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Friday The 13th: Extended Cut [DVD]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 November 2013
In 1957, at Camp Crystal Lake, a young boy, Jason Voorhees drowned.

As the years go by, two camp counsellors are murdered. Fires and bad water thwarted the camp's reopening.

In 1979, Camp Crystal Lake relaunches with the help of a few new counsellors.

Ignoring the warnings from good old Crazy Ralph, popping up everywhere, the murders start again while a mysterious stalker prowls the area.

Even though the film is in my opinion the epitome of eighties slasher movies and the beginning of one of the best horror franchises ever, its not the most fun movie to watch from the series, unless your one of the lucky ones who saw the movies in chronological order.

Its a shame if you saw Scream before this, because there is a major plot spoiler in the opening scene.

Its a simple set up that has been homaged, ripped off, and copied several times, especially in the eighties with the likes of The Burning, Sleepaway Camp etc, but this has never been bettered.

But what makes it hold up, is the actual plot and narrative, and its very sinister, even by today's standards. And the killers revelation and their rationale, is totally brilliant.

The sequels after part two were very tongue in cheek and virtually threw the sinister parts away, but they were and are still, a lot more fun for a group to watch.

The cast are great and add to the nuance, and even 33 years later, its still one of the best stalk and slash movies ever made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2009
its really quite funny. Ask any "horror" loving teenager who the killer is in the 1st friday the 13th movie. They look at you as if you are the thickest person in the world and say JASON!!!. This is where you can laugh at them for obviously not even seeing the movie.

Friday the 13th has become soooooo famous and huge that you dont even have to have seen the films to know who the killer in the series is (for the most part). With its everlasting sequels and recent remake/reboot/reimagining of the series it dosnt show much signs of stopping anytime soon. Granted they may not be the best horror films in the world (not by a long shot) but there is something about them that people just cant resist and keep coming back for the newest release. Its safe to say that these movies are here to stay until they dont make enough money.

With all the squeles and the crossover movie freddy vs jason, its time to remember where and why it all began. Originally inspired by the success of halloween in 1978, sean s. cunningham made a knock of slasher film called friday the 13th. it isnt as scary as halloween but it does keep a good sense of terror throughout. It is suspenseful in the sense that u dont no who the killer is which isnt the case in the sequels.

This is far gorier than halloween aswell and has more creative death sequences in them which may interest people. Also Tom savini (dawn of the dead) did the make up effects which gets a thumbs up from me as he has worked on a lot of horror films.

In my opinion the 1st four friday movies are the best but i own all of them . It is interesting to watch this and see how far the series has come. Is it worth a watch? definatley!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 October 2008
Reviewed version: 2003 Warner Bros. UK DVD

Director: Sean S. Cunningham

Cast: Betsy Palmer as Pamela Voorhees, Adrienne King as Alice Hardy, Jeannine Taylor as Marcie Cunningham and Kevin Bacon as Jack Burrel

SYNOPSIS

Several years after Camp Crystal Lake has been shut down due to some horrifying murders, the camp is scheduled to be reopened. One by one the camp counselors are dropping like flies. What are you gonna say about a slasher other then a lot of people get... slashed.

THE MOVIE

FRIDAY THE 13TH fans will disagree with me, but the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies are mostly mediocre slasher films. When I was in my teens I loved them and watched them over a 100 times each. But compared to MANIAC, THE BURNING, BAY OF BLOOD or THE PROWLER, these films just don't live up to their hype.
While the original (this one) and Part 4 (THE FINAL CHAPTERS) stand out as the best but still can't match up with the more viscerally pleasing "adult" slashers.
The special effects were created by Tom Savini, who also is responsible for the effects of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 4, MANIAC, THE BURNING, THE PROWLER and the second TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, are really good and have aged quite well. As the kills are the highlights of every slasher movie, these are where the movie has to shine. While in later installments almost all blood has been eliminated thanks to the MPAA (and Paramount Pictures' lack of interest in restoring the cuts), the original has been released in its fully uncut form here. There are some prints in the US (early DVDs) that only have the censored R rated print on board.
Harry Manfredini's classic score debuts here and is very effective.
Well paced and directed by Sean S. Cunningham (who also co-wrote), this is classic 70s filmmaking.
The acting is within the limitations of the genre. Adrienne King (Alice) seems a little lost on screen, I did not care much for her performance at all, most of the other teens are more or less sex-crazed (not that there is much of that in here) canon fodder, Kevin Bacon is seen in an early role. The best performances are by Betsy Palmer as Mrs. Voorhees and Walt Gorney as Crazy Ralph.
Overall FRIDAY THE 13TH is a good slasher film (which cannot be said for most of the sequels), but it is far from great.
Made after the hugely successful HALLOWEEN (1978).

THE DVD

Feature running time: 91 mins. (uncut)
Rating: Unrated (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 4:3
Audio: English 1.0 Mono, French 1.0, Italian 1.0
Subtitles: English, Bulgarian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, Arabic
Extras: Commentary, Making of (22:04), Theatrical Trailer
Region: 2 (locked), PAL

Picture quality: B-
Audio quality: C
Extras: C-
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 February 2012
Great film had to get it to complete box set, would defiantly reccomend to anyone that likes jason, or nightmare on elm streets
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2011
I use to watch this has a child and loved it, twenty years on I still do. It is a little dated in the terms of 'horrors' today but they never had as much to work with as they do today,So you cant complain about some of the special effects. The story line works well and the cast is ok, I never realised as a child Kevin Bacon was in it (mainly due to the fact I never knew who he was) so there will be one familiar face amongst the cast for all you film fans who are dubious of films with no star actors/actresses in them.

The Blu-Ray quality is good along with the sound for a film from 1980.

Special features include:

*Commentary from director Sean S. Cunningham
*Featurette Return to Crystal Lake: The making of Friday The 13th
*A Friday The 13th Reunion: Cast members Betsy Palmer and Adrienne King, Writer Victor Miller and Composer Harry Manfredini reunite.
*Fresh Cuts: New tales from Friday the 13th: New recollections about the making of the film.
*The Man Behind The Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham
*Lost tales from Camp Blood part 1: New vignette styled after the original movie.
*Vintage Featurettes The Friday The 13th Chronicles & Secrets Galore behind the gore.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 4 April 2009
Firstly, for those of you wondering, the US import IS region free. It plays perfectly well on my UK PS3.

The picture quality is very good, but not the best I've seen on blu-ray. But let's be balanced about it, this is a low budget movie shot mostly at night. Not day-for-night, but simply night, which is never easy. The result is graininess in the blacks, although you can significantly compensate for this by adjusting your contrast settings etc. Grain doesn't bother me too much anyway, as I don't sit too close to the screen. However, despite the grain, the image is otherwise very clean and sharp. I do think they've gotten the best transfer out of the negative or interposotives they used, as the sharpness of the image can't be criticised.

The audio has been cleaned up very nicely. Again, the source material was never the strongest, with analogue issues in all previous releases (including the first DVD release) but all that seems to have gone. The dialogue is mostly clear and the score has never sounded better. I think Manfredini's music benefits from this release as much as anything else; it's certainly the aspect I noticed felt "newest" if you know what I mean. It doesn't sound as tinny as it did before, and that's a good thing.

The extras are very nice, if a little short. But what's there is welcome, especially seeing some of the key cast/crew members again. Most of us want to see how everyone's doing, and seeing Betsy Palmer and Adrienne King sitting at the same table after nearly 30 years is great. The cast reunion isn't very well edited, but then it's only really a convention appearance so the filmed material is limited. But yes, it's nice to see them. In the reunion, we see Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King and Ari Lehman (Jason), writer Victor Miller and composer Harry Manfredini, and in one of the other mini-documentaries we also get a nice couple of bits with Robbi Morgan, who played Annie. She's cool.

Anyway, there you go. Like I said, not a perfect picture, but it's sharp and probably the best they could've got without spending a HELL of a lot reprocessing the whole thing frame by frame a la Blade Runner Final Cut. The audio is better than it's been before and clean. The extras are pretty good but I would've liked more.

4.5 stars.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 10 December 2009
Having now seen the first three "Friday" films on Blu, I have to say that this is darn close to being the best. Part II maybe just edges it for picture quality, but the original is surprisingly sharp, with night-time scenes very well managed and no objectionable grain levels, for my money. Colours are occasionally a little overcooked, as in the late diner scene, but then the seventies were just ending and perhaps they really were wearing those colours? That aside, colours and contrasts are generally good, with fairly solid black levels. This film really puts Part III to shame in terms of picture quality.

The soundtrack is also quite impressive for the age. Forceful and sinister, particularly in the last half hour. Dialogue is maybe occasionally a bit light-sounding, but on the whole the True HD 5.1 soundtrack does a terrific job, with respectable surround and subwoofer effects. To compare it with its great rival "Halloween" of which this film was something of an imitation: the sound quality is comfortably better, the colours are richer, and sharpness is also somewhat better. I must say that I disagree with the reviewer who states that this is not a worthwhile upgrade from the DVD. This seems to me unfair as picture quality and sound quality are markedly superior.

It's hard to say how well the film has aged as it leaves such mixed impressions. Much of the acting seems much weaker now than I had remembered. The plot remains the great ace in the sleeve, with a magnificent twist and a truly shocking ending. It is true that the effects are no longer very convincing, especially in HD, and double especially for anyone who has also seen the recent remake! Yet the film has not lost its power to generate suspense and make you jump; it's just that most horror fans are so desensitised these days that it is no longer truly shocking.

Nevertheless, a really great transfer of a much loved classic, albeit a classic indebted to "Halloween" and, in an inverted way, "Psycho". Worth comparing with the Van Nispel remake, or for a truly great horror weekend, take those two plus the original and remade "Halloween" flicks.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2001
In the year 1957 at a Campsite buried in the woods a young boy drowns in the camp lake. The two councillors who were supposed to be watching him were making love at the time. One year later these two councillors are followed into the camp barn by an unseen assasin. They are both murdered.
It is now twelve years later and the camp is being reopened by Steve Christie who has hired seven new councillors. The date is Friday 13th June. The locals are shocked that 'Camp Blood' is being reopened and warn the councillors to quit.
None of the luckless teenagers listen to the warnings about Camp Crystal Lake and roam the campsite carefree. Unknown to them there is an unwelcome presence in the camp. A presence that is watching the councillors at every turn. One by one they fall prey to an unseen killer and when the killer is finally revealed it comes as a bit of a shock. The film is absolutely fantastic and it is the one that started it all. If you're going to watch this film don't decide that there's no plot and switch it off. Watch the whole thing, the plot is explained very clearly when the killer is revealed. There are some great makeup effects when the councillors are killed eg the axe through the head. In this film watch out for a seventeen year old Kevin Bacon! This was probably one of his first big parts. I would recommend this film to anyone who loves horror and likes being scared. 10/10
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 26 October 2009
Now I know I will probably soon get slashed for saying this by hockey-mask wearing Jason afficionadoes, but this was my favourite Friday film having just watched a pre-Halloween trilogy of this and the original Parts II and III (Amazon seem to have problems sourcing the 1980 original on BD at the moment). I found the acting fine for the genre (much better than in Part III, for my money). Unless Travis Van Winkle is really so annoying in the flesh that you are praying for Jason to rip apart said flesh straight after meeting him, then he certainly can act quite well. I found the hapless teenagers for the most part rather amiable (especially Aaron Yoo as Chewie). And as others have commentated this is a formidable Jason, free of the near-camp that accumulated in the long original series towards the end. Even in part II Jason seems far too vulnerable in later scenes. Here he seems a fast, uncompromising killing machine who can't be taken lightly at all.

The plot (with the odd twist that I won't spoil here) certainly seems to have more to it than Part III. It is on the whole a rather neat accumulation of many of the best bits from the early Jason films. It has very little from Part One (therefore in no sense a remake of the 1980 original) other than the recycling of the original ending, which is shown during the opening credits. There is then a sort of prologue with a worryingly small group of victims before the film really gets going with a larger field of targets. This film is in no way less well plotted than Part II (the original from 1980 is admittedly the best plotted of all) and the ending, for me, is no worse than that of most Jason films from Part II onwards.

As a Blu-Ray this is unsurprisingly the best Jason disc to date (but don't overlook Part II!). Sharp pictures with depth, plasticity and great contrasts and colour balance. The sound is also full-blooded in its use of effects and music to match the HD blood of which there is plenty. Not for the squeamish in any version, but on the US release there is a (somewhat) gorier "Killer Cut" as well as the theatrical version. At the time I ordered it was not quite clear if the UK release had both, but it seems that it does after all and I imported needlessly.

Like most remakes this film will mostly be powerless against the nostalgic memories of hard-core fans. As something of a neutral, I found the film hugely enjoyable. I think most criticisms (bad acting, poor plot-craftmanship) levelled at the film apply much more to some of the originals, but they are protected in the minds of fans by feelings of nostalgia. Recommended to horror fans, probably a mixed bag for worshippers at the Voorhees shrine.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 February 2012
' well here the remake of friday the 13th looks good due to marcus nispel, the kills are gory and in-keeping with the series trend, jason looks fitter and faster than before ( and human ) the film has a good location the camp itself and the surronding areas, but i feel its a wasted effort on what could have been..the story is okay but it doesnt feel finished off like the opening with mrs voorhees...and the woman with the dog ( it seems some of the towns folk know that jason exists - but this is never followed which is a shame ) all in all it is a good effort but as a huge fan it could have been way better - i hope if there is another sequel the film makers explore jason and his actions deeper '
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