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Friday the 13th: The Ultimate Collection (Parts I - VIII + Jason Mask)

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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.

Friday the 13th
This splatter flick, along with John Carpenter's Halloween, helped spawn the great horror-movie movement of the '80s, not to mentioneight sequels, many of which had nothing to do with the films that preceded them. It also gave birth to Jason Voorhees, one of the three biggest horror-movie psychos of the modern era (the other two being Halloween's Michael Myers and A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger). Forever duplicated, the original Friday the 13th popularized a number of themes and techniques that today are now clichés: the increasingly gory murders, the remote forest location, the anonymous and nubile cast, the murderer as cult hero, and, of course, the moral that if you have sex, you will die, very painfully. Still, if you have to see a Friday the 13th movie, this is the one to check out. A group of eager (and horny) teenagers decide to reopen Camp Crystal Lake, which 20 years earlier was closed after the shocking and mysterious murders of two amorous camp counselors. You can take it from there, as the teens get picked off one by one, during a dark and stormy night; of course, their car won't start and there's no phone. The ending stole shamelessly from Brian De Palma's Carrie, but it still provides a slight if campy shock. Look for a young Kevin Bacon as the requisite stud--you can tell that's what he is because when the cast appears in swimsuits, he's wearing a Speedo--who's the beneficiary of the film's best murder sequence, an arrowhead to the throat. Right after having sex, of course. --Mark Englehart

Friday the 13th, Part 2
As bad as Friday the 13th, Part 2 is, it's a work of art in comparison to the rest of the Friday the 13th flicks that came afterward. This installment officially introduced us to Jason Voorhees as the killer (if you remember Drew Barrymore's fatal phone quiz in Scream, you know that the killer in the first Friday the 13th was actually Jason's mother), and made the slicing and dicing even more generic. Survivor Alice is dispatched within the first 10 minutes, and we're left with plucky Ginny (Amy Steel, doing a fairly decent Jamie Lee Curtis impression) to do battle with the monstrous Jason. Ginny's part of a another group of horny teenagers (less intelligent as well as less attractive than their predecessors) who try to resurrect Camp Crystal Lake five years after the initial murders--a pretty mean feat, considering this movie was made only a year after the first one. Being a smarty-pants child-psychology major, Ginny tries to outwit the dim Jason, and at one point dons the bloody and moldy sweater of Jason's late mother (which is more disgusting than any of the killings beforehand) in an attempt to confuse the masked killer. Jason may not be the brightest bulb on the tree, but the only one who's going to pull the wool--or in this case, the burlap--over his eyes is Jason himself, who wears a sack with one eyehole throughout the movie to hide his deformed features (he finally found his way to a sporting-goods store and his trademark hockey mask appears in the third installment of the series). Directed by Steve Miner, who also helmed the next Friday the 13th film (in 3-D no less) as well as the more reputable House, Forever Young, and Halloween: H20. --Mark Englehart

Friday the 13th, Part 3
The tender, tragic saga of Jason Vorhees, the world's unhappiest camper, continues when yet another batch of hormonally advanced teens decide to ignore past history and spend some time at the woodsy, pine-scented slaughterhouse known as Camp Crystal Lake. It may be a bit of a stretch to describe any of the entries in this interminable series as "good," but this creatively grotesque installment manages to come surprisingly close with a welcome sense of humor and some quick glimmers of real menace (courtesy of director Steve Miner, who would later go on to helm the far more accomplished Halloween: H20). Originally presented in 3-D, which explains the never-ending slew of objects (knives, pitchforks, yo-yos, cats, eyeballs, etc.) that are repeatedly thrust in the viewer's general direction. --Andrew Wright

Friday the 13th, The Final Chapter
Amateur butcher and enthusiastic hockey fan Jason Vorhees is back in business, and business is good. Can a plucky young boy stop the madness before Camp Crystal Lake's population report takes yet another machete-aided dip? The stalk-and-slash formula was pretty narcoleptic by this point, but this otherwise humdrum entry is distinguished by some unusual casting choices (Crispin Glover as a stud in training? Corey Feldman as a genius?) and the splattery return of makeup master Tom Savini. The fact that this installment was titled The Final Chapter may seem to contradict the existence of the numerous sequels that followed, but it's not as if logic was ever this series' strong point to begin with. --Andrew Wright

Friday the 13th, Part VII
A philosophical quandary: when we truly get a glimpse behind the mask, do we like what we see? This eternal question is directly addressed in chapter 7 of the famed Friday the 13th gross-out series. Here, indestructible killing machine Jason meets his match in the form of a telekinetic teenage girl. Yes, it's "Carrie Goes Camping," although the young lady with special powers might have picked a better vacation spot than Crystal Lake, which has an awful track record for young blondes in tight jeans. This installment is exactly no better or worse than the previous Jason-o-ramas, with the added bonus of a climax in which the imperturbable Mr. Voorhees actually duels someone with supernatural gifts to rival his own. Yes, he does lose his hockey mask (the heroine mind-wills it to pop off), and the results ain't pretty--but then, neither is the Friday the 13th franchise. --Robert Horton

Friday the 13th, Part VIII
Start spreadin' the news... Jason Voorhees, the cleaver-hoisting man in the hockey mask, has finally left Crystal Lake behind and taken his vagabond shoes to the Big Apple. Actually, Jason spends most of his time on a cruise ship bound for Manhattan, carving up the unluckiest high school graduation party ever. You'd think the change of scenery might breathe new life, or death, into the series, but chapter 8 is standard stalk 'em and slash 'em fare, albeit with a nautical slant. The title hints at a comic tone, but except for the one-joke idea that Jason fits right into the menacing urban scene, forget it. (The comedy would wait until the surprisingly entertaining Jason X.) This one does have a pretty leading lady, Jensen Daggett, whose visions of the young drowned Jason are occasionally creepy. The grown-up Jason, like "these little-town blues," is melting away. --Robert Horton

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Product Details

  • Actors: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 736 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D7E80S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,090 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I got an advanced copy (official copy, not a bootleg or screener copy, from a place that sells DVD a few days before they're actually scheduled for sale) and I'm here to warn all, that the packaging for the discs is ridiculously inane, consisting of a book with thick cardboard, slide in pages, that are tight, which left 6 out of the 8 discs, looking like someone had taken a fork to the playing surfaces.

So I took the set back to the store and we opened another set to see if I could swap out the damaged discs, and this set also contained damaged discs (I was able to trade out some of the worst discs for slightly less worse ones, but still ended up in the end, with a set that looked like it had been bought used, as most of the discs still have some degree of playing surface scratches).

It boggles the mind that in this day and age, a company would still package discs in tight, cardboard sleeves, but, there you have it, a relatively nicely priced set, ruined by really crappy packaging.

***NOTE: There's apparently some Youtube video that shows you how to take the discs out of the packaging without scratching them, but the scratches aren't being caused by removing the discs from the packaging but from the discs being slide into the tight cardboard pockets in the factory, to begin with, as I was insanely careful pulling out the 8 discs in first my first set (of which 6 of the 8 discs were severely scratched) and then again with the second set I opened to try and swop out the damaged discs from my first set, and most of those discs had some degree of scratches on them as well.
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As another reviewer described, the book-like holder has tight cardboard sleeves, virtually guaranteeing that the discs will scratch when you remove them. Even worse, however, is that the discs are pressed against the glue of the internal spine. Four of the eight discs, for me, had globs of glue on them after I pulled them out, the kind that likely can only be removed with some kind of solvent - and that would surely damage the discs even more.
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I, being a fan, had already purchased the first Friday box set but spent another $40 on this one.( Looks can you not like this?)I had not bought the deluxe edition DVD's (guess i was waiting for the Blu-ray set) My set is scratches and although they don't come out super easy there is no broken plastic disc holder pieces..i HATE that! Besides you want them in the case snug right? If you did however purchase the deluxe editions a while back i would pass on this..the replica mask is really only for display, very cant put it on and terrorize the neighbors. So if you are thinking about purchasing because of the mask i would invest your money in a full-sized mask: ([...]l)...if you missed out on the first set or deluxe editions then this set is a MUST!! Any horror fan has to have a Friday the 13th set in their collection!! Can't wait for the Blu-ray set!!
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First, if you own the previous box set from 2004 - keep it and skip this one. Yes, the special features of the 2004 box set are less than what you get here, but ask yourself this - how many times am I going to have to return this new set to get playable discs?

The replica Hockey Mask may be a cool thing to have, but the packaging of this new set is just terrible!

The discs are inserted into very snug cardboard sleeves that have been glued together. Most discs had this glue stuck to them and were scratched beyond playability. I even watched the YouTube video of how to take them out before I actually attempted to do so; but the result was the same, the discs were scratched as I mentioned above - beyond playability. Which means they were probably scratched when they were inserted.

As a diehard fan of the series - all I can say is, Shame On You Paramount. This isn't what the Hockey Mask ordered.

Three Stars for the Friday the 13th Series
Minus Two Stars for this stupid blunder of a packaging job.

UPDATE 10/09/11

I returned my set for exchange and didn't leave the store until I opened the new package and compared the discs. My new set had the same damage to the discs. Nothing changed - I showed the manager and he refunded my money.

Don't buy this set folks, major quality disappointment. Which sucks, because I wanted this set really bad. If you are one of the fortunate buyers whose discs are unscratched - Please Put Them In A Seperate Storage Case. Don't take the risk of scratches with these idiotic cardboard sleeves.

As a result of the hassle with this box set, I have changed my rating to 2 stars. This is no reflection on Friday the 13th as a series. I'm a huge fan, but Paramount should never have approved this set for release.
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Despite being a lifelong F13 fan, I didn't own any of the movies, and was thrilled to see the deluxe editions from the last couple of years put into a boxset. I didn't care that they weren't Blu-rays, I understood that uncut versions of all films are a logistic impossibility, but that doesn't excuse the pathetic quality control here. The DVDs come in a really nice, compact book that, while informative and cool to look at, scratches the holy hell out of the discs. I immediately removed all the discs and put them into individual CD cases, but even being removed once (with the instructions from the Youtube video) scratched all the discs, some superficially, others much worse. But what REALLY pissed me off is that I received two copies of Part 3, one in place of Part 6. Automated packaging or not, is ANYBODY in the shipping department paying attention? I'm not the most OCD person the world, but having parts 1-8 of a series and missing just part 6 irks the bejezzus out of me. This set is undoubtedly the best value, but beware: there is risk involved.

Oh, and the mask is really cool and detailed. Too bad it's so friggin' small that it could only fit a toddler, who I doubt is in the market for a set of 30 year old, R-rated slasher films.
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