( Max score: 100 )
Get ready for twice the terror with Friday the 13th Part 2: Deluxe Edition! Five years after the massacre at Camp Crystal Lake, the nerve-wracking legend of Jason Vorhees and his diabolical mother lives on. Despite ominous warnings from the locals to stay away from Camp Blood a group of counselors at a nearby summer camp decide to explore there area where seven people were brutally slaughtered. All too soon, they encounter horrors of their own and the killing begins again. You'll be at the edge of your seat for this gruesome thriller about 24 hours of bone-chilling fear!
Friday the 13th part 2 has special meaning (or should have) to fans because it introduces the character of Jason Voorhees as he will come to be known over a popular series of sequels that will last for years. Part 2's premise is similar to the original in that a group of young camp counselors are terrorized and slaughtered by a machete carrying madman. The storyline never strays from its objective and after a quick setup our boy Jason gets right to work. I found it interesting how he seemed less physically imposing in this film after watching the most recent re-make. In the finale he has a little trouble with Ginny as she runs from him and fights back. At one point she slows him down by kicking him in the groin, an act that none have tried since. His window crashing entrance in the end is still really entertaining. While this film doesn't allow much connection to the characters I found them to be interesting and likeable enough. At 86 minutes it moves right along and its balance of suspense, thrills, requisite sensuality, and the macabre offer a dated yet fun nostalgic ride that is still entertaining. It's one of my favorite entries in the series and I think it holds up rather well.
The rating is for strong horror violence, nudity, sexuality and drug content.
Friday the 13th part 2 comes to Blu-ray from Paramount featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 34 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 2.4 mbps.
This high bitrate 1.85:1 framed video encoding from Paramount boasts rich, punchy colors, stable blacks and excellent clarity. I was impressed with level of detail visible in the physical features, clothing and objects during close up and mid level camera shots. The tonal variety and depth of the colors in the period clothing and during the exterior sequences shot in the wooded areas around the lake was discerning. Long range camera pans were a bit of a mixed bag but overall I found them to have fair dimensional perspective with definable detail. Grain was readily apparent and takes on heavier emphasis during several of the darkened sequences. I only found it distracting in one or two instances. Grain was much less noticeable during brighter scenes, which when coupled along its resolute level of sharpness, snappy colors and crisp definition makes for a great looking presentation of this 28 year old horror classic. The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack delivered crisp, full bodied dialogue in a mostly frontal presentation that offered a few splashes of light ambience through the surround channels. There was no low frequency detail mixed to the subwoofer but there really is no call for it. The blend of music, dialogue and sound effects through the front channel speakers was rendered with excellent clarity, limited but fair dimensional perspective and average depth. It never sounded thin or dynamically starved and based upon the elements in the recording sounded just fine.
Friday the 13th part 2 holds a special place in this classic genre series. It offers the first look/introduction of the character that will become the legend. The film has a dated feel but still retains much of its original allure. I haven't seen it in a long time and I found the experience to be both fun and nostalgic. Fans will be happy to hear that Paramount has done a wonderful job with its high definition debut on Blu-ray disc. It looks great and offers sound quality that is probably better than during its theatrical run. The bonus content is limited but the rest of the presentation more than makes up for it. Fans can feel free to pick this one up.