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Get ready for twice the terror with Friday the 13th Part 2: Deluxe Edition! Five years after the massacre at Camp Crystal Lake, the nerve-wracking legend of Jason Vorhees and his diabolical mother lives on. Despite ominous warnings from the locals to stay away from “Camp Blood” a group of counselors at a nearby summer camp decide to explore there area where seven people were brutally slaughtered. All too soon, they encounter horrors of their own and the killing begins again. You’ll be at the edge of your seat for this gruesome thriller about 24 hours of bone-chilling fear!
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- Inside Crystal Lake Memories documentary
- Horror Convention featurette
- Lost Tales from Camp Blood - Part 2 featurette
- Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular documentary
- Jason Trivia Track (on-screen text)
- Jason Forever featurette
- Theatrical Trailer - As seen on 2004 release
*** Out of 5
The Blu-ray release for Friday the 13th Part II is the same release as the Deluxe Edition DVD; while I haven't seen the Deluxe Edition DVD if you have that odds are it won't be worth buying on Blu-ray since the features are the same and while it will probably look slightly better I don't think it will look that much better to warrant an upgrade, but if you only have the SD DVD the sound and picture quality alone is worth the upgrade.
This is the same R-rated cut as we've gotten in the past and the footage is nowhere to be found and Paramount may have cheated us in the past I think their claims are legit. With all the SE releases they have given the movies if they had the footage they would have included it as either a feature or in the movie. So if you're holding out hopes that Paramount releases an unrated version odds are you'll never see one; with that out of the way onto the release.
INSIDE CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES (HD) 11:14
This feature is an interview with Peter Bracke the writer of Crystal Lake Memories, which features interviews and all kinds of info on the franchise; this wasn't a bad feature and Bracke does talk about the making of part II, but it would be better to have members of the cast and crew involved also covered is his book. Again it was a good feature, but having people involved with the film would have been better, but for what it's worth Peter Bracke does a very good job explaining info on the movie.
FRIDAY'S LEGACY: HORROR CONVENTIONS (HD) 6:49
Really lame feature, which has nothing to do with the movie; all this feature provides is a brief look at the convention scene; I'm not really sure why this even made the disc. I suppose this would work as a filler feature, but due to the weakness of the other features it makes this even worse.
LOST TALES FROM CAMP BLOOD PART II (HD) 8:54
Directed by Andrew Ceperley I found this to be entertaining, but the daytime scenes take away from it. It was enjoyable for what it was worth though, but I'd rather have something about Friday the 13th Part 2.
JASON FOREVER (SD) 29:47
This was shot in 2004 for the Crystal Lake to Manhattan set, but it was only a Best Buy Exclusive; Peter Bracke moderates and Ari Lehman, Warrington Gillette, C.J. Graham and Kane Hodder appear; this was an entertaining feature, but nothing we haven't heard before; Steve Dash is the one who actually played Jason in part 2, Gillette was hired for the role and is credited in the movie, but only played him for the unmasking scene at the end hence why that is all he talks about. Overall I liked the feature, but again I would have rather seen more about Part 2.
THEATRICAL TRAILER (HD) 2:12
No need to explain this one.
This is an upgrade over the SD DVD for sure and even though I haven't seen the Deluxe Edition DVD they are both from the same source and any upgrade probably won't be that noticeable in general. But overall the transfer was excellent; it's not as good as the transfer for the original, but light years ahead of the 2D HD transfer for part 3. Seeing as the film was released in 1981 you cannot expect perfection, but this transfer cleans up a lot of the grain and dirt and the colors are strong and sharp and it's not as dark looking as the SD DVD; like I said this transfer isn't as good as the original, but it comes really close at times. I was surprised at how clean the movie looked. The only scene where the grain was bad was when Ginny and Paul are driving to the bar, but it's not a big deal since it was only a shot of the sky, but besides that one scene grain and dirt are kept very low. I was hesitant on if I should pick this up, I loved the transfer for the original, but hated the 2D transfer for part 3, but no doubt this is a winner. It may not be the perfect Hi-Def experience, but it looks amazing. It's not as dark and murky as the SD DVD and is brighter and no worries the movie doesn't lose its low budget charm. Again I have to say I was quite surprised at how great the picture quality was.
The 5.1 Dolby TrueHD I just wasn't that impressed with; the music sounded good, but I felt the dialogue was a bit low. You can easily understand everything that is said, but I wasn't really into the audio. I felt the same for part 3 and like that one I watched the movie with the original Mono track. While the shrieks from the score might have more of a jolt with the TrueHD I felt the Mono track was the overall better of the two.
FINAL WORDS ON THE DISC
Friday the 13th Part II was a solid entry in the series and far better than most people will give it credit for, in a sense this is the original with a higher budget and a new villain. The characters are pretty much the same as those in the original and the pacing is mostly the same. Even though this is a rehash of the original it serves its purpose as an entertaining and creepy slasher flick, but the release was quite poor. While the picture and audio alone make this a major upgrade from the SD DVD the special features really aren't very special. It would be nice if some people involved with the movie took part in the release and due to that this disc is a failure; Peter Bracke does a good job at supplying info on the movie there was still far more that could have been done. So while the disc is a winner in picture and audio it's a total failure in terms of extras. But again the Blu-ray is more than worth it for the excellent transfer and that is why I give it 3-stars; I would rate it higher, but taking the overall product into account the features take away from it.
Released in 1981, one year after the first film, "Part II" is basically a retread of the first but with different characters, a different killer and a different camp on the same lake, not far from "Camp Blood," i.e. Camp Crystal lake. In reality, the film was shot on an entirely different location--Kent, Connecticut.
It's interesting how none of the films were shot at the same location even though, typically, the location in the story is the general vicinity of Camp Crystal Lake. The locations of the films in the series include Blairstown, New Jersey (I), Connecticut (II & IX), California (III, IV, V), Georgia (VI), Alabama (VII), British Columbia (VIII & XI), New York City (VIII), Toronto (X & XI) and Texas (XII).
It's the camp-like settings of most of the franchise and the unstoppable monster that is Jason Voorhees that especially sets "Friday the 13th" apart from similar franchises.
Concerning the tone, the first two films are serious in nature with the expected antics of youths on vacation in the woods, but the series introduced a campy element in Part III, which pretty much plagued the rest of the series until the reboot in 2009. Not that I'm complaining much, as these films are only quasi-believable anyway; still, I prefer the serious tone to the cartoonish. Speaking of which, the only thing questionable about the first film--as far as realism goes--is how the killer is able to throw an adult corpse through a window or hang a body from a door, etc. But I suppose these things can be attributed to the powerfully psycho Voorhees gene.
Many people find these films scary and shocking and the first two movies have some slightly chilling aspects, some of the others as well, but--with the exception of the 2009 reboot--I don't find these movies particularly scary. They're sometimes creepy, sometimes suspenseful, sometimes exciting and always fun & entertaining, but not scary. In fact, I usually bust out laughing at the inevitable death scenes. There are numerous jump-scares, of course, but that's not what I'm talking about.
"Part II" doesn't overstay its welcome at a mere 87 minutes. It introduces the adult Jason Voorhees, but he's noticeably smaller in stature and more human than in later sequels. A couple of times the main protagonist, Ginny (Amy Steel), is able to deter him fairly easily (like opening a car door or kicking him in the groin). Speaking of Ginny, she's a fine heroine in the manner of Alice in the first film and Pam in "Part V." Kirsten Baker plays the requisite hottie, Terry, and the filmmakers take advantage of her beauty. Unfortunately, the ambiguity of the ending is inexplicable.
(If you're wondering why I rate a film of this nature so highly, I'm rating it according to what it is -- a slasher film. No genre is beyond redemption or above contempt)