Tuesday, June 23, 2009

FRIDAY THE 13TH PART IV: THE FINAL CHAPTER - DELUXE EDITION

When this year’s FRIDAY THE 13TH remake/reboot hit theaters back in February, Paramount released the first three films in the original series in new, "Deluxe Editions." Well, now that aforementioned reboot has come to DVD, and the studio has decided to give the next three movies in the series the same treatment.

In 1984's Part 4, optimistically titled THE FINAL CHAPTER, the studio decided to kill off Jason Vorhees and bring the series (which while profitable, was kind of embarrassing) to an end. They introduced young Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman, THE LOST BOYS), a thirteen year-old monster movie fan that managed to accomplish what no horny teenage camp counselor or redneck law enforcement officer had previously managed.

Briskly directed by B-movie vet Joseph Zito (THE PROWLER, RED SCORPION), with special make-up effects by a returning Tom Savini, THE FINAL CHAPTER is a fun, furious FRIDAY thriller, with plenty of exciting, bloody "kills" and all the requisite nudity.

Paramount’s DVD (the third release of this title) has a new, machete-sharp 1.78:1 anamorphic transfer, a robust 5.1 surround sound mix, and a slew of bonus features. There’s an interesting commentary by director Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen, and editor Joel Goodman. Then there’s a second, fun "fan" commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch, the directors of the modern slashers HATCHET and WRONG TURN 2. There are several "slashed scenes," alternate ending footage and a clip reprising Crispin Glover’s geeky dance moves from the film. There is also a retrospective featurette with interviews with many of the film’s principals, the first installment of an amusing mockumentary, THE CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE MASSACRES, and the fourth installment of the LOST TALES OF CAMP BLOOD fan film that was included on the previous three discs. Finally, there’s the original theatrical trailer.

If you already own one of the earlier DVD releases, you might want to consider upgrading, especially if you’re a diehard fan of the franchise.

BUY: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (Deluxe Edition)