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Average 10-Disc Set for Slasher King "Friday the 13th" Films,
This review is from: Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Despite this 12 film, 10-disc (9 BD & 1 DVD) set containing the entire Friday the 13th film canon it isn't much of an upgrade from previous DVD sets. There has never been a truly comprehensive set with extras for this film series on VHS, DVD or Blu-Ray and this is no exception. You do get Blu-Ray versions of Friday 4 through Jason X that haven't been released yet (the others are already for sale individually). This collection is a mixed bag because even though there is nothing wrong it could have been so much better. Admittedly all box sets have their limitations. It's hard to believe twelve F13 films get only 10 discs when five Superman films command 8 discs. Since there is so much material in the franchise this set could have been amazing.
Exclusive HD Content: BonusView PiP Trivia Track, Anaglyph Glasses, UltraViolet Digital Copy
Audio Formats: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French Dolby Digital 1.0, German Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 & 1.0
Subtitles/Captions: English SDH, French, German, Portuguese, Spanish
A partial list of positive benefits of this release:
- One of only four horror film franchises to get a complete collection (Scream, The Exorcist, Child's Play). Freddy only got 7 of 9 films in a 5 BD collection.
- More special features and bonuses than some other film franchises (such as the Rambo, Rocky and Robocop Blu-ray collections).
- NEW 7 F13 films (Friday 4 to Jason X) are making their Blu-ray debut.
- 5 F13 films (Friday the 13th 1-3, Freddy vs. Jason, Friday the 13th remake) are included (also sold separately).
- 11 hours of previously released extras (making the movies) is included.
- 40-page booklet featuring excerpts from Crystal Lake Memories.
- NEW Official Camp Crystal Lake counselor embroidered patch (iron-on).
A partial list of negative limitations of this release:
- No new extras. The bonus disc is recycled content from the 2004 Crystal Lake to Manhattan DVD box set & reboot BD. 9 years is a long wait.
- No uncut versions of the films except the original and reboot (forget JGTH). Each film has at least 10 seconds to several minutes of cut footage that only seems to be available for purchase separately.
- The picture and audio quality vary by film. Overall, I rate them both 3.5/5. The Final Chapter looks and sounds the worst. The reboot gets the best treatment.
- Part 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 (Jason X) do not get their own disc (they are included in pairs). None of these are the extended/deluxe versions.
- No commentaries for F13 Part 2 or 3. The extras for F13 Part 5, 9 and 10 are fairly limited. Not all extras are ported over from previous releases.
- Friday the 13th Part 3D is anaglyph not true 3D. The Amityville Horror Trilogy [Blu-ray] remastered the third film for Blu-ray 3D!
- 3 Alice Cooper Music Videos from Friday the 13th Part 6 aren't included. "He's Back - The Man Behind the Mask" was a hit.
- Daniel Farrand's "His Name Was Jason (2009)" documentary is not included. Likewise the 30-minute featurette, "The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited (2009)".
- The included booklet, Crystal Lake Memories, is a bonus but only a shadow of the original book on which it is based.
I would rate the films 4 stars and this collection 3 stars. It's still the best complete collection available for F13 in any format. If you don't own these films on DVD this set may be a worthwhile purchase but hardcore fans won't find new material here. Almost half of the films in this set already have better Blu-Ray and DVD releases so hang onto the deluxe versions. The verdict is that the F13 collection is complete but not comprehensive. Many fans expect at least 2-4 hours of new material in any Blu-ray release along with remastered extended versions. Friday the 13th fans may also be interested in Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th (Blu-ray + DVD Combo) which is an excellent 400-minute documentary on the making of the franchise. Including it here would make this collection a truly great purchase. This is the "Indiana Jones" of slashers after all! My favorite kill of the series was Crispin Glover being used as a human cork by Jason. Ultimately every fan will decide for themselves if the upgrade is appropriate for them. One more thing: The UV digital copy of Jason Goes to Hell is unrated (but not the disc). Viewers wanting to switch to the theatrical cut of the reboot can do so via the pop-up menu.
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Initial post: Aug 19, 2013 10:16:30 PM PDT
M. Gibb says:
where did you see an official release of extras? I am keen to peruse
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2013 11:04:08 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Aug 20, 2013 8:48:53 AM PDT
A. Moncrieff says:
I find it hard to believe they would trim Adam Marcus and Dean Lorey's commentary down to fit the R-rated cut, as easy as that may be. It seems more likely they're written incorrect specs on both counts.
Posted on Aug 20, 2013 9:04:15 AM PDT
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Posted on Aug 25, 2013 5:36:41 AM PDT
I got to same some of your negatives aren't applicable.
-Two films on one bluray? Is that a problem? With the storage, it's understandable and not a drawback. If features/extras were cut I'd understand, but two films one one disc is not a negative limitation.
-His name is Jason is not included. As I wouldn't expect it to be unless it was mentioned on the cover. That was a separate film and it was more about the Jason cult following than it was about the movies.
To me one of the biggest flaws is that it's not remastered. Granted it doesn't say it is, so it wouldn't be something you expect, just assume is there, but with a BR release, it should have been done.
I guess we'll see some deluxe versions in the future.
Posted on Aug 25, 2013 10:55:52 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 4, 2013 3:01:45 AM PDT
Hello mate, great review! Just wondering if this release is region free? I think I read somewhere that it was but I would like to be sure before I order to the UK. Cheers!
Posted on Sep 4, 2013 3:20:24 AM PDT
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Posted on Sep 11, 2013 10:55:07 PM PDT
Christopher Miles says:
Thank you so much for this in-depth review, much appreciated :)
Posted on Sep 24, 2013 8:43:32 AM PDT
Kevin Dudley says:
The fact that they didn't port over all of the extras from the prior DVD and blu-ray releases and also made the boneheaded decision to include the heavily cut R rated version of Jason Goes to Hell makes this one that I will only pick up when I can get it for only 20 bucks. A friend of mine picked it up and said that you can get the unrated director's cut of JGTH on ultraviolet. I'll just hang onto my DVD collection until somebody FINALLY gets it right and delivers blu-ray editions for all the films in the series.