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Friday the 13th: Part 4




Reviewer: Dave
Review Date: October 13, 2000

Released by: Paramount
Release date: 10/17/1999
MSRP: $14.99
Region 1, NSTC
Widescreen 1.85:1 | 16x9: Yes



The Story

inline Image The movie begins where Part 3 left off. Jason is dead, along with several counselors that he murdered. The police and ambulances are on scene to begin cleaning up the mess. Jason's body is brought to a morgue at the local hospital. But before an autopsy can even be done Jason is up and about, killing the nighttime employees at the hospital. Now it's time to for him to head back to Crystal Lake for some old fashioned Jason-style killing.


inline Image Of course, a new batch of sex hungry teenagers are making their way up to Camp Crystal Lake. Directly across from the cabin they're renting is a small family of three - Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman), his older sister Trish (Kimberly Beck) and their mother (Joan Freeman). Tommy, a young boy probably around 11 years old, is quite talented at making Halloween masks of various monsters. He's also extremely lucky as his window is directly across from the teens cabin. He gets to do some peeping on the teens as they're undressing. Trish is in her late teens, the same age as the teenagers next door.

inline Image As the teens begin partying and having sex, the body country starts to rise as the teens begin dropping off like flies in the typical gruesome fashion. Trish begins to suspect Rob Dire (Erich Anderson), a stranger that helped her and Tommy start their stalled car earlier that day. She goes to investigate his tent to see what she can find on him, but is interrupted when Rob returns and slashes up the tent with his machete. Rob tells her that Jason killed his sister and that he's here to hunt him down. Trish insists that Jason is dead, but Rob explains that he's missing from the morgue along with a few hospital workers. Trish realizes that Rob could be right, and that Tommy is all alone back at the house. The two must rush back to the house, get Tommy and hightail it out of Camp Crystal Lake. Of course, Jason has other plans for them.

inline Image I'm really a sucker for most of the Friday, Jason and Halloween movies. They were such a large part of my childhood and there's definitely a high nostalgic value for me. When all is said and done Friday the 13th Part 4 is fairly enjoyable if you know what you're getting into. There's some very cool effects and gore scenes, thanks to makeup maestro Tom Savini. That's what it's all about, isn't it? What more can you want besides cool effects and gore? Some scares would be nice, but at this point most of us have seen these films so many times that it's hard to remember if it ever actually scared us. You can't expect too much in terms of plot, character development, consistency or anything like that. This IS a Friday the 13th movie after all, and it is Part 4. You can expect too much originality at this point.

I suppose the only thing that's upsetting is that it was supposed to be "The Final Chapter", which of course turned out to be total BS. Then again, the same that can be said about Jason Goes to Hell, which certainly makes you think it will be the final film. But sure enough, Jason X is due out April 2001. I think most horror fans are used to this by now. From Halloween to Nightmare on Elm Street to Friday the 13th, these series and the villains in them are never going to die. For most fans, including myself, that's just fine.

Image Quality

inline Image Paramount presents Friday the 13th Part 4 in an anamorphic (16x9) widescreen transfer in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Overall a good transfer by Paramount here but there are some problems. Grain is present throughout many scenes, especially darker scenes (the vast majority of the film is dark). Overall the image is extremely sharp, but there are a few soft spots. A few occasional blemishes appear, consisting of a few scratches and some dirt on the print. There's also the occasional white speck that appears. Colors were strong overall and flesh tones appeared natural and well balanced. A good transfer overall, but I found the grain to be a bit distracting. However, this is certainly the best Friday the 13th Part 4 has ever looked.

Sound

Friday the 13th Part 4 is presented in Dolby Digital mono sound. No problems were found in sound. Dialogue was clear without any distortion or background noise. Don't worry, you'll definitely be hearing "Tch Tch Tch Ha Ha Ha" nice and clearly.

Supplemental Material

inline Image Theatrical trailer only. It's presented in anamorphic widescreen, however. That's nice and all but I wish Paramount would start working on more extras for these Friday discs. With so many fans and a series that went on to Part 8 before they sold the rights off to New Line, it's obvious that the franchise has made them some money and that it has a fairly large fan base.

Final Thoughts

Fun movie that all slasher fans are sure to cherish. Paramount delivers an above average transfer, but sadly the only extra is a theatrical trailer. Still, there's no doubt Friday the 13th fans will be happy with the nice transfer on this DVD. It's a definite must own for any fan.

Rating

Movie - B
Image Quality - B+
Sound - A-
Supplements - C

Technical Info.
  • Color
  • Rated R
  • 1 Disc
  • 14 Chapter Stops
  • Dolby Digital Mono

Supplements
  • Theatrical trailer

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