Friday the 13th (2009) - Special Edition: Killer Cut [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Horror
Warner Brothers || R - 106 minutes - $35.99 || June 16, 2009
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2009-06-18


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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

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Marcus Nispel
Writer(s): Damian Shannon & Mark Swift and Mark Wheaton, Damian Shannon & Mark Swift (screenplay)
Cast: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Aaron Yoo, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Derek Mears


Theatrical Release Date: February 13, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Trivia Track
  • Digital Copy
  • BD-Live


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Widescreen (2.40)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

At this point I think the bulk of movie-goers have figured out that remakes and 3D are hot and originality is dead. With the string of remakes or "re-imagining" going on in the past few years it came as no shock to horror fans to see Jason get "re-imagined" and thrown on screen. Given the big box office take of Freddy vs. Jason it comes as no surprise Newline (and Paramount) decided to revamp Jason and unleash him upon a whole new generation of teens.

Plot: Whitney (Amanda Righetti) and her group of ragtag friends whose names donít matter since theyíre going to die in the first ten minutes anyways are heading to camp out and get away from the world for a few days. By camp out and hideaway I mean that her friends are going to harvest from weed from nearby plants and return home to sell it for big bucks. Whitney and her irrelevant boyfriend head off to explore the campsite, which is, get ready for it, Crystal Lake, when her other three friends get savagely murdered by Jason (Derek Mears). Whitney is left to fend for herself when Jason comes after her, and we are then cut to the main cast of the film. Yes, I thought that the movie was over with already, not going to lie.

Clay (Jared Padalecki) is on the hunt for her sister, as itís been a few weeks since anyoneís heard from her. Meanwhile, another group of kids with Jenna (Danielle Panabaker), Chewie (Aaron Yoo), Chelsea (Willa Ford), Bree (Julianna Guill) and a host of other soon-to-be-dead characters are shown as well. Itís a horror film people, deal with it, the names donít matter. They are heading to one of the guyís parents camp when they stop at a store and see Clay. Clay and Jenna talk a bit before Jennaís boyfriend shoos him away, and they part ways. The group heads to the house and parties. By parties I mean gets hella drunk, smokes a little weed, and Chelsea and her boyfriend head out to the boat across the lake for some fun and nudity. Jasonís not going to allow that, now is he? Yup, it turns out that Jason is nearby the area and decides to pursue, kill, decapitate, and snap a few necks in order to calm his aggressive self. Can the group stop Jason before his killing spree claims them, and what happened to Whitney?

Since this was one of the few films a year I actually saw Theatrically, I gotta say, my second time through on Blu-ray I didn't like it as much. Maybe its because I had seen all 11 films almost back-to-back before seeing this film Theatrically (and pretty much any Friday film after Part IV sucked) but gees...this film sometimes makes no sense. Let's take for instance the time when Whitney escapes. She manages to escape the underground tunnel (apparently she is an expert lock picker) and runs like crazy through what seemed like miles of dirt, forest and a huge river before stumbling upon the house that included our new bunch of sexy young teens. She peers through the window and witnesses two teens finishing up doing the dirty before Jason grabs her. Cut to the next scene - the two teens are dressed and leaving the room when the lights go out. Yep, that's right, Jason is there. Wait...what happened to Whitney? We know from scenes only ten-fifteen minutes later she is back in her underground tunnel locked up but how the hell did Jason seem to move that fast in what could have only been mere minutes (capturing Whitney and then turning the power off, oh, and killing Chewie in the shed!) We know from a scene earlier on he certainly takes his time carrying the dead farmer back to his tunnel.

With that said, it seems "smart" Jason is just as big of a topic as "fast zombies" were only five years ago. Jason is no longer the idiot (though in Part II he did manage to track down Alice...hmmm) and has mastered the fine arts of archery, rigging up a light system, surviving and living in his posh tunnels and learning how to jump higher than Super Mario. This is not your fatherís Jason Voorhees.

With that said, the film still captures all the fun of the good Friday films like creative deaths, a great setting and tons of blood. The young cast does a decent job of looking good until their eventual deaths and there are tons of nods to fans of the series.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release includes a nice embossed slip cover. All features are presented in HD.

The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees (11 Minutes) - This would be your very typical fluff EPK that is essentially just talking about the film with various cast and crew. Nothing really informative here and I would advise you just skip it.

Deleted Scenes (8 Minutes) - The first scene is actually an alternate death scene for the farmer hick as well as a different way Jason gets his mask. The next scene is two officers bumbling around the stations and the final scene is a revised ending for Jason. Total skip all the way. Technically one of these scene is ** Blu-ray Exclusive ** as well.

Everything below is ** Blu-ray Exclusive **

The Seven Best Kills (23 Minutes) - A great featurette that showcases how the deaths in the film were accomplished. Well worth a watch.

Trivia Track (Profile 1.1) - A fun little track that covers basic Friday knowledge as well as various PiP segments. Worth a watch for newbies in the field of Jason.

Rounding out the disc is BD-Live, a Digital Copy (iTunes and WMV... unlike the DVD version of the film which is WMV only) and Hacking Back/Slashing Forward (12 Minutes) which is yet another promotional piece talking about the original series. Worth noting is the Blu-ray includes both the Theatrical Cut and Killer Cut on the same disc. The Killer cut runs about ten minutes longer and only adds in some extra sex scenes (apparently).

I feel bad for DVD fans who got shafted... but even the Blu-ray stuff is not all that great. When itís all said and done less than an hour of features. Gees.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Friday the 13th (2009) comes to Blu-ray presented in 2.39:1 (VC1) on a 50GB Disc. Warner has been hit and miss with Blu-ray in the Picture Quality department but I was really impressed with the level of quality here. Blacks are incredibly strong and the few, short bursts of color really light up the screen. Probably one of their finest release this year so far.

Warner/Newline has included an English 5.1 TrueHD track. Like Picture Quality this sounds spectacular. Screams are loud and the subtle noises in the isolated forest come across perfectly. Dialog sounds fine (but gees, itís terrible as some times per the script). Subtitles included English SDH, Spanish and French. An alternate track is a French DD5.1 for the Theatrical Cut only.



.::OVERALL::.

I've seen better remakes before... but I've seen far, far worse. This one is above-average in the department and any Friday the 13th fan should enjoy the fresh take on a classic slasher film. The Blu-ray boasts impressive picture and audio quality as well as tons of exclusive Blu-ray features (regardless how short they are).