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Friday The 13th - The Series: Season 1

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A suspense-mystery series that deals with the supernatural. In each episode, four brave souls embark on an assignment in danger and terror when they track down and retrieve cursed objects.

Fans awaiting the DVD release of this 1987 cult fave made-in-Canada series, this is your lucky day! Friday the 13th: The Series has as much to do with Jason Vorhese as Halloween III: Season of the Witch had to do with Michael Myers; that is to say, nothing. But it stands on its own as a horror anthology series that delivers cheap, but effective, thrills. Louise Robey and John D. LeMay star as Micki and Ryan, distant relations who are reunited after inheriting her uncle Lewis' antiques shop. They learn that Lewis' death was by (super)natural causes; he broke his immortality pact with the Devil to sell cursed antiques. Now, Lewis is in hell (from which he returns in the episode, "Hellowe'en"), and Micki and Ryan must recover everything Lewis sold to an unsuspecting public. Jack (Chris Wiggins), Lewis' former friend, a magician with a helpful knowledge of the occult and an eventful backstory (as revealed in the episodes "Bottle of Dreams" and "Brain Drain"), helps them. The series gets off to an auspiciously creepy start with "The Inheritance," in which yuppie Micki and geeky Ryan attempt to retrieve a killer doll that has worked its demon magic on a spoiled brat (a young Sarah Polley) who uses it to dispatch her strict new stepmother. Perhaps worth the price of this set is "Faith Healer," directed by David Cronenberg, a grisly episode in which a charlatan gains the power to heal from an ancient glove. Atom Egoyan, another Canadian art house darling, directed the episode "Cupid's Quiver." Another memorable episode is "Scarecrow," which introduces a boogieman that gives Jason a run for his hockey mask, a scythe-wielding scarecrow. This inaugural season's most stellar guest star is Ray Walston as an embittered "has been" comic book artist whose superhero creation comes to murderous life. Unlike the movie franchise, Friday the 13th: The Series gets better as the season unfolds. The special effects are resourceful and the gore quotient at times pushes the syndication envelope. All in all, this show delivers--to quote the name of Micki and Ryan's emporium--the "Curious Goods." --Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: John D. LeMay, Louise Robey
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 1140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00168OILM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Friday The 13th - The Series: Season 1" on IMDb

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87 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Claudio Puviani on September 24, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Unfortunately, people have been reviewing the show rather than the product. Obviously, someone who will buy this will do so because they liked the show. I won't waste time describing the series, but I will comment on the quality of the DVDs.

The video quality is abysmal. It looks as if someone taped the episodes from a (non-digital) TV broadcast onto VHS, and then transferred the VHS onto a DVD. I've seen a bootleg version of the series that was taped during a F13th marathon and it was no worse than these DVDs. The images are grainy and fuzzy and the colors are faded, imprecise, and far too dark. I have shows on DVD that were taped in the 1950s and the images are crisp and the colors vibrant. There's just no excuse for shoddy work like this.

Fans will still want this because there are no options, but CBS Studios and Paramount should hang their heads in shame at this blatant display of incompetence and disregard for quality.
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70 of 79 people found the following review helpful By M. Larsen on March 30, 2008
Format: DVD
Unfortunately the title made people believe that this had something to do with Jason, promiscuous teenagers, and Camp Crystal Lake. In truth, it had absolutely nothing to do with it.

This Canadian-made suspense drama's plot consisted of an antique dealer who made a deal with Satan to sell cursed artifacts. The artifacts all brought the bearer some great benefit, but at a terrible price. When his conscience finally caught up with him, however, the devil turned on him and captured his soul. His co-worker, along with his nephew and his cousin (played by Robey - one of the hottest redheads to ever grace our TV screens), set out to reclaim all the artifacts and return them to a secured and consecrated vaults where the artifacts can do no more harm.

Each episode deals with the team trying to reclaim a new artifact. There are some truly incredible moments of drama in this series showing how people can be seduced by evil, even though they have the purest hearts or intentions.

Seasons 1 & 2 are incredible, and the finale to season 2 blew me away more than any episode of any TV show. Season 3 saw the departure of one of the lead characters, which many see as the "Jump The Shark" moment, but the other two characters and the new actor still do an admirable job after loosing a key character.

The whole series is available elsewhere online - just do a search and you can find the whole collection, region-free, for under $50. It's well worth it for any sci-fi, suspense, or horror fans. (FYI - The show is not gory - it gets its impact from a very Hitchcock-like use of lighting and misdirection).

Buy it - you'll love it.
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Jen on May 23, 2008
Format: DVD
With all the shows released mere weeks after the original has aired, I couldn't figure out why a cult-fan favourite like F13 the series was still unavailable decades after the original airing of the show!! Add to that the stinkers that HAVE been release on DVD and it made the situation extra perplexing!

So I was thrilled to see that, after years of waiting, F13 the series will finally be released on DVD!! My best friend and I have been watching the show since it originally aired in 1987, when we were 10 years old! In fact, we were obsessed enough with the show to maintain a website about it 20 years later! :-D

The plot goes something like this: Lewis Vendredi made a deal with the devil to get rich by selling cursed antiques. After breaking the pact with the devil, he is killed, and Micki and Ryan inherit the store. They don't know about its accursed past, or the cursed antiques in the downstairs vault. Consequently, they sell off most of the vault's contents before finally discovering the awful truth. Once the dark secret revealed by Jack Marshack, Lewis Vendredi's old friend, the trio sets out to collect all of the cursed antiques and put them back into the vault where they cannot harm anyone ever again.

The show follows the lives of Micki, Ryan, Jack, and (primarily in Season 3) Johnny as they attempt to hunt down cursed antiques. It is a weird and fantastic show that is fun, campy, and creepy all at the same time! The characters are great together, the plots are generally really imaginative, and it is easy to get sucked into the atmosphere! Happy viewing fellow fans! We've waited so long!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey O. Roland on September 24, 2008
Format: DVD
The one star is for how piss-poor the transfer is on this DVD set. We paid 40 dollars for what is basically a bootleg copy! I mean, the episodes on YOUTUBE look better than this!

Paramount, you sold us a shoddy product. Please step up and show us that you care about what you put out, product-wise, to the public and fix this error. We paid you our hard earned money for DVD quality and got second generation VHS.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Carpenter on September 25, 2008
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I have been waiting patiently for many, many years for Paramount to bring this series to DVD. I pre-ordered early as soon as Amazon listed it, and waited patiently. What I got was sheer disappointment.
Shame on you, Paramount! You gave us a shoddy product with high end pricing. Don't get me wrong, the packaging is clever (I especially like all 6 DVDs in a single-disc size case) But the artwork (or lack thereof) is pathetic. My eight year old could do better with his crayons and a magazine. The Picture Quality is no better than my twenty year old VHS copies I recorded from C-Band Satellite (Which even has more special features, promos, than this DVD release!) There has been no remastering for the Video or sound. Turn the volume way up because the mono soundtrack leaves a lot to be wanted. (My old VHS are even STEREO sound . . . go figure?)
I am overall very disappointed with the product that Paramount has given us long time fans. Shame on you, Paramount! We would have been so much better off if someone like Anchor Bay got the rights. At least we could have expected a remastered picture and sound.
- - - UPDATE 10/16/2008 - - -
The SciFi Channel HD is airing the program in HD. the picture, although still 4:3 is ***excellent***. So, obviously somewhere there exists high quality versions of the show. Paramount just doesnt care enough about fans to give us the good stuff.
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Friday the 13th: The Series
thats a good idea for friday the 13th the series to come back with micki/johnny happily married and their grown up kids helping with the cursed antiques if it come back louise robey/steve monarque/chris wiggins needs to come back in their roles
Jan 25, 2009 by Mishelle Frey |  See all 4 posts
So how bad is the picture quality, really?
To those wondering about the picture quality. Back in the 80s, it was common practice to shoot TV shows on Film, then transfer the film to video, edit on video, add the special effects and credits on video, and release the final product on video. While that was good enough for on the air viewing... Read More
Jan 23, 2010 by Carlos Garcia |  See all 7 posts
Anyone having problems with the Friday the 13th The Series DVD's?
i've wathed the first 4 discs so far and had great a/v quality. BTW, WHO CARES, REALLY, about the lack of special features. Personally, I buy DVDs for the movie, or show.
Oct 26, 2008 by Louisiana Redneck |  See all 2 posts
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