Warner Home Video breaks out of the traditional Tuesday release schedule with a new Blu-ray box set, for what should be obvious reasons.
On Friday, Sept. 13, it offers Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection, 12 movies spread across nine discs, with a 10th disc of previously released bonus features. The package also includes the code for Ultraviolet digital versions.
You get individual discs of Friday the 13th (1980); Part II (1981); Part III (1982); part 4, The Final Chapter (1984); Freddy vs. Jason (2003); and 2009's Friday the 13th.
Three other discs contain two movies apiece: Part V: A New Beginning (1985) with Part VI: Jason Lives (1986); Part VII: The New Blood (1988) with Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989); and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) with Jason X (2002).
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Part 4 to 8, Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X are making their Blu-ray debut, giving audiences a chance at crisper images of blood and hockey masks. The Blu-ray of Part III includes both the 2-D and 3-D versions, with two sets of old-school 3-D glasses. In addition, the disc of the 2009 film contains both the theatrical version and an extended "killer cut." There are extras from previous releases with each movie.
Fans debate the relative quality of each movie, and critics have been generally unhappy with the films and the slasher genre as a whole. But just the list of titles and release dates shows how durable the series has been.
There have even been reports that a 13th film will be made. Why would a studio pass up the opportunity to make the 13th 13th, especially when the modestly budgeted efforts have been profitable?
The extras include a 100-minute retrospective on the first eight films, a counselor patch for the notorious Camp Crystal Lake, and a booklet of photos and comments about the films, taken from the book Crystal Lake Memories.
Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection retails for $129.95.
These DVDs were released this week:
Films: Star Trek Into Darkness; Love Is All You Need; Tyler Perry Presents Peeples; Chasing Ice; We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks; Wish You Were Here; Sisters & Brothers; Blood; Ping Pong; La Cage aux Folles (1978, France, The Criterion Collection); The Last Keepers; The Nightmare Before Christmas 20th Anniversary Edition; Parade's End; An American Hippie in Israel (1972, aka The Hitch Hiker); Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk (animated); Hammer of the Gods; Frankenstein's Army; The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow; How to Be the Life of the Party; Flair Bartending: The Working Flair Series.
TV series: Homeland: Season Two; Chicago Fire: Season One; It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 8; Supernatural: The Complete Eighth Season; Luther 3; Blue Bloods: The Third Season; The League: Season 4; Sesame Street: C Is for Cooking; Dora the Explorer: Dora's Great Roller Skate Adventure; Chime Time Adventures; Mama's Family (three-disc first-season set, four-disc second-season set and a single "favorites" compilation from seasons one and two).
THE WASHINGTON POST