Friday the 13th (Extended Killer Cut and Theatrical Cut) [Blu-ray]
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Friday the 13th (2009)(Blu-ray)
A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees (Mears) and his deadly intentions.]]>
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
Also on the disc
The Blu-ray disc includes both the extended Killer Cut (which is 106 minutes compared to 97) and the theatrical cut, though it defaults to play the Killer Cut; if you want the theatrical cut, you have to select it on the special-features menu. It's hard to imagine choosing to watch the theatrical cut, however. In addition to some more of Amanda Righetti and of Jason, the extra nine minutes is mostly more gore in the gory scenes and more sex in the sexy scenes. If you're squeamish you might not want those things, but if you're that squeamish you probably don't want to watch Friday the 13th in the first place, right? The longer cut will give you more of the stuff that you probably watch this movie for. But the theatrical cut is on the disc if you want it, as well as a couple of 11-minute featurettes on the new movie and the franchise, three deleted scenes (a different version of Jason getting his mask, the police response to the phone call, and a revised climax), and "The 7 Best Kills," which provides behind-the-scenes info on key deaths. A commentary track, which combines movie and franchise trivia with picture-in-picture footage of crew members discussing the film, is pretty sporadic (it tends to appear more frequently on the important scenes) and repeats some of the info in other features (which is pretty common). --David Horiuchi
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 0.25 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Marcus Nispel
- Media Format : Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, Subtitled
- Run time : 1 hour and 37 minutes
- Release date : June 16, 2009
- Actors : Derek Mears, Jared Padalecki, Arlen Escarpeta, Danielle Panabaker, Ben Feldman
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B0026UZHS2
- Number of discs : 1
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When Jason notices the backpack on the ground and starts hunting whoever left it, it was so satisfying to see intelligence!! I have been recommending this movie to anyone who will listen. I'm more excited for this movie than I was Freddy vs Jason. (that was the Pay-per-View match of the century!) This movie was satisfying enough that I could even forgive Moose Winchester being in it. I do have to question the stupidity of throwing Jason back into the rejuvenating waters of Crystal Lake.
This Jason does make up for some of the plot stumbles. Now, if Hollywood would build up all of the characters like they did this particular Jason, we would have a really decent slasher film on our hands.
What’s interesting about the original Friday the 13th is that the killer is able to walk up on victims and kill them. The first two were trying to have sex and apologized when the killer first saw them. The third was picked up as a hitch hiker. That’s important to know because in the subsequent movies Jason always wore a hokey mask. It’s also a hint at the twist at the end.
If you like slasher movies you have to watch the first Friday the 13th as it helped set a standard in horror flicks that is still felt today.
You follow a crew of hapless young people at a summer camp. During the night scary things begin to happen. It seems there's a killer out there, and our young people are getting picked off one by one. Who will make it out alive?
Friday the 13th was originally a cash-in after the success of Halloween. But Friday the 13th has a great twist on the genre, and I won't spoil it if you're going back and seeing it for the first time. Suffice to say, the idea that the iconic Jason Voorhees has always been the killing machine in popular culture is far from accurate. This movie is deeper, more nuanced, and quite unusual. The acting is quite good, the effects are amazing. It's a good movie.
Friday the 13th also explains the origin of a lot of modern slasher movie tropes. In short, slasher movies weren't supposed to be about murdering people while they were having sex just for cheap thrills (put that "just" in quotes). There is an actual story reason why people who are having sex at the summer camp get targeted. This logic starts to fade in the sequels, but here in the original, all of the killing more or less has an explanation. This is more of a dramatic film with slasher elements, than a regular dumb slasher.
Tom Savini's effects are magnificent. The film had to quick-cut a lot of the gruesome kills to avoid ratings issues, but what is there is just enough to surprise. At the time, the combination of violent kills and sexual imagery was thought by critics to be in poor taste. Here, I think the film is perfectly artistic and justified thanks to its story. It's not until later installments that I really begin to question the morality of the filmmakers.
Harry Manfredini's iconic score is a wonder. Equal parts classic movie score, with lots of strings, and a modern horror masterpiece with lots of editing and effects. The classic sound effect of "chu chu chu, ha ha ha" is actually related to the story. Again I'll limit spoilers, but the actual audio is a heavily distorted clip of the beginning sounds of "kill" and "mommy". Everything has a reason, and it's all amazing.
Great music, great effects, good to great acting. I'd recommend this movie even if people hate modern slasher films. It's so much smarter, more nuanced, and a "real" movie. Whether you love or hate later installments, Friday the 13th is a classic in its own right.
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Friday the 13th has always been a slasher flick, the plot lines have always been poor to average, and as with the other films in the franchise, you tend to just fast forward to the killings as a lot of the film is taken up with getting to know the characters and plot, but if they're all going to die anyhow, then why bother.
What I like about this version is the fact that the opening 20 minutes are arguably better than the final 20 minutes. You have to settle down and catch your breath before witnessing Jasons rampage all over again.
And as stated in the title, no other film has captured a death sequence with such chilling accuracy as this. I squirm every time I see it. I kid you not it could have been actual footage. It's the one on the water walkway.
The extras are what you'd expect, yet I've just bought "His name Was Jason", which should satisfy every die hard fan.
I also have this film on DVD. As this is the extended cut, there is more footage, yet, for me this gives the film a diservice as it just extends the dialogue and the film suffers for it. They could easily have put this extra footage in the extras and kept the film tight as in its original form.
My only gripe about the film is the ending. It was sold as being a compilation of parts 1-3, and without spoiling the ending all I would say is " Why the mask?". That was a missed opportunity to have real impact like the original version.
Although the original in todays world might not be as shocking to view as back then, I still recommend it to see how slasher flick horror film franchises began 30 years ago.
Cut to modern day..loads of pleasant type late teenage 'tykes' decide to help out at the same summer camp.. Most of them meet dreadful ends. Tom Savini is on hand to make sure that their demise is great to look at in the special effects department.
Warner Brothers with this dvd of Friday the 13th (part the first, not a remake and original 'maybe thats all they'll want to see'), in 2003 released an uncut and actually pretty clean picture. Its got good framing and feels just eighties and seventies enough to be nostalgic. The tempo is designed to make you wait for the next neat bod to go half-clad into somewhere alone and get offed.
The dvd has extras of trailer and documentary, but really the appeal is in seeing the quality of film and the uncut Savini work. There is an american Paramount release now with 'deluxe' appended. Ok. Yet they zoomed in 10% on the image and zoomed out 10% with the price. Go figure.
The widescreen picture quality is nice enough,
but not spectacular. I think it may be a bit gorier
than the UK version but i've not seen that print
for a long time. Jason looks terrific, the lump from
Supernatural is bearable & apart from Jason, the
Asian guy is the best (funniest) thing in it.
Good fx & pretty gory. Just thought, the mannequin
guy is pretty bloody funny also.
Extras- explore the rebirth of Jason- & additional slashed scenes.
For me the remake did not work.