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His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2 Disc Splatter Edition) (2008)

Tom Savini , Kane Hodder , Sean S. Cunningham , Daniel Farrands  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tom Savini, Kane Hodder, Seth Green, Travis Van Winkle, James Roday
  • Directors: Sean S. Cunningham, Daniel Farrands
  • Producers: Anthony Masi, Thommy Hutson, Blake Reigle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, Anamorphic, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001L9EXNO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,427 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2 Disc Splatter Edition)" on IMDb

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Jason Voorhees has carved his place into American pop culture and is one of the most recognizable cinematic killer in horror history. Now nearly, 30 years later, see how it all happened! With over 100 interviews with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage and dozen of film clips spanning the entire Friday the 13th series leading up to the 2/13/09 remake, there is no better way to get up close and personal with one of the most feared icons of our generation. Shut off the lights, lock up the cabin and get ready to learn all about a boy... His Name Was Jason.

HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13TH is a two disc set loaded with over 4 hours of bonus material. This film is a behind the scenes look at the franchise that broke horror box office records and made Jason a pop culture icon. With over 80 interviews from the cast and crew of the Friday the 13th film franchise, including the new Friday the 13th film, these firsthand accounts of never-before-told stories and rare behind the scenes photographs offer the ultimate look at the history of FRIDAY THE 13TH!

"Jason has no expiration date," as someone observes in the exhaustive His Name was Jason, a touch-all-the-bases approach to chronicling horror's blankest killer. Yep, it's all too true. Timed to mark the 30th anniversary of the Friday the 13th franchise, but probably more to serve as publicity for the 2009 remake, His Name was Jason is a two-disc set containing the 90-minute title doc plus a bevy of shorter, themed extras. Jason gives a quick run-through of all the Friday the 13th installments, filled out with detailed analysis of Jason as a cultural phenomenon and copious memories from the various casts and crew. (The better-known actors who have passed through the series--namely Kevin Bacon, Corey Feldman, and Crispin Glover--aren't around for interviews.) Special-effects gore maestro Tom Savini's wry delivery guides us through the story, with a few newly-staged murders along the way. Extensive clips are used to illustrate the grisly single-mindedness of Jason's killing, and various directors, including franchise guru Sean S. Cunningham, weigh in on the heaviness of guiding the various episodes. It all seems surreally weird, in the light of the movies' general lousiness and the trashy elevation of the empty-vessel killer to icon status. The 90-minute documentary is just the beginning, it turns out: fans can delve deep into the nuances of life (and death) at Crystal Lake. A 45-minute featurette on the actors who played Jason fills out disc one, and a plethora of other shorts (most of them culled from the same interview sessions, this time without the supporting clips) crowd disc two. There's another hour and 20 minutes of stories from directors, and 30 minutes of screenwriter anecdotes. "Dragged from the Lake" gives light to some amusing discrepancies in the series, as well as detailing actress Adrienne King's horrifying experience with a stalker. Fourteen minutes of fan films give parodistic views of the Jason experience, and "Friday the 13th in 4 minutes" gives a tongue-in-cheek shorthand account of the entire saga. Director Joseph Zito and actor Erich Anderson re-visit the set of The Final Chapter, and actress Gloria Charles takes a tour of the deadly barn from Part 3. Shorter extras include a 5-minute Crystal Lake survival guide (i.e., interviewees reciting the worst mistakes you can make while in proximity to Jason), a quick trip to a Comic-Con, and a tour of Universal Studio's Friday the 13th horror house. Things round off with a funny bogus ad for the law offices of a character from Part 3, Shelly Finkelstein, the kid that introduced the hockey mask into the series. It's a lot of effort for a low point in horror history. --Robert Horton

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary, but brilliant DVD release February 7, 2009
The actual documentary gets **** Out of 5. But ***** overall for the DVD.

His Name Was Jason: 30-Years of Friday the 13th is a must own for fans of the franchise; this documentary on the series was written by Thommy Hutson & Anthony Masi and directed by Daniel Farrands who wrote Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers and hosted by Tom Savini. Due to some of the people involved like Anthony Masi and the fact this was put out by Starz Home Entertainment (using the Anchor Bay name) no doubt people will compare this to Halloween: 25-Years of Terror.

As much as I enjoyed His Name Was Jason it isn't without its flaws. I was hoping this documentary would cover some of the production on the movies, but actually very little of the making of the films are covered and that's where 25-Years of Terror edges it out. For most of the 90-minutes it's various members of the cast and crew and other filmmakers talking about the movies like Jason's psyche and some of the kill scenes. In a sense it's sort of like hanging out with friends talking about the films, which was really cool, but I would have liked to have heard more about the production of the films. The first 10-minutes or so are spent talking about the plots and I thought this documentary might fail. I mean I enjoy the series, but there weren't many plots. The first and third are really the only ones with hint of a plot, but once we get past that His Name Was Jason really picks up.

What I absolutely loved about His Name Was Jason was seeing some of the actors taking part. Some of the actors have done conventions or put themselves out there with interviews for various horror sites, but some of the actors are ones that haven't been heard of since the releases of the films.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For All the 'Friday the 13th' Fans!!! February 8, 2009
I received this as an early Valentine's present because the remake is coming out in 5 days, so I wanted to be pumped and ready for it! This documentary is very entertaining and interesting if you love the series and love seeing Jason do his thing! They bring back a lot of the important actors who were in the movies. Even though the women are a little older, they are still beautiful! They talk about how they got the job, how each movie came to be, a little about the remake, etc. I loved the fan film in the bonus features, including Freddy Vs. Jason in 30 seconds with bunnies! If you love Jason Voorhees, and the Friday the 13th series, I highly recommend HIS NAME WAS JASON: 30 YEARS OF FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a Fluff Piece Than Anything March 24, 2009
I really enjoyed "His Name Was Jason", let me state that right up front. As a child of the 80's I grew up going to the "Friday" films with my brother, and still watch the franchise on DVD regularly. With that said, I was hoping for a little more from this documentary.
The main attraction of this 2 disk set is the 90 minute documentary which brings back cast and crew of the various films to discuss each entry. Also invited along for the trip are some head-scratchingly unrelated "celebrities" like Seth Green of "Robot Chicken" and some guy from the TV show "Psych"?? Not quite sure why they would be considered an "authority" on "Friday the 13th".
Basically, Tom Savini introduces several topics while walking through a faux Crystal Lake setting, and various cast and crew members chime in with their thoughts on the various topics. (It's fun watching some of these folks take themselves and their parts in the films way too seriously!!) For the most part it's a fun little trip, and serves better as a "where are they now" sort of thing. I loved seeing Amy Steel, Betsy Palmer, Kane Hodder and other series favorites again. But to be honest, if you are looking for an in-depth, behind the scenes documentary, you won't really find it here. The film is fun, and if it were included as an extra in the upcoming release of the 2009 "Friday the 13th" DVD, it would have been perfect. But when you are paying more for a documentary on a film series than you would for a DVD entry of the series itself it seems a bit odd?
If you are a huge "Friday" fan, I recommend you at least rent "His Name was Jason", it's a fun quick look at the series. But I HIGHLY recommend Peter Bracke's "Crystal Lake Memories" hardcover book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cut cut hack hack October 22, 2010
By rndkr
I agree with many other folks that the herky-jerky editing is the main problem with this documentary; there is nowhere near the in-depth analysis here that is evident in the highly enjoyable sister doc, Never Sleep Again (the really good one about the Nightmare on Elm Street series). It's still fun to see some of the old cast members reminiscing about old times (I always in particular liked "Vera" from Part III and was happy to see her pop up for a few seconds here and there before the ADD-addled editors cut to something else); it's funny to hear how much affection some of the actors have for these movies in which their parts consisted mainly of playing some teenaged stereotype who sooner or later has their throat cut, their eyeballs squeezed out, or receives an axe in the face. The Friday movies were considered pretty sleazy trash back in their heydey, and I've always considered them as such (they have nowhere near the imagination and inventiveness of the Nightmare on Elm Street flicks), but they are trashy *Fun* and the first two I think are definite classics of their kind, with memorable Final Girls, some real scares and suspense, and of course Mrs. Voorhees ("Kill her mommy! Kill her!"). I just wish the makers of this documentary had been able to slow down a bit and let people talk; there is also a real lack of film clips that last more than 10 seconds, another huge debit for obvious reasons. Two other complaints: as good a makeup and gore artisan as he is, Tom Savini's hosting comes off as a bit smarmy to me, and the final 5 minutes or so devoted to hyper-hyping the turns-out-it's-lousy 2009 remake seems in retrospect rather disengenuous. The best part of this final segment is that it really does make me want to revisit a bunch of the originals soon, whereas I never ever ever need to sit through the bland + unnecessary remake again. Final rating: **1/2 out of ***** mostly for the drive-in memories, not the doc itself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars if you like the friday the 13th movies
and if your looking at this why wouldnt you? so this is a really cool look back at all the movies and interviews of the actors actresses directors and people who worked on the film... Read more
Published 9 days ago by jamesyboi
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason...he's the man. 30 years later STILL terrorizing people, camp...
If you are a REAL Friday the 13th /Jason fan you WILL want this in your collection. Complete history of the 30 years since Jason came on screen. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GREEK
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not bad. 😊
Published 3 months ago by Bobby P Dozier
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any Fri the 13th fan
I am a Fri the 13th freak, so I love all the behind the scenes insight. I prefer the Crystal Lake Memories book-
Published 5 months ago by Babaganoosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
If you watch this and don't like it your a moron. The title says it all. You obviously are watching this because you like or love all the Friday the 13th movies and moments. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars I ONLY GOT 1 DISK - PLEASE HELP ! ! !



Published 8 months ago by bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for any Friday the 13th fan.
Gave an in depth explanation of how the character started and how he evolved through each movie. Provided inside stories and details from the people who played the characters in... Read more
Published 8 months ago by deviticus1974
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for Friday the 13th Fans
It's an interesting documentary about the Friday the 13th films. A couple of the people passed since this was released a few years ago. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Cortney Copeland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great....
His name was Jason is great, it took me 2 days to watch both disk. Great price aswell. If your a F13th fan then get this.
Published 10 months ago by Todd Barts
5.0 out of 5 stars Jason
Grabbed this for my brother, could only get regular edition in Canada. He was pretty happy with it. Quick ship
Published 14 months ago by 10pmStalker
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