Friday the 13th (2009) - Extended Killer Cut

Genre(s): Horror
Warner Brothers || R - 106 minutes - $28.98 || June 16, 2009
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2009-06-16


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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: Marcus Nispel
Writer(s): Victor Miller (characters); Damian Shannon & Mark Swift and Mark Wheaton (story), Damian Shannon & Mark Swift (screenplay)
Cast: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, Derek Mears


Theatrical Release Date: February 13, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Digital Copy


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

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.::THE FILM::.

Itís that time of year again. People dressing up for Halloween, going around trick-or-treating, and parents giving out crappy candy that no one really likes. No wait, itís June, sorry. Itís been a long few weeks. But none the less, itís time for some mayhem, carnage, and a whole crap load of nudity in the remake of Friday the 13th. Iíve decided to do a little checklist for you so you can get a slight glimpse of what youíre in store for with this one, so enjoy.

Tons of stupid teens getting drunk, having intercourse, and of course doing drugs? Check.

Psycho killer on the loose that police canít catch? Check.

Decapitations? Check.

Multiple scenes of nudity? Check.

Awesome death sequences? Check.

Does the killer come off as a complete bad arse and have abnormal powers? Check.

Alright, itís got all the criteria to be a great movie, so letís get onto what the movies about.

Iím just kidding, we all know what itís about, but for the sake of this all-star cast Iíll describe it briefly.

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?

As far as remakes go, this is one of the better ones as of late. The characters arenít exactly the smartest ever in the history of film, but at least they try to act reasonable. They do however have fairly absent minds (Chelsea and her boyfriend go missing and no one really notices or says anything, Bree goes missing, etc) and forget about their friends really quickly. Itís not a bad thing per say, as I did enjoy this flick quite thoroughly, but itís the fact that it could have been better being a little longer and giving some back story.

I know what youíre thinking, back story? Come on Tyler, its Jason. We all know who he is right? Well I do, but anyone who hasnít seen the original or is watching this with clueless people might not. The film does a so-so job of describing what happened and whyís heís psycho, but I was expecting more background on him rather than most of the film being divulged on the teens and their wild sex parties. I actually thought (so did the people who watched this one with me) that the movie could have benefited more being a smidge less focused on the teens and more on either the background of Jason or maybe even on the Crystal Lake incident.

All in all though, itís still a great horror flick despite my few minor gripes. The extended killerís cut Iím assuming just has more nudity (thereís a ton), violent deaths (thereís a few that even made me cringe), and probably a bit longer dialogue. I have no idea since I never saw it in the theater, but this is a phenomenal version.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Behind the Scenes (10 minutes): This is one of the worst behind the scenes features ever, as the cast is boring and they end up showing you a deleted scene thatís in the next part of the special features. I watched this with Friday the 13th fans, and even they found it boring. Iíd recommend skipping it.

Deleted Scenes (4 minutes): Three, no really two, deleted scenes that didnít make it into the final cut of the film. They add absolutely zilch to the film, so skip it.

Finally, we get a Digital Copy that is useless since itís not compatible with IPods or anything of that nature. Woo...



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

As a recent film, I expected a great video presentation and found it to be one of the best DVD transfers Iíve had the pleasure of viewing in a long time. Colors are gorgeous and vibrant, as there wasnít a time when they were too bright or too dark. Flesh tones and blood colors look phenomenal as well, and I didnít notice any dust or anything that corrupted the picture itself. The lone downside to this transfer is the heavy black levels that are present, as the last half of the movie is at nighttime. There are a bunch of scenes though with grain and a tiny smidge of noise, but they arenít too noticeable and only distract a bit from the quality itself. Otherwise, this is an outstanding transfer.

On the audio scale, this is no doubt a perfect film. Surround use is used *ahem* perfectly. I had no trouble at all hearing anything going on in the background or when the characters spoke. The death scenes sounded freaking awesome. I could literally hear every head being chopped off and the blood spattering on the ground. This is demo material for sure for those who want to showcase a new sound system. The noise is loud, but not to the extent of where it blocks out dialogue. Itís not overpowering nor is it too soft. This is a perfect mix for a great flick. This is the best sounding DVD so far of 2009.



.::OVERALL::.

Friday the 13th isnít necessarily the best remake ever, nor is it the best horror film Iíve seen in a long time. It is however a fantastic film with tons of nudity, violence, and everything else Iíve wanted to see in movies today that I rarely get a chance to view. The technical package is outstanding and demo material, but the special features, to be blunt, suck. This is a day-one purchase for sure. Just be careful of those in hockey masks, Iíd recommend ducking.