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'Friday the 13th (Extended Killer Cut)'
(Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, et al / DVD / R / 2009 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Welcome back to Crystal Lake in a chilling re-imagining of the classic horror film "Friday the 13th." Searching for his missing sister, Clay Miller (Jared Padalecki) heads up to the eerie woods of legendary Crystal Lake, where he stumbles on the creaky remains of rotting old cabins behind moss-covered trees.

DVD Verdict: This 'Friday the 13th,' which could have been easily named "Friday the 13th, Part 12, instead of using the original name and confusing those who still insist that this movie is a remake (like my husband), is very entertaining and pays tribute to the original in a number of ways. I was glad to see that they included clips that told the original story.

Ok, so those clips weren't from the original movie, but they still gave a backstory to help newcomers who aren't as familiar with the franchise understand why Jason is the way he is. In this new version, the actors are pretty likeable (at least some of them), and you find yourself hoping that they will get away from the machette wielding masked murderer, although, true to form, they almost never do. For once, the actors were not always cheesey and did a good job of making us relate to them.

Now, onto the flaws... I think one of the only characters I found flawed was the masked man himself. Am I the only one who found it sad and inappropriate that Jason suddenly was running after his victims? Never in any of the previous 11 Friday the 13th movies did Jason ever have to run to catch up to his "prey". It was a neat and spooky effect that all he ever had to do was create his menacing walk and no matter how fast and how long the victim ran, Jason was alway, always there, with no effort. It added to the strength of his character.

Now, all of the sudden, he has to charge after them with full speed, and his arm strength seems to take more effort. In the older movies, he could snap a neck or throw an ax or other sharp object, or push a face thru a wall with just the flick of the wrist. Now it seems like he has to put a lot more force into it. They made him seem too human, and less like the undead, menacing creature that he really is. Lastly, his clothes are all wrong.

In the old movies, he had work pants, huge work boots, and flannel shirts that may not have been worn out, but that were not new and that matched his scary physic. In this movie, we find him wearing what look to be a new pair of jeans, a less faded flannelish shirt, and yes, sneakers. What? These clothes did nothing to help his image. And to top it off, they picked a scrawny looking actor to play him. Jason never had chicken legs until now.

I did enjoy the movie very much, and can't wait for it to come to DVD. I can overlook some of the unusual events in the movie, such as the tunnels and Jason capturing the girl for no reason, but it's very hard to ignore the inconsistencies with the main character. [JH] This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Theatrical Feature Film (98 min)
Extended Feature Film (109 min)
Rebirth of Jason Vorhees An in-depth look at the reintroduction of a Horror Legend. Hear from cast and crew as they detail the development of this new Jason, from the early "sack head" Jason, through the development of the new "hockey mask" look
Additional Scenes
Digital Copy Online

'Campfire' Video Clip

Get ready to re-live the horror when 'Friday The 13th' the extended Killer Cut with even more suspense, wild times, and more of the infamous killer Jason Voorhees arrives on iTunes, Playstation Store and Amazon Video On Demand!