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Tom McLoughlin
Thom Mathews, Jennifer Cooke, David Kagen, Kerry Noonan, Renťe Jones, Tom Fridley, C.J. Graham, Darcy DeMoss
Writing Credits:
Tom McLoughlin, Victor Miller (characters)

Evil always rises again.

They comprise the most successful and shocking tales of terror in cinema history. Now, for the first time, the first eight classic Friday The 13th movies are available together in this killer DVD collection.

Beginning with the picture critics have called the original slasher flick, this collection spans nine years and includes seven additional blood-soaked, suspense-filled sagas starring one of the most horrifying characters ever to wear a hockey mask and wield a machete: Jason Voorhees. It's a splatterfest of fan favorites that follow the unstoppable Jason as he cuts and hacks a swath of fear all the way from Crystal Lake to the mean streets of Manhattan. In addition, the collection includes a special disc filled with never-before-seen footage and fabulous extras that will slay even the most jaded horror film aficionado!

Box Office:
Opening Weekend
$6.750 million on 1610 screens.
Domestic Gross
$19.472 million.

Rated R

Widescreen 1.85:1/16x9
English Ultra-Stereo
French Monaural

Runtime: 87 min.
Price: $79.99
Release Date: 10/5/2004

Available as Part of ďFriday the 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan - Ultimate Edition DVD CollectionĒ

• Audio Commentary with Director Tom McLoughlin


Sony 36" WEGA KV-36FS12 Monitor; Sony DA333ES Processor/Receiver; Panasonic CV-50 DVD Player using component outputs; Michael Green Revolution Cinema 6i Speakers (all five); Sony SA-WM40 Subwoofer.


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Friday The 13th, Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (October 11, 2004)

Personally, I kind of liked Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, but apparently the fans disagreed. It used a gimmick that didnít satisfy them, so the series reverts to prior tactics with the next iteration, 1986ís Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.

Plagued by hallucinatory visions of murderous Jason Voorhees (CJ Graham), Tommy Jarvis (Thom Mathews) feels the need for closure. He decides to unearth Jasonís body, and he indeed discovers the rotting corpse of his tormentor. Not rotting enough, however, as a lighting bolt strikes the cadaver and restores Jason to life.

The killer soon makes short work of Tommyís buddy Hawes (Ron Palillo), but Jarvis escapes. He rushes to notify Forest Greenís Sheriff Garris (David Kagen) - they renamed it from Crystal Lake to leave behind the Jason connotations - but the authorities ignore him and toss him in the pokey. In the meantime, the slasher resumes his reign of terror when he slays two lost camp counselors.

The other camp leaders pester Garris to do look for them, but even though heís the father of counselor Megan (Jennifer Cooke), he ignores their pleas. Tommy tries to warn them about Jason, which irritates Garris even more, and he decides to escort Jarvis to the edge of his jurisdiction. Megan and Tommy show some romantic sparks in their brief interactions, and she starts to wonder if there might be some truth to his tale.

After some drama, the sheriff dumps Tommy on the outskirts of town and warns him not to return. The camp opens up and gets kids involved while Jason continues on his violent rampage. Matters complicate because the sheriff thinks Tommyís behind the murders, so he attempts to nab our ostensible hero. The movie follows the long string of killings and Tommyís attempts to stop Jason.

Sign youíre in for a bad horror movie: the first act includes an actor from Welcome Back Kotter and itís not John Travolta. (Heck, even if it is Travolta, itís not a good omen.) Granted, itís a cheap thrill to see Horshack get sliced by Jason, even though he seems awfully old to pal around with teen Tommy.

Thatís about the only minor fun to be had from Lives. Arguably the cheesiest of the series, this one screams ďEightiesĒ more than any other. From the music to the fashions, it hasnít aged well.

It also comes across as more toothless, largely because it presents the first Friday in which kids actually attend camp. This means thereís no way the movie can achieve its gory potential. Thereís no way a mainstream series like Friday will start to kill little kids, so the amount of tension drops.

It doesnít help that the movie telegraphs other concepts. We know exactly which adults will live or die because Lives sets up characters with no purpose other than to be Jason fodder. The prior flicks made us think that virtually anyone could die at any minute. Here, too many characters exist just to get chopped up, and with the zero potential to see Jason kill the little kids, the movie fails to create anxiety.

Lives also suffers because itís the brightest and peppiest Friday to date. It has more of a comic book feel than its predecessors, with an oddly light and perky tone. Itís broader and more comedic than usual, which made it come across like part of the Nightmare on Elm Street series more than a Friday flick. Much of this was intentional, and often Lives plays like a spoof. It doesnít work and feels more like awkward self-parody than knowing self-reference.

I thought New Beginning was better than usual because it included some real psychological darkness. All of that goes down the crapper for this campy offering. Previously, Tommy was a wreck, but here heís just a standard issue hero. What happened to the haunted kid of the prior movie? It makes no sense that he suddenly is ďcuredĒ.

One of the crummiest entries in the series, Jason Lives fails on almost all levels. It lacks logic and seems too bubbly and silly to fit in with its predecessors. A couple of decent moments pop up but thatís about it, as most of the movie really stinks.

The DVD Grades: Picture A-/ Audio B+/ Bonus NA

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. The best looking of the Friday transfers to date, this one rarely faltered.

Sharpness seemed very positive. At no time did I encounter any signs of softness or fuzziness. Instead, the movie consistently came across as nicely detailed and crisp. I witnessed no problems with jagged edges or shimmering, and I also saw no signs of edge enhancement. Print flaws stayed minimal. Early in the flick, I noticed a bit of grain and a few specks, but those soon went away and left us with a clean presentation.

Lives went with a palette that seemed awfully bright for a Friday movie, but I canít complain about the reproduction of those tones. The colors consistently looked lively and dynamic. No particular hues dominated, as the movie presented a broad and vivid spectrum of colors that were solid. Blacks also seemed tight and deep, while shadows appeared smooth and taut. Even with a few minor flaws, this remained an excellent transfer.

Miracle of miracles, for the first time, we got a Friday flick without a monaural soundtrack. Lives came with an Ultra-Stereo that was essentially just Dolby Surround with a gimmicky name. Never mind - at least the audio presented a good impression, and it certainly vastly outdid its predecessors. The soundfield created a good sense of setting. Music offered solid stereo imaging, while effects spread neatly and cleanly across the front. They blended well and brought about a smooth impression. Surround usage didnít stand out as exceptional, but the rear speakers added dimensionality to the proceedings and were reasonably active.

Audio quality was very good. Speech always came across as natural and distinctive, with no problems related to edginess or intelligibility. Music was lively and dynamic. The score and songs showed good range and clear reproduction. Effects also sounded accurate and broad. They demonstrated clean highs and fairly deep bass response. This wasnít a dazzling soundtrack, but it sounded quite good, especially given the age of the movie.

This version of Friday the 13th Part VI comes as part of a package entitled From Crystal Lake to Manhattan - Ultimate Edition DVD Collection. It gathers the first eight Friday flicks onto four discs and adds a fifth platter of supplements. Four of the flicks include commentaries that Iíll discuss when I get to those movies. Since Paramount designed the set as a connected package, I didnít give the individual discs grades for supplements; Iíll reserve those for an overall review of the fifth DVD.

Half of the eight movies include no supplements, but Part VII comes with an audio commentary. We hear from director Tom McLoughlin as he provides a running, screen-specific track. I didnít think much of the movie, but McLoughlin gives us a nice look at this film. He discusses the actors and casting, the flickís tone and sensibility, locations and related challenges, visual effects, cut sequences and graphic footage dropped for ratings reasons, and a variety of production anecdotes. McLoughlin proves consistently chatty and personable. He covers the filmís creation in a fairly concise and involving manner that makes this a positive commentary.

One of the seriesí weakest efforts, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives feels like an awkward attempt to make it something itís not. It looks as though they wanted to give it more of a Nightmare on Elm Street vibe and seems too goofy and inane to deliver the requisite scares. The DVD presents excellent picture with very good audio and an interesting audio commentary. The DVD quality is good enough for Friday fans to dig this release, but I canít recommend the terrible movie to anyone else.

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