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Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition

Ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma.  Two repeating syllables is all it takes to conjure up memories of pure evil slashing away at fleshy objects in the night.  I know we fans of Friday the 13th and its many incarnations have been burnt before by subsequent releases of these films, but Scream Factory - issuing ALL the films together with love, care, and respect - have seriously come through with their latest release the Friday the 13th Collection.

It's time, my friends, time for all us we, the hardworking people of the world - to spend a fat wad of cash and return to the haunted woods of our youth. Don't worry, though, you won't be in this forest alone. Here, there is a camp, and at that camp, you are never alone...for long. There will be companions you know here - stars like Adrienne King, Amy Steel, Dana Kimmel, Melyssa Ade, Loyd Albin, Kevin Bacon, and Kane Hodder - and they will be walking alongside you.  There will also be lots of weed - sometimes growing in the forest - for you to smoke and, if you listen hard enough, you might just catch - drifting in the wind - the high pitched squeal of innocence as it gets maimed by a killer wearing a hockey mask. 

"this blu-ray release is also loaded with KILLER special features and includes all of the previously released extras plus NEW bonus materials"


Yes, my friends, Camp Crystal Lake is once again open and Jason Voorhees is back in the business of killing horny teenagers. 

And that isn't necessarily a bad thing either because Scream Factory, complete with a rugged slipcase which has some AWESOME art wrapping around it, is giving audiences the chance to own all 12 films - in both theatrical and uncut versions - in the Jason Voorhees legacy with their remarkable release of Friday the 13th Collection.  Spread out over SIXTEEN discs, this exhaustive offering from Scream Factory is already selling out - making the limited edition set, which includes both the 36” x 24” lithograph from artist Devon Whitehead and the 24” x 36” Friday the 13th 40th Anniversary poster from Joel Robinson, a rare item indeed.

But it has to start somewhere, so we go back to the beginning with both the theatrical and uncut version of the original.  Produced and directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller, Friday the 13th, being the first independent movie to get distributed by a major studio, never seems to get the credit it deserves.  We take it for granted with much of the discussion revolving around which film, Halloween or Friday the 13th, is better.  Let’s not do that anymore.  Each film deserves its reputation and its accolades.  Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition

From the opening few moments to the classic score by Harry Manfredini and beyond, the original Friday the 13th is damn brilliant, never ceasing to be entertaining as a killer is let loose on some unsuspecting camp counselors and Walt Gorney as Crazy Ralph warns them all of their impending doom.  Well-paced and never short on skin or sharp knives, even hitchhikers aren’t safe from the killer in these woods.  

But who is responsible for the murders?  That’s the real kicker in this slasher and it is a twist that still leaves people’s heads rotating as Friday the 13th begins in 1957 and ends in the modern era, with 11 more films to cycle through. 

So much death . . . and they are ALL here in the Friday the 13th Collection.

Notwithstanding the movies included in the set, this blu-ray release is also loaded with KILLER special features and includes all of the previously released extras plus NEW bonus materials, including new audio commentaries with cast and crew of the films.  There are hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs, film clips, outtakes, archival documents, conceptual art and behind-the-scenes footage into a whole new experience that seamlessly blends from one film to the next.  

Both the highs and the lows of the franchise are seen here – with a very cool look at Part VI: Jason Lives getting special mention (and a much deserved warm reception).  Covering all twelve films, this release is the ultimate tip of the mask to one of the most iconic and enduring horror franchises.Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition

Featuring some serious input from creator Cunningham, this set recalls its Halloween-inspired origins and its “branching off” upon the completion of Wes Craven’s The Last House on the Left.  And to think it all started with merely a title and some promo art.  That’s how franchises are made, folks.  Yes, indeed, Jason Voorhees and his mother – even before there was a screenplay – were introduced to filmgoers through a poster only.  Talk about having an “if you build it they will come” vision. 

Each film  (with a few extended looks), looks remarkable - especially in 4K.  This is truly a monumental feat for this Halloween season and its contents never become tedious - even Jason Takes Manhattan looks shockingly good here.  Even the filmmakers discuss that one.  And the fashions!  While it could be argued that the Voorhees clan will never be out of fashion, it is painfully obvious that some of the films – securely grounded in the era of their birth – are often exactly that the further into the 1980s they go.  

Starting in 1980 and ending with the greased engine of 2009's reboot, Scream Factory invites you to go Trick or Treating alongside the matriarchial camp cook who went psychotic and killed a small group of sexually curious and sexually active camp counselors and frolic along with her masked son.  Is there a better way to celebrate 40 years of causing teenagers all over the world to scream with delight?  I don’t think so.

Scream Factory’s Friday the 13th Collection will release, appropriately enough, on October 13th of this year.  Pre-order your set now, the Limited Edition set is already sold out and, speaking as one who owns it, the art is spectacular.  Act fast!

5/5 beers

Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Scream Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- October 13, 2020
Screen Formats: 2.40:1, 2.35:1, 1.85:1
Subtitles
: English SDH for all except Freddy vs. Jason (English, Spanish), Friday the 13th (English SDH, French, Spanish)
Audio:
varies
Discs: Blu-ray 3D; Blu-ray Disc; Sixteen-disc set
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the original and groundbreaking 1980 film Friday the 13th, the 16-disc set is the definitive Blu-ray collection of one of the most influential horror franchises ever created and includes all 12 original films from Paramount Pictures and New Line Cinema.  The set includes the ultimate collection of new and existing extras. Along with a selection of new interviews, commentaries, and new transfers, are NEW Slashed Scenes – the long-awaited uncut gore footage from Friday The 13th Part 2, and much, much more.

Video:

The HD release of the Friday the 13th Collection sports brand-new 4K scans of the original 35mm negatives for the original run of films.  The aspect ratio for most of the films in the set is 1.85:1 (but there are 2.40:1 and 2.35:1) and the images are loaded with fine details as black levels are consistent, defined, and brilliantly replicated here, holding their edges.  The images - whether they be at the camp, in the city, in Hell, or in space - are crisp and black levels – especially on the streets – absolutely POP. Colors are bold, bright, and shadows are thick with lines and deep blacks. The night scenes – and there are a lot of them – are detailed and heavy with edges. The colors, thanks to some awesome lighting effects, are bold and bursting with color. Saturation levels are on point and so too is the restored audio. 

Audio:

Loaded with the original stereo 2.0 PCM uncompressed audio and new 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio Surround Sound options, this set of 12 movies delivers both the thumps and the bumps of the slasher genre.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • Feature commentary audio track with director Chris Addison

Special Features:

The Friday the 13th Collection also contains 2 bonus discs which include over 5 hours of new content, a new collectible rigid slipcover with newly-commissioned art, a new 40-pg collectible essay booklet with archival still photography, and new 4K film transfers for Parts 1-4, with Part 3 in its original 3D presentation. Additionally, each film comes with a dedicated Blu-ray case featuring original theatrical artwork.

DISC ONE: FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980) – R-RATED THEATRICAL VERSION

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono – English SDH
  • NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • U. S. Theatrical Trailer
  • International Theatrical Trailer (NEW To The Set)
  • TV Spot (NEW To The Set)
  • S. Radio Spots (NEW To The Set)
  • K. Radio Spot (NEW To The Set)
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Posters And Lobby Cards Gallery

DISC TWO: FRIDAY THE 13TH (1980) – UNCUT VERSION

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, 5.1 – English SDH
  • NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW Restored Original Mono Track
  • Audio Commentary With Director Sean S. Cunningham, Screenwriter Victor Miller, Actresses Adrienne King And Betsy Palmer, Composer Harry Manfredini, Editor Bill Freda, And Assistant Editor Jay Keuper, Hosted By Peter M. Bracke
  • Fresh Cuts: New Tales From Friday The 13th
  • The Man Behind The Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham
  • Friday The 13th Reunion Panel
  • Lost Tales From Camp Blood – Part 1
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD Rom – NEW To The Set)

DISC THREE: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2 (1981)

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, 5.1 – English SDH
  • NEW 4K Scan Of The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW Restored Mono Track
  • NEW Slashed Scenes – The Long-awaited Uncut Gore Footage!
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Actress Amy Steel, Filmmaker Thommy Hutson, And Author Peter M. Bracke
  • NEW My Life With Ginny – A Conversation With Actress Amy Steel, Moderated By Justin Beahm
  • Inside Crystal Lake Memories: The Book
  • Friday's Legacy: Horror Conventions
  • Lost Tales From Camp Blood – Part 2
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD Rom – NEW To The Set)
  • U.S. Theatrical Trailer
  • Japanese Theatrical Trailer
  • Radio Spots (NEW To The Set)
  • TV Spots (NEW To The Set)
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Poster And Lobby Cards Gallery

DISC FOUR: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3 (1982)

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, 5.1 – English SDH
  • NEW 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative For Both The 2-D And 3-D Versions Of The Film
  • NEW Blu-Ray 3-D Version Of The Film (To Watch The 3D version, You Must Have A Fully Capable 3D TV And 3D Blu-ray Player)
  • NEW Restored Mono Track
  • Audio Commentary With Actors Larry Zerner, Paul Kratka, Richard Brooker, And Dana Kimmell
  • Fresh Cuts: 3-D Terror
  • Lost Tales From Camp Blood – Part 3
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD Rom – NEW To The Set)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots (NEW To The Set)
  • Radio Spots (NEW To The Set)
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Posters And Lobby Cards Gallery

DISC FIVE: FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1984)

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, 5.1 – English SDH
  • NEW 4K Scan From The Original Camera Negative
  • NEW Restored Mono Track
  • Audio Commentary With Director Joe Zito, Screenwriter Barney Cohen, And Editor Joel Goodman
  • Fan Audio Commentary By Filmmakers Adam Green And Joe Lynch
  • Slashed Scenes With Audio Commentary By Director Joseph Zito
  • Jason's Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter
  • The Lost Ending
  • Jimmy's Dead Dance Moves
  • The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part I
  • Lost Tales From Camp Blood – Part 4
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD Rom – NEW To The Set)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot (NEW To The Set)
  • Radio Spots (NEW To The Set)
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Posters And Lobby Cards Gallery

DISC SIX: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING (1985)

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Mono, 5.1 – English SDH
  • NEW Restored Mono Track
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Melanie Kinnaman, Deborah Voorhees, Tiffany Helm, And Author Peter M. Bracke
  • NEW Fan Audio Commentary By Filmmakers Adam Green And Joe LynchAudio Commentary With Director/Co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann, Actors John Shepherd And Shavar Ross
  • Lost Tales From Camp Blood – Part 5The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II
  • New Beginnings: The Making Of Friday The 13th Part V
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD Rom – NEW To The Set)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots (NEW To The Set)
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Posters And Lobby Cards Gallery

DISC SEVEN: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES (1986)

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo, 5.1 – English SDH
  • NEW Restored Stereo Track
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Thom Mathews, Vinny Gustaferro, Kerry Noonan, Cynthia Kania, CJ Graham, And Author Peter M. Bracke
  • NEW Fan Audio Commentary By Filmmakers Adam Green, Joe Lynch, And Writer/Director Tom McLoughlin
  • Audio Commentary With Writer/Director Tom McLoughlinAudio Commentary With Writer/Director Tom McLoughlin, Actor Vincent Guastaferro, And Editor Bruce Green
  • Lost Tales From Camp Blood – Part 6
  • The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part III
  • Jason Lives: The Making Of Friday The 13th: Part VI
  • Meeting Mr. Voorhees – Alternate Ending
  • Storyboards
  • Slashed Scenes
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD Rom – NEW To The Set)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots (NEW to the Set)
  • Still Gallery

DISC EIGHT: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (1987)

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo, 5.1 – English SDH
  • NEW Restored Stereo Track
  • Audio Commentary With Director John Carl Buechler And Actor Kane Hodder
  • Audio Commentary With Director John Carl Buechler And actors Lar Park Lincoln And Kane Hodder
  • Jason's Destroyer: The Making Of Friday The 13th Part VII
  • Mind Over Matter: The Truth About Telekinesis
  • Makeover By Maddy: Need A Little Touch-Up Work, My A**
  • Slashed Scenes With Introduction
  • Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD Rom – NEW To The Set)
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot (NEW To The Set)
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Poster And Behind-The-Scenes Photos

DISC NINE: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN (1989)

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo, 5.1 – English SDH
  • Audio Commentary With Director Rob Hedden
  • Audio Commentary With Actors Scott Reeves, Jensen Daggett, And Kane Hodder
  • New York Has A New Problem: The Making Of Friday The 13th Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan
  • Slashed Scenes
  • Gag Reel
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots (NEW To The Set)
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Poster And Behind-The-Scenes Photos

DISC TEN: JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993) – R-RATED THEATRICAL VERSION

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo, 5.1 – English SDH
  • NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
  • NEW Introduction By Director Adam Marcus
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots (NEW To The Set)
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Poster And Behind-The-Scenes Photos
  • A Look At The Friday The 13th Prop Museum Book

DISC ELEVEN: JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (1993) – UNCUT VERSION

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo, 5.1 – English SDH
  • NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive With HD Inserts
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Adam Marcus And Author Peter Bracke
  • Audio Commentary With Director Adam Marcus And Screenwriter Dean Lorey
  • NEW Introduction By Director Adam Marcus
  • NEW The Gates of Hell – An Interview With Director Adam Marcus
  • NEW Jason vs. Terminator – Adam Marcus On Growing Up With The Cunninghams
  • NEW Über-Jason – An Interview With Kane Hodder On Playing Jason
  • Additional TV Footage With NEW Optional Audio Commentary With Director Adam Marcus And Author Peter Bracke

DISC TWELVE: JASON X (2002)

  • Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio Stereo, 5.1 – English SDH
  • NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
  • Audio Commentary With Director Jim Isaac, Writer Todd Farmer, And Producer Noel Cunningham
  • NEW Introduction By Kane Hodder
  • NEW Audio Commentary With Writer Todd Farmer And Peter Bracke
  • NEW Outta Space: The Making Of JASON X – Featuring Interviews With Producers Noel Cunningham And Sean S. Cunningham, Actor Kane Hodder, And writer Todd Farmer
  • NEW In Space No One Can Hear You Scream – An Interview With Writer Todd Farmer
  • NEW Kristi Is A Headbanger – An Interview With Actress Kristi Angus
  • NEW Jason Rebooted – Sean S. Cunningham On Jason Goes To Hell And Jason X
  • The Many Lives Of Jason Voorhees – A Documentary On The History Of Jason
  • By Any Means Necessary: The Making Of Jason X – Making-Of/Production Documentary
  • Club Reel
  • Vintage Cast And Crew Interviews
  • Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Electronic Press Kit (NEW To The Set)
  • Cast And Crew Interviews And Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot (NEW To The Set)
  • Movie Stills Gallery
  • Posters And Behind-The-Scenes Gallery

DISC THIRTEEN: FREDDY VS. JASON (2003)

  • Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX – English SDH
  • Audio Commentary With Director Ronny Yu, Actors Robert Englund And Ken Kirzinger
  • 21 Deleted/Alternate Scenes, Including The Original Opening And Ending With Optional Commentary By Director Ronny Yu And Executive Producer Douglas Curtis
  • Genesis: Development Hell
  • On Location: Springwood Revisited
  • On Location: Cabin Fever
  • Art Direction: Jason’s Decorating Tips
  • Stunts: When Push Comes To Shove
  • Make-up Effects: Freddy’s Beauty Secrets
  • Visual Effects Exploration
  • My Summer Vacation: A Visit to Camp Hackenslash
  • Pre-fight press conference At Bally’s Casino in Las Vegas
  • Music Video: Ill Nino “How Can I Live”
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spots

DISC FOURTEEN: FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) - R-RATED THEATRICAL CUT & UNRATED KILLER CUT

  • Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 – English SDH
  • Terror Trivia Track With Picture-In-Picture Comments From The Cast And Crew
  • Hacking Back/Slashing Forward – Remembering The Groundbreaking Original Movie
  • The Rebirth Of Jason Voorhees – A Look At The Making Of Friday The 13th
  • Slashed Scenes
  • The Best 7 Kills

DISC FIFTEEN: BONUS DISC ONE

  • NEW Crystal Lake Confidential – An Interview With Producer/Director Sean S. Cunningham
  • NEW Machete Memories – An Interview With Producer/Director Steve Miner
  • NEW Chicago To Connecticut: The Early Career Of Harry Manfredini – An Interview With Composer Harry Manfredini
  • NEW The Magic Keyboard – Harry Manfredini On Scoring Friday The 13th
  • NEW Blood Types – An Interview With Actor Harry Crosby
  • NEW Once Speared, Twice Shy – An Interview With Actor Bill Randolph
  • NEW Back To Camp: The Locations Of Friday The 13th And Friday The 13th Part 2 Hosted By Michael Gingold
  • NEW It Came From The Vaults – An Interview With La-La Land Records’ Matt Verboys And Michael V. Gerhard And Composer Harry Manfredini
  • NEW Finding Friday: On Location Of The Friday The 13th Films
  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles – An 8-Part Featurette On The First 8 Films
  • Secrets Galore Behind The Gore – A 3-Part Featurette On The Makeup Effects Of Part 1, Part 4 And Part 7
  • Crystal Lake Victims Tell All!
  • Tales From The Cutting Room Floor
  • Friday The 13th Artifacts And Collectibles
  • Jason Forever – Q&A With Ari Lehman, Warrington Gillette, C.J. Graham, And Kane Hodder
  • Legacy Of The Mask
  • Slasher Films: Going For The Jugular
  • The Friday The 13th Playing Cards
  • Still Gallery
  • Easter Eggs

DISC SIXTEEN: BONUS DISC TWO

  • Music Video: Alice Cooper The Man Behind the Mask
  • NEW Alice Lives: Alice Cooper And Friday The 13th Part VI – A Look At The Music Video
  • The Man Behind The Mask Featuring Interviews With Alice Cooper And Director Jeffrey Abelson
  • NEW Legends Never Die – Tom McLoughlin At The Hollywood Forever Cemetery
  • NEW Life, Death And Jason Voorhees – An interview With Director Tom McLoughlin
  • NEW The Road To Crystal Lake – An Interview With Producer Sean S. Cunningham
  • NEW Faceless Evil – Sean S. Cunningham And Jason
  • NEW Jason Was Here: Friday The 13th Part 3 – 6 Locations Then and Now
  • Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed (2014) – Including Interviews With Adrienne King And Melanie Kinnerman
  • Slice And Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2013) – Including Interviews With Corey Feldman And John Carl Buechler
  • Trailer Reel – All 12 Friday The 13th Trailers In A Row
  • Freddy Vs. Jason Storyboards And Production Galleries
  • Friday The 13th (2009) Teaser Trailer
  • Friday The 13th (2009) Theatrical Trailer
  • Friday The 13th (2009) TV Spots
  • Friday The 13th (2009) Electronic Press Kit – Interviews With Cast And Crew, Behind-The-Scenes Footage
  • Friday The 13th Series Newspaper Ad Still Gallery – Vintage Newspaper Ads For All 12 Films
  • Easter Egg

Blu-ray Rating:

  Movie 5/5 stars
  Video  5/5 stars
  Audio 5/5 stars
  Extras 5/5 stars

Overall Blu-ray Experience

5/5 stars

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