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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Friday on Blu so far, 26 Oct. 2009
This review is from: Friday The 13th: Extended Cut [Blu-ray] [2009] (Blu-ray)
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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Initial post: 14 Nov 2011 01:16:38 GMT
5 stars for this crap? You're not a horror fan are you?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011 10:33:04 GMT
Mr. Blu says:
CD - I think over the years I've seen enough horror movies to claim that, yes, I am a horror fan. Within its limits, as a slasher film and a technically good Blu-ray, this was a 5 star purchase for me. Sorry you didn't like it.
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