Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray Review – Part 2)

  • Reviewed by: Tim Salmons
  • Review Date: Oct 06, 2020
  • Format: Blu-ray Disc
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Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray Review – Part 2)

Director

Various

Release Date(s)

Various (October 13, 2020)

Studio(s)

Paramount Pictures/New Line Cinema (Shout!/Scream Factory)
  • Film/Program Grade: See Below
  • Video Grade: See Below
  • Audio Grade: See Below
  • Extras Grade: A+
  • Overall Grade: A+

Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection - Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

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Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

The Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition Blu-ray box set release also includes a large assortment of new and existing extras:

DISC ONE – FRIDAY THE 13TH (THEATRICAL VERSION)

  • US Theatrical Trailer (HD – 2:35)
  • NEW International Theatrical Trailer (HD – 2:17)
  • NEW TV Spot (HD – 0:34)
  • NEW US Radio Spots (HD – 5 in all – 2:19)
  • NEW UK Radio Spot (HD – 0:32)
  • NEW Movie Stills Gallery (HD – 79 in all – 6:41)
  • NEW Posters and Lobby Cards Gallery (HD – 104 in all – 8:46)

The still galleries contain a total of 183 on-set stills, behind-the-scenes photos, promotional stills, press materials, magazine covers, posters, lobby cards, and newspaper clippings.

DISC TWO – FRIDAY THE 13TH (UNCUT VERSION)

  • Audio Commentary with Peter M. Bracke, Victor Miller, Sean Cunningham, Bill Freda, Jay Keuper, Harry Manfredini, Adrienne King, and Betsy Palmer
  • Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th (HD – 14:08)
  • The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham (HD – 8:59)
  • Friday the 13th Reunion (HD – 16:46)
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood: Part 1 (HD – 7:32)
  • NEW Vintage Fangoria Magazine Articles (BD-ROM)

The audio commentary segues between various interviews with the cast and crew. It’s a very informative and all-encompassing commentary, covering many aspects of the film’s production. Fresh Cuts speaks to most of the same members of the cast and crew, as well as others, telling random stories about the making of the film. The Man Behind the Legacy is a comfortable sit-down with Sean S. Cunningham about the making of the film and its legacy. The Friday the 13th Reunion is a Q&A with the cast and crew, hosted by Michael Felsher, featuring Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer, Victor Miller, Ari Lehman, and Tom Savini. Lost Tales from Camp Blood is an ongoing series of slasher short films in the vein of Friday the 13th. The Fangoria magazine BD-ROM attachment features Friday the 13th: A Day for Terror, which is an interview about the first film with Cunningham by Bob Martin, as well as a one-page retrospective on the first film by Peter M. Bracke.

DISC THREE – FRIDAY THE 13TH PART II

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Peter M. Bracke, Russell Todd, Lauren Marie-Taylor, Bill Randolph, Stu Charno, and Kirsten Baker
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Peter M. Bracke, Thommy Hutson, and Amy Steel
  • NEW My Life and Ginny: A Conversation with Amy Steel (HD – 33:15)
  • NEW Slashed Scenes (SD – 9 in all – 4:23)
  • Inside Crystal Lake Memories (HD – 11:16)
  • Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions (HD – 6:51)
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood: Part 2 (HD – 8:55)
  • US Theatrical Trailer (HD – 2:14)
  • NEW Japanese Theatrical Trailer (SD – 1:02)
  • NEW TV Spots (HD – 2 in all – 1:05)
  • NEW Radio Spots (HD – 3 in all – 1:27)
  • NEW Movie Stills Gallery (HD – 65 in all – 5:32)
  • NEW Poster and Lobby Cards Gallery (HD – 77 in all – 6:32)
  • NEW Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD-ROM)

The first audio commentary features members of the main cast in a lively discussion of the film while watching it and answering Bracke’s questions as they go along. The second audio commentary is also enjoyable as Bracke and Huston ask questions of Amy Steel as they all watch the film together. My Life and Ginny features a separate interview with Amy Steel by Justin Beahm for The Justin Beahm Radio Hour podcast. The new Slashed Scenes, which were recently discovered on a VHS tape owned by the film’s make-up and effects technician Carl Fullerton, are an absolute treasure as the film was infamously trimmed by the MPAA before its release. Of particular interest is Alice’s death, which is slightly extended, but also Jeff and Sandra’s death scene, which is much more graphic and bloodier—fully living up to its reputation. Inside Crystal Lake Memories features an interview with Peter M. Bracke by Del Howison about the creation of Bracke’s book, as well as the films themselves. Friday’s Legacy delves into the film’s impact on horror conventions. Lost Tales from Camp Blood: Part 2 continues with another slasher short film. The still galleries contain a total of 142 on-set stills, behind-the-scenes photos, promotional stills, press materials, posters, lobby cards, and newspaper clippings. The Fangoria magazine BD-ROM attachment features the first part of a two-part interview with Carl Fullerton about his work in the second film and beyond by James H. Burns.

DISC FOUR – FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III

  • Audio Commentary with Peter M. Bracke, Larry Zerner, Paul Kratka, Dana Kimmell, and Richard Brooker
  • Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror (HD – 12:52)
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood: Part 3 (HD – 4:49)
  • NEW TV Spots (SD – 3 in all – 1:43)
  • NEW Radio Spots (HD – 3 in all – 1:34)
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD – 2:09)
  • NEW Movie Stills Gallery (HD – 70 in all – 5:59)
  • NEW Posters and Lobby Cards Gallery (HD – 75 in all – 6:24)
  • NEW Vintage Fangoria Magazine Articles (BD-ROM)

The audio commentary, which has finally been carried over from the From Crystal Lake to Manhattan DVD set, is a lively discussion with the cast about their experiences making the film. In Fresh Cuts, the cast and crew talk about the making of the film and how difficult it was. Lost Tales from Camp Blood: Part 3 continues with another slasher short film. The still galleries contain a total of 145 on-set stills, behind-the-scenes photos, press materials, posters, lobby cards, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings. The Fangoria magazine BD-ROM attachment features an interview with Steve Miner about the third film by Bob Martin, and an interview with Doug White about his make-up effects work in the third film by David Everitt.

DISC FIVE – FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER

  • Audio Commentary with Joseph Zito, Barney Cohen, and Joel Goodman
  • Audio Commentary with Adam Green and Joe Lynch
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood: Part 4 (HD – 6:22)
  • Slashed Scenes with Introduction and Audio Commentary by Joseph Zito (HD – 15:21)
  • Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (HD – 11:03)
  • The Lost Ending with Audio Commentary by Joseph Zito and Kimberly Beck (HD – 3:22)
  • The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited: Part I (HD – 18:10)
  • Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves (HD – 2:09)
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD – 1:56)
  • NEW TV Spot (SD – 0:33)
  • NEW Radio Spots (HD – 2 in all – 1:02)
  • NEW Movie Stills Gallery (HD – 31 in all – 2:43)
  • NEW Posters and Lobby Cards Gallery (HD – 56 in all – 4:47)
  • NEW Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD-ROM)

The first audio commentary with Joseph Zito, writer Barney Cohen, and editor Joel Goodman is another lively conversation about the making of the film, but also very educational as they mention several details that are not mentioned elsewhere. The second audio commentary with filmmakers Adam Green and Joe Lynch is a very high energy fan commentary. Lost Tales from Camp Blood: Part 4 continues with another slasher short film. The Slashed Scenes are a series of silent outtakes from the film with an introduction and audio commentary by Joseph Zito. Jason’s Unlucky Day is a great making-of piece that speaks to the cast and crew about the film. The Lost Ending features audio commentary by Joseph Zito and Kimberly Beck over the dream sequence ending that was ultimately cut from the final film. The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited: Part I is a mockumentary series that explores the history of Crystal Lake and its citizens as if it were a real town and the events of the films actually took place (and feature some familiar horror community faces throughout). Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves features outtakes from Crispin Glover’s infamous dance scene with comments from Joseph Zito. The still galleries contain a total of 145 on-set stills, behind-the-scenes photos, press materials, posters, lobby cards, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings. The Fangoria magazine BD-ROM attachment features the article The Six Faces of Jason: Part Two by Marc Shapiro.

DISC SIX – FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Peter M. Bracke, Melanie Kinnaman, Deborah Voorhees, and Tiffany Helm
  • Audio Commentary with Danny Steinmann, John Shepherd, Shavar Ross, and Michael Felsher
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Adam Green and Joe Lynch
  • Lost Tales of Camp Blood: Part 5 (HD – 7:10)
  • The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited: Part II (HD – 10:11)
  • New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (HD – 11:04)
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD – 2:00)
  • NEW TV Spots and Promo Trailer (HD – 5 in all – 4:20)
  • NEW Movie Stills Gallery (HD – 69 in all – 5:53)
  • NEW Posters and Lobby Cards Gallery (HD – 29 in all – 2:33)
  • NEW Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD-ROM)

The new audio commentary, featuring three of the women from the main cast, is mostly a Q&A session with Peter M. Bracke as they all watch the film together remotely. The second audio commentary, which features a patched-in by phone appearance by producer and fan Michael Felsher, is a very funny and informative discussion of the film. The third audio commentary with Adam Green and Joe Lynch is another fan commentary, but this time taken from a podcast recorded in 2018. Lost Tales from Camp Blood: Part 5 continues with another slasher short film. The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited: Part II continues the mockumentary series from the previous disc. New Beginnings is a brief but excellent featurette about the genesis and making of the film with some of the main cast and crew. The still galleries contain a total of 98 on-set stills, behind-the-scenes photos, press materials, posters, lobby cards, memorabilia, and newspaper clippings. The Fangoria magazine BD-ROM attachment features the article The Six Faces of Jason: Part One by Marc Shapiro.

DISC SEVEN – FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES

  • NEW Audio Commentary with Peter M. Bracke, Thom Mathews, Vincent Guastaferro, Cynthia Kania, Kerry Noonan, and C.J. Graham
  • Audio Commentary with Tom McLoughlin
  • Audio Commentary with Tom McLoughlin, Bruce Green, and Vincent Guastaferro
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Adam Green, Joe Lynch, and Tom McLoughlin
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood: Part 6 (HD – 7:17)
  • The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited: Part III (HD – 9:36)
  • Jason Lives: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VI (HD – 12:57)
  • Meeting Mr. Voorhees with Introduction by Tom McLoughlin (HD – 2:46)
  • Slashed Scenes (SD – 11 in all – 6:06)
  • NEW TV Spots (SD – 2 in all – 1:03)
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD – 1:43)
  • NEW Still Gallery (HD – 72 in all – 6:07)
  • NEW Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD-ROM)

The first audio commentary features most of the main cast, including the elusive Kerry Noonan. It’s a great back-and-forth discussion of the film as the six of them watch it together. The second is a solo audio commentary with Tom McLoughlin. Despite him being alone, he is very entertaining and informative. The third audio commentary featuring Tom McLoughlin, Bruce Green, and Vincent Guastaferro is a nice companion to its solo counterpart. The fourth and final audio commentary with Adam Green and Joe Lynch is another fan commentary, but this time with Tom McLoughlin taking part as well. Lost Tales from Camp Blood: Part 6 is the last of the slasher short films, while The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited: Part III is the last of the mockumentary series. Jason Lives is an excellent, though brief, making-of that speaks to members of the cast and crew. Meeting Mr. Voorhees is a storyboard recreation of the film’s alternate ending, with an introduction by Tom McLoughlin. The still gallery contains a total of 72 on-set stills, behind-the-scenes photos, press materials, posters, lobby cards, and script pages. The Fangoria magazine BD-ROM attachment features the article Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI by Marc Shapiro.

DISC EIGHT – FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD

  • Audio Commentary with John Carl Buechler and Kane Hodder
  • Audio Commentary with John Carl Buechler, Kane Hodder, and Lar Park Lincoln
  • Jason’s Destroyer: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (HD – 15:07)
  • Mind Over Matter: The Truth About Telekinesis (HD – 7:25)
  • Makeover by Maddy: Need a Little Touch-Up Work, My A** (HD – 2:43)
  • Slashed Scenes with Introduction by John Carl Buechler (SD – 20 in all – 14:58)
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD – 1:39)
  • NEW TV Spots (SD – 4 in all – 1:49)
  • NEW Poster and Behind-the-Scenes Gallery (HD – 37 in all – 3:13)
  • NEW Still Gallery (HD – 53 in all – 4:32)
  • NEW Vintage Fangoria Magazine Article (BD-ROM)

The first audio commentary with John Carl Buechler and Kane Hodder (also finally carried over from the From Crystal Lake to Manhattan DVD set) is an enjoyable back-and-forth between the two as they watch the film. The second commentary features them both again, but this time they’re joined Lar Park Lincoln. It’s a decent track, though it’s a bit of a patchwork as Lincoln was recorded separately and Hodder is participating by phone. Jason’s Destroyer talks to some of the cast and crew about many of the cuts made by the MPAA, as well as a couple of deleted and alternate scenes. Mind Over Matter speaks to psychic experts about telekinesis and other psychic phenomena. Makeover by Maddy features Elizabeth Kaitan and Diana Barrows having modern-day makeovers. The still galleries contain a total of 90 on-set stills, behind-the-scenes photos, press materials, posters, and lobby cards. The Fangoria magazine BD-ROM attachment features the article Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood – Jason Gets Metaphysical by Chas Balun.

DISC NINE – FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN

  • Audio Commentary with Rob Hedden
  • Audio Commentary with Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves, and Kane Hodder
  • New York Has a New Problem: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (HD – 18:02)
  • Slashed Scenes (HD – 15 in all – 11:24)
  • Gag Reel (HD – 4:54)
  • Theatrical Trailer (SD – 1:18)
  • NEW TV Spots (SD – 7 in all – 3:09)
  • NEW Posters and Behind-the-Scenes Gallery (HD – 32 in all – 2:47)
  • NEW Still Gallery (HD – 73 in all – 6:11)

The first audio commentary is a solo track by Rob Hedden who enthusiastically, and sometimes sarcastically, goes over the making of the film. The second audio commentary features Jensen Daggett and Scott Reeves with Kane Hodder once again phoning in. It’s a fun commentary as the three crack jokes while watching the film together and remember what it was like to make it. New York Has a New Problem speaks to most of the main cast and crew about the making of the film. The still galleries contain a total of 105 on-set stills, promotional photos, behind-the-scenes photos, press materials, posters, lobby cards, and newspaper clippings.

DISC TEN – JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (THEATRICAL VERSION)

  • NEW Optional Introduction by Adam Marcus (HD – 0:12)
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD – 1:11)
  • NEW TV Spots (SD – 6 in all – 3:00)
  • NEW Still Gallery (HD – 115 in all – 9:42)
  • NEW Posters and Behind-the-Scenes Gallery (HD – 39 in all – 3:25)
  • NEW Friday the 13th Props (HD – 1:07)

The still galleries contain a total of 154 on-set stills, promotional photos, behind-the-scenes photos, posters, lobby cards, and newspaper clippings. Friday the 13th Props takes a brief look at a coffee table book dedicated to various props from the series.

DISC ELEVEN – JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY (UNRATED VERSION)

  • NEW Optional Introduction by Adam Marcus (HD – 0:12)
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Adam Marcus and Peter M. Bracke
  • Audio Commentary with Adam Marcus and Dean Lorey
  • NEW The Gates of Hell with Director Adam Marcus (HD – 36:02)
  • NEW Jason vs. Terminator: Adam Marcus on Sean S. Cunningham (HD – 11:33)
  • NEW Uber-Jason: Kane Hodder on Being Jason (HD – 28:21)
  • Additional TV Footage with NEW Optional Audio Commentary by Adam Marcus and Peter M. Bracke (SD – 9 scenes in all – 12:35)

The new audio commentary with Adam Marcus and Peter M. Bracke is relatively breathless as Marcus takes us through his experiences making the film, addressing the various reactions to it, and defending his choices. Bracke hardly gets a word in edgewise. The original audio commentary with Marcus and Dean Lorey is hilarious as the two watch and discuss the film, enhanced only by the fact that (admitted in the preceding commentary) that Lorey was having drinks while they recorded it. In The Gates of Hell, Adam Marcus talks about his background, how he got involved with the project, and many of the other topics that he also brings up in the commentaries. In Jason vs. Terminator, Marcus talks about growing up with the Cunninghams and learning about filmmaking from Sean S. Cunningham. In Uber-Jason, Kane Hodder speaks about playing Jason and everything outside of the films that comes with it.

DISC TWELVE – JASON X

  • NEW Introduction by Kane Hodder (HD – 0:42)
  • NEW Audio Commentary with Peter M. Bracke and Todd Farmer
  • Audio Commentary with Jim Isaac, Todd Farmer, and Noel Cunningham
  • NEW Outta Space: The Making of Jason X (HD – 33:09)
  • NEW In Space No One Can Hear You Scream: Todd Farmer on Jason X (HD – 23:10)
  • NEW Kristi Is a Headbanger: Kristi Angus on Jason X (HD – 11:12)
  • NEW Jason Rebooted: Jason Goes to New Line (HD – 15:32)
  • The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees (SD – 30:05)
  • By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Jason X (HD – 17:34)
  • NEW Club Reel (SD – 3:25)
  • NEW Vintage Interviews (SD – 24 in all – 51:42)
  • NEW Behind-the-Scenes Footage (SD – 56:47)
  • NEW Electronic Press Kit (SD – 24:51)
  • Theatrical Trailers (HD – 3 in all – 5:50)
  • NEW TV Spots (SD – 7 in all – 2:27)
  • NEW Still Gallery (HD – 106 in all – 8:58)
  • NEW Posters and Behind-the-Scenes Gallery (HD – 57 in all – 4:54)

The new audio commentary with Peter M. Bracke and Todd Farmer is a fun discussion between the two as Farmer recounts his involvement with the writing of the film. The vintage audio commentary with Jim Isaac, Todd Farmer, and Noel Cunningham is a rapid-fire commentary that is obviously edited, but is no less entertaining or educational. Outta Space speaks to Noel Cunningham, Todd Farmer, Sean S. Cunningham, and Kane Hodder about the making of the film from beginning to end. In Space No One Can Hear You Scream interviews Todd Farmer about his career and his eventual involvement with the series. In Kristi Is a Headbanger, Kristi Angus talks about her exposure to the series and how she got involved with it. Jason Rebooted interviews Sean S. Cunningham who talks about how New Line bought the film rights to Friday the 13th from Paramount and the films that they made afterwards. The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees is a vintage documentary that talks about the history of the franchise. By Any Means Necessary is a vintage making-of that was produced for the film’s original DVD release. Club Reel is a semi-music video that highlights moments from the film. The Vintage Interviews feature the majority of the main cast and some crew, while the Behind-the-Scenes Footage offers a fly-on-the-wall look at the making of the film in progress. The Electronic Press Kit features B-Roll footage and selected interview soundbites. The still galleries contain a total of 163 on-set stills, promotional photos, behind-the-scenes photos, posters, lobby cards, and a press kit.

DISC THIRTEEN – FREDDY VS. JASON

  • Audio Commentary with Ronny Yu, Robert Englund, and Ken Kirzinger
  • Genesis: Development Hell (SD – 10:22)
  • Starz On the Set: Freddy vs. Jason (SD – 14:33)
  • On Location: Cabin Fever (SD – 6:09)
  • Art Direction: Jason’s Decorating Tips (SD – 11:33)
  • Stunts: When Push Comes to Shove (SD – 21:38)
  • Make-Up Effects: Freddy’s Beauty Secrets (SD – 6:30)
  • Visual Effects Tour with Ariel Velasco-Shaw and Kevin Elam (SD – 12 in all – 35:22)
  • My Summer Vacation: A Visit to Camp Hacknslash (SD – 3:57)
  • How Can I Live Music Video by Ill Nino (SD – 3:15)
  • Deleted/Alternate Scenes with Optional Commentary by Ronny Yu and Douglas Curtis (HD – 20 in all – 16:10)
  • Alternate Ending with Kevin Elam, Ariel Velasco-Shaw, Damian Shannon, and Mark Swift (SD – 2:46)
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD – 1:12)
  • TV Spots (SD – 8 in all – 3:46)
  • Pre-Fight Press Conference (SD – 3:48)

The audio commentary with Yu, Englund, and Kirzinger is decent as the three enjoy plenty of anecdotes while watching the film, but go quiet a little too often. Genesis: Development Hell discusses how the film came into being. Starz On the Set (listed as On Location: Springwood Revisited in the menu) is a TV special with tongue-in-cheek elements, including an interview with both Freddy and Jason. On Location: Cabin Fever is a brief fly-on-the-wall look at one of the scenes being filmed. Art Direction talks about the film’s look. Stunts discusses the film’s fire stunt, van crash, and fighting moments at the end of the film. Make-Up Effects covers many of the film’s prosthetic and make-up jobs. Visual Effects Tour takes us through twelve of the film’s visual effects sequences (Mommy Krueger/Counselor Morph, Blood Drops, Dead Eyed Girl, Wall Morph, Jump Rope, Shadow Claw, Nose Job, Dead Trey Walking, Freddypillar, Pinball Jason, Jason’s World, and Epilogue). My Summer Vacation highlights the film’s premiere at a summer camp in 2003 by Alamo Drafthouse. There are also twenty-one deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Ronny Yu and Douglas Curtis (Heather and Billy (Original Opening), Sheet Freak, Nobody Home, Taking Lori Home, At Death’s Door, More at School, Principle Shaye, Party to Forget, Party in the Corn, Dead Trey Walking, Dream Signs, Eels, Splitting Up, Too Much Hypnocil, No More Medicine, Linderman’s Apology, A Promise, Place Your Bets!, Kiss from Kia, and Original Ending). Last but not least is another tongue-in-cheek bit of business in which Freddy and Jason have a boxing-style, pre-fight press conference at Bally’s Casino, Las Vegas in 2003. The disc also opens with home video trailers for The Cell 2 and Friday the 13th (2009).

DISC FOURTEEN – FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) (THEATRICAL AND KILLER CUT)

  • Behind the Story: Picture-in-Picture with Trivia Track
  • The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees (HD – 11:24)
  • Hacking Back/Slashing Forward (HD – 11:41)
  • The 7 Best Kills with Intro (HD – 7 in all – 22:33)
  • Additional Scenes (HD – 3 in all – 8:19)

Behind the Story offers a picture-in-picture experience combined with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage. The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees chronicles how the film came into being. Hacking Back/Slashing Forward features the cast talking about the history of the series. The 7 Best Kills shows the making of each scene, which includes interviews with the cast and crew.

DISC FIFTEEN – BONUS DISC ONE

  • NEW Crystal Lake Confidential: The Lacerating Lineage of Sean S. Cunningham (HD – 16:43)
  • NEW Machete Memories: Steve Miner Remembers a Career in Fear (HD – 21:28)
  • NEW Chicago to Connecticut: The Early Career of Composer Harry Manfredini (HD – 31:20)
  • NEW The Magic Keyboard: Harry Manfredini on Scoring Friday the 13th (HD – 31:36)
  • NEW Blood Types: Harry Crosby on Friday the 13th (HD – 21:24)
  • NEW Once Speared, Twice Shy: Bill Randolph on Friday the 13th Part 2 (HD – 29:54)
  • NEW Back to Camp: The Locations of Friday the 13th and Part 2 (HD – 31:24)
  • NEW It Came from the Vaults: An Interview with La-La Land Records’ Michael V. Gerhard, Matt Verboys, plus Harry Manfredini (HD – 19:14)
  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles: Friday the 13th (SD – 20:34)
  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles: Friday the 13th Part II (SD – 14:04)
  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles: Friday the 13th Part III (SD – 8:52)
  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles: Friday the 13th Part IV (SD – 13:14)
  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles: Friday the 13th Part V (SD – 5:50)
  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles: Friday the 13th Part VI (SD – 14:40)
  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles: Friday the 13th Part VII (SD – 11:37)
  • The Friday the 13th Chronicles: Friday the 13th Part VIII (SD – 14:30)
  • Secrets Galore Behind the Gore: Friday the 13th (SD – 9:33)
  • Secrets Galore Behind the Gore: Friday the 13th Part IV (SD – 13:29)
  • Secrets Galore Behind the Gore: Friday the 13th Part VII (SD – 11:09)
  • Crystal Lake Victims Tell All! (HD – 15:37)
  • Tales from the Cutting Room Floor (SD – 17:13)
  • Friday Artifacts and Collectibles (SD – 7:02)
  • Legacy of the Mask (HD – 9:34)
  • Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular (HD – 7:10)
  • Jason Forever (SD – 29:26)
  • NEW Friday the 13th Playing Card Gallery (HD – 56 in all – 3:23)
  • NEW Finding Friday: On Location of the Friday the 13th Films (HD – 27:30)
  • NEW Easter Egg #1 (SD – 1:00)
  • NEW Easter Egg #2 (SD – 1:00)

Crystal Lake Confidential interviews Sean S. Cunningham about his career. Machete Memories also speaks to Steve Miner about his career, which is the first time that he has been included on any home video release of these films. Chicago to Connecticut talks to Harry Manfredini about his upbringing and how he became a composer. The Magic Keyboard traces Harry Manfredini’s journey as composer for the series film by film. In Blood Types, Harry Crosby—who also has never spoken about the franchise—talks about his involvement with the first film. In Once Speared, Twice Shy, Bill Randolph goes over his early career and eventually working on the film. In Back to Camp, Michael Gingold hosts a tour of filming locations from the first two films. It Came from the Vaults talks about how the master tapes for Harry Manfredini’s scores were found and eventually released on the La-La Land Records label. The Friday the 13th Chronicles, Secrets Galore Behind the Gore, and Crystal Lake Victims Tell All! are vintage featurettes from the DVD era that interview the cast and crew about the making of the films. Tales from the Cutting Room Floor features a series of deleted, extended, and alternate scenes from Friday the 13th, Part IV, Part VI, and Part VII, the latter featuring commentary by John Carl Buechler and Kane Hodder. Friday Artifacts and Collectibles takes a look at various props, toys, and other ephemera from the series with the cast, crew, and fans. Legacy of the Mask discusses Jason’s look. Slasher Films briefly discusses the horror genre. Jason Forever features a Q&A held at a 2004 Fangoria Convention with Peter M. Bracke, Ari Lehman, Warrington Gillette, C.J. Graham, and Kane Hodder. Finding Friday: On Location of the Friday the 13th Films is an audio guide by Chris Carbaugh and Stacy Lee about the locations of the first three films utilizing photos from the Friday the 13th website. There are also a couple of Easter eggs to discover. When The Friday the 13th Chronicles: Friday the 13th Part III is highlighted, press right to reveal a bloody egg, which will take you to three vintage TNT TV ads, one for a Saturday Nitro marathon of Friday films, and the other two for the infamous Joe Bob Briggs Monstervision marathon of Friday films (a shame that the segments for that couldn’t be included somehow). The other Easter egg can be found by highlighting the Friday the 13th Playing Card Gallery. Pressing left will reveal another bloody egg which contains a vintage HBO TV ad for Friday the 13th Part II.

DISC FIFTEEN – BONUS DISC TWO

  • NEW Alice Cooper: The Man Behind the Mask Music Video (SD – 4:38)
  • NEW Alice Lives: Alice Cooper and Friday the 13th Part VI (HD – 6:48)
  • NEW Legends Never Die: Hollywood Forever (HD – 4:26)
  • NEW Life, Death, and Jason Voorhees: Tom McLoughlin on Friday the 13th Part VI (HD – 8:40)
  • NEW The Road to Crystal Lake: Sean S. Cunningham on the Legacy of Friday the 13th (HD – 7:53)
  • NEW Faceless Evil: Sean S. Cunningham on Jason Voorhees (HD – 7:35)
  • NEW Jason Was Here: Friday the 13th 3-6 Locations Then and Now (HD – 12:32)
  • Scream Queens: Horror Heroines Exposed (HD – 80:17)
  • Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (HD – 78:11)
  • Trailer Reel (HD and SD – 22:07)
  • NEW Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards and Galleries: Storyboards – Opening (SD – 111 in all – 9:16)
  • NEW Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards and Galleries: Storyboards – Trey’s Death (SD – 47 in all – 3:59)
  • NEW Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards and Galleries: Storyboards – Grain Silo/Boiler Room (SD – 46 in all – 3:54)
  • NEW Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards and Galleries: Storyboards – First Battle (SD – 135 in all – 11:15)
  • NEW Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards and Galleries: Storyboards – Freddypillar (SD – 31 in all – 2:39)
  • NEW Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards and Galleries: Storyboards – The Dock (SD – 67 in all – 5:38)
  • NEW Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards and Galleries: Production – Behind the Scenes (SD – 33 in all – 2:48)
  • NEW Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards and Galleries: Production – Concept Art (SD – 26 in all – 2:14)
  • NEW Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards and Galleries: Production – Freddypillar (SD – 15 in all – 1:20)
  • NEW Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards and Galleries: Production – Locations (SD – 12 in all – 1:05)
  • NEW Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards and Galleries: Production – Makeup and Design (SD – 34 in all – 2:54)
  • NEW Friday the 13th (2009) Teaser Trailer (HD – 1:36)
  • Friday the 13th (2009) Theatrical Trailer (HD – 2:27)
  • NEW Friday the 13th (2009) TV Spots (HD – 15 in all – 6:36)
  • NEW Friday the 13th (2009) Electronic Press Kit (SD – 36:21)
  • NEW Friday the 13th Series Newspaper Ad Still Gallery (HD – 57 in all – 4:58)
  • NEW Easter Egg (SD – 1:02)

Alice Lives features an interview with Alice Cooper and director Jeffrey Abelson about the music from Part VI and the accompanying music video. Legends Never Die speaks to Tom McLoughlin about the famous Hollywood cemetery where he wrote Part VI, as well as his views on what happens after death. Life, Death, and Jason Voorhees interviews Tom McLoughlin at the same cemetery, speaking mostly on the same subjects. The Road to Crystal Lake interviews Sean S. Cunningham and he discusses the longevity of the franchise. In Faceless Evil, Cunningham discusses the character of Jason. Jason Was Here shows what the filming locations of films 3 through 6 look like today. Scream Queens is a 2014 documentary that interviews a number of women within the horror genre about the contradictory nature of the genre when it comes to women. Slice and Dice is a 2013 documentary about the slasher genre featuring many people who work within it. The Trailer Reel presents 12 trailers from the Friday the 13th series all in a row. The Freddy vs. Jason Storyboards galleries contain a total of 437 images while the Production galleries contain a total of 120 images. The Friday the 13th (2009) Electronic Press Kit features interviews with the cast and crew, as well as B-Roll footage. The Friday the 13th Series Newspaper Ad Still Gallery contains 57 newspaper clippings from the theatrical releases of all 12 films. This disc also contains an Easter egg. When the Friday the 13th Series Newspaper Ad Still Gallery is highlighted, press right to reveal a bloody egg, which contains two vintage Cinemax TV ads for Friday the 13th Part II and Friday the 13th Part III.

Also included is a 56-page booklet with photos and an overview of the films by Michael Gingold. All of the discs are housed in separate clear cases with reversible artwork within a rigid slipcase.

Friday the 13th Collection: Deluxe Edition (Blu-ray Disc)

It’s safe to say that with such a large selection, nearly all of the previous DVD and Blu-ray releases of this series can be retired. Even so, there a couple of items that haven’t been included. The Return to Camp Crystal Lake documentary from the film’s Blu-ray release in the UK is not accounted for, nor are the Crystal Lake Memories and His Name Was Jason documentaries. However, their absence is not felt, and they are still fully available elsewhere (and highly recommended as well). It’s also worth noting that the From Crystal Lake to Manhattan DVD set was originally meant to include the featurette Scary Trailers, which was to feature interviews with the likes of visual effects producer Dan Corey and voice-over artist Don LaFontaine discussing the making of the series’ trailers. Whether it was something that was cut at the last minute or simply not used, it’s a shame that it still hasn’t seen the light of day. Some may be disappointed in the absence of additional cut footage, deleted scenes, TV edits, or workprint footage that has been floating around on the internet for years, but be rest assured: if it could have been included, it would have been. This is an exhaustive and as close to definitive Friday the 13th film collection on Blu-ray as we’re ever going to get. It will take one days, even weeks to get through all of it.

Little else need be said. Scream Factory has knocked it out of the park, giving us what it is likely to be the horror home video release of the year. In other words, highly recommended!

- Tim Salmons

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Additional Notes

We have been made aware that this release has some minor issues and Shout! Factory plans to correct them. Specifically, the problems are as follows:

  • Friday the 13th: Part III—When viewing the film in 3D, the first instance of the 3D opening credits does not pop out of the screen correctly.
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday—In the Unrated version, a shot of a “snapped wrist” gore effect is missing.
  • Jason X—A piece of audio during a scene in the film in which Jason kills the virtual reality camp counselors in a sleeping bag is missing.

Shout! Factory has now set up a Disc Replacement Program to replace the three affected discs in the set. For more information, or if you are experiencing any other issues, please visit their blog page and follow the instructions therein.

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