Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - Deluxe Edition

Genre(s): Horror
Paramount || R - 90 minutes - $16.99 || June 16, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-06-03


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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: Joseph Zito
Writer(s): Bruce Hidemi Sakow (story), Barney Cohen (screenplay)
Cast: Kimberly Beck, Erich Anderson, Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover


Theatrical Release Date: April 13, 1984


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Commentaries
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Theatrical Trailer


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

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.::THE FILM::.

Some often consider this to be the best Friday the 13th film next to the original and I almost have to agree with that. While I still think Part III is the best sequel in the series, Part IV (The Final Chapter) has some great characters, amazing death scenes, and in all fairness was meant to be the last Jason film.

Plot: After the confrontation with Chris, Jason presumed dead, is taken to the Wessex County Morgue. There he escapes killing an attendant and a nurse, making his way back to Crystal Lake Camp. Six teenagers rent a cabin next to the Jarvis' in Crystal Lake. Soon Jason finds his way to eliminate all who trespasses his way, but not for long. There are two survivors left, a girl and her little brother, Tommy Jarvis. The final battle will define their destiny, be prepared for the Final Chapter.

At this point in the series the character of Jason is getting a bit tiresome. How many times can this guy be attacked and still walk around like nothing ever happened to him? This film is incredibly fast paced with deaths (and nudity) happening so damn often the time just flies by to the very gripping conclusion. With Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover and Tom Savini (you know you are in for a treat and itís easy to see why fans feel this is the best sequel in the series.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Includes an attractive lenticular Slip Cover.

Commentary by Director Joe Zito, Screenwriter Barney Cohen and Editor Joel Goodman

Fan Commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch

Deleted/Slashed Scenes (15 Minutes) - These are all new slashed (Deleted) scenes. There is no audio but its narrated by the Director, Joseph Zito. Most of these are death scenes. Some really awesome, gruesome stuff. The bad part? None of the scenes from the boxset are included. Luckily, I ripped a copy of the 'Bonus Disc' before I sold mine.

The Lost Ending (3 Minutes) - Once again, no audio, but narrated by the Director and Actress. This is a 'dream ending' and while interesting I'm glad it was cut.

Jason's Unlucky Day: 25 Years Later... (11 Minutes) - Paramount sure fooled everyone because it seems everyone in this production thought Part IV would, in fact, be the 'Final Chapter'. Even Savini discusses how thrilled he was that he got to create the monster (Part I) and now he gets to kill him (Part IV). Well, we all know that didn't happen...

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part 1 (18 Minutes) - Now this is cute. No, really. This is a faux news documentary with various cast/crew (and new actors) playing different characters talking about Jason and Tommy Jarvis. Really fun with clips from the film. They are not afraid at poking fun at each other and it makes this easily one of the best features on the disc.

Also included on the disc is another fan-made movie, Lost Tales Part 4 (6 Minutes); a hysterical look at Crispin Glover's real-life dance moves, Jimmy's Dead Dance Moves (2 Minutes) and the Theatrical Trailer.

This is a solid experience and Paramount put a lot of work into it to make sure fans would have a reason to plunk down another $15 on yet another DVD copy of Part IV.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is presented in 1.85:1. The previous few Friday the 13th films on DVD looked good but it seems from this point on things look even better. The picture has been cleaned up and given a fresh coat of paint.

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 sounds terrific and itís almost like Paramount saw some of the reactions to the previous three films on DVD and re-vitalized the new set of films.



.::OVERALL::.

Fans of the series will no doubt be forced to buy this DVD just because of the sheer amount of new Special Features. Deleted scenes have always been a pull in the horror category and Paramount did not hold back. With improved Picture and Audio over the previous release this one is a must buy.