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Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

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Friday the 13th: The Complete CollectionStarring Adrienne King, Amy Steel, Kane Hodder, Robert Englund, Derek Mears

Directed by Various

Distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment took on the Herculean task of compiling what they intended to be the ultimate Friday the 13th box set with their new release Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection. Indeed, the set delivers all 10 of the original Friday the 13th films, as well as Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 remake of Friday the 13th with Derek Mears portraying Jason. There are some really cool things about this set, but it does come up seriously lacking in certain aspects.

The set is packaged in a sturdy tin case with an image from Jason Goes To Hell on the cover. Personally I think they could of come up with something a bit more eye-catching and iconic (not to mention a little text on the spine for those sliding the set onto a shelf with their film collection). The rest of the case is festooned with images from the 2009 Friday the 13th remake. Again, probably not the film you want to represent the series.

The packaging wraps up with a truncated version of the Crystal Lake Memories book. The book contains tons of images from the Friday the 13th series and loads of interesting quotes from the filmmakers and stars of the films. It’s slickly printed and a nice little addition to the package. Not breaking any new ground, but it’s shiny and pretty. A Camp Crystal Lake Camp Counselor iron-on patch and two sets of old school red and blue 3D glasses for Friday the 13th Part 3 are also included. The 10-disc set (nine Blu-rays and one DVD filled with special features) are housed in a sharply printed hard-cover book that contains a page or two in honor of each of the films. It’s all held together by a red elastic band with a quote from good ol’ Crazy Ralph printed on it…“I told the others, they didn’t believe me. YOU’RE ALL DOOMED.”

As for the films themselves, you know what you’re getting here. It’s the Friday the 13th series. One of the most iconic collections of films in the history of horror movies. Yes, some of the movies are better than others, but the original 10 films are indeed horror history. Personally, I enjoyed Freddy vs. Jason and was happy to see it included in the set. It’s nice to see Derek Mears’ performance recognized with all the other Jason’s, but that’s probably the only thing about the 2009 remake worth looking at. But hey, complete collection means complete collection, right?

Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection introduces five new films to Blu-ray. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and Jason X all make their Blu-ray debuts in this set. Unfortunately, the folks who compiled the films for the set decided to go with the R-rated version of Jason Goes to Hell instead of its more colorful unrated counterpart. Not sure why you wouldn’t give horror fans every drop of the red, red kroovy that you could. Even more curious, though the disc for the original Friday the 13th is clearly marked as the R-rated version, it is indeed the uncut version Paramount released a while back on Blu-ray. There were a lot of questionable choices made by the compilers of this set.

That being said, the movies do look sharp in their Blu-ray format. It’s a great way to watch these legendary pictures and they are all as fun as you remember them. And it is indeed a complete collection. The inclusion of the 2009 Friday the 13th remake, as well as Freddy vs. Jason makes sure the set includes ever film Jason has appeared in. The content of the films is, of course, the strong point of this collection. Do they make it worth the $100+ price tag? As a fan, I’d like to get a little something new from a set like this for that kind of coin.

The thing is, we’re already familiar with the films. Hell, we already own all the films (probably in VHS and DVD format). So to make this set worthwhile, it needs to bring something new to us in the special features. If there’s nothing new to share with audiences (which is certainly a possibility with an iconic franchise like this) then it makes a repacking like Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection feel like more of a money grab than anything else. You can see the full list of special features contained on all the discs in the set compiled smartly here in Matt Serafini’s article on Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection. As you can see, these are pretty much rehashed features that have already been seen on previously released versions of the Friday the 13th films.

The bottom line on the collection is this: If you don’t own any Friday the 13th films and you’d like to get them all on Blu-ray, then this set is going to save you some shopping around. You can get all 12 films for just about $10 a piece. That’s a decent price considering the fact that it’s one-stop shopping. But (and I would assume if you’re reading this, you fall into this category) if you already own Friday the 13th films, you’re not going to get much new here at all. You can scoop up a couple of the movies making their Blu-ray debut, but other than that, this is basically rehashed material. What could have been a celebration of one of the most beloved horror franchises ever comes off as a lackluster, lazy effort.

Special Features

Friday The 13th

  • R Rated, Theatrical Release
  • Commentary by Director Sean S. Cunningham with Cast and Crew
  • Friday the 13th Reunion
  • Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th
  • The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 1
  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles
  • Secrets Galore Behind the Gore
  • Theatrical Trailer

    What’s here: Pretty much everything that was on Paramount’s Blu-ray and Deluxe DVD. That’s why it looks like the R-rated listing could simply be an error. But Friday the 13th never saw another stateside release with extras, so there’s nothing else ‘missing’ here.

    Friday The 13th Part II

  • R Rated, Theatrical Release
  • Inside “Crystal Lake memories”
  • Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 2
  • Jason Forever (used on 2004 release/Best Buy bonus disc)
  • Theatrical Trailer

    What’s here: This is the same supplement list carried over from the previous Blu-ray and DVD release.

    Friday The 13th Part III

  • Rated, Theatrical Release
  • 3D and 2D versions of film
  • 2 Pairs of 3D glasses
  • Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror
  • Legacy of the Mask
  • Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular
  • Lost tales From Camp Blood, Part 3
  • Theatrical Trailer

    What’s here: This is the same supplement list from the last release, although the WBShop also claimed that they are ‘touching’ up the 2D version by removing some additional dirt.

    What’s missing: The audio commentary from the 2004 From Crystal Lake to Manhattan box set. Now this is where the laziness starts kicking in. Because you’ll see further down that Warner is, in fact, including some of the other commentaries from that 2004 set. So what this comes down to is not wanting to create a new Blu-ray when they can re-use the old release (but can they really add a new transfer then?).

    Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter

  • R Rated, Theatrical Release
  • Commentary by the director, screenwriter and editor
  • “Fan” Commentary
  • Vintage Featurettes
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

    What’s here: This marks the first time TFC has seen Blu-ray, and most of the extras have been carried over from the Deluxe DVD release. It’s unclear what is meant by the term ‘vintage featurettes’ but what that may or may not encompass is: Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 4, Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25th Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited – Part 1 and Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves. Again, it’s most likely that someone at Warner mistakenly categorized these as ‘vintage’ featurettes, despite being 4 years old.

    Friday The 13th: A New Beginning

  • R Rated, Theatrical Release
  • Commentary by Director/Co-Screenwriter with Cast and Crew
  • Vintage Featurettes

    What’s here: Like part 4, this is ANB’s Blu-ray bow (to celebrate, it gets to share disc space with Jason Lives). Most of the extras look to have been carried over from the Deluxe DVD release. There’s still a question of what’s vintage. In any case, here’s what that likely entails: Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 5, New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th part V: A New Begining and The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited – Part 2.

    Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI

  • R Rated, Theatrical Release
  • Commentary by Director with Cast and Crew
  • Vintage Featurettes
  • Slashed Scenes
  • Original Theatrical Teaser Trailer

    What’s here: Part 6 hits Blu-ray in a release that’s likely identical to the Deluxe DVD. Here’s the ‘vintage’ featurettes: Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 6, Jason Lives: The Making of Friday the 13th part VI and The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited – Part 3.

    What’s missing: Tom McLoughlin’s solo commentary from the 2004 release.

    Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood

  • R Rated, Theatrical Release
  • “Killer” Commentary by Director and Actors
  • Vintage Featurettes
  • Slashed Scenes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

    What’s here: TNB looks identical to Paramount’s Deluxe Edition from 2009. The ‘vintage’ featurettes include Makeover by Maddy: Need A Little Touch-Up Work, My Ass, Jason’s Destroyer: The Making of Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood and Mind Over Matter: The Truth About Telekenesis.

    What’s missing: The John Buechler and Kane Hodder commentary from the 2004 box set. The director and star did another commentary for the 2009 release, but it’s pales in comparison to the original conversation.

    Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

  • R Rated, Theatrical Release
  • Commentary by Director
  • “Killer Commentary by Actors Scott Reeves, Jensen Dagget and Kane Hodder
  • Vintage Featurettes
  • Slashed Scenes
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

    What’s here: JTM looks identical to Paramount’s Deluxe Edition from 2009. The ‘vintage’ featurettes include New York Has A New Problem: The Making of Friday the 13th part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan and a gag reel. Curiously, this release claims to include the Rob Hedden commentary track that was previously offered on the 2004 box set, making this an incredibly confusing case of Warner’s cherry picking supplements.

    Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

  • R Rated, Theatrical Release
  • Commentary by Adam Marcus and Dean Lorey
  • TV Version Alternate Scenes

    What’s here: The same supplements from the old New Line DVD. Curiously, this alleges to be the R-rated theatrical cut. If true, this is the most catastrophic oversight of the entire set.

    What’s missing: Possibly the unrated cut.

    Jason X

  • R Rated, Theatrical Release
  • Commentary by Jim Isaac, Todd Farmer and Noel Cunningham
  • Vintage Featurettes
  • Theatrical Trailer

    What’s here: The supplements from the New Line DVD. ‘Vintage featurettes’ being: The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees documentary (including a background cameo by yours truly!) and Making of Jason X documentary.

    Freddy vs. Jason

  • R Rated, Theatrical Release
  • Commentary by Director Ronny Yu, Robert Englund (Freddy) and Ken Kirzinger (Jason)
  • Featurette Gallery Covering the Film’s Development, Art Direction, Makeup Effects, Stuntwork and More
  • Visual Effects Exploration with the Creative Team
  • My Summer Vacation: A visit to Camp Hackenslash
  • Ill NiÃno How Can I Live Music Video
  • Deleted Scenes

    What’s here: The supplements from the New Line DVD are listed in full.

    Friday The 13th (2009)

  • Theatrical and Extended Cuts
  • Rebirth of Jason Voorhees
  • Interactive PIP with Trivia Track
  • Hacking Back/Slashing Forward
  • The 7 Best Kills Extra
  • Additional Scenes
  • BD live: My Commentary

    What’s here: All the features from the 2009 release have been carried over.

    Friday the 13th Killer Bonus Disc

  • Friday the 13th Chronicles: Part I – VIII
  • Secrets Galore Behind The Gore (3 Part Featurette)
  • Original Trailers – Part I – VIII

    What’s here: This is the bonus disc from the 2004 release. In the wake of the incoming Crystal Lake Memories documentary, this is going to look like a shoddier effort than it already is.

    Films:

    4 out of 5

    Special Features:

    2 1/2 out of 5

    Discuss Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection in the comments section below!

  • Scott Hallam

    • mjduda

      Sounds like I should just hang on to all of my deluxe dvd’s

    • The Unknown Murderer

      It stinks that there isn’t more love going to the films that we idolize, but that’s big movie studios in general. They don’t care, it’s product to them. I do wish that Shout Factory was giving us the best presentation in the world, which may not have been impossible.

      I’m waiting until Black Friday to see a much lower price point because when I buy Blu, I buy for transfers. And from what I’ve read, the transfers are really good lookin’.

      Also, I have my Crystal Lake Memories Blu Ray coming along in the mail. I’m sure that will satisfy.

    • the31streaper

      http://www.wbshop.com/product/friday+the+13th+the+complete+collection+bd+1000408970.do?ogc=yes

      Go there, use these two codes: CHIEFWB and WBAFSAVE10 and you get the set for $70. That’s less than 6 bucks a movie. Picked it up yesterday, but I don’t know how long it will last.

    • Matt Serafini

      I know it says it, but it’s wrong.

      An easy way to tell is to look at Kevin Bacon’s murder. You’ll see that the version in this set goes on to show the goofy overhead shot of the arrow through his throat to looks so fake.

      Warner wasn’t ever going to re-author a new disc with the cut version even though they slapped an R on the disc. It’s the same disc that was released in ’09.

      • Uncle Creepy

        LOL Oh, Matt… did you buy this set? LOL

        • Matt Serafini

          I haven’t actually.

          But I have read through 300 pages of Blu-ray.com discussing the box.

          • Uncle Creepy

            Insane.

    • rjmacready

      Lame, at this point just “having it on blu-ray!” isn’t enough to get me to fork over $100. If it ever drops to around $40 like I picked up the equally lazy NoES set for, maybe then I’ll bite. And why the heck didn’t they make Part 3 a Blu-Ray 3D? I thought Warners were strong supporters of the format.

      • The Unknown Murderer

        HAHAHAHA

    • DavidFullam

      Warner Brothers? Lazy about including content on their home releases? Well I am shocked! (Sarcasm).

    • Uncle Creepy

      There are three things that really irk me about this box set. One – Friday the 13 Part 3 is a standard 3D presentation complete with silly paper glasses. Two – The original is already available on Blu-ray. Maybe there was some licensing issue with Paramount? The BIGGEST sin though is the exclusion of the UNRATED version of Jason Goes to Hell. I mean come on, this was a Warner Bros./New Line entry into the franchise! There’s no reason for it to not be included here. NONE.

      Here’s my guess… since the Friday series rights has been reverted back to Paramount, Warner Bros. just wanted to get out a Blu-ray box set immediately so they could cash in. Mind you that’s just speculation but it wouldn’t surprise me.

      • Matt Serafini

        I believe the uncut version of the original F13 *IS* the version included in this box set.

        When I wrote my article a few months ago, it was based on information provided by the WB shop and it’s clear they didn’t know what the fuck they were talking about.

        And just a minor correction to the review, A New Beginning was never available on Blu-ray before this set, either.

        • Uncle Creepy

          Actually the actual disc states that it’s the R rated version of the original Friday. Will make the other correction.