Friday the 13th Part 3 3D (1982) - Deluxe Edition

Genre(s): Horror
Paramount || R - 95 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): Victor Miller and Ron Kurz (characters), Martin Kitrosser & Carol Watson (screenplay)
Cast: Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Richard Brooker


Theatrical Release Date: August 13, 1982


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3D Version
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Mono), French (Mono), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot Summary: Picking up almost directly where Part 2 left off, Jason has survived his attack at the hands of Paul and Ginny, and migrates to a store where he changes clothes and kills the store owners before moving on to a nearby lake front property named Higgins Haven.

At the same time, Chris Higgins, who was attacked by a mysterious, disfigured stranger in the woods near Crystal Lake two years earlier, returns to the property with her friends; Debbie, Andy, Shelly, Vera, Chuck and Chilli. They all meet Chris' boyfriend Rick at their destination. Chris intends to face their fears. Shelly and Vera get into trouble with a biker gang who then comes to Higgin's Haven for revenge. However, they are dealt with by Jason before they can do any real damage except for taking the gas out of the gang's van.

Part III somehow along the years has become one of my favorite sequels in the series. I don't know why... but it might just be because this is the first film where Jason gets his iconic mask. While we once again get thrown a similar set of characters (C'mon... time to change the formula up a bit) I really like the location. A barn house? An eerie looking dock? Sweet!

One of the more troubling things about this film is that is supposed to take place the day after the event in Part II... which makes one wonder how Jason managed to ditch all his crazy facial hair and magically become taller? Not worth trying to figure out why because this film is just so damn fun! The 3D portion (if not viewed with the glasses) can become a bit distracting because they seemed to find any way possible to 'throw' stuff at you just for the sake of doing so.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Includes an attractive lenticular Slip Cover.

Well, you can either consider it bare bones or it has a lot of value depending how you want to look at it. Obviously the inclusion of 3D glasses (2 pairs) is a special feature, but how well does it work? Pretty good! I sampled the first 15 minutes because (to be honest) I started feeling a bit dizzy after that. Not a fan of these 3D films... so itís no surprise to me. Overall I felt it to be a great addition especially since fans have been asking for it on DVD for years. Some scenes look really great while others (non-3D) look like crap. Since we essentially get two versions of the film on one disc the special feature from the previous DVD (Commentary) was dropped as were the features present on the UK release on Blu-ray.

Also included is the theatrical trailer.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Friday the 13th Part III (3D) is presented in 2.35:1. Ignoring the 3D Version of the film, I found the normal, Theatrical, to look good, but nowhere as nice as Part II. Everything just seems a bit darker and soft (possibly the switch from 1.85 to 2.35 is the reason). Comparing it to the previous 2004 release it looks a tiny bit better, but nothing mind blowing.

Paramount has included a brand new Dolby Digital 5.1 track (along with the original English, Spanish and French Mono track). Like the others, itís been nicely remixed to 5.1 but nothing really stands out.



.::OVERALL::.

Part III happens to be one of my favorite in the series because it mixes things up with a slightly new location, gimmicky 3D (who does not love that craze?) and Jason finally gets his mask (no more potato bag!).