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Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection Blu-ray Review

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The Collection

[Rating:3.5/5]

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This “complete” Friday the 13th collection on Blu-ray brings together all 12 of the films for this unkillable slasher/horror franchise that got its start way back in 1980. Fans may be wondering how 12 films are squeezed onto only 9 Blu-ray Discs, well, the answer is obvious. A few of the films are included as double-feature discs. Part V and VI, VII and VIII, and Jason Goes to Hell and Jason Takes Manhattan are doubled up. There’s been no remastering/restoration done on any of the titles that have been previously released, and all of the on-disc extras on those discs remain identical.

As for the films, I have to say, the ongoing success of this franchise has always perplexed me. From the very first film which was on obvious jump onto the Halloween bandwagon, through the numerous sequels, “Final Chapters” and inevitable continuations, when you’ve seen one, you’ve pretty much seen them all – with little exception. Jason X, is a really bad, futuristic, sci-fi entry that places Jason Voorhees in the mid 21st on a spaceship, awoken from a cryogenic sleep and, of course, the inevitable ensues. Yeah, it’s that weird and, umm, what? Jason Takes Manhattan spends most of its time on a ship with the requisite attractive teens from Crystal Lake, recently graduated form high school, heading to Manhattan as the killer hitches a ride towards the Big Apple, killing, stalking, and eventually ending up ion the subway in what looks like a pretty cliché version of New York City – grimy, rat infested, and heroin junkies hanging out in allies next to muck-filled barrels. Nah, I’ve lived in the city my whole life and I’ve never seen that. Jason Goes to Hell, one of the numerous “final” installments, begins with a big, S.W.A.T.-style sting where they blow Jason up, but of course, he can’t die. His heart lives on, and he keeps bouncing from body-to-body in search of the one person who can kill him – his last living blood relative – with a bounty hunter on his trail. Mostly, however, the films stick to the script. A group of attractive teens just can’t stay away from Camp Crystal Lake (AKA “Camp Blood), and Jason slays them all with his machete, or, you know, whatever he happens to have on hand. The 2009 reboot, which stars Jared Padalecki from TV’s Supernatural stays close to this, but saps all the camp out of it, working in a subplot wherein he searches for his sister who went missing in the area months earlier. It feels too much like its trying to be Saw trying to be Friday the 13th.

On the whole, the collection may be of good value for those who haven purchased many of the individual releases, or those who need the previously unreleased films in the set alongside the rest. It comes in a beautiful collectible tin with the discs in a hardcover book with individual slipcases for each disc. The collectible swag, an iron-on patch and booklet might be enough to tempt some into the purchase. For others, taking a pass may be best and picking up the individual releases may be better, especially since they haven’t even bothered to go the distance and convert Friday the 13th Part 3 to stereoscopic 3D, and have kept it in this cheap, anaglyphic 3D format, cheap glasses included to boot.

For looks at Friday the 13th parts 1 & 2, see the full reviews of those titles previously posted on our site. The screen captures contained in this review are from all the other films.

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

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The final three films in this never-ending franchise do the heavy lifting on the picture quality for this entire collection. It’s a very slow progression from the first film in 1980 to the latest one from 2009 to something really presentable. The earlier material looks very soft and noisy with flesh tones that aren’t always entirely accurate and lots of noticeable source damage still present. It isn’t until we get to Part V that things start to pick up just a bit, but they still don’t look fantastic. Jason X is where it really takes a turn for the better and begins to look like reference material. Freddy vs. Jason has a very crisp and filmic appearance that can show off the best of any display with its Super 35 film source, while the even newer 2009 Friday the 13th reboot looks so clean and offers such inky blacks it’s almost like an HD production.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

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The older titles all offer lossless 5.1 mixes, some include the original monaural and some don’t. The 5.1 tracks for the ’80s and 90s films don’t really sound very good, with edgy high frequencies and rather unnatural use of surround effects. When we get to Jason Goes to Hell, things sound a lot better, but this particular mix is very boomy, with the LFE sounding out of balance. From Jason X on, however, we get very fine, reference quality sound, culminating, once again, in a fine effort with the 2009 reboot. It’s really a toss up between Freddy vs. Jason and the former, however, but Freddy vs. Jason may lose by a hair since there is some slightly audible clipping on dialogue during some of the very loudest passages.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3.5/5]

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Much of the material you’re getting in this set has been previously released and, in fact, the Killer Bonus DVD itself repeats some material that is spread across some of the Blu-ray Discs. A booklet with little new insight is included, but it is a nice collectible for fans as are the iron-on patch.

The supplements:

  • Illustrated Booklet: Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
  • Iron-On Patch
  • 2 Anaglyphic 3D glasses Included
  • UltraViolet Copy of the Entire Collection

Killer Bonus Disc DVD:

  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles
  • Secrets Galore Behind the Gore
  • Crystal Lake Victims Tell All!
  • Tales from the Cutting Room Floor
  • Friday Artifacts and Collectibles
  • Original Trailers

Friday the 13th:

  • Commentary by director Season S. Cunningham with cast and crew
  • Friday the 13th Reunion (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:16:45)
  • Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:14:07) – Victor Miller on the Concept
  • The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S.Cunningham (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:08:58)
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 1 (1.85:1; 1080p/24; 00:07:31)
  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles (1.33:1; SD; 00:20:34)
  • Secrets Galore Behind the Gore (1.33:1; SD; 00:09:32)
  • Theatrical Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)

Friday the 13th: Part 2:

  • Inside “Crystal Lake Memories” (1.78:1; 1080p/24) — Author Peter Bracke discusses his book about Friday the 13th.
  • Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions (1.78:1; 1080p/24) — This featurette shows fans at horror conventions discussing Friday the 13th.
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood — Part II (2.35:1; 1080p/24) — Part II of a short film that acts as a continuation of the Friday the 13th saga.
  • Jason Forever (1.33:1; 480i/60) — This featurette offers a look at the actors who have played Jason giving a rare interview during a discussion panel at a horror convention.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)

Friday the 13th: Part 3 3D:

  • Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror (1.78:1; 1080p/24) — This featurette discusses the reasoning, technique, and difficulties behind filming the movie in 3D. It offers a glimpse of some of the actors and filmmakers in interview segments as well as some thoughts from author Peter Bracke.
  • Legacy of the Mask (1.78:1; 1080p/24) — This featurette tells how the iconic hockey mask came to be used as well as its place in popular culture.
  • Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular (1.78:1; 1080p/24) — A look at the entire slasher film genre with the focus on Friday the 13th, of course.
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood — Part III (2.35:1; 1080p/24) — Part III of a serial of short films based on the Friday the 13th franchise.
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (1.78:1; 1080p/24)

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter:

  • Commentaries:
    • Commentary by director Joseph Zito, screen writer Barney Cohen, and editor Joel Goodman
    • Fan commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch
  • Behind the Scenes: The Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part IV (1.33:1; SD; 00:13:16)
  • Behind the Scenes: Secrets Galore Behind the Gore – Tom Savini on Pat IV (1.33:1; SD; 00:13:30)
  • Behind the Scenes: Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 4 (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:06:22)
  • Deleted Scenes: Slashed Scenes with Commentary by director Joseph Zito (1080p/24; 00:15:20)
  • Behind the Scenes: Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:11:03)
  • Deleted Scene: The Lost Ending (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:03:22)
  • Behind the Scenes: The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited, Part I (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:18:10)
  • Behind the Scenes: Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:02:09)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (1.78:1; SD; 00:01:56)

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning:

  • Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann with cast and crew
  • Behind the Scenes: Friday the 13th Chronicles – Part V: A New Beginning (1.33:1; SD; 00:05:51)
  • Behind the Scenes: Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 5 (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:07:10)
  • Behind the Scenes: The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II (1.33:1; 1080p/24; 00:10:11)
  • Behind the Scenes: New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:11:04)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (1.78:1; SD)

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives:

  • Commentary by writer/director Tom McLoughlin
  • Commentary by writer/director Tom McLoughlin with cast and crew
  • Behind the Scenes: Friday the 13th Chronicles – Part VI (1.33:1; SD; 00:14:42)
  • Behind the Scenes: Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 6 (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:07:17)
  • Behind the Scenes: The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited, Part III (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:09:36)
  • Behind the Scenes: Jason Live: The Making of Friday the 13thh, Part VI (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:12:57)
  • Behind the Scenes: Meeting Mr. Voorhees (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:02:46)
  • Deleted Scenes: Slashed Scenes (1.33:1; 1080p/24; 00:06:06)
  • Original Theatrical Teaser Trailer (1.78:1; SD)

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood:

  • Commentary by director John Carl Buechler and actors Lar Park Lincoln and Kane Hodder
  • Behind the Scenes: The Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part VII (1.33:1; SD; 00:11:39)
  • Behind the Scenes: Secrets Galore Behind the Gore – John Carl Buechler on Part VII (1.33:1; SD; 00:11:11)
  • Behind the Scenes: Jason’s Destroyer: The Making of Friday the 13th, Part VII – The New Blood (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:15:07)
  • Behind the Scenes: Mind over Matter: The Truth About Telekinesis (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:07:25)
  • Behind the Scenes: Makeover by Maddy: Need a Little Touch-Up Work, My Ass (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:02:43)
  • Deleted Scenes: Slashed Scenes (1080p/24; 00:17:01)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (1.78:1; SD)

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan:

  • Commentary by director Rob Hedden
  • Killer commentary by actors Scott Reeves, Jensen Daggett, and Kane Hodder
  • Behind the Scenes: The Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part VIII (1.33:1; SD; 00:14:32)
  • Behind the Scenes: New York Has a New Problem: The Making of Friday the 13th, Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:18:02)
  • Deleted Scenes: Slashed Scenes (1080p/24; 00:12:56)
  • Gag Reel (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:04:54)
  • Original Theatrical Trailer (1.78:1; SD)

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday:

  • Additional Scenes: TV Version Alternate Scenes (1.33:1; SD):
    • Diner Scene
    • Prank Phone Call
    • Cuffin’ Steven
    • Introduction Scene
    • Giving Vicki the Baby
    • Vicki and David
    • Vicki Gets to Work
    • Alone in Jessica’s House
    • Steve and Randy’a Fight
  • Theatrical Trailer (1.78:1; SD)

Jason X:

  • Commentary by Jim Isaac, Todd Farmer, and Noel Cunningham
  • Featurette: The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees (1.78:1; SD; 00:29:56)
  • Behind the Scenes: Bay Any Means necessary: The Making of Jason X (1.78:1; SD; 00:17:33)
  • Theatrical Trailer (1.85:1; SD)

Freddy vs. Jason:

  • Commentary by director Ronny Yu, Robert Englund, and Ken Kirzinger
  • Behind the Story:
    • Genesis: Development Hell (1.78:1; SD; 00:10:22)
  • On Location: Springwood Revisited (1.33:1; SD; 00:14:33)
  • On Location: Cabin Fever (1.78:1; SD; 00:06:09)
  • Art Direction: Jason’s Decorating Tips (2.35:1; SD; 00:11:33)
  • Stunts: When Push Comes to Shove (2.35:1; SD; 00:21:38)
  • Make-Up Effects: Freddy’s Beauty Secrets (1.78:1; SD; 00:06:30)
  • Visual Effects (1.78:1; SD; 00:35:22)
  • My Summer Vacation: A Visit to Camp Hackenslash (1.33:1; SD; 00:03:57)
  • Pre-fight Press Conference – Bally’s Casino Las Vegas, July 15, 2003 (1.78:1; SD; 00:03:48)
  • Deleted Scenes w/ optional commentary by director Ronny Yu & executive producer Douglas Curtis (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:16:16)
  • “How Can I Live” by Ill Nino (1.33:1; SD; 00:03:15)
  • Theatrical Trailer (1.85:1; 1080p/24)
  • TV Spots (1.33:1; SD; 00:03:46)

Friday the 13th (2009):

  • Picture-in-Picture Trivia Track
  • The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:11:24)
  • Hacking Back/Slashing Forward (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:11:41)
  • Extras:
    • The 7 Best Kills (1.78:1; 1080p/24; 00:22:33)
  • Additional Scenes (2.35:1; 1080p/24; 00:08:19)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

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Arriving just ahead of the forthcoming Halloween holiday season, this unstoppable slasher franchise arrives in a complete collection that would make a good gift for the hardcore completist, but there isn’t much new here, the picture quality isn’t spectacular for most of the films and neither is the sound. Still, if you haven’t bought up the previously available releases, this may the set for you.

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