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Friday The 13th: The Complete Collection

by David Foucher
EDGE Publisher
Monday Sep 23, 2013
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Poor Jason: the victim of teenage libido, destined to walk the earth wearing a hockey mask and separating nubile, often scantily clad youngsters from their vital appendages. But yay for us: at last, all of Jason’s escapades are together forever on Blu-ray, the body count vividly realized in high definition video and sound. For most of the films, this is a first: seven of the films are making their first bow in the format. And despite some shortcomings, the set is well endowed, a gift to Jason-lovers the world over.

Packaged in a tin box, with a rugged book enclosing the ten discs, the set is a charm to navigate. It also arrives with eleven hours of special features, a Camp Crystal Lake embroidered counselor patch and a 40-page soft cover book excerpted from Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th. The patch might tickle fans, but the real value here is the films. They’re beautifully remastered for the most part - some limitations of age (mostly with the first films, which were shot during an age when the digital revolution had yet to begin) result in imperfect visuals - and the higher resolution suits the films well despite the fact that for the most part they were filmed on small budgets (the first film was made for just $550k).

The set does skimp on physical discs - a number of the movies are doubled-up together - and frankly, the inclusion of the "Killer Bonus" content on DVD rather than Blu-ray seems inexcusable. While it’s hip to include the red/blue 3-D glasses, the third film is also rendered nearly unwatchable in 3-D. And aficionados are already clamoring about the lack of unrated cut for "Jason Goes To Hell." The reality is that you’ll find nothing on these discs that hasn’t been released before, and for a franchise that has made almost $500 million at the box office, this box set might feel to "real" fans that Warner Bros. is merely dipping back into the same cash pool.

Nonetheless, for those who haven’t invested in the individual Blu-rays to date (and let’s face it, you’re not really missing "Jason X," now, are ya?) this is a well-packaged and cost-effective way to score the whole series. Now, if only it shipped with a hockey mask...

Friday The 13th: The Complete Collection
Blu-ray/DVD
$129.95
http://www.warnerbros.com/movies/home-entertainment/friday-the-13th-the-complete-collection/9a7c84f8-c6a7-452b-a4c6-799b6fe76076.html

David Foucher is the CEO of the EDGE Media Network and Pride Labs LLC, a member of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association, and is accredited with the Online Society of Film Critics. David lives with his husband and daughter in Dedham MA.

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