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Friday The 13th Parts 1-3 DVD Re-Releases.

These DVDs look SO REAL in 3-D... it's like I'm actually holdin them!

With the 2009 remake of Friday The 13th right around the corner, Paramount has just re-released the first three films on DVD again and sent me some advance copies. Normally, this wouldn't matter at all to a guy like me who's owned the box set for ages now, but there are a few good things about some of these re-releases. First off, as you may already know, all of the Friday the 13th films were forced to be heavily edited by the MPAA back in the day in order to get an R rating. As a result, fans never got to see the full extent of some of Jason Voorhees' most memorable kills. Well, Paramount has finally started to give the fans some of that footage back.

For the first time ever, they've finally released Friday The 13th Uncut. All of the death scenes have been fully restored, so if you've been yearning to see extended footage of Jack (Kevin Bacon) getting an arrow shoved through his neck, this is the DVD for you. It also has some really solid featurettes in addition to all of the restored footage.

Next up is the Friday the 13th Part 2 DVD re-release. Now, when I first heard they were releasing the uncut version of part 1, I was really excited about it because I figured they'd be giving the same treatment to all the other DVDs soon enough. Looks like I thought wrong. While part 2 does include some new extras, it's still the same old R-rated version of the movie we've seen for ages. Talk about dropping the ball. We know they have the uncut footage, so I can't imagine any reason why they wouldn't include it on this DVD like they did with the original. Gah! Guess we'll still have to wait a while before we can see Jason wearing that potato sack on his head and killing people in his fully restored glory. Bad move, Paramount.

Last, we have Friday the 13th Part 3. Again, they dropped the ball by not making this the uncut version... but there is still good news with this one. They finally gave it a proper 3-D release! Yep, it actually comes with the glasses so you can watch all those hilariously cheesy moments, such as the infamous eye popping scene, in true 3-D. Having seen it in the theater, I assure you, seeing this movie in 3-D is the ONLY way to experience it. To be completely honest, I'd buy this movie again just so I'd have a back-up copy of that amazing theme song. Don't deny it, you know it's one of the all-time greatest horror movie themes ever recorded. The 3-D glasses are even styled after Jason's mask... so it's nice they went the extra mile there and didn't just throw in a random pair of 'em. Then again, if you want to watch the movie with more than one friend, you'll still need to pick up some extra pairs since they only include two with the DVD. Actually, screw that. Any friend worth his or her salt will own a copy of this DVD too, and thus, they should have their own pair of official Friday The 13th 3-D glasses.

All three of the DVDs come with animated lenticular covers, and they look better than your average release, but it's still all new artwork and I'd much rather have the original theatrical poster artwork on the covers instead. That's one of the best things about the A Nightmare On Elm Street box set, each of the DVDs has the original badass poster art. I'll never understand why companies feel the need to redo cover art that was perfectly fine the way it was. I've ranted about this in the past though, so I digress.

I also attended a screening of the new "His Name Was Jason" documentary, which is coming out on DVD this week as well. It wasn't too bad, and it's amusing seeing special effects guru Tom Savini host it as he walks through Universal's Halloween Horror Nights "Camp Blood". For hardcore horror fans, the documentary doesn't really reveal anything we didn't already know, but it's still a lot of fun seeing characters from all the movies talking about it. I can officially say that Shavar Ross (aka: Reggie from Part V) is just as awesome as he was back in the day. I'd love to see him put on that red jogging suit again and duke it out with Jason. This isn't one I'll probably bother to buy, especially since I own the fantastic Friday the 13th "Crystal Lake Memories" book, but I'd still recommend renting it if you're a big fan of the series.

All in all, there's plenty o' stuff for Friday The 13th fans to be excited about this month. I'm hoping the remake is a good one and doesn't turn out to be a steaming pile like the Halloween remake was. It looks pretty good so far though, so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed. As far as the DVD re-releases go, I'd say you should definitely get parts 1 and 3, but don't even bother with part 2. Let's hope Paramount gets it right with all the future Friday The 13th DVD releases by making them completely uncut. There's simply no excuse not to and I want to see that amazing uncut head-crushing scene from Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood. Sure, you can see it on the "extras" disc that comes with the box set, but we fans deserve to have that footage fully restored and included in the movies rather than as grainy old footage on a different DVD. We also deserve to see more of Crispin Glover's amazing dance moves from part IV. Oh so much more.

Make it happen Paramount, or you'll have to answer to more than just one machete-wielding maniac.

In case you need to brush up on your Friday The 13th movies, here are a few related articles I wrote a while back:

Friday The 13th: Jason's 10 Best Kills:

Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan

Cheap Costumes - Jason X:

Horror Moments: Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Also, let's do a quick survey here:

What's your favorite Friday The 13th film and why?


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peroxiwhizz on 02/02/2009 6:52 pm

Shame that only 1's fully uncut would be ace if the rest were as well looking forward to the "re-imagining" of it though.

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Tadao on 02/02/2009 7:28 pm

I think I saw 3 in the theater in 3d. Did it have an arrow go into someones eye socket? I usually only watch a movie once. You didn't really say if the 3d came through really well with the glasses and tv. I'm assuming it did just fine or you would have been upset about it.

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RevengeVirus on 02/02/2009 8:48 pm

re-release 7 uncut and we'll talk

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RevengeVirus on 02/02/2009 8:50 pm

I used to hunt down the original uncut laserdiscs for these way back when but that shit was way to time consuming and I figured Paramount would just give them the same treatment on DVD. I was wrong.

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Silver on 02/02/2009 11:19 pm

I have never been a fan of horror movies, and I don't recall seing any of them. This of coruse means I haven't seen a Friday the 13th movie.

Do you think I should wait until the remake for the first film to be released to go and see it or should I watch the originals films first? I'd like to know where to start. I know it is a difficult question, as the remake is yet to be in theathers, but I could use some gut feeling about it from you, horror specialists, to tell me what to do.

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Mental Pooperscooper on 02/02/2009 11:40 pm

Silver-I say watch the originals, if the remake sucks I wouldn't want anyone to have a biased opinion of my favorite psycho before they even know him
Survey-Hmm, my favorite is something of a tie between VI&VII
VI: it was the first one I ever got to see (at the ripe old age of 9), Alice Cooper soundtrack, Jason with a full belt of goodies, the resurection in this one was my favorite of the bunch.
VII: Jason looking his best, some good ol fashion head crushin, a house blew up, Jason had a worthy opponent, Jason wasn't as stiff as he normally is, I love the idea of there being houses on the lake, also is it just me or was he stronger than usual in this one?

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Riot.EXE on 02/03/2009 1:11 am

for starters, which one was the one with the awesome pop-n-lockin' girl (who unfortunately dies)?

Second, my town is right next to a town called "Crystal Lake"...wonder if they're gonna do anything special for the remake...

Speaking of the remake, seeing Jared Padelacki is just going to make me imagine the whole damn thing as a long episode of "Supernatural"...I'll try really hard not to yell "SAM!" every time he appears as if I'm Dean...

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toolz88 on 02/03/2009 2:57 am

Man I can't wait for the remake to come out the on the 13th also I was wondering if the blu-ray copy was worth picking up or just stay with the dvd

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Doctor_Who on 02/03/2009 3:10 am

I definitely need to pick up part 3 at the very least. It might be the only thing that can console me after the remake inevitably blows.

And there never has been, nor never will be, anything on film as fantastic as the Crispin Glover Dance. I once saw someone imitate it perfectly at a party, and it remains one of the top ten things I have ever witnessed.

Enjoy it in all it's glory, but be warned, you may get the urge to do it yourself:

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Relaxing Dragon on 02/03/2009 1:09 pm

I've always wondered what was up with Jack's death in Part I. Whenever I saw it (early DVD or TV, and I mean the uncut channels), Mama Voorhees reaches up around him, grabs his throat, and... cut to next scene. Which always left me going "So, she choked him? I don't think I saw a knife or anything...". Now I know.

I'm a bit in the dark of what has and has not been cut in the series, so I'm just hoping that if anything was taken from Part VI, it gets added back in full glory. The best of the series deserves the best treatment, after all.


TheNumber6 (Guest) on 02/03/2009 1:10 pm

I'm so picking up Part 3 now. Those 3D glasses look cool and all, but the constant blue-and-red-screen really bothers me with that kind (it almost ruined the 3D sequence in "NOES 6: Freddy's Dead"). So instead, I think I'll be using the rockin' 3D glasses that I got at the theater when I went to see "My Bloody Valentine (3D)." While those glasses hurt around the ears after a while, it was a fantastic movie experience (and Harry Warden was f-in' awesome). BTW, my favorite F13 movie is Part III; I just love the scene where that guy gets cut in half while doing a handstand. :3


Gato (Guest) on 02/03/2009 11:42 pm

I find that the more slasher movies I watch, the better I get at predicting the deaths.

Kinda creepy, in a way.


Huggbees (Guest) on 02/03/2009 11:51 pm

You should do a cover story on the uncut version of Friday the 13th 1. Give us a peek at what makes it 'uncut'.

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Captain PirateFace on 02/04/2009 11:54 am

I actually have huge faith in the upcoming remake as it is directed by Marcus Nispell and he did a damn fine Job with the Texas Chainsaw Remake (The first one not the prequel) and I say this as a HUGE Texas Chainsaw fan. So, it's looking damn good from my end.


jason (Guest) on 02/04/2009 6:11 pm

Riot.exe: do you live near Haddonfield,NJ?

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Desert_Screams on 02/04/2009 8:33 pm

I'm kinda hopeful about the remake as well. They seem to take the franchise seriously, and do not see the need to seriously alter/over-explain the previously-existing continuity. (Yeah, Zombie, I am lookin' at you.)

I just hope they find some way to work in Harry Manfredini's groovy disco-horror theme from the third FRIDAY. That's as iconic and specific for Jason as the "ki-ki-ki-mah-mah-mah" stuff.

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EchoCharlie on 02/06/2009 3:44 pm

You had me at Kevin Bacon getting and arrow through his throat :-)

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Rufus the Perturbed on 02/07/2009 3:50 am

Remakes, bah! The only good ones to come out that I've seen are Batman Begins and Dark Knight.

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Nick on 02/09/2009 6:30 am

Man, there should have made them all uncut. I'm not even going to bother with them now.


DGoblin (Guest) on 02/13/2009 12:29 pm

RIOT.EXE, the pop n' lock girl who dresses like Siouxsie Sioux is Violet from Part 5. Too bad she dies, as she was damn cute!


John (Guest) on 09/15/2011 2:36 pm

@ Rufus the Perturbed

I completely agree! usually with remakes they completely suck... but with Batman Begins and Dark Knight that did an exceptional job! I cant wait for the 3rd one to come out!

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