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One of the greatest sci-fi/suspense drama on TV,
This review is from: Friday The 13th - The Series: Season 1 (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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Initial post: Apr 2, 2008 3:55:56 AM PDT
Reginald D. Garrard says:
Great review! I agree with everything that you said. I never saw any of the movies but was totally devoted to the television show.
Posted on Apr 7, 2008 12:45:06 PM PDT
D. R. Crittenden says:
the show was wonderful and i want it but dont know how to find it can anyone help me out with this firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Apr 7, 2008 12:46:01 PM PDT
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R. Catey says:
All the ones I have seen on online othr than this one are bootlegged. One of the online bootlegers went so far as to have recorded it from the Sci-Fi channel. You could tell because the Sci-Fi channel. logo was visible, plus the pichure was extremly poor, much like if you record a program on VHS at LP. Also, those that are recorded off of TV, if they are older series ,have been edited for time. This is because commercial time has increased over the years.
In reply to an earlier post on May 24, 2008 10:13:30 AM PDT
Dach Nednil says:
As opposed to movie and tv studios editing "official" releases due to music rights and such. Boot leggers exist for a reson!
In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2008 4:47:50 AM PDT
Most exist to make money quickly and illegally off work they don't own. Very few do it because they appreciate the original version of what they're selling. If that was the reason, they probably wouldn't be charging for it.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2008 8:53:50 AM PDT
Dach Nednil says:
Nope, most "bootleggers" offer it for free, it's only sold to those who don't know where to find it. As long as the studios feel like they can do what they want and have the "take it or leave it" attitude, I'll TAKE it. :)
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2008 3:16:34 PM PDT
A. Gammill says:
I've bought a few bootlegs in my time, but why not get the official first season release since it's available? The more people that buy it, the greater the chance of getting an official release for the rest of the series.
Posted on Aug 13, 2008 6:14:22 PM PDT
Doctor Trance says:
The cover artwork appears to be trying to cash in on the movie series, and try to get some unsuspecting film fans to bite. Shame, as the series sells itself. They should have put the cast on the cover!!
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2008 12:36:44 PM PDT
James Seger says:
I have to say: I like the new artwork. Every other DVD in existence plasters the actors on the cover. This looks better. (Though I'm sure they were sorta trying to tie the show in with the lousy movies.)