Friday the 13th (Theatrical Cut)
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Friday the 13th (2009)(Widescreen)
Follow the legend...beware the lake...run for your life! Jason Voorhees returns to the screen in a chilling and daring re-imagining of the classic horror film Friday the 13th. The new terror begins as a group of college students disappear on a thrill-seeking trip to the infamous Camp Crystal Lake, a long forgotten mass-murder site that now rests deep in the overgrowth of an unforgiving woods. Now Clay Miller (Jared Padalecki -- "Supernatural") must find his missing sister. Against the advice of the locals, who claim a "presence" still lives within the camp, he ventures deep into the merciless forest and comes face to face with the personification of evil, the unrelenting killer Jason Voorhees! "Did you know a young boy drowned here? He was my son. And today is his birthday."]]>
If you thought a bigger budget and an A-list producer (Michael Bay) would go to Jason's head, well, forget it. The indestructible villain of so many bottom-of-the-barrel shockers isn't about to change his shtick, and the 2009 Friday the 13th proves it. This, the umpteenth sequel (nope, it's not a remake of the origin story) to the original 1980 movie, gives us a clever prologue that manages to fit an entire Jason Voorhees killing spree in a brisk and bloody 20 minutes. Jumping ahead six weeks, the film introduces a carload of clueless teens headed for a weekend at a lakeside cabin, plus a lone motorcyclist (Jared Padalecki) in search of his missing sister (Amanda Righetti). When the "lakeside" happens to refer to Crystal Lake, of course, there can be only one outcome. Cue the hockey mask, and pass the machete. Bay and director Marcus Nispel, who collaborated on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, are surprisingly indifferent to changing up the formula this time, although there's more care taken in building up a few characters, and for once the comic relief (mostly supplied by Aaron Yoo and Arlen Escarpeta) is pretty funny. You might even regret the slaughter of a couple of these young folk, which is an unusual feeling in Friday-watching. The film's Jason is quite the athletic fellow, and he's assembled an elaborate underground corpse-hiding lair in the vicinity of Crystal Lake. How he's been able to live down there for 30 years (if the film's own timeline is to be believed) and had enough unwitting campers pass by to keep himself entertained is anybody's guess. But if they keep coming, he'll keep slashing. --Robert Horton
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I saw this movie when I was a young kid and before I saw Halloween and I couldn't tell that it was a ripoff and I certainly cannot tell you whether this Blu-ray version would fail to meet your expectation for reasons some reviewers have stated here. However, I can tell you that the video and audio quality are excellent. Camp Crystal Lake has never been more crystal clear. I enjoyed all of the extras on the DVD (I cannot compare to previous releases as this is the only copy I ever own). I truly enjoyed the Renuion of the cast members (the camera use at the panel was amateurish; that's my only criticism). The interviews with the writer, producer Sean S. Cunningham were all great and insightful.
If you are fan of the horror genre, and not too picky about 80s feel (as I know the new generation has hard-time accepting older movies due to their era-specific feel), you will definitely enjoy this Blu-ray edition.
So the framing is correct. How 'bout the picture quality?
Excellent. Filmic. Appropriate grain, untouched and untampered with. My assumption is this is exactly how the film looked upon its initial release in theaters. It's low-budget, it's cheap stock and lighting, it's not the most detailed film around, but this Blu-ray Disc represents it accurately.
Highly recommended for fans of this slasher classic.
The Blu-rays for movies 2 and 3 look excellent and filmic as well, bearing in mind that "Part 3" was filmed in such a way to achieve the 3D effect; it looks a bit blurry, especially to the sides, but this is intrinsic of its original photography. All three films have never looked better on home video. I recommend all three to high definition enthusiasts and fans of the film series. Looking forward to "The Final Chapter" looking as good and accurate.
Oh yeah, and there's one devastating jump scare. If you don't know about it, don't ask. Just watch and see for yourself.