Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) - Deluxe Edition

Genre(s): Horror
Paramount || R - 87 minutes - $16.99 || February 3, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-02-15


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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

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Steve Miner
Writer(s): Ron Kurz (written by)
Cast: Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Stuart Charno, Warrington Gillette


Theatrical Release Date: May 1, 1981


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


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

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.::THE FILM::.

After the huge success of Friday the 13th at the box office, it was no shock to see a sequel get pumped out a year later. But, one must ask, how do you make a sequel when the killer, Mrs Voorhees, was killed at the end of the first film? Easy....you bring in a new killer. In enters Jason - who would continue to run amok and kill for generations to come.

Part II takes place five years after the events at Camp Crystal Lake. A new camp plans to open only a short distance away from where the brutal killings happened. As the film starts out we slowly become familiar with the new characters who seem to be carbon copies from the previous set. Did they just take the script from the first film, change the names, death scenes and call it a day? Yeah, apparently so. Eventually, one by one, the group of uninteresting teens gets picked off one by one and it becomes clear a new killer is on the loose and this time he's a hell of a lot more menacing than a fragile old lady.

I use to be in the camp that thought this was one of the best in the series...but as time went on I quickly spotted numerous flaws. As I mentioned above, the cast of young, horny teenagers appear way too similar to the ones from the first film. Couldn't we diversify it a bit? Oh...they put one of them, the "jock", in a wheel chair. Teens sneaking off, getting killed (no knowing until the very end that there was a killer on the loose), having sex, boobs... itís all the same. Right up to the finale (one of my favorites in the series) which stars a very strong female who tricks Jason into thinking she is his mother feels like a rehash of the first film.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes an attractive looking lenticular slip cover.

Inside "Crystal Lake Memories" (10 Minutes) - An interesting discussion with Author Peter Bracke who gives us some stories on the franchise.

Friday's Legacy: Horror Conventions (7 Minutes) - Random interviews with cast (some of which were not even in Part II!) and crew talking about the films. Kind of odd to see this on Part II...

Lost Tales from Camp Blood - Part 2 (8 Minutes) - Ugh. Stupid fan videos. Skip!

Jason Forever (30 Minutes) - Ahh... the best feature yet! Originally, this was a bonus DVD offered if you bought the previous 2004 Friday the 13th Box set at Best Buy stores and quickly sky-rocketed in value because it became incredibly rare (fans were holding on to it instead of selling it on eBay). What is it? Footage from the 2004 Fangoria Convention where, once again, Peter Bracke hosts a discussion with some of the people who played Jason in the films.

Rounding out the disc is the theatrical trailer.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Friday the 13th Part 2 is presented in 1.85:1. Comparing this directly to my DVD from the 2004 box set shows a minor improvement (apparently itís been remastered). With that said, the film looks good but still looks like it could have been cleaned up a bit more.

Paramount has included a brand new Dolby Digital 5.1 track (along with the original English, Spanish and French Mono track). The new 5.1 track sound a lot better than Part I but I still get the fluctuating volume! (What's up with that?) Dialog comes across just fine.



.::OVERALL::.

Even though the film feels like a carbon copy of the first itís still enjoyable with more gruesome deaths and more importantly, brings us Jason for the first time. Is it worth an upgrade from the previous DVD? Maybe... but if you the previous box set you may just want to stick with it.