Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning (Deluxe Edition)
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|Format||Multiple Formats, AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Color|
|Contributor||Todd Bryant, Anthony Barrile, Danny Steinmann, John Shepherd|
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|Runtime||1 hour and 32 minutes|
They thought Jason was dead. They thought he was gone for good. But it turns out, they're all wrong . . . dead wrong! Homicidal maniac Jason returns from the grave to cause more bloody mayhem in Friday The 13th: A New Beginning - Deluxe Edition. Young Tommy Jarvis may have escaped from Crystal Lake, but he's still haunted by the gruesome events that happened there. When gory murders start happening at the secluded halfway house for troubled teens where he now lives, it seems like his nightmarish nemesis, Jason Voorhees, is back for more sadistic slaughters. But as things spiral out of control and the body count rises, Tommy begins to wonder if he's become the killer he fears most. Witness the true terror as Jason and Tommy battle once more in this spine-tingling descent into death and madness!
Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann with cast and crew
Lost Tales from Camp Blood - Part 5
The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II
New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part V A New Beginning
Original Theatrical Trailer
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.7 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Item model number : PARD143224D
- Director : Danny Steinmann
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Color
- Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
- Release date : June 16, 2009
- Actors : John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile, Todd Bryant
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B0026KWT1A
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #231,171 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on February 13, 2009
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I've been a passionate Friday The 13th fan for as long as I can remember and while I adore all eight of the original films, Part V holds the distinction of being my favorite. It not only exemplifies (and even parodies) everything that the series stands for but it is quite possibly the greatest film in the slasher genre.
All the elements that give the genre its reputation are present here, in wild abandon. Promiscuous nudity? Check. A group of random, often pointless characters? Check. A demented masked killer? Check. Absurd plot points? Check. Absurd actions from said pointless characters? Check. Still even more nudity? Check. Creative if not comical killings? Check.
Throw in just a minute or two of genuine suspense (but, be careful, not too much) and you have "A New Beginning".
Was Part V really a "new beginning" for the series? Yes and no. Critics of this film, which is virtually everyone, would have you believe that it actually matters if Jason himself is doing the killings. Forget the fact that he had already changed "manifestations" in each of the prior three films. I view Jason more as a "character in mask", not an individual that can actually be traced to a social security number. In this light, Part V is every bit a "Jason-led" movie. If some maniac is donning the hockey mask and playing the part then, in my eyes, we have our "Jason".
Part V is refreshing in that it expands on the Jason legend by trying something a little different - what if we say the real Jason is dead but put an imposter in his role? Would it matter? If you watch the film, you can see that the answer for functional purposes is no. Instead, we are treated to a mystery amidst the mayhem as to who is doing the violent killings. This enhances the film in my eyes.
Furthermore, director Danny Steinmann crafts a film that gathers all of the Friday the 13th stereotypes and puts them to celluloid in a most excessive and unapologetic fashion. We don't just get a Jason, we get a "mystery Jason". We don't just get creative killings, we get especially perverse ones. We are given not merely a taste of the "sex equals death" scenario but a full-blown entree.
Make no mistake, Part V is sleazy and proud of it! It embraces the genre rather than hiding behind subtlety, notions of character development or those not so visible side views of breasts. It should be noted that Steinmann's previous credits had been in adult films and he, fittingly, brings that sort of vibe and freedom to this picture. Part V gives us the highest body count (at that time) and the most nude scenes of any previous Friday film.
And Part V doesn't stop with those redeeming qualities... :). It marked a pivotal transition in the series, taking undercurrents of outright absurdity that were present in every prior sequel and making them excessively absurd! It pointed the franchise away from its camp-horror roots to more comedic-horror. Many enjoy this altered style that the series takes on in Parts VI through VIII, yet often forget that Part V is where it started to turn.
Part V wisely stays away from developed characters, sound plot turns and, heck, even logic! It ranks as one of the most ridiculous films I've ever witnessed, which means it's highly entertaining and true to its genre. Just how absurd are we talking? Here's a modest rundown...
- The "plot" of the film centers around Tommy Jarvis's trip to a halfway house after recurring trauma from his experiences fending off Jason at the end of Part IV. This rehabilitation house serves as a juicy and fresh backdrop where a host of troubled young characters can relax, fool around and eventually be done away with. We meet one member at the house named Vic who is chopping wood. He proves to have some anger issues. Why he was given an ax, of all things, is anyone's guess! Sure enough, a second guest at this halfway house, named Joey, comes up to Vic while eating a chocolate bar and offers him some. Maybe it didn't have almonds? Something about the offer sets Vic off and he goes bezerk on Joey with the ax. This senseless incident kicks off a spree of killings in and around the location all done by some lunatic in Jason's disguise. Is it Jason himself? Some think so. Is it the troubled Tommy? Or someone else? Sound intriguing? Well, wait, there's more...
- Meet a random duo of guys whose car breaks down on their way to picking up some hot dates. One proceeds to get out and fix it. This proves to be a mistake as our Jason-killer pops up and shoves a road flare down his throat! Nice!
- Witness a continuous array of other characters that seem to show up out of nowhere, stay on screen for 5 minutes, only to be offed by our mystery Jason in especially brutal fashion.
- That probably doesn't sound too out of the ordinary but witness one other couple who show up in a van. The male character, who looks like a 1985 reincarnation of a Jackson Five member, apparently had one too many enchiladas and runs off to a portable toilet, all the while cussing and crooning a duet with his female partner through the walls. After failing to wipe, and annoyed by the intrusive shaking of the portable shed, he eventually ends up impaled!
- Also observe a whacked-out mother and GROWN son team from the boondocks who, like the previous pair, are essentially cast for no other purpose than to 1) add dark comedy and to 2) die. Ethel is the mother and she begins the film by casting her disdain at Tina and Eddie (I will get to them later), for having sex on her lawn. The young couple are apparently at the halfway house to temper their amorous addictions. Thankfully for us, they aren't too successful at it and they will eventually provide the film's most memorable scene. Ethel, and her 40-something son, Junior, bicker back and forth with language that would make a sailor blush. Fixing a stew, the mother hurls insults out the kitchen window while Junior rides his motorcycle back and forth. It's as crass as it is comical and it all comes to a climax with both suffering a brutal headache (quite literally).
- Also, don't miss the stylish and ultra-cool Violet. She is rather cute and colorful and spends a lot of time up in her room dancing with her Walkman. You don't want to miss it!
- Our heroes turn out to be a curious pair. One is Pam, the responsible and mature one (though we still get to see her parade around in a wet shirt). She makes it to the film's end along with young Reggie (who played "Dudley" on the TV show "Different Strokes"). Together they run, hide and do battle against our Jason-killer. Pam breaks out a chainsaw but can't finish the job. Meanwhile, Reggie manages to get on a bull-dozer, skillfully operate it, and plow forward with his sights set on the masked maniac...
If all this sounds like a film you wish to avoid, you have company! Most critics are right there with you. For the rest of us, it endures as a distinct and unashamed work of art. It is really the first Friday film to appear at a time when the decade was now coming into its own. While the first three entries had their roots in the 70's, Part IV and V could be viewed in light of the trending fashions and excesses that were characterizing the times. Part V, especially, feels like a pure slice of 80's abundance.
I previously mentioned the lustful antics of Tina and Eddie. Let me just say that Tina is my favorite girl in the entire Friday franchise and she and Eddie provide the most memorable scene in the series. To babble on about it won't do the scene justice, Yet it remains quintessential in every way, a hall of fame example of the "sex = death" equation that is a perverse hallmark of this series. It is my favorite scene of the film and my favorite of the series! To appreciate Part V is to appreciate this scene!
The scene brings me to the MPAA, which made many cuts to this film (as they did with most all of them). In fact, the only negative that can be said about Part V is that we don't have the privilege of being able to see the original un-cut version as it was intended. As a long-time lover of this series and especially this film, I've gathered what available info there is in regards to the cuts. Part V features the most emphatic kills and sexually revealing material in the Friday series. Much of it is here, yet some of it was cut, including a longer sex scene in the woods courtesy of Tina and Eddie. My heart is beating fast at the thought of seeing it but, alas, it's unlikely we will see releases of those cuts anytime soon. It's a shame. I often joke that it's my belief that the MPAA and critics were in on this together since this film was up against the wall since the day it was released.
My conspiracy theories aside, Part V remains all the things the critics claim. That's WHY I like it! It is the "groupie" of movies. It doesn't aim for substance, it knocks at your door in stockings and garters and wants to have a good time. It has no secrets, no lofty goals and no "point". It is no more moral than one of Tina and Eddie's trips to the woods. Casablanca it isn't. Halloween it isn't. It is a definitive slasher film that takes all the ingredients it's genre requires and pushes them all to the brink of excess, absurdity and self-parody.
The late Roger Ebert, who ironically despised the Friday films, said that he always asks himself how good a film is relative to its TYPE. Not is it "good" or "bad". Friday The 13th Part V : A New Beginning excels because it is arguably the best film of its type I've ever seen.
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Another complaint I hear that makes me scratch my balding forehead is, "There is too much gratuitous nudity and swearing." Huh? What? You're willfully watching a movie in which about two dozen people are brutally murdered, some in extremely hideous ways, and what bothers you are curse words and boobs? Really? Does this complaint even need a response? My God. If you'd rather watch throats being slashed than Debbie Sue Vorrhees' bouncy triple-D's, check yourself into a psych ward and be done with it.
Now, to cases:
FRIDAY THE 13th PART V: THE NEW BLOOD was an attempt by Paramount to resurrect the slasher series following its supposed conclusion at the end of THE FINAL CHAPTER. In that film, Crystal Lake's least popular citizen had been hacked to bloody bits by two of his would-be victims, Trish and Tommy Jarvis. The runaway success of IV financially made Paramount change its mind, so they attempted a restart with a different villain. The result was THE NEW BLOOD, which attempted to link the old series to the new via the character of Tommy Jarvis.
As the film opens, an adult Tommy (John Shepherd) has just awakened from a terrible nightmare in which his younger self (portrayed by PART IV's Corey Feldman, who wasn't available for this movie except in a cameo) has just witnessed Jason's resurrection. Turns out grown-up T.J. has never recovered emotionally from the slaughter of his mother at Jason's hands -- go figure that -- and is en route to a halfway house for troubled youth. This youth consists of the usual F13 cut-out characters: the insatiable sexpot, the weird girl, the obnoxious jock, the fat kid, the bad boy, etc., etc., though I confess a few are quite memorable, albeit for different reasons (see Debbie Sue Voorhees boobs).
Tommy's arrival, however, coincides with a grisly murder: one of the residents of the halfway house has just hacked another to bits with an axe. It's not much of a welcome, but the chief counselor, Matt, and his sexy sidekick, Pam, try their best to make the taciturn, quick-fisted Jarvis welcome. Unfortunately for all involved, however, the axe murder that morning is not the end of the bad tidings for the halfway house gang. Or the people in town. Or the people driving through it. Or anybody, really. For, as Dr. Loomis says in HALLOWEEN: "Death has come to your little town, Sheriff!"
See, it so happens that SOMEONE has evidently been triggered by the axe murder into a proper fit of homicidal rage. Though the killer is in custody, bodies begin to pile up everywhere with astonishing speed. Bodies with their throats cut, with road flares jammed into their mouths, with axes stuck in their heads...the list goes on (and on and on: this movie has a HUGE body count). The local sheriff, who is as useless as most horror movie sheriffs (good at hauling away corpses, not at catching criminals) advances a theory that the killer is...Jason Voorhees! But of course we all know that Jason is dead. OR IS HE? That is the crux of THE NEW BLOOD -- wondering who is doing all the butchery and why they are doing it. Meanwhile, and oblivious to most of this, Tommy struggles with flashbacks of Jason attacking his family and seems to be wobbling toward some very big, possibly very bloody, meltdown.
The pros of PART V are as follows:
1. As mentioned, huge body count -- 21 kills, if memory serves. This is advantageous because it keeps the pace very fast right 'til the final frame.
2. John Shepherd is pretty good as a Tommy Jarvis with the worst case of PTSD you can imagine.
3. The fight scene between Tommy and the hapless moron Junior still makes me laugh out loud after 30+ years. What a beatdown!
4. There is a member of the cast whose real name is Voorhees. She's hot. Really hot. And she gets naked. Really naked. In fact, the VHS version of this that I watched in 1985 or so showed a lot more sex than the DVD version does. Pity this version seems to be extinct, because DSV was voted "Best Body on the Beach" in 1984 or something.
5. There are some decent characters here, or at least decent caricatures. Pam (Melanie Kinnaman) is quite good. The characters of Joey, Violet, Junior, Demon and Reggie the Reckless are all pretty funny, too.
6. While being utterly formulaic save for the mystery element -- which is not really handled very well -- the movie tried to do something different rather than serve us gangrenous Jason leftovers.
1. The dialogue is often laughable. Matt's speech after Joey's murder is unintentionally hilarious. Telling people who just witnessed a horrific slaughter to "just eat breakfast" must rank with the St. Crispien's Day speech of Henry V.
2. Some of the characters killed off are literally introduced in the same scene they get offed. This movie is kind of like a factory slaughterhouse, with actors playing the role of cattle.
3. The key element of the plot, i.e. the mystery, is not handled well...or really at all.
4. Unless you're twelve, like I was when I saw this, the movie is not, unlike the previous films, scary in any way, shape or form. I have it on good authority this is a serious flaw in a horror flick.
It's said you have to judge movies on the curve established by the genre. Horror movies are mostly awful, with occasional gems amidst the muck. This is not a gem, it is not even costume jewelry, but it isn't complete crap, either -- well, it is complete crap, but it is also entertaining and funny. At any rate, I'd much rather sit through a showing of THE NEW BLOOD than the forgettable Part VI, the abysmal Part VIII, or the unspeakable JASON GOES TO HELL. And I won't even get started on the dumpster fire in space that was JASON X. So stop complaining and hail the arrival of faux-Jason. He'll be gone before you know it.
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It's widescreen & the picture fills all the screen
on a modern TV. The picture quality itself is
very good, as you'd expect from a 'Deluxe Edition.'
It's very easy to slag this entry off, but it has
it's own charm (sort of), a girl does the 'robot'
& the redneck hillbilly mom and son are pretty
bloody funny, a 'Mothers Day' rip off, but a
riot nonetheless. Should you watch this?, depends
on how tolerant you are...it's got a great DVD slip cover.
Extras: making of, commentary, lost tales from camp
blood pt 5, crystal lake massacres revisited.
1985...should have stuck with the tried & tested formula.
Run time: 1hr 32min 10secs. 8793