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Friday the 13th,
1982 (2000) - Paramount
review by Dan Kelly of
The Digital Bits
Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras):
Specs and Features
95 mins, R, letterboxed widescreen (2.35:1), 16x9 enhanced,
single-sided, single-layered, Amaray keep case packaging, theatrical
trailer, film-themed menu screens, scene access (14 chapters),
languages: English and French (DD mono), subtitles: English, Closed
A little over a year
had passed, since the release of Friday
the 13th, Part 2, when Paramount decided to release yet
another film in the series. And this time around, the studio needed
a gimmick to get people into the theaters. Audiences went to see
Part 2, but in not nearly the
numbers that went to the first movie. The gimmick Paramount used was
3D (the film's full original title is Friday
the 13th, Part 3: 3D). In the end, the film ended up
making almost double what the previous installment made, and was
more entertaining than both films that came before it.
I won't bother describing the premise of the movie too much. You
should know the routine by now - a bunch of teenagers, a cabin in
the woods, a maniacal killer and extreme amounts of sex, drugs and
violence. This installment certainly doesn't disappoint on any of
those levels, but is notable for its almost complete lack of nudity
(save for one scene, that is nonetheless gratuitous) and the
introduction of the notorious hockey mask. Obviously, this film
isn't really going to appeal to fans outside of the slasher genre.
But for those of you who like things gory, there's some really
intense stuff here, including what I think is the nastiest Jason
kill in the series - a body split in half. I don't know many films
that can manage to be both fun in nature and mean-spirited, but this
one pulls it off. It's an interesting little scare-fest. It may be
forgettable in the long run, but it's entertaining for the ninety
minutes or so that you're in front of the TV.
On the other hand, all the 3D tricks and stunts that audiences
(wearing those funky glasses) enjoyed in the theaters are lost here.
In 3D, things like broomstick handles, knitting needles, bloody
knives and TV antenna poking into the frame at you all make sense.
But the 3D enhancement was discarded for home video distribution for
technical and monetary reasons. Without it, many of these scenes
become unintentionally laughable and fairly unnecessary. Without the
3D, you're also free to focus on some of the filmmaker's mistakes.
We're talking rattlesnakes hanging from wires, arrows guided by
fishing line, and some really cheap makeup effects. They add laughs
to the mix, albeit inadvertently, and provide even more camp value
to an already ridiculous film.
The video and audio presentation of Friday
the 13th, Part 3 is on par with the previous
Friday films, but I found this
DVD to be improved in some areas. There is little in the way of
digital artifacts, and colors and flesh tones are accurate
throughout. Black levels are also dead-on, resulting in some really
impenetrable looking night scenes. Fine detailing, however, seems to
be slightly off - the picture has a soft look to it and, once or
twice, the film just looks like it's out of focus. Still, this is a
very good looking picture that is miles beyond any previous home
video release. As with the previous discs, you get a serviceable
English mono track here in the way of audio. Bass is on the shallow
side, but dialogue maintains its clarity. Everything basically
sounds about as good as it's going to get on a track of this sort,
with the only drawbacks resulting from the natural limitations of a
Once again, the only feature on the disc is the theatrical trailer.
It's scratchy and grainy looking, but it's also probably the first
time many people will get a glimpse of it. I've never seen it before
and I was glad to see it here, but other features would have been
welcome. Paramount charges some of the highest prices for their
movie-only DVDs, and I'd like to get a little more for my money on
So is this DVD worth a look? I'd say yes, because it'll give anyone
who likes the film the opportunity to see it in better quality than
it's ever been available in on home video before. The lack of a
3D-enhanced version is a slight disappointment, but I can understand
Paramount's reasons for not doing it. I'd rather see a clear picture
than a fuzzy, red and blue-tinged one. If you're a fan of
Friday the 13th, Part 3, this
disc is at least worth a rental.