Friday the 13th (1980) - Uncut Deluxe Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Paramount || Unrated - 95 minutes - $29.99 || February 3, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-01-26


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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

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Writer(s): Victor Miller (written by)
Cast: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon


Theatrical Release Date: May 9, 1980


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital Mono), French (Dolby Digital Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Even if you are a minor horror fan, chances are you have seen Friday the 13th and a few of its sequels. For those that need a little refresher course... the film starts out at Camp Crystal Lake in 1958. A small circle of counselors are gathered and two sneak off for a little love making upstairs. As things begin to get hot and heavy, they are interrupted by an intruder who kills them. Flash forward twenty years later and we see a young girl named Annie who is on her way to the soon-to-be-reopened Camp where she will be the head cook for the kids and counselors. Sadly, as some may have guessed, she never reaches her destination and is killed by someone in a jeep (possibly trying to deter the audience into thinking it was the Camp Director as they used similar vehicles).

The rest of the staff has arrived, a handful of horny teenagers getting ready to fix the camp up for the opening and have some fun in the ways of sex and drugs. Slowly, one by one, they are picked off in extremely gruesome ways - not a single one actually realizing that there is a killer on the loose until the final one is left standing. When we gets towards the end, the killer literally comes out of nowhere - you would have never suspected it because that person was simply never mentioned before in the film.

There is no reason not to see this film - itís a decent horror film with well throughout characters who help started a franchise that is only topped by James Bond in the amount of sequels. Sure, itís a bit dated now in terms of fashion (did they not wear bra's in the early 80's?) and some of the phrases the kids say, but it still holds up as a great example of a film that can stand the test of the time and go on to be a hit with an all new generation of horror fans.

One of my favorite "slasher" films is finally available Uncut - which is a real treat for fans that have wanted to finally see some of these death scenes that they have heard about and seen pictures of for years. Now, as the box indicates, itís merely an extra 10 seconds (!) of additional gore, but its well worth it.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Audio Commentary by Director Sean S. Cunningham with Cast and Crew

Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th (14 Minutes) & The Friday the 13th Chronicles (20 Minutes; SD; Blu-ray Exclusive) - The best part of the disc is two fairly long documentaries that talk about how the film came to be and some casting tidbits. Ari, who plays young Jason for roughly 3 seconds, is easily one of the most annoying people I have ever had to watch (and meet - long story) in my life. Talk about milking his 15 seconds (ok, 3) oh success. Fans will dig these two features as one his brand new (Fresh Cuts) while the other (Chronicles) is from the previous box set.

The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham (9 Minutes) - A very candid discussion with the director.

Friday the 13th Reunion (17 Minutes) - Filmed last year, this panel discussion highlights several of the cast and crew as they talk about their experiences.

Lost Tales from Camp Blood: Part 1 (8 Minutes) - Talk about lame... this is a tribute to Friday the 13th (which means itís a poorly shot amateur film). Skip it.

And of course the theatrical trailer. The real "special feature" here is the fact that the film is finally shown UNCUT - and that deserves a whole extra star!



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Friday the 13th is presented in 1.85:1 (AVC) on a 50GB Disc. I've seen this film so many times, on so many different formats (VHS, DVD in various Regions) that I am thrilled to finally see it in HD - and it looks great! The trees are fresh and green, and the Blood is finally a very deep red - just like Savini wanted. Sure, it may not be what many would consider a perfect transfer but itís certainly not going to get better anytime soon. Some of the new, uncut footage is a bit rough though and it will stand out.

Paramount has finally done the film right by including a lossless 5.1 TrueHD track. Simply put - it sounds great. The score comes through nice and clean in delicious 5.1 while Dialog is greatly improved over the previous DVD release. Itís far from perfect though - dialog can still sound a bit canned and the volume fluctuates just a bit towards the end.



.::OVERALL::.

Friday the 13th remains on the top of my favorite horror films list and I've seen it way too many times to admit. Fans of the film will love the Blu-ray for the new extras and improved Picture and Audio quality while a new generation can finally experience a classic horror film right before they hand out $12 next month to see the new "re-imagining" version in theaters. Solid release, Paramount!