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Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (DVD)

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning on DVDReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Shavar Ross, Ron Sloan, Dick Wieand, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Debi Sue Voorhees, Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Carol Locatell

Directed by Danny Steinmann

Released by Paramount Home Entertainment


From Danny Steinmann, a director of early Seventies soft core porn, comes an entry into the Friday franchise that’s just as sleazy as it is fun — Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning!

Some would say this is the bastard of the franchise as Jason Voorhees isn’t even in it. Instead we get a copy-cat ambulance driver with a bone to pick over the loss of his fat, chocolate-bar-stained son. Did it work? No. Is it good? Not really. Can it still be appreciated for some “What the hell were the thinking?” type fun? Oh, hell yes!

At the very least this entry provides some great kills, Reggie the Reckless (Ross), some ludicrously funny dialogue (I’m looking at you, Ma and Junior), and the painfully awkward yet thoroughly hilarious Miguel Núñez singing to his girlfriend while he’s taking a shit sequence. I’ve never sung while shitting, but this movie inspires me to try, damnit!

Most of you bought the original release of this film just to complete your Friday collection. That’s cool and understandable. But should you shell out the extra payola for the reissue? I’m thinking that it depends on how much of a completist you are.

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning on DVDYou get an audio commentary moderated by the always dead-on-the-money Mike Felsher of Red Shirt Pictures, the New Beginnings: The Making-of Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning featurette, which is brimming with backstory and truth be told is quite good, more of that insipid Lost Tales from Camp Blood drivel, and in my estimation the number one reason to buy the disc — The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited — Part II which focuses on Reggie the Reckless’ relatives and what they thought of the way Reg dispatched of the phony Jason while wearing nothing but his lil red jumpsuit! WORD!

At one point a fan commentary featuring myself and Staci Layne Wilson was to be included as well, but it was removed because I think we just had a little too much fun at the movie’s expense for Paramount’s taste. Shame, too. Everyone who heard it outside of the studio sang its praises. Maybe one day it will surface in one way or another.

There ya have it, kids. The skinny on the Friday V deluxe edition DVD. The rest is entirely up to you on this one. I say buy it — if only for comedy’s sake.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann with cast and crew
  • New Beginnings: The Making-of Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning featurette
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood — Part V featurette
  • The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited — Part II featurette
  • Original theatrical trailer

    Film
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    2 1/2 out of 5

    Special Features
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    4 out of 5

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    • Cash Bailey

      Please, Creepy and Dread Central folks…

      Put the commentaries up on Dread Central so we can access them ourselves.

      • Uncle Creepy

        It’s not up to us. If it were they’d be out there already. We’re working to get you guys them. Cross your fingers.

        • Cash Bailey

          PETITION!!

          Or someone could ‘leak’ the tracks to those highly disreputable bit-torrent sites.

    • doubleh55

      Say what you will about Friday Part V, that Portapotty scene is still the scariest death in all of the series. I still think of that scene to this day everytime I use one. To be traped in that little box while somebody pokes a giant sharp spears through it is just freaky.

    • fceurich39

      hopefully paramount won’t disapoint when parts 7 and 8 deluxe edition dvds are released this fall by that i am meaning part 7 will get the my bloody valentine treatment with hopefully seamless branching with uncut kills or atleast as a special feature without audio commentary like in the box set

      also i hear the part 3 blu-ray 3d is alot better than the dvd

      • Uncle Creepy

        Look for a review of the Part 3 Blu-ray tomorrow.

    • Messiahman

      The uncut kills don’t exist. Believe me, we looked long and hard.

    • elric300

      No uncut kills?

      Aarrrggghhh!

      Although….it would be cool to hear that commentary, maybe on a download…”whistles”.

      • Uncle Creepy

        Nope no kills in this one.

        We’re trying to get clearance to put up the commentaries as downloads. They are safe sound and ready to go. Stay tuned.

    Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.