Friday The 13th - The Series: Season 1
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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.
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.
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!
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.
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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The product is advertised as having subtitles but there aren't any, which is pretty unfortunate given the poor sound quality. Read morePublished 9 days ago by T. Hudson
My four star rating is for the series itself, not the release. I, like many others, am disappointed in the picture quality of the episodes. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Jackie Dan
This show debuted when I was 14. My parents were about to divorce and I was left alone on Friday nights. I loved everything about the show. Ryan, Micki, and Jack. Read morePublished 6 months ago by swankhood
I LOVED THIS SERIES WHEN IT WAS ON TV! I PLAN ON ORDERING MORE SEASONS!Published 8 months ago by sharon sartori
Another series to add to my collection. Arrived in great shape and so far all the programs have viewed just fine.Published 12 months ago by Wiggles
When FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE SERIES debuted in 1987 it wasn't exactly bright on my radar. I was aware of it, and even saw an episode I thought was very good ("Doctor Jack"),... Read morePublished 15 months ago by M. G Watson