Freddy Vs. Jason (2003) - New Line Platinum Series

Genre(s): Horror / Thriller
New Line || R - 98 minutes - $14.98 || January 13, 2004
Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2004-01-21


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

A U D I O &
.:: V I D E O ::.

Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Ronny Yu
Writer(s): Wes Craven (characters) and Victor Miller (characters), Damian Shannon (written by) & Mark Swift (written by)
Cast: Robert Englund, Monica Keena, Kelly Rowland, Jason Ritter, James Callahan, Ken Kirzinger


Theatrical Release Date: August 15, 2003


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:

    Disc 1:
  • Director & Actors Commentary


  • Disc 2:
  • Deleted & Alternate Scenes
  • 5 Production Featurettes
  • 12 Visual Effects Featurettes
  • Fangoria 2-Part Article
  • Photo Galleries
  • Pre-Fight Press Conference
  • My Summer Vacation: A Visit to Camp Hackenslash
  • Trailers and TV Spots
  • Music Video


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Ronny Yu didnít really make a horror flick so much as he made a horror comedy/spoof and you know what? Thatís fine by me. The film is oodles of fun. The dumb teenagers get kinda old but they pretty much serve no purpose other than to whet your whistle for the big 30 minute battle at the end. That battle is worth the hype! One of the most fanboyrific experiences Iíve had in a theatre AND at home!

Original Review:
Freddy vs. Jason is everything I expected it to be. Horrible dialogue? Check. Pointless sex scenes/nudity? Check. Bad subplots that nobody cares about? Check and you know what? I LOVED it!

Okay, now maybe love is too strong a word. The film does try to fool the audience a bit into thinking this is nothing but one big Freddy/Jason slugfest and it simply isn't. What it is instead is a self-aware horror comedy spoof that knows how silly and stupid it really is. It doesn't try to be anything but that.

How is the actual Freddy/Jason fight scene stuff? F**KING AWESOME! I have to tell you, I wasn't nearly ready to be that entertained but I was. There's no pulling back either. Limbs are torn asunder and gallons of blood are splattered with a certain sense of masochistic glee that only old school horror fans will really dig.

Is the movie for everybody? No, it isn't. It's incredibly stupid (so stupid that it actually has someone impersonating Jay from the view Askew/Kevin smith films), the aforementioned subplots are ones that not a single moviegoer could ever care about, and Freddy and Jason are simply not as present as the trailers make you believe they are. That being said, Freddy vs. Jason is still a hell of a fun ride and is now a personal favorite horror movie for me.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Good but not great. The track is about 80 percent Englund, 15 percent Yu and 5 percent Kirzinger. Englund LOVES playing Freddy and he goes onto many a story about not only this filmís development but also other little anecdotes about other ďNightmareĒ films, in addition to taking time to chew the fat with the director and Jason Voorhees. The 3 do a good job of finding that rare balance of being informative enough for you to care but fun enough for you to never get bored.

Featurettes and other Features:
- Genesis: Development Hell:
A short and sweet piece about how long it took the movie to get made and how it finally happened. Worth your time only if you want to hear the SHORT version of how it got made (more on that later).

- On Location: Springwood Revisted:
A behind the scenes look at day to day life on the set. Pretty standard. Entertaining but not a repeat viewer.

- Art Direction: Jasonís Decorating Tips:
A really cool featurette on the production design for the film. Very Impressive. New line really shelled out the dought for this flick.

- Stunts: When Push Comes to Shove:
This featurette takes a look at how various stunts were done during the film. Very cool. I had no idea, it was THAT difficult to stage a scene where someone is on fire. Fascinating stuff.

- Makeup Effects: Freddyís Beauty Secrets:
A short featurette about the makeup used for Freddy and Jasonís mugs. It takes like 3 hours to get Englund in the freddy makeup! Wowsers!

- Visual FX featurettes
12 short little vignettes(that can be viewed all together or separately) where the fx team talk about how the fx were done. I can pretty much sum it up like this though: ďThis worked. This DIDNíT work so we just used CGIĒ. Yup. LoL.

- Fangoria Magazine 2 part Article:
Out of all the material on this disc, this was what I found the most entertaining and which gave me the most bang for my horror viewing buck. The 2 articles are taken from Fangoria magazine(yep, you have to READ these. It wouldíve been nice if this was just a big long featurette, but itís worth it.) and are a gigantic 50 page plus look at the entire development process of Freddy vs. Jason. The article examines not only the final version but EVERY incarnation of the script thatís ever been written! If you thought the final product was wacky, well, wait until you read the one about Jason being on trail ala O.J. Simpson. Nope, Iím not making that up LOL. Prepare for lots of funny and gasping and wtf moments when you read this very entertaining piece of writing. My favorite feature hands down lol.

- Prefight Video Conference:
In one of the sillier ways New Line premoted the film, Freddy and Jason(the actual actors) went to Vegas for an mock prefight weighin. Yep, they even got Michael Buffer LOL. Incredibly silly but good for a chuckle.

- My Summer Vacation: A visit to Camp Hackenslash:
This was a short, sort of video diary about the big premiere of the film at a giant Geek Fest sponsored by Harry Knowles and his Aintitcool.com (I love that site by the way. Go there every day). Unless you were there, this wasnít very fun to watch though.

- TV Spots,Trailers,PhotoGalleries, Music Video:
All pretty self explanatory. The music video is by some goof named Ill Nino. Lame. Loved the tv spots though. Those were pretty sweet.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Fantastic. Darks are dark, lights are light. Every shadow and blood splatter is crystal clear. The sound will blow your roof off. If I had a better sound system, Iím sure Iíd be deaf right now lol. I mean that in a good way.



.::OVERALL::.

Overall, this is one great dvd. If youíre a fan of either Freddy or Jason (or both) you canít go wrong picking this one up. Even if you didnít dig the flick, thereís so much info here about the two characters and the road it took to bring them together on the big screen, itís a virtually must own. Again, that Fangoria article is to die for! Freddy vs Jason (while no cinematic masterpiece) is a fun little popcorn movie with some good dvd features.