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His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2008/Anchor Bay DVD)

 

Picture: C-†††† Sound: C-†††† Extras: A†††† Feature: C+

 

 

You could probably count on one hand the number of people in the United States who donít know who Jason Voorhees is.Heís pretty much up there with Mickey Mouse and George Washington, but with a more loyal fan base.When New Line decided to reboot the series earlier this year, there was no need to remind the world who Jason is; but instead they decided to remind the fans why they love Jason with this extremely comprehensive documentary on the franchise.

 

The actual feature documentary is an hour and a half long with interviews from almost everyone that ever played, directed, created, or fell victim to Jason.Seriously, about the only people missing from this documentary are Kevin Bacon (Part I), Crispin Glover, Corey Feldman (both Part IV), and Robert Englund (Freddy vs Jason).Also featured are other horror directors, horror journalists (from sites like Bloody Disgusting and Dread Central), and genre aficionados of note such as Seth Green.

 

Hosted by makeup and effects legend Tom Savini, the feature does drag a bit.One suspects that they may have been able to cut it down to an hour, as the interviews tend to go in circles.If you break the viewing into two or three sittings though, it becomes tremendously more enjoyable.

 

The extra features, which extend onto a second disc, are extremely numerous and are collectively at least twice as long as the feature itself.They include more complete interviews with the actors who played Jason, the directors of the films, and the screenwriters.There is also a compilation of favorite moments and reminiscences from the series, two revisits to the original sets of Parts 3 and 4, a collection of fan films, a summary of the entire series in four minutes, and footage of the cast of the new film at San Diego Comic-Con.

 

The image, in anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen format, is adequate.There are a few shots that are roughed up for effect here and there, along with archive footage that is not quite up to snuff, though there are some digitally manipulated screenshots throughout that are actually pretty cool.The audio, in Dolby Digital Surround 5.1, also varies.Some interviews, it would seem, were just recorded better than others, which is odd because they were almost all shot in a studio. Of course, some of the films and trailers are monophonic, so you can only do so much with that kind of audio.

 

Overall, this is a release for the fans because, really, if youíre not a Jason fan or a slasher fan, why are you even reading this?Although whether youíre a fan or not, it might almost be worth the purchase just to hear Ted White (who played Jason in Part IV) talk about what a little prick Corey Feldman was.

 

 

-†† Matthew Carrick


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