Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) - Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Paramount || R - 87 minutes - $34.49 || February 24, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-02-24


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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)
  • Dolby TrueHD 5.1: English
  • Subtitles: English, French

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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::.

Please Note - I tested the special features and everything played just fine in my Sony S550 and LG BH200 Blu-ray players. They are identical to the Region 1 DVD Release. Some presented in HD (and some segments SD).

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 II is presented in 1.85:1 on a 50GB Disc. A direct comparison to the brand new DVD Version points out that this is exactly the same master used (good news) and the Blu-ray makes the film look a hell of a lot better. Colors are more vibrant and blacks inky black (instead of a grey-ish color). Sharper picture makes this a great import!

Paramount has included an English Lossless 5.1 TrueHD track for this release. Like the first film, lossless allows the listening to hear way more things and this is no exception. The ki-ki-ki, ma-ma-ma comes nice from the rear speakers and dialog is miles ahead of the DVD counterpart.



.::OVERALL::.

Even though the film feels like a carbon copy of the first it's still enjoyable with more gruesome deaths and more importantly, brings us Jason for the first time. This IMPORT Blu-ray boasts an improvement in both the picture and audio portions making this title a MUST PURCHASE if you enjoy the franchise. As noted above, its import friendly - plays in any Blu-ray player and all the special features work.