Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Friday The 13th (2009) Blu-ray Review

Friday The 13th (2009) Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 36.9 GB
Killer Cut Film Size: 17.1 GB
Theatrical Film Size: 15.0 GB
Region: Free

"Did you know a young boy drowned here? He was my son. And today, is his birthday. " - Pamela Voorhees
Video
Friday The 13th comes to Blu-ray with both cuts of the film. Each version of the film has it's own 1080p VC-1 encode, and both look quite nice. Daytime scenes were rich and vibrant, and filled with detail. Nighttime scenes were fairly nice as well, although black levels weren't always as solid.

I was expecting a bit more film grain due to the lack of lighting used in darker scenes. If DNR was used, it was minimal, as detail was still very much present. During one scene, an actor's face looked very out of focus, but lasted only seconds. I think that's how it was shot, as every other shot during the scene looked just fine.

There were no compression issues or macro blocking that I noticed. The high-def presentation left me very pleased. 8/10.

Audio
5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio is included for both versions of the film. I was very impressed with the audio on this release. The surround speakers are used quite actively, from the very beginning of the film. Dialogue was nice and clear, the film's effects had good direction, and the bass was used nicely as well. For a horror film, it's absolutely important the audio is immersive, and Friday The 13th does just that. 9/10.

Extras

PiP with Trivia Track (Blu-ray Exclusive)
A Picture-in-Picture track as well as a trivia track are included, and both work nicely together. The trivia track was surprisingly informative and covers trivia throughout the franchise. The Picture-in-Picture track is very fitting as well, with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews placed where they fit in the film.

The Rebirth Of Jason Voorhees (11:24) (HD)
The cast and crew talk about bringing Jason back, and the development that came with it. From his costume change in the film, to the look in general.

Hacking Back/Slashing Forward (11:42) (HD) (Blu-ray Exclusive)
The cast and crew share memories of watching the original film, and why they gave the film a fresh start.

The 7 Best Kills (22:33) (HD)
Get a behind-the-scenes look at seven of the deaths in the film. It's very neat, and fans of the deaths will definitely enjoy them.

Additional Scenes (8:19) (HD)
There is a different version of a death scene included in the deleted scenes, that is actually a lot better than the one used in the film.

BD-Live (Blu-ray Exclusive)
See a sneak peek for the upcoming film 'Trick 'r Treat.'

Digital Copy (Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media)

Blu-news Summary
I really enjoyed Friday The 13th, especially when compared to most horror films released today. It is a fresh take on Friday The 13th, while still using many of the same elements from the original film and sequels. While I definitely enjoy the campy feel that comes with the original film, it definitely can't hold up in scares like it used to. The film's opening is extremely fantastic, and the deaths have definitely been kicked up a notch. The film is very fun, and shouldn't be taken too seriously. Like the original films, it brings the teens having fun, only to have that fun cut short.

The Blu-ray release is very good, with nice video, great audio, and some very impressive extras. The film is so fun and the Blu-ray is so good I would definitely say it's 'Recommended.' For me personally though, the film is a must own.

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