Friday the 13th [Blu-ray] [1980]

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  • Release Date: 09/12/2017
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    92% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (75 out of 82)

    Synopsis


    Friday the 13th
    One of the longest-running horror film series began with this gory shocker from director Sean S. Cunningham, who had previously produced Wes Craven's classic Last House on the Left. Entrepreneur Steve Christie (Peter Brouwer) re-opens Camp Crystal Lake after many years during which it has been cursed by murders and bad luck. The young and nubile counselors all begin to die extremely bloody deaths at the hands of an unseen killer during a rainstorm which isolates the camp. A woman is chopped in the face with an axe, another has her throat sliced in amazingly gruesome fashion, a male counselor (Harry Crosby) is pinned to a door with arrows, and a young Kevin Bacon has an arrow shoved through his throat from below a bed. Victor Miller's script is not particularly impressive, but Cunningham's tense direction, and some remarkable special-effects by acclaimed makeup artist Tom Savini are enough to make it worthwhile. 1950s quiz show regular Betsy Palmer appears as the cook whose son, Jason (Ari Lehman), drowned 25 years earlier while neglected by romancing counselors. Palmer was reportedly cast because she was willing to drive her own car to and from the set. Trivia buffs should note the decapitation scene near the end, in which the female killer exhibits rather hirsute hands clutching at the air. The hands belong to Savini's assistant, Taso N. Stavrakis. Friday the 13th made over 20 million dollars at the box office and spawned numerous sequels. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Betsy Palmer
      Betsy Palmer - Mrs. Voorhees
    • Adrienne King
      Adrienne King - Alice
    • Harry Crosby
      Harry Crosby - Bill
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      Laurie Bartram - Brenda
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      Mark Nelson - Ned



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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Friday The 13th Uncut "?"

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      reconredneck
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      Movie ****4 Star No!.. " Friday The 13th " is not where the slasher Genre started, if you want to get technical " Psycho " could be considered the seed that got the slasher genre growing, some older folks can probably come up with an even older slasher film. " Halloween " which preceded FT13th most likely carries the most influence & most fans will tell you this was the one that really shaped the future of slasher films. Even on Disc 2 Side 2 of this 2 disc set the FT13th crew plainly states that the film was created to capitalize on the momentum that " Halloween " created, in other words, to cash in on the horror slasher film with a clone styled in the manner of "Halloween!" Is that to say " Friday The 13th " is just a cheap rip off...Heck No! It does things very well & in some cases actually set the ground rules for films such as " Scream. " " Friday The 13th " was a very well made film with a capable crew with a very respected special effects department that had most of their work censored before this film was ever distributed by over-zealous ratings board. But I am here to tell you this film is fun to watch just to see the slasher genre before the genre was realized. UNCUT? *1 Star They put back in 1 throat slashing scene & decide to deceptively call this edition uncut? haha.. nice one! hence a ****star rating. Maybe some day they will decide to go and find footage that was censored & never seen by the general public, then and only then will it truly be uncut! VIDEO *****5 Star Excellent rendering! I mean this will blow die-hard fans out of the water, excellent! Beautiful colors that pop.. Depth in the backgrounds that up until this release were fuzzy backdrops, this new master squeezed every drop of detail now showing viewers depth of field never seen in past offerings. Darker scenes are now viewable. I can remember Vhs & Dvd versions being so dark & over-contrasted it was just about futile trying to watch night time segments. AUDIO ***** 5 Star This remastered soundtrack is very capable & sounds great.. Now don't think this is going to become a demo disc since the mono origins of the soundtrack are not expansive or deep, but what has been done here is a great example of how much clarity can be obtained from these older mono sound tracks then mixing them together with higher quality music tracks into surround gives it new life without the pops & hiss of older releases. Trust me a lot of care was taken on this Blu-Ray! EXTRA'S ****4 Star Audio Commentary - Recorded for a 2004 International DVD release of the film (via Warner Home Video), this spliced-together track features director Sean Cunningham, editor Bill Freida, composer Harry Manfredini and stars Adrienne King and Betsy Palmer, and is hosted by "Crystal Lake Memories" author Peter M. Bracke. Since said author is me, I can't be objective about this commentary other than to say it is the best commentary ever. Though the editing is sometimes choppy (hey, I didn't do it), the track is quite packed with stories and background on the late '70s film scene that spawned 'Friday the 13th,' while the wealth of participants also staves off boredom. Plus, the host has a really sexy, deep voice. Again, greatest commentary ever! Featurette: "Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th" (HD, 14 minutes) - The first of four new featurettes, this retrospective piece features interviews with screenwriter Victor Miller, composer Harry Manfredini, make-up artist Tom Savini, and cast members Robbi Morgan, and Ari Lehman. This is designed to compliment the "Crystal Lake Chronicles" featurette found on the 2005 DVD (which is also included here as an extra, see below), so there is surprisingly little repetition. Odd-and-end production stories are shared, Manfredini talks at length about the music, and the cast reflects on the surprise success of the film. Featurette: "The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham" (HD, 9 minutes) - Though absent from the making-of featurette, the man responsible for the entire 'Friday the 13th' legacy participates in this "day in the life of" visit to his production offices. Cunningham continues to play an active role in the franchise (having served as producer on the last four 'Friday' flicks, including the upcoming remake), and with surprising candor, shares his thoughts on the film that shocked everyone with its success. He also gives us a tour of some 'Friday' memorabilia, as well as visits with his son, Noel, who appeared in the original 'Friday' and co-produced the recent 'Jason X.' Featurette: "Cast Reunion" (HD, 24 minutes) - Filmed at a Friday the 13th reunion convention held last year, this filmed panel features King, Manfredini, Lehman, Miller, and Palmer. This covers a good deal of similar ground as the commentary and featurettes, so though fresh to this Blu-ray, fans may find a bit of deja vu here. Featurette: "Secrets Galore Behind the Gore" (HD, 10 minutes) - The last of the main featurettes, this is a largely a one-on-one with Savini as he shares with us all the tricks that went into creating the film's now-famous make-up illusions. There's no real behind-the-scenes footage here (as it was not a common practice to film such things back in 1980), but some rare stills and Savini's thorough explanations flesh things out nicely. Featurette: "Crystal Lake Chronicles" (SD, 20 minutes) - The longest of the pieces is actually carried over from the previous DVD release, and features then-new interviews with Cunningham, King, Palmer, Lehman, and Savini. Again, there is some repetition here with the other featurettes, though it compliments "Fresh Cuts" nicely as it fills in the basics of 'Friday the 13th's creation and details further stories from the production. "Lost Tales from Camp Blood - Part 1" (HD, 8 minutes) - Not deleted scenes or excised gore, this is a pretty odd, newly-shot "murder scene." Featuring nubile actors playing camp counselors and mouthing silly dialogue, all ending in a creative death, this is an odd one. ("Part 2" of these scenes can be found on the DVD re-issue of 'Friday the 13th Part 2,' though that title is not being released on Blu-ray). Theatrical Trailer (HD) - Finally, we have the film's original theatrical trailer. Lastly let me tell you all something, there is a lot of prejudiced against "Friday The 13th" from professional movie critics claiming this is not worthy but I know these critics are wrong & millions of film goers proved them wrong just by the amount of ticket sales this & its sequels produced. "Friday The 13th" took what "Halloween" presented & made it into slasher film law ...thus shaping the slasher genre for years to come! I recommend this Blu-ray for fans of the genre but cannot recommend it to be viewed by small children.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the greatest Slasher films of all time

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      Animeboy413

      I've already recorded my thoughts on the original Friday the 13th. I think it's among the top two or three greatest slasher films ever made. It has a kind of 'Blair Witch Project' feel about it, as you never see who or what you are dealing with until very close to the end. This creates an aura of dread, as well as a nearly tangible feeling that these characters are pretty much doomed. I don't waste too much time mincing words about such matters-to me, this is a great movie. Not just a great slasher film, but a great film, by ANY standards. And it continues to grow on me. By now, I've seen it around 100 times, but I continue to like it better over time. One word of caution, though. They refer to it as 'uncut',as if this is a big deal. I expected there to be major differences, such as reinserted deleted scenes or something of that nature. There isn't. So don't expect to get anything radically different than what you've had in the past. In fact, the major difference-the death scene of Kevin Bacon-looked better BEFORE. Some things get cut for a reason. But the picture and sound quality are outstanding. The other special features are okay. But if you are satisfied with the version you have at present, there is no overwhelming reason to replace your old dvd with this one. A lot has been said about this being a graphically violent film. That may be the case, up to a point. But I believe that it's often what you DON'T see that most powerfully affects your imagination. And that's where this movie really sets itself apart. The killer is hardly ever shown, up until the final twenty minutes,but their presense hovers ominously and continually over the entire movie. For example, you could consider the scene where the girl is brushing her teeth at the sink. Off to her far left, we see a shower curtain shift a couple of inches. We, as the audience, realize the implications: if she goes back there, she will be killed. She,of course, is oblivious to the danger. The killer is back there, silently waiting. The movement of the shower curtain is so subtle, so understated.yet you know full well what it means. Most of the horror movies I have sat through, even taken in their entirety, simply do not compare with that brief, seemingly trivial scene. Mystery, dread, suspense,horror, tension-all found, in abundance, in a scene that only lasts a minute or two. I regard this as a masterpiece.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Childhood memories

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      Twlightfann

      In 1957, a young boy named Jason Voorhees drowned in Camp Crystal Lake then a year later some camp counslors were horribly murdered mysteriously. Now in 1979, the camp is about to reopen thanks to a new owner Steve (Peter Brouwer) with counselors but suddenly a mysterious killer is murder each of them, one by bloody one until one survives to reveal who the true killer is. Co-starring Kevin Bacon, Adrienne King, Laurie Bartham, Mark Nelson, Robbin Morgan, Harry Crosby and Betsy Palmer. This is a unique and stylish slasher shocker that started off as an idea by Victor Miller based off campfire legends including the legend of Cropsy the killer which was later made as "The Burning" and influenced by films by "Halloween" and "Psycho", Sean S. Cunningham who produced the 1972 sleaze-feast "Last House on The Left" produced and directed the project to make it low budget. Made in 1979 then finished in 1980,it opened up on june 13th 1980 distributed by Paramount Pictures to become one of the highest grossing movies at the box-office that year despite bad reviews including Roger Ebert who declared it nothing but a "Halloween" rip-off. What makes the movie so effective is the "Psycho"-esque score by Harry Manfredini and of course the memorable gore effects by Tom Savini which shocked the daylights out of people when it first came out yet they are still effective. Although Jason isn't the true killer in this movie, even though he does appear in a couple of sequences and doesn't become the villain until the sequels, the film offers scares and shocks from beginning to end as it spawned sequels, imitators, a slew of trick or treaters with Jason costumes and a remake in the works, it even paved way for "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and other slasher movies of the 80's. This Blu-Ray brings us for the first time in the U.S. the uncut unrated version with more violent footage that was toned down to avoid an "X" rating originally. It offers great picture and sound quality in the best high definition possible with great extras like interviews, featurettes, a reunion at a horror convention, "Tales from Camp Blood part 1" Short film, audio commentary and theatrical trailer.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Welcome to Camp Crystal Lake

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      iknowmyhorror

      This DVD of Friday the 13th Uncut Deluxe Edition is the latest re-release of the movie. It is the "uncut" version, but i wouldn't say too much was different. However, this is a classic slasher filck that has remained a hit since it came out almost 30 years ago. In many ways you will see it is similar to Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960) including the music score. The only difference is much more blood, a faster pace, and it's on a summer camp, but the fact that it re-invented horror once again like Psycho was amazing. Though Jason does not show up until the sequel (as said by Ghostface in Scream-1996) this is still an eerie horror movie. Make sure you get this new release and see it before you see the 2009 remake! Also, check out these others to complete you collection... Friday the 13th Part 2 Friday the 13th Part 3 3D (for the first time since theaters) His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th Parents are Strongly CAUTIONED, this movie contains material not appropriate for children under 14-15 (in my opinion)

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Dream come true, for Friday the 13th Fan

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      DaneGirlxbox360

      this has got to be the best horror film on blu ray so far and for only 19.99 what a bargain, this is the original friday the 13th movie and in my opinion the scariest if you have never watched this film before it will be a real treat '', it's great late night film to watch and even more so in High Def! The colors are bright and very vivid sometimes the night scenes are back to dvd standards but remember this is 30 years old! All in all a great add to any Friday the 13th fan :)

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      The start of the 80's slasher craze

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      AnalogReviews

      A solid film that is less memorable on its own than it is for the legacy it started. A solid thriller that shocked audiences with a twist, it largely holds up today but is by no means among the best the horror genre has seen. This blu ray is sharp and clean with a few decent special features. A solid recommendation for horror junkies.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Still the only way to get the Uncut Version

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      ChattFilmFest
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      Somehow the Friday the 13th box set is fetching absurd amounts of money on Ebay and from Third Party sellers now so these single discs are a good way to pick up the films in this classic franchise. Unlike that expensive box set though here you can actually get your hands on the uncut version of the first film.

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A Classic Horror Movie

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      Voodoo
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      This is a classic but it hasn't aged well. It has a young Kevin Bacon which is awesome! It's definitely worth watching and owning for $5 but enjoy it for it's history and don't take it too seriously.

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