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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Underrated Friday Film
I personally really like this film and consider it to be the second best behind the original. I know a lot of people hate on this movie because the film doesn't star Jason as the killer (it is someone pretending to be him.) But I really didn't care and I thought it was a refreshing change, having the audience guess who the killer is from several suspects presented...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The most logical sequel (to date) and also the most maligned
Part 5 of the ‘Friday 13th’ franchise was not received well. It was largely due to part of the story that I won’t go into (as there are some out there who didn’t mind it and I won’t spoil it for them). However, on the rare chance you don’t know the story, it goes along the lines of a masked killer stalks and kills oversexed teens...
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1.0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN THE FIRST SEQUEL, BUT STILL ABYSMAL., 8 Nov 2014
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This review is from: Friday The 13th: Part 5 [DVD] (DVD)
REVIEWED VERSION: 2009 Paramount Pictures UK DVD (reissue)

Director: Danny Steinmann

Cast: Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Shavar Ross, Marco St. John, Carol Locatell, Richard Young, Tom Morga

SYNOPSIS

10 years after the events of THE FINAL CHAPTER, Tommy Jarvis still is haunted by nightmares of Jason Voorhees and is shuffles from one mental institution to another. When he is moved to yet another mental institution, conveniently located near Crystal Lake, the killings start again...

THE PROS & CONS

The best thing about FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING is the 5 minute opening sequence, which turns out to be only Tommy Jarvis' nightmare. Paramount continues Tommy Jarvis' storyline, who was supposed to become Jason's nemesis like Dr. Loomis in the HALLOWEEN series, although nowhere near as successful. Personally I hated the character. They did go for continuity by having Corey Feldman return as Tommy for a cameo in the pre-title sequence.
A NEW BEGINNING tried to be a new beginning in some ways, most notably by the absense of the "real" Jason.
Danny Steinmann did an ok directing job, too bad the source material was bad, despite 5 people, including Steinmann, being involved in the writing of the story and screenplay (are you serious? It takes 5 guys to pen down a slasher flick?). A NEW BEGINNING is very much the same as all previous entries, just I did not care for a majority of the characters in this one. Parts 6 & 7 did a better job here.
Decent to horrendous (over) acting, while John Shepherd (Tommy Jarvis), Melanie Kinnaman (Pam) and Marco St. John (Sheriff) are in the first catagory - Shepherd gives a believable performance as the traumatized teen - most of the cast is clearly in the second catagory. They do not seem to have mental problems, but are your average sex-crazed teens from all the other FRIDAY flicks. (Un)lucky for them, the new Jason does not discriminate... they make just as good canon fodder.
The gore... well the gore... A NEW BEGINNING has the highest body count of the series, but the movie was somewhat toned down by our friends at the MPAA, and, just like with all Paramount FRIDAYs, the unrated versions are not available. The censorship really destroys what good was left of the film, as nearly all the murders are off screen or bloodless. That didn't stop the BBFC and the German FSK to cut the film even further for early VHS releases, the BBFC cut all sight of bare breasts and some gore, while the Germans left the nudity in fully in tact but trimmed all murder scenes even further. DVD releases in both countries are the uncut R-rated prints, though.

DVD DETAILS

Feature running time: 88:24 mins. (MPAA cuts)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 2.0 Mono, French 2.0 Mono, German 2.0 Mono, Italian 2.0 Mono, Spanish 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, English HoH, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Arabic and Turkish
Extras: Theatrical Trailer (1:47)! Gee thanks!
Region: 2 / PAL

Picture quality: C
Audio quality: C
Extras: F
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3.0 out of 5 stars The most logical sequel (to date) and also the most maligned, 9 Feb 2014
This review is from: Friday The 13th: Part 5 [DVD] (DVD)
Part 5 of the ‘Friday 13th’ franchise was not received well. It was largely due to part of the story that I won’t go into (as there are some out there who didn’t mind it and I won’t spoil it for them). However, on the rare chance you don’t know the story, it goes along the lines of a masked killer stalks and kills oversexed teens.

And, in Part 5, we have more than the normal number of oversexed teens to do away with. There is certainly more of a diverse bunch to be sliced and diced. This is a nice (and new) touch to the franchise, however, it does take away from the story’s central theme. It’s one of the rare films in the saga to continue from the last one. The child survivor of Part 4 (Tommy Jarvis) is now grown up and still having problems dealing with his childhood trauma with the masked killer, Jason Voorhees. This is actually quite a nice idea, but is always a sub-plot as the film concentrates on killing so many of the cast, leaving little if any time to continue Tommy’s tale.

Once again, you can tell who’s going to die and who’s not. Let’s face it... ‘bad’ people never last long in this sort of film (and Jason almost does the world a favour in getting rid of half the cast here!). Also, the death scenes are a little more imaginative and well thought out than in the predecessors.

However, for all that’s right with this film, fans still return to what’s wrong with it. Many believe that this film would have been better NOT being part of the Friday 13th franchise and being a stand alone film all together. However, if you’re in the mood for some gore, then you might get something out of this. Plus it has a ‘dance routine’ that’s almost as good as Crispen Glover’s from Part 4!
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2.0 out of 5 stars No Jason, No Point?, 2 Jan 2014
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Timelord007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Friday The 13th: Part 5 [DVD] (DVD)
Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning.

DVD Info.

Region 2
Certificate:18
Running Time 87 minutes

Extras.
Theatrical Trailer

Positive.
1)Corey Feldman gives a cameo performance which at least trys to mantain a continuity.
2)Some of the kills are inventive.

Negative.
1)The reveal of who the fake killer Jason is just plain dumb & this stupid plot point needed a major rewrite to make better sense of it.
2)MPAA ratings board interfering toning down the gore.
3)One of the most stupidest ending I've ever seen.

Cast.
Melanie Kinnaman - Pam Roberts
John Sheperd - Tommy Jarvis
Corey Feldman - Young Tommy Jarvis
Shavar Ross - Reggie
Richard Young - Doctor Matthew Letter
Marco St. John - Sheriff Cal Tucker
Juliette Cummins - Robin
Carol Locatell - Ethel Hubbard
Vernon Washington - George
John Robert Dixon - Eddie
Jerry Pavlon - Jake
Caskey Swaim - Duke
Mark Venturini - Victor J. Faden
Anthony Barrile - Vinnie
Dominick Brascia - Joey
Tiffany Helm - Violet
Richard Lineback - Deputy Dodd
Suzanne Bateman - Nurse Yates
Bob DeSimone - Billy
Jere Fields - Anita
Ric Mancini - Mayor Cobb
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. - Demon
Corey Parker - Pete
Rebecca Wood - Lana
Ron Sloan - Junior Hubbard
Debi Sue Voorhees - Tina
Todd Bryant - Neil
Curtis Conaway - Les
Sonny Shields - Raymond
Eddie Matthews - Second Deputy
Chuck Wells - Third Deputy
Dick Wieand - Paramedic Roy Burns / Fake Jason Voorhees

Trivia.
1)As far as cuts go this has had it's video cuts wavered for dvd making it the most complete version of the movie to date.
2)Still waiting for an unrated release of parts 2,5,6,7,8 though,Come on Paramount.
3)Corey Feldman was meant to reprise his role as Tommy Jarvis but his involvement in the Spielberg produced movie The Goonies meant he was unavailable so instead he filmed a opening cameo in his own backyard.
4)Tommy Jarvis speaks only 24 words throughout the entire movie.

Synopsis & Timelords Thoughts.

This film annoys me.

The potential is here but the payoff certainly isn't.

The opening features Corey Feldman as Tommy Jarvis seeing Jason's Coffin dug up by to local drunks & views his resurrection then kills the two drunks & sees Tommy in the bushes approaches Tommy & raise his machete to kill him but this is all an hallucination by Tommy who is being transferred to the Pinehurst Halfway house.

Tommy is sent to Pinehurst Halfway House to help prepare him to return back into society but upon arrival Tommy keeps seeing Jason, Is it a hallucination or is it really Jason?

When a troubled & overweight teen named Joey is killed by an axe by aggravating another member of the group named Vic the remaining patients of the institute & the local townsfolk start being killed one by one by a hockey masked killer, Could it be that Jason isn't dead & has returned to seek vengeance on Tommy or is Tommy infact so traumatized by his past encounter with Jason he has become schizophrenic & taken on both Tommy & Jasons persona?, Or is somebody else the killer somebody with a vendetta against the Pinehurst institution?

THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS SPOILERS.

PLOT POINT THAT MAKES NO SENSE 1.

The intention for this film was to set Tommy up as the killer but that idea was altered to having Ambulance driver Roy impersonating Jason due to his son Joey being killed at the Pinehurst institute.

Did Joey know Roy was his Dad as nobody seems to have known in town & why was it a secret that Roy kept quiet about his son Joey? These plot point's make no sense, If Roy & Joey had a father & son relationship it would've flowed better in the storytelling & given the audience some empathy towards why Roy did what he did but the plot in the actual film is flawed & contains massive plot holes.

PLOT POINT THAT MAKES NO SENSE 2.

Tommy manages to kill Roy dressed as Jason & then we see Tommy in hospital as Pam approches his Bed he lunges out & kills her before waking up to it all being a dream, This part is ok.

Then Tommy sees Jasons image appear which eventually fades away, Now Tommy opens the hospital drawer & inside is Roy's hockey mask, Why would Tommy keep it?,
A breaking of Glass is heard & Pam walks into Tommys room were she sees the broken window but standing behind her is Tommy now wearing the hockey mask holding a knife ready to stab Pam.

This ending is another stupid part of the movie as in Part VI Tommy returns to Crystal Lake to dig up Jasons grave to make sure he's dead & eventually accidentally resurrects Jason & has to confront Jason one more time.

So is the Part V ending another one of Tommys Hallucinations?, It's obvious he doesn't kill Pam due to the event's in Part VI?.

One theory is that the two actor's John Shepard & Melanie Kinnaman were signed to do Part VI but John Shepard didn't want to return so they didn't reprise Kinnamans Pam character cause of John Shepards non return, Why not have Melanie Kinnamans character Pam in Part VI as Thom Matthews just takes over the character of Tommy Jarvis for that movie?

Also due to the fan's anger that Jason didn't appear in Part V they went back to resurrecting Jason for Part VI & aborted the proposed script of having Tommy as the killer for Part VI changing the script to having him as the film's heroic character instad.

This film also has two off camera deaths one is Reggies Grandad George & the other is Doctor Matt Letter, Was they filmed then cut by the ratings board for being to violent?

It's little glitches like this & other stupid plot point's that make no sense whatsoever that spoiled this movie for me & again the MPAA cuts are very annoying as look at what the Saw film's get away with nowadays.

If you see a horror film & it's a Friday the 13th film then you know it aint a going to be a Disney movie & i think it's about time Parts 2,5,6,7,8 Were released uncut like Parts 1,3,4,9,10 & the remake, Freddy vs Jason is also uncut.

This isn't as bad as Jason X or Jason Goes To Hell by New Line Cinema those are awful but it is one of the weaker sequels in the franchise, This is the Marmite movie of the Friday the 13th movie's.

Timelord Rating.
4/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars again no jason no friday the 13th, 19 Jan 2014
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I feel no one is expecting logic or reason for a horror movie, its an horror movie and if I was going to rate this on its horror I would give it five star. The first film was Jasons mother then that brought Jason from the dead into it, as a collector of all the films we can excuse the first one and understand Jsson's mother seeked revenge on the camp councillors for neligence, but to make a second film without Jason was silly. Its like making a film of nightmare on elm street without Freddy it just can't be done, so a good horror movie but without Jason isn't like friday the 13th with Jason. Sadly one can't have the full collection without this film, but for logic or reason you can't bring back the dead and after all jason was dead so really he was a zombie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Underrated Friday Film, 4 Aug 2014
This review is from: Friday The 13th: Part 5 [DVD] (DVD)
I personally really like this film and consider it to be the second best behind the original. I know a lot of people hate on this movie because the film doesn't star Jason as the killer (it is someone pretending to be him.) But I really didn't care and I thought it was a refreshing change, having the audience guess who the killer is from several suspects presented.

I liked the character of Tommy Jarvis and the kills were great, this film also had the highest body count out of all the Friday The 13th films. "A New Beginning" maintains the same spirit and atmosphere that made the earlier films such a success and in my opinion it is the last film in the series to be filmed in that way. There are some stupid moments but a lot of them are just funny. In addition, the characters can at times be irritating, but the kills make up for it.

This film is much underrated and is very good in my opinion. 8.9/10 - B+
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5.0 out of 5 stars So it's not really jason....get over it!!!!!, 29 Mar 2014
This review is from: Friday The 13th: Part 5 [DVD] (DVD)
That's right it's some other guy, who cares? It's a Friday the 13th movie, you get your inventive kills (in fact this one has one of the highest bodycounts of the lot, so there!) gratuitous nudity ( Debbie Sue Vorhees....I'm lost for words...) stock characters quickly introduced then butchered (who are those two guys in leather? And when will they release A Rat Tat Tat Tat Tooey?) and with this one a cheesy Scooby Doo ending. Crack open a beer and enjoy this sleazy gem, they go tragically downhill from this point onwards.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A false dawn, 16 May 2009
This review is from: Friday The 13th: Part 5 [DVD] (DVD)
After Part four's series high, this is little more than a Jason Vorhees 'slash fest'. In an apparent attempt to up the comedy quota the producers have introduced a couple of grotesquely buffoonish rednecks, and some caustically facetious local police. There is also a neat twist to keep the series going, that the previous reviewer has helpfully explained, but that's about all there is to it. Probably should have stuck with the original plan to end series with part four; but money talks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Friday the 13th is NOT only about Jason..., 17 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Friday The 13th: Part 5 [DVD] (DVD)
...and this film proves that. Remember in part 1 his mother was the killer and now it's this guy who saw his son brutally murdered in the institution and took revenge by using jason's clothes and mask which perfectly makes sense (not to have jason in this film) cause jason WAS "DEAD" BURRIED IN HIS GRAVE as we are revealed in part 6 so part 5 continued the story of the only human who succeeded to put an end (for a while) to jason's bloody reign. Mr. tommy jarvis (played by john sepherd in part 5) so what's the matter with you who hate part 5 ?
I think it was a solid entry in the franchise and jason was back in part 6 so get over the fact that jason wasn't in this movie cause it was the logical thing to do. After all the real jason appeared in tommy's nightmares in part 5.
Unfortunately this dvd has only new cover. not extras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 26 May 2012
This review is from: Friday The 13th: Part 5 [DVD] (DVD)
This is not the worst Friday, it is much better than any of the new line movies. The only reason people hate it so much is because the killer is not Jason but it is still a guy in a hockey mask and every Jason beforehand was played by a different actor. Jason is in it in a few dream sequences and does kill 2 people. The reason i think it was the best is because it was fresh it wasn't using the same old killer it added a who done it to the story. The kills are mainly implied and Part 4's are a lot superior, this is one of the most bizarre entries of the franchise e.g. the candy bar scene was really odd.
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