FRIDAY THE 13TH: They comprise the most successful and shocking tales of terror in cinema history. Now, for the first time, the first eight classic Friday The 13th movies are available together in this killer DVD collectio... more »n. Beginning with the picture that critics have called the original slasher flick, this collection spans nine years and includes seven additional blood-soaked, suspense-filled sagas starring one of the most horifying characters ever to wear a hockey mask and wield a machete: Jason Voorhees. It's a splatterfest of fear all the way from Crystal Lake to the mean streets of Manhattan. In addition, the collection includes a special disc filled with never-before-seen footage and fabulous extras that will slay even the most jaded horrorfilm aficionado! FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2: Two months after the events of the original Friday the 13th, Alice (Adrienne King), the lone survivor or Mrs. Vorhees' killing spree, meets a grisly end in her city apartment. Five years later, a new group of co-eds converges near Camp Crystal Lake, scene of the original massacre and the drowning of Jason Vorhees that preceded it. This time around, the horny collegians attend a nearby training school for camp counselors. As half the group parties in town, an unseen assailant picks off the other half one by one. Only when camp leader Paul (John Furey) and his girlfriend, Ginny (Amy Steel), return to camp do they uncover the identity of their stalker ? none other than Jason (Warrington Gillette) himself, alive but grotesquely deformed as a result of his childhood drowning. Flashbacks chronicle Jason's behind-the-scenes activities in the first film (perhaps explaining how his mother was able to throw the dead bodies of muscular youths through windows with such apparent ease). The young couple's only hope to defeat the fiend lies in psych major Ginny's insights in Jason's mental state.« less
Christa B. (romeo) from BERTRAM, TX Reviewed on 9/3/2009...
I love these old ones!! The newer ones were just stupid, but these are classics!!
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Superstition, Isolated Mass Hysteria, and an Urban Legend Co
Richard Stange | Hawaii | 07/19/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Here we have the best two films in the legendary Friday the 13th series. One of the things that really make these movies work well is the scenes where the stalker lurks, stalks, and watches before he or she makes a kill. That plays on the juvenile fear that we all carry in our heads that there is something out there watching you. When you were a kid, your parents always used to tell you to be a good little boy or girl because Santa, The Easter Bunny, or God is watching. If you are bad you will not get a present or you will not go to heaven. The constant here of course is the idea of something watching you, and if you get out of line, there is a consequence. Perhaps, that is the best theme of all that is played out in these early Friday installments.
- Friday the 13th (1980) -
In 1957 a young boy drowns in Crystal Lake. In 1958 two young camp counselors are murdered by an unseen assassin. Years later Steve Christy is preparing Camp Crystal Lake for re-opening despite warnings of the superstitious locals of the "death curse." It seems that as a result of the camp's unexplainable dark history the locals suffer from a sort of mass hysteria by attributing unsolved crimes to some sort of ghost story. These new people should have listened to the warnings to stay away from the place the locals call "Camp Blood," because on Friday the 13th 1980, there is a string of horrifying and grizzly murders ending in the beginning of an urban legend come to life.
- Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) -
Five years after the events of the original film, Paul and Ginny are running a summer camp counselor training facility. This place is not exactly at Camp Crystal Lake, but it is on the same like, adjacent to the old (not condemned) murder site. The locals believe that Jason is out in the wilderness as some kind of monster. Some claim to have seen him. Others claim that he is just a legend, a ghost story for the campfire. This film puts the story into the urban legend context, putting the story on the same wave length as Big Foot or Loch Ness or The Jersey Devil.
For anyone who does not already own these two movies, you can't beat the price for these two classics and the cover art is worth it alone."
You've got to be kidding?
E. Barrios | N.Y.C. | 08/23/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I can't believe Paramount has the you-know-what to release these two classics in their "butchered" versions again. What the hell is it with them already? Die hard Friday the 13th fans are ready to open their wallets for an "uncut" pressing of these films. What's the matter, Paramount? Are you not feeling well? If it weren't for the fact that they control Star Trek, I'd have boycotted them a long time ago. Thankfully, I own the PAL release of the first movie which was distributed by Warner. It's great. Go and get yourself a copy and while you're at it, get a multi-region player as well so you can watch the DVD. Let me go before I say something I'll regret."
Poor releases of the same R-rated version again
T. Whyle | coraopolis, pa United States | 07/30/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Don't support Paramount and buy this. It's the same incomplete heavily censored versions of these movies with little-to-no extras and little-to-no effort put into it. In the age of Director's Cuts & Unrated everything Paramount still refuses to release these movies in their entirety when the fans have been begging for it for nearly 30 years. Warner Brothers has been putting out uncut releases of Part 1 overseas for decades, so we know that footage is out there and it's been mastered--sound, score, everything in tact. ...No idea why Paramount still insists on giving us the version with so much of Tom Savini's awesome work removed. The ridiculous thing is R-rated movies nowadays have 10 times the amount of gratuitous violence, even glorified violence at times. Yet these movies are actually scary; the violence isn't there to amuse you or be glorified, it's meant to scare you and upset you and make you think. Instead we get this choppy, quit-cut garbage that comes off as being cheesy and not packing the punch it builds up to. Paramount has never done this series justice with any of their releases. They just keep repackaging the same stuff, and we're sick of buying it just because we love the work behind it. BOYCOTT until Paramount starts to give a damn that they own the rights to one of the biggest horror series's of all time and give the fans something worth-while."
Friday The 13th Double Feature
N. Singleton | Terre Haute, IN USA | 05/01/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Four stars for the movies themselves, but beware, you get NO extras on this at all! On the back of the case, it says there are theatrical trailers for each film but there aren't when you put the disc (which, by the way, there is only one disc, not two) into the player. No biggie to me, I got this for 10 bucks and can easily watch the trailers on YouTube but it's still annoying when they say something is included and it's not! Buyer beware, but not bad for those who want to replace their worn out VHS copies of these movies as I did :)"