Jun 122020

Friday the 13th is certainly a classic slasher-horror and even though it’s not the most well made movie for sure, even seeing it several times over the years, it still holds up really well.



Friday the 13th
— 40th Anniversary Limited Edition —

Genre(s): Horror
Paramount | Unrated – 95 min. – $22.98 | June 16, 2020

Date Published: 06/12/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Sean S. Cunningham
Writer(s): Victor Miller (written by)
Cast: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, Laurie Bartham, Mark Nelson, Jeannine
Taylor, Robbi Morgan, Kevin Bacon

Features: Commentary, Featurettes
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), Russian VO (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH, Arabic, Chinese, Czech,  Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, Hungarian, German, Greek Korean, Latvian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai
Disc Size: 40.78 GB
Total Bitrate: 39.35 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

Paramount provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.

THE MOVIE — 3.75/5

Plot Synopsis: A new owner and several young counselors gather to reopen Camp Crystal Lake, where a young boy drowned and several vicious murders occurred years earlier. They’ve ignored locals’ warnings that the place has a death curse… and one by one they find out how unlucky Friday the 13th can be as they are stalked by a violent killer.

Quick Hit Review: A classic horror film, it’s hardly perfect but for the genre is pretty original for the fact you don’t see the killer, only their POV, until the very end. The kills are gruesome, though timid I guess by today’s sick standards, and despite having some so-so acting is still a fun little ride that would spawn numerous sequels and a remake.



This is the latest release of Friday the 13th with a Steelbook case. Inside is a redemption code of the R-rated theatrical version.

Audio Commentary – Moderated by Author Peter Bracke, the track includes Director Sean S. Cunningham, Screenwriter Victor Miller, Betsy Palmer (Mrs. Voorhees), Adrienne King (Alice) and others are culled together from various sources.

Friday the 13th Reunion (16:45) is a cool featurette where cast and crew members gathered in 2008 at a convention for a reunion and sharing memories of the production.

Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th (14:07) are interviews with the cast and crew, probably taken during the same with some of the same tidbits though there are more participants that were not on the reunion panel.

The Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham (8:58) – The director discusses his memories and experiences of working on the movie and how it has affected his life over the years.

Rounding out the disc is Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 1 (7:31), a 6-part slasher movie where Jason hunts and kills more coeds; The Friday the 13th Chronicles (20:34), an older featurette with archival interviews; Secrets Galore Behind the Gore (9:32) is another old featurette focusing on the special make-up effects; Theatrical Trailer (2:34).


VIDEO – 4.25/5

Originally released by Paramount in 2009, this transfer looks quite good for its age. Given a bulk of the movie takes place at night, there is some instances of noise but even so, the detail levels are solid and the colors look nicely balanced such as the yellow and orange raincoats which shine through the dark shots.

AUDIO – 4.5/5

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track is very strong from the victims’ screams and shrieks to the now classic score by composer Harry Manfredini which really comes through the front and rear channels with excellent pitch and clarity.


OVERALL – 4.0/5

Overall, Friday the 13th is certainly a classic slasher-horror and even though it’s not the most well made movie for sure, even seeing it several times over the years, it still holds up really well. This Blu-ray release is the same exact disc included in the “Complete Collection” release, only now housed in a Steelbook case.


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