February 1, 2009
On Tuesday, you'll be able to see "Friday the 13th Part 3" for the first time in 3-D in your home. And Blu-Ray owners will be able to witness the original "Friday the 13th" in high definition. How do these films both look?
We just got our review copies of these much-anticipated titles. For Blu-Ray horror enthusiasts, having the original "Friday the 13th" in the format is a big deal because so little of our genre has made it into high-def. In addition, a lot of the classic stuff that has been released hasn't been perfectly remastered, so it honestly doesn't look much better on Blu-Ray than it does on DVD.
That's not the case with the original "Friday the 13th," which was gloriously remastered by Paramount and absolutely looks marvelous in high-def. In fact, it is so clear, you can almost see defects in Tom Savini's make-up effects. In short, if you own a Blu-Ray player, "Friday the 13th" is a must buy. You will not be disappointed.
As for the new "uncut" cut of the film -- it does feature some more gore, but honestly you'd be a little hard pressed to tell the differnce. The original "F13" wasn't slashed nearly as badly by censors as later slasher films such as "F13 Part 2" and "My Bloody Valentine."
As for, the 3-D version of "Friday the 13th Part 3". Let's just say the red-and-blue-glasses effect is not nearly as impressive as the new technology we saw with "My Bloody Valentine 3-D" in theaters. This is old school 3-D. But it still works and it's fairly impressive. "Friday the 13th Part 3" is actually a pretty well made 3D film and seeing it in the format gives the film new depth and new understanding as to why Steve Miner set up many of the shots the way he did.
The most impressive 3D scene in the film, in my book, is actually a flashback sequence where actress Dana Kimmell recounts her memory of an encounter with Jason in her past. It doesn't have anything comin' out at ya, but it somehow packs a lot of punch in 3D.
In short, "Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3D" is well worth the purchase as well. Best viewed, of course, on a large widescreen TV. One of the best 3D horror movies ever made.
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