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Friday the 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan Ultimate Collection (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part IV: The Final Chapter / Part V: A New Beginning / Part VI: Jason Lives / Part VII: The New Blood / Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan)

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Friday the 13th
The film takes place years after a young boy named Jason drowns in a lake while attending Camp Crystal Lake and shortly thereafter, the camp closes. Flash forward to the present, where the owner decides to re-open the camp and one by one, the counselors have mysteriously been murdered by an unseen person.

Friday the 13th, Part 2

The second installment picks up with Jason Voorhees, presumed dead from drowning years ago, exacting revenge on the innocent campers at "Camp Blood." Living as a hermit in the woods all these years, Jason witnesses the graphic murder of his mother and decides to wreak havoc on everyone at the camp - killing each camp counselor one by one.

Friday the 13th, Part 3
Vacationing teenagers take off for a weekend of relaxation at Camp Crystal Lake. Planning a few days of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll, they are in for a series of frightening surprises when a local motorcycle gang follows the teenagers back to their campsite, only to find a persistent Jason with an agenda of his own. Adorned with his trademark hockey mask for the first time in the series, Jason delivers non-stop chills and thrills as everyone on the lake must fight for their lives. Part III includes cast commentary by author Peter Bracke and actors Larry Zerner, Paul Kratka, Dana Kimmell and Richard Brooker.

Friday the 13th, Part IV: The Final Chapter
Jason resurfaces from a seemingly deadly massacre and returns to Camp Crystal Lake to a new set of prey. Starring a young Corey Feldman as Tommy Jarvis, it seems Jason has finally met his match in the 12-year old horror movie maven. Enlisting the help of a local hunter, Tommy and his sister must rely on one another to help defeat Jason, while also trying to avoid their own demise.

Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning

With Jason dead, someone new has begun a killing spree of their own, using Jason's M.O. and preying on inhabitants of a sanctuary.

Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives
Tommy returns to the grave to ensure that Jason is indeed dead. Instead of remaining dead, Jason is accidentally brought back to life by Tommy and now Tommy must stop all the mindless killing and make sure Jason dies for good this time. Part VI features commentary by director Tom McLoughlin.

Friday the 13th, Part VII: The New Blood
The film centers on Tina Shepard, a young girl with telekinetic powers who believes she drowned her father in Crystal Lake. Returning to the site as a method of supposedly helping her cope with her grief, Tina accidentally frees Jason from his watery grave, only to lead to more killing sprees by the man in the infamous hockey mask. Part VII features commentary by Kane Hodder and director John Carl Buechler and Part VIII features commentary by director Tom McLoughlin.

Friday the 13th, Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
A graduating class of a local high school vacation on a cruise ship and unbeknownst to them, Jason is a stowaway on the same ship. Slowly killing students one at a time, Jason eventually sinks the boat, stranding the few lone survivors in Manhattan. Among those survivors, is Rennie, who believes Jason attempted to drown her as a child. Fighting for her their lives, Rennie and the other survivors must make sure Jason dies once and for all.

A featurette "Tales From the Cutting Room," in which exclusive deleted scenes and footage is revealed for the first time. An 8-part featurette "The Friday The 13th Chronicles," which looks at the legacy of the films throughout their history, featuring cast and crew commenting on each film and why they appeal to audiences. Includes Adrienne King, Amy Steel, Corey Feldman, Kane Hodder, Lar Park Lincoln, Betsy Palmer, Tom Savini and directors Sean Cunningham, Tom McLoughlin, Rob Heddon, Joseph Zito and John Carl Buechler. A 3-part featurette "Secrets Galore Behind The Gore," which looks at the work of master make-up effects designer Tom Savini in Part 1 and Part IV and John Carl Buechler in Part VII. Includes rare and never-before-seen footage, drawings and stills illustrating the make-up techniques used to create Jason and achieve elaborate death scenes. A featurette "Crystal Lake Victims Tell All!" in which cast and crew from various films share amusing anecdotes. Includes Corey Feldman, Larry Zerner, Adrienne King, Amy Steel, Lar Park Lincoln and directors. A featurette "Friday Artifacts and Collectibles," which looks at props and collectables from the films. The theatrical trailers from all 8 movies except Part VI, which is represented by the teaser trailer.

Five discs gather the first eight movies in the Friday the 13th series, plus a batch of behind-the-scenes featurettes. You can track the rise, fall, and endless resurrections of Jason Voorhees, from the original 1980 film to Jason's self-kidding trip to the Big Apple. Horror fans eat up packages such as this, but there's something odd about the deluxe treatment for a series that spotlighted atrocious acting, pitiful production values, and inane storytelling.

You'll spot a few future "name" actors in various installments: Kevin Bacon is morbidly dispatched in the first one. But in general, the dominant focus is how to kill horny teenagers, most of whom have gathered at Camp Crystal Lake in the misguided belief that the curse of the impossible-to-kill Jason has worn off. The first movie has a certain raw, crummy ability to shock, Part 2 is a dismal retread, and Part 3 actually features interesting use of 3-D, which doesn't translate to its flat DVD version. The fourth is boldly subtitled The Final Chapter, and we all know where that went, but it does have Crispin Glover doing a funky dance. A New Beginning and Jason Lives continue Jason's bad mood, maybe because the hockey mask doesn't fit right. The seventh chapter, The New Blood, stakes Jason against a worthy opponent (Crystal Lake's answer to telekinetic Carrie), but the result is the same. Part 8's subtitle, Jason Takes Manhattan, is wittier than the movie itself, as Jason menaces an unlucky cruise ship of high-schoolers bound for New York--where Mr. J fits right in.

Some of the films come with commentaries from directors or cast members, including heralded Jason performer Kane Hodder. Brief documentaries (ranging from five to 15 minutes) cover separate installments with amusing anecdotes, including interviews with Sean S. Cunningham, Tom Savini, and various actors. In another doc, actors speak of the fraternity of young actors who've been slaughtered by Jason over the years. A deleted-scenes section is skimpy and not very interesting, while the tricks of special-effects gore merit a film to themselves. It's a customer-savvy DVD box, even if the effect of watching a bunch of this stuff together is a little dispiriting. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • The first 8 movies on four discs plus a bonus disc of extras including deleted scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Kane Hodder
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2004
  • Run Time: 734 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002JP572
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,665 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Friday the 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan Ultimate Collection (Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 / Part IV: The Final Chapter / Part V: A New Beginning / Part VI: Jason Lives / Part VII: The New Blood / Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan)" on IMDb

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Format: DVD
Fans have been begging Paramount for years to release the unrated and uncut Friday the 13th films. The "Blockbuster and Wal-Mart won't sell them" excuse I've heard, here and there, is patently untrue. Both Blockbuster and Wal-Mart sell and rent unrated films (call either of them up and ask if they carry the unrated edition of "Bad Santa," if you need proof). They simply don't sell or rent NC-17 movies.

So what's Paramount's excuse? No input from the Directors of the films? Nope, that's not it. John Carl Buechler, director of Friday the 13th Part VII has openly campaigned for an unrated version to be released (so fans can finally see "the new BLOOD"). Tom McLoughlin, director of Friday the 13th Part VI, told me directly that he has contacted Paramount, letting them know that he would be willing to do a director's commentary AND re-edit an unrated Director's Cut of Jason Lives. The studio didn't take him up on his offer to create an unrated Director's cut (he does provide commentary on part VI). If this box set is any indication, they never will. Kane Hodder, Jason in Paramount's F13 6, 7 and 8 has been screaming for unrated and uncut versions, and has expressed a desire to do commentary for each of the films (including the ones he didn't star in). So why, at the very least, isn't there commentary on EVERY disc? I suspect it's because Paramount wanted to cram two movies onto each disc, leaving no space for commentary or other valuable extras on some of the films (and giving a compressed picture, that isn't much better than what you get on video).

Why aren't the films uncut and unrated? Because Paramount is too stubborn to release them that way. It has been known for years that Paramount has been "ashamed" of this series.
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Although I am happy Paramount has finally released some sort of FRIDAY THE 13TH box-set - on the whole, it is pretty disapointing. It seems to be something that was very cheaply thrown together to make a few bucks and satisfying the fans' requests does not seem to have been "paramount". Most every other horror movie that a company has taken the time to release on DVD has been released in its original uncut version and with a director and/or cast commentary, so that should have been the bare essential for each historic film in this set - but we don't even get that. What makes it even worse is that the original FRIDAY THE 13TH has been released in every other country in a special-edition DVD (from Warner Bros) including the uncut version, a very nice "making-of" featurette and a commentary including several of the cast and crew. Paramount obviously was too cheap to even acquire the rights to those features and throw us a bone on this set. There is also no excuse for not releasing Part 3 in 3-D as that has also been made available in other countries. The "extras" on the 5th disc are embarassing and laughable - for example: the two people interviewed for Part 3 are not Steve Miner (the director) and Dana Kimmel (the star) but instead some guy I've never heard of (the director of photography) and Larry Zerner (Shelly, definately NOT the star). Shame on you Paramount - now that you have cashed in on FRIDAY THE 13TH one more time, do us all a favor and sell the rights to these films to NEW LINE (or even ANCHOR BAY, for that matter) so they can release a proper special edition box-set.

Things missing from this set:

1-uncut versions

2-commentaries for each film

3-Part 3 in 3-D

4-the original movie poster artwork
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This is the sloppiest, worst thought out attempt to steal money from Friday fans paramount has come up with. After spending 25 bux a pop on bare bones, terrible transfer DVD's, we get this "special box set" With NO real features besides the audio commentaries...No Uncut footage(especially part 7 which has TONS of cut scenes) No 3-d part 3, etc. God do I wish New Line had the rights to ALL these movies, then we'd have a worthwhile box set with UNCUT movies! As it stands, this is a cheap piece of trash and hopefully Paramount will put out a decent HD-DVD box set when that becomes the norm because this is ridiculous!
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I never thought I'd actually see all of these movies released together, but now that they are, all I can think is what the crap was Paramount thinking?!?!

As I write this I can see a kick ass box set on my shelf called "The Nightmare On Elm St Collection." And as I look at that box set, I hate this Friday one more and more.

How can you not do four CRUCIAL things?

One being releasing these UNCUT (I know, I know, "we lost the footage"...BULL! You don't just lose footage to eight films!).

Another being NOT giving them GOOD sound for those who have been dying to pop these into their surround sound system...MONO?!?!?!

Another being no Friday 3-D in 3-D?!?!?! COME ON! Spy Kids was even released in 3-D, and that fan base won't give a crap about that movie in 5 years, while Friday fans are dedicated (Friday fans deserve a good box set!). How come a Sylvester Stallone gets to be in 3-D, but not a horror icon?!?!

Finally, two movies per disc? I swear Paramount, you are trying to have people NOT like this box set. Man, even the Leprechaun Box Set has the movies seperated!

My advice to anyone looking to buy this is: Just dish out another 30-50 bucks and get the Nightmare Box set, because it is the cream of the crop, and buy these Friday movies individually, this way you at least get better sound options.

This gets a -13 out of 10.
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