Review: Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

When it comes to film, the horror genre is filled to the blood-stained teeth with sequels and remakes. It’s tough to come along some truly original works of horror nowadays. Of course, here I’m talking mostly about mainstream releases and not the indie scene. We all know the Saws and Paranormal Activities of today, but quite frankly, they just don’t make them like they used to.

When it comes to horror films, it’s all about the classics. And as cheesy as they may be to today’s viewers, the Friday the 13th movies are definitely beloved classics (yes, there are a few questionable ones…) that helped solidify the slasher sub-genre and gave birth to a new horror icon with Jason. And now you can own the entire series (12 films in total) in one beautiful collection.

You’re getting a lot for your money here (it ain’t cheap), with a beautiful tin case adorned with equally beautiful Jason art housing the 10 discs inside. Inside you also get some other neat goodies: a Camp Crystal Lake patch, a book detailing the history of the franchise (taken from Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th) as well as the actual case of the films which serves as a book, too. I’m not a fan of the way the discs are actually slipped into the book-like case’s sleeves, but it’s just a minor issue.

The actual blu-ray transfers of these films are superb. They look nice and clear while still maintaining their old-school grainy look. With this cleaner look at the murders caused by our ultra-friendly slasher Jason, we’re even more exposed to the practical make-up effects the film crews pulled off for the bloody kills. I love this approach to gore, as dated as it may be. Some of the films do suffer a muddy look, though, but it maintains a mostly excellent transfer throughout.

Say what you want about the actual movie, but seeing Freddie and Jason duke it out in crisp blu-ray still brings out the child in me, raising both figures of the horror icons in the air to celebrate.

The set is chock-full of extras, providing hours of behind the scenes looks at the films included. My favorite extras are the ones having to do with the make-up and gore, I really love how all that stuff is put together, especially with the limited budget of the older entries in the series.

This is definitely one of the best blu-ray sets out there. It’s pricey, yes, but you’re getting hours of entertainment here. If you’re a fan of the series then you should definitely have this collection proudly displayed in your room.

8/10

This Blu-Ray collection was provided by Warner Bros. for review purposes.

               
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