Friday the 13th Part 3 3D (1982) - Special Edition [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Paramount || R - 95 minutes - $39.49 || 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): 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:
  • 4 Featurettes
  • Theatrical Trailer


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • Dolby TrueHD 5.1: English
  • Subtitles: English

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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::.

While the American DVD release got a 3D Version, this Blu-ray from the UK drops that and instead includes a host of exclusive Special Features. Itís unknown if these will be available in the future on subsequent DVD/Blu-ray releases of the series.

Fresh Cuts: 3D Horror (13 Minutes) - One of the better features I've seen so far on the discs this one takes a look at why they decided to go with 3D and various camera techniques. One of the things I had not known before is how many takes they would have to do just to capture the 3D effect perfectly.

Legacy of the Mask (10 Minutes) - Since they ditched the potato sack from the second film they decided to find a new way to hide Jason's face...and the Mask was born. This features goes over some of the details in how they decided upon the mask, building it etc.

Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular (7 Minutes) - Various death scenes from the films are discussed here.

Also included are the horrendous Lost Tales Part 2 and 3 (14 Minutes) and the Theatrical Trailer.

Please Note - I tested the special features and everything played just fine in my Sony S550 and LG BH200 Blu-ray players.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Friday the 13th Part III is presented in 2.35:1 (AVC) on a 50GB Disc. The film is littered with smudges on the camera, grease marks, hair, scratches, and what I think is a water splash towards the end. I compared it to the new DVD version and the BD is using the same master (identical). While these marks were on the DVD they didn't stand out as bad as they do on the Blu-ray. Does it make it a poor transfer? Nope. I can't see how they would be able to clear up any of these issues so I'm willing to accept them. Everything looks a hell of alot sharper and more focus and this is definitely worth the upgrade from the previous DVD.

Paramount has included an English Lossless 5.1 TrueHD track for this release. Like the first film, lossless allows the listener 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::.

Part III happens to be one of my favorite in the series because it mixes things up with a slightly new location, gimmicky 3D effects (that look fine even without being in 3D on Blu-ray) and Jason finally gets his mask (no more potato bag!). 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.