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By A Customer
This review is from: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (DVD)
When I was in high school, the FRIDAY THE 13th pictures were somewhat of an enigma to me. I wasn't old enough to see the first 5 alone and this prohibition lead to great curiosity once I was able to see them on TV. Then I worked at a movie theatre during parts 7 and 8. Suddenly, I was hooked and would sneak a peek during breaks at the concession stand. These many years later, I look back on these films as a great deal of fun, as fake as the butter on the popcorn I served, but sooo delicious! Today I picked up FRIDAY THE 13th:THE FINAL CHAPTER to add to my DVD collection. (I already own the "first" on DVD) Going out of sequence makes no difference here so it was an easy sell. I'd read some of the reviews that eluded to a "bad" transfer. I was trepidacious, but walked away feeling I got my money's worth. From a technical standpoint, the print used for this DVD could have used a little work. Even the animorphically enhanced picture can't hide the defects inherent in the aging print source. There is some film grain and some source artifacts, but these never got in my way of TOTALLY enjoying this disc to its max. Sure, it could have been better, but I've honestly seen worse at this price. To these eyes, it surpasses its VHS format hands down. For a film that is 17 years old and has been transferred to several formats before DVD, I have to give the print some credit for running its course. As for commentary, I'm not really sure what anyone could add to this film that we hadn't already guessed. I doubt the director or its stars would have much to say (check out the commentary for other slasher films and you will know what I mean). I was pleased to have the theatrical trailer on hand (a feature that is paramount to my DVD purchases...guess it comes from having worked in a theatre for years. The film is a satisfying, if uninspired slasher film. It has some genuine chills. Don't hesitate to buy this DVD.