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Friday The 13th - The Original [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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A group of fun-loving teenagers take jobs at a recently re-opened summer camp, unaware of the circumstances that had led to its closure: the drowning of a young boy named Jason and subsequent murder of two counsellors over twenty years before. No sooner has the camp re-opened for business than the killing begins again, as the teens are picked off one by one. Followed by seven sequels.
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Cut to modern day..loads of pleasant type late teenage 'tykes' decide to help out at the same summer camp.. Most of them meet dreadful ends. Tom Savini is on hand to make sure that their demise is great to look at in the special effects department.
Warner Brothers with this dvd of Friday the 13th (part the first, not a remake and original 'maybe thats all they'll want to see'), in 2003 released an uncut and actually pretty clean picture. Its got good framing and feels just eighties and seventies enough to be nostalgic. The tempo is designed to make you wait for the next neat bod to go half-clad into somewhere alone and get offed.
The dvd has extras of trailer and documentary, but really the appeal is in seeing the quality of film and the uncut Savini work. There is an american Paramount release now with 'deluxe' appended. Ok. Yet they zoomed in 10% on the image and zoomed out 10% with the price. Go figure.
Friday the 13th has always been a slasher flick, the plot lines have always been poor to average, and as with the other films in the franchise, you tend to just fast forward to the killings as a lot of the film is taken up with getting to know the characters and plot, but if they're all going to die anyhow, then why bother.
What I like about this version is the fact that the opening 20 minutes are arguably better than the final 20 minutes. You have to settle down and catch your breath before witnessing Jasons rampage all over again.
And as stated in the title, no other film has captured a death sequence with such chilling accuracy as this. I squirm every time I see it. I kid you not it could have been actual footage. It's the one on the water walkway.
The extras are what you'd expect, yet I've just bought "His name Was Jason", which should satisfy every die hard fan.
I also have this film on DVD. As this is the extended cut, there is more footage, yet, for me this gives the film a diservice as it just extends the dialogue and the film suffers for it. They could easily have put this extra footage in the extras and kept the film tight as in its original form.
My only gripe about the film is the ending. It was sold as being a compilation of parts 1-3, and without spoiling the ending all I would say is " Why the mask?". That was a missed opportunity to have real impact like the original version.
Although the original in todays world might not be as shocking to view as back then, I still recommend it to see how slasher flick horror film franchises began 30 years ago.
Anyway, seeing the film once again on this great little DVD from Zoverstocks, no less, the place to buy your second hand DVD's from. I am reminded that this is classic horror material, although they ripped the music off from "Psycho" many others have done that!
"Friday The 13th" certainly was, and is a new day for the horror genre!
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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