Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning (1985) - Deluxe Edition

Genre(s): Horror
Paramount || R - 92 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: Danny Steinmann
Writer(s): Martin Kitrosser & David Cohen (story), Martin Kitrosser & David Cohen and Danny Steinmann (screenplay)
Cast: John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile, Dominick Brascia, Juliette Cummins


Theatrical Release Date: March 22, 1985


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 2 Featurettes
  • Theatrical Trailer


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

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: Flash forward years after Tommy Jarvis has killed Jason and we find him at a halfway house for 'troubled teens'. With the memory of Jason killing his mother and all those people still fresh in his mind Tommy hopes to start a new life and put Jason to rest. Well, before long someone in the halfway house kills a teen and Tommy starts freaking off. Slowly, one by one, the rest of the teens are killed off and the lines blur in Tommy's reality - he is actually doing the killing?

Often referred to as the 'fake' Jason film this one gets panned far too much when in reality itís got a neat idea that somewhat mirrors the first film. Since I assume by reading this review you have likely seen the film before I will go ahead and ruin the 'shock' ending for you - it's not Tommy or Jason killing the kids itís Roy. Who the hell is Roy? Well, he is the guy who's son was killed at the start of the film by one of the other crazy teens and is now set off on a rampage to kill all the kids similar to him (i.e. at the halfway house). Kind of like Mrs. Voorhees in the first film, right? Neat idea, but poor execution.

The teens are so un-interesting and bland that you won't even remember their names or who they are within minutes of them showing up on screen. Since there was no way for Corey Feldman to magically grow 5-8 years in Friday the 13th time, a replacement was brought in to play Tommy Jarvis (John Shepherd) and he is really bad. No emotion, no acting skills, nothing. He's beyond pitiful and really brings down what could have been a pretty fun film.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Includes an attractive lenticular Slip Cover.

Commentary by Director/Co-Screenwriter Danny Steinmann and Cast and Crew

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II (10 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 who Tommy Jarvis (Part V and VI) was. 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.

New Beginnings: Making of Part V (11 Minutes) - "Did we say Final? We meant Final this year!" Yet another short making of that delves deep into how the film began (Isn't Jason suppose to be dead?) with various Cast and Crew giving their opinions on why it was so great. There is one Laugh out Loud part with Savini I won't ruin.

Also included on the disc is another fan-made movie, Lost Tales Part 5 (7 Minutes) and the Theatrical Trailer.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Friday the 13th Part V 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. In fact, this one looks the best out of the set.

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::.

It's not hard to see why this is often regarded as one of the worst in the series but I still found it enjoyable for a slasher flick. The 'twist' is something no one would ever figure out until the end and keeps the audience guessing. Paramount has skimped a bit here on the special features (no deleted scenes?!?) but at least a new transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 track seal the deal. Get it!