Freddy vs. Jason [2 Discs] [DVD] [2003]

  • SKU: 6174702
  • Release Date: 01/13/2004
  • Rating: R
New Line Cinema slices and dices its way through another jam-packed Platinum Series DVD with the bloody two-disc release of the horror battle royal Freddy Vs. Jason. Presented in both the 2.35:1 widescreen image and chopped up full-screen versions of the film, the disc delivers a pristine transfer of the film, whose gorgeous visual aesthetics can now be appreciated on the small screen. Sound options aren't quite as full, though there shouldn't be too many folks disappointed with the Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound track, sure to please most horror audiophiles with its wet and juicy splatter effects and rip-roaring mix (which is also supplied in the discs' well-done 2.0 Stereo Sound option). Extras on disc one begin with a commentary track from director Ronny Yu, here joined by both Robert Englund and the new Jason Vorhees himself, Ken Kirzinger. Englund hams it up and takes over the track from minute one, throwing out anecdote after anecdote, all the while obnoxiously breaking out in his Freddy laugh as much as the other two will allow (and, both of them being quite soft-spoken, they allow a lot). After you've impatiently sat through that track, you can find some instant gratification in New Line's patented Jump to a Death feature (which, funny enough, points to just how bland most of the kills were, seeing that six out of 13 kills were all done by a machete -- yawn!). Disc two brings on a bevy of extras that range from utterly fantastic to completely worthless. Sadly, the anticipated 20 deleted/alternate scenes that start the disc off can be lumped into the latter. Even with optional commentary from Yu and executive producer Douglas Curtis, the scenes make no sense and give little insight to the production other than to say that they cut out the right stuff. Extras continue in the Production area, where you can find two articles from Fangoria magazine wonderfully detailing the film's long road to development, featuring full-color scans and easy-to-read reprinted text. Inside the Production Featurettes section, there's over 50 minutes of footage covering various aspects of the production, including its genesis, stunts, makeup, locations, and art direction. Additionally, inside the Visual Effects Featurettes, visual effects supervisor Ariel Velasco-Shaw and visual effects producer Kevin Elam take you through a 35-minute step-by-step look at 12 of the film's big effects shots, which can be viewed together through the Play All feature or by themselves. Endlessly insightful, each featurette in both sections provides wonderful behind-the-scenes glimpses at the filmmakers and is a staple of why the Platinum Series is so successful. A packed Galleries section is also supplied, featuring storyboards and various behind-the-scenes stills of the film. The highlight of the disc can be found inside the Publicity and Promotions section, where the much-hyped Pre-fight Press Conference held at Bally's Casino awaits you. Hosted by Michael "Are You Ready to Rumble" Buffer just one month before the film was released, the clip is 100 percent cheese, but oozing with exactly the kind of fun and outrageousness that colossal pairing deserved. Another tasty bit is some raw footage of Ain't It Cool News' Camp Hacknslash summer camp -- a promotional stunt wherein a horde of young Texans got together and partied like they were teens in a Friday the 13th flick before being treated to an outdoor premiere of the film. Also included in the section is the original theatrical trailer, along with TV spots and a stomach-turning Elm Street-inspired rap-metal music video. Finally, the DVD contains trailers for the laughable The Butterfly Effect, along with the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the two later (and worst) entries in each series -- Jason Goes to Hell and Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. DVD-ROM extras include a script-to-screen comparison; sound bytes from the film; and a Cutting Room Floor Editing feature, where you can reedit the two icons' dream fight sequence using a collection of shots in the movie. Animated screen menus add to the fun, as does the packaging (which includes a nice insert that could double as an alternate cover). In the end, New Line delivers on its Platinum promise, providing enough bells and whistles to quench even the most hardened fans' desires -- sadly, that's something the film has a hard time boasting about itself.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (77 out of 78)

    Special Features


    • Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film
    • Commentary by director Ronny Yu, Robert Englund, and Ken Kirzinger
    • Jump to a Death menu option
    • Deleted/alternate scenes including the original opening and ending with filmmaker commentary
    • Behind-the-scenes coverage of the film's development, including screenwriting, set design, makeup, stunts, and principle photography
    • Visual effects exploration
    • Storyboards and galleries
    • Original theatrical trailer and TV spots
    • Music video by Ill Niño "How Can I Live"
    • DVD-ROM content: Script-to-screen, enhanced playback mode, The Cutting Room Floor edit activity, and more
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    Freddy Vs. Jason
    Rumored and anticipated for years, the two biggest icons of the slasher genre finally meet in Freddy Vs. Jason, the eighth entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street saga and the 11th film in the Friday the 13th series, though with Jason X taking place in the future, it should be noted that the events of this film take place after the ninth film Jason Goes to Hell. And it is hell where Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) and Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger, donning the hockey mask for the first time in a controversial snub against series veteran Kane Hodder) finally become acquainted. Banished there for eternity, Freddy devises a plan to manipulate Jason into continuing his work, hacking up the teenagers of Elm Street. All goes well at first until Jason realizes he's been duped by "the dream master" and is none too pleased. Coaxed by surviving teenagers Will (Jason Ritter), Lori (Monica Keena), and Kia (Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland), Jason and Freddy descend upon Crystal Lake for a mano a mano battle royal. Helmed by Hong Kong director Ronny Yu (Bride of Chucky, The Bride With the White Hair), Freddy Vs. Jason features the director of the first Friday film, Sean S. Cunningham serving as producer. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Robert Englund
      Robert Englund - Freddy Krueger
    • Ken Kirzinger
      Ken Kirzinger - Jason Vorhees
    • Monica Keena
      Monica Keena - Lori
    • Jason Ritter
      Jason Ritter - Will
    • Kelly Rowland
      Kelly Rowland - Kia



    Customer rating

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    99%
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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Nightmare on Friday the 13th!

      Posted
      reconredneck
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      Movie - Rumored and anticipated for years, the two biggest icons of the slasher genre finally meet in Freddy Vs. Jason, the eighth entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street saga and the 11th film in the Friday the 13th series, though with Jason X taking place in the future, it should be noted that the events of this film take place after the ninth film Jason Goes to Hell and is banished there for eternity. Freddy devises a plan to manipulate Jason into continuing his work, hacking up the teenagers of Elm Street. All goes well at first until Jason realizes he's been duped by "the dream master" and is none too pleased. Coaxed by surviving teenagers Will (Jason Ritter), Lori (Monica Keena), and Kia (Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland), Jason and Freddy descend upon Crystal Lake for a one on one battle royal. Video - New Line Home Video gives us a spiffy remastered Blu-ray picture that is very pleasing to the eye. Stylized blue tint is the word in this release but never takes away from the image quality. Colors especially reds jump out of the image with just a hint of grain that is never intrusive. Overall New Line has hit this one out of the ball park in relation to the image quality this release offers. Audio - A Dolby TrueHD soundtrack is included and does a decent job of channel seperation, with discrete sounds being used effectively in the rear soundfield. Levels are excellent without surging, with dialog crystal (lake) clear! A very balanced soundtrack. Extra's - Picture-in-Picture (12 minutes) - "Terror Trivia Track". - Featurette: "Hacking Back/Slashing Forward" (HD, 10 minutes) - Featurette: "The Seven Best Kills" (HD, 22 minutes ) - Sneak Preview (BD-Live). Finally with most of the Extra's offered in HD, I think this is a must-have for any Horror Fan. Movie *** Video ****1/2 Audio **** Extras ****

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Place Your Bets

      Posted
      DarkTemplar
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      I don't care what gripes anyone has with this movie. I love it. Considering the trash both series have shelled out before (Freddy's Dead, Jason X, etc) as much complaining as I've heard directed at this film I never hear any specifics. I love how they were able to put both killers in the same universe while respecting their origins. There were likeable characters which is not only astonishing since anyone whose name isn't in the films title could easily have been relegated to fodder, but let's face it, actual characters in your cast hasn't mattered in these films for a long time, if ever in the Friday movies. When I first bought this on DVD I had to search out the Special Features to scour the origins of this premise. I was in the middle of grammar school when I had first heard of this concept, that they were going to bring both monsters together so I was fascinated to read up on all the pitfalls and delays this film experienced in Development Hell. I knew once I started selling off my DVD's to switch over to HD that this film was a must. I was fine with this film's exemption from the Elm Street Collection and was just happy that the Special Features made the cut for this Blu-Ray transition. Other notable plot points that make this flick worth it are the dream sequences, the corn rave, Jason's Nightmare, and oh that fight sequence.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Enjoyment for fans of both franchises

      Posted
      BigT6603

      I feel Like FvsJ was a battle between two heavyweight fighters. At the end I said "the fight was as pretty good, but I wish it were a little better." As I feel with many horror movies these days I wish the feel of the movie had been a little creepier. This movie had too much of a rock and roll feel to it. Although making this movie frightening was pretty much impossible because as time goes on, it seems that Freddy Krueger has become the master of the one liner. Jason Voorhees' appearance in this movie could also have been a little more frightening. He looked as if he had been dabbling into the latest diet craze.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Doesn’t quite hold up

      Posted
      Gabriel12119
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      It doesn’t quite hold up as well as I remember lol. That being said, it’s still a fun watch. Freddy has that same humor, and even though this Jason isn’t Kane, the actor playing him still gives it his all. If you’re board, and you’re a fan of either franchise, go ahead and pick this up. It’s not expensive, and you’ll have fun.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Two Horror icons

      Posted
      Bumblebee
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      Finally got this blu ray to complete my collection of the nightmare series. A good movie with both Jason and Freddy that sees them go at it for justified reasons without making one or the other appear weak. To me even though room was left for a sequel and they rebooted both franchises, this will officially be the last chapter in both horror movie main stays.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      a great horror film

      Posted
      Ironlung

      This is another combo of villans gone good, a great film from begining to end just seeing two of the most crazy villans going at it is crazy enough.This film was actually enjoyable and also the person behind the fingers (Robert Englund) came back once again to put the glove on for this film, because he said that he is the original freedy and that makes him a true icon in my book

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Campy Fun Filled Movie

      Posted
      derbroodwich402
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      First and foremost this movie plays on the stories set up in previous Jason and Freddy movies. That being said I still enjoyed the movie even if some of the plot I was a little lost on. It has a tone and style it goes for and I believe it does a good job sticking to it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Two legends collide!

      Posted
      JJRedick
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      We were always more of a Freddy fan in our household. They really should consider making more NOE movies. The 80's style slasher films never get old. A blast from the past. If this is your genre, than this movie is right up your alley!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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