Hodder.

A Making Of featurette.

A bunch of Slashed Scenes

Lastly, a Gag Reel and no, it's not just a replaying of the movie in its entirety (I hope Jason doesn't try to kill me for that little stab).

Last Call
Listen, if you've already bought the Ultimate Edition DVDs when they were released individually, there's nothing new here beyond the included hockey mask and DVD booklet holder. And frankly, it seems that the booklet could damage the discs from the way you have to extract them.

With that said, if you're a horror fan and don't own any copies of the FRIDAY THE 13TH series, I'd say that now is as good a time as any to grab hold of the most extensive editions of the flicks released thus far. It's much cheaper than buying them all separately. And, if you have children, the collectible hockey mask should fit them quite nicely!

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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