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Friday the 13th
06-27-2004, 09:15 PM
Review Date: October 16, 1999
Released by: Paramount
Release date: 10/19/1999
Region 1, NTSC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16x9: Yes
Friday the 13th is the film that managed to spawn 8 sequels, and it's still counting (Freddy vs Jason and Friday the 13th Part 10 are both in the works). Fortunately, Paramount has decided to do justice to the series and has released the first two films with brand new anamorphic transfers.
http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/f13th/f13_shot1s.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/f13th/f13_shot1l.jpg) In 1957 a boy by the name of Jason Vorhees drowned in Camp Crystal Lake while the two counselors who were supposed to be watching him were doing the nasty (aka making love). A year later, two counselors were killed a Camp Crystal Lake. The camp was shut down after the murder and all future attempts to re-open the camp failed.
The film opens on Friday the 13th - "present day". Camp Crystal Lake is finally re-opening and all looks like it will open without problems. Numerous counselors begin making their way to Camp Crystal Lake, also known as "Camp Blood" to the local townspeople. Many of the counselors are warned that the camp is cursed. Of course they laugh it off and pay no attention to these warnings.
http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/f13th/f13_shot2s.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/f13th/f13_shot2l.jpg) Once all the counselors are gathered at the camp, minus the chef who never made it, the real fun starts to begin. Each counselor is brutally murdered in some very interesting ways until only one remains. As it turns out Mrs. Vorhees, Jason's mother, is a little upset about her sons death and has been executing revenge all these years. She's murdered each counselor except for Alice, who manages to survive Mrs. Vorhees attempts to kill her and leaves Mrs. Vorhees with very little left on her mind.
"Chhh, chhh, chhh....hah, hah, hah." Ahhh, the Friday the 13th series. The entire Friday the 13th series holds a very special place in my heart. It's what introduced me to the horror genre when I was a child. See, when I was younger my parents forbade me seeing any horror movies so I had to resort to watching them at over friends houses. We watched the entire Friday the 13th series (at least up until Part 7, which at the time was the latest) and from that point on I was hooked on the genre. The first Friday the 13th is a classic film in my book. It created a series that spawned some decent sequels and countless imitators. http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/f13th/f13_shot3s.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/f13th/f13_shot3l.jpg)
Incredible job done by Paramount on this film. I've never seen Friday the 13th look so good. The image quality looks like that of a present day film. All the colors appear well balanced and the blacks are superb throughout the night scenes. There are some minor speckles that appear throughout the film and a few scratches show up here and there (most likely from the master print). Given that Friday the 13th isn't Paramount's baby (like Nightmare on Elm Street is for New Line), I feel that they really did a superb job on this transfer.
Original mono sound is all that is included on the Friday the 13th DVD. There really isn't too much to say on it. It's there and the sounds are all audible but Paramount really should've done a 5.1 remix (and included the mono sound for purists).
http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/f13th/f13_menus.jpg (http://www.horrordvds.com/reviews/a-m/f13th/f13_menul.jpg) WOOHOO! A theatrical trailer! That's it! What more could we ask for? Hmmm, how about some of those deleted scenes that made it into the Japanese laserdisc? No...I suppose that is asking too much. Really, Paramount should've at least included those deleted scenes as extras. I can understand not putting them back into the film, as that would take extra restoration work (and you'd still probably be able to tell the newly added scenes compared to the original - a la Army of Darkness Director's Cut).
NOTE: Some users have emailed me informing me that Annie's death scene in this new DVD is a bit longer and contains more footage than the original theatrical cut. So, as it turns out, one of the deleted scenes did make it into this DVD. There are more, however, which did not. Thanks to all who emailed me this information.
Gorgeous transfer to a great film. Only things I would've liked to have seen were DD5.1 remix and those deleted scenes that were on the Japanese laserdisc. Still, there's no question that this is the best release of Friday the 13th that exists. Any Jason fans, or in this case Mrs. Vorhees fans, should definitely add it to their collection.
Movie - B+
Image Quality - A-
Sound - C
Supplements - C-
15 Chapter Stops
English Dolby Mono, French Dolby Mono
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