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Friday the 13th Collection: Version Overview

What's R-Rated, What's Unrated?

When the 2009 reboot came into cinemas, Warner Home Video released the first 3 parts of the Friday the 13th series on Blu-ray. After that, nothing followed and Paramount announced that a continuation of this release strategy would be tied to another theatrical film. But then fans rejoiced when Warner announced that they acquired the movie rights for part 1-8 from Paramount for 3 years. At least for the US territory.

Also, Warner said that the Friday the 13th Collection would follow on Blu-ray. This was released on September 13th, 2013 and all 12 films (from the original to the crossover remake Freddy vs. Jason) are included. However, the first runtime information of some of the films confused fans with the necessary knowledge because they seemed to belong to R-rated versions. It was only after several message board postings and emerging reviews that the confusion could be explained.

The first three films are included on the same discs that were previously released by Paramount. The original first film from 1980 is indeed the unrated version and part 3 is again not in Real 3D but in anaglyph 3D (2D version is also included).

Unfortunately, Jason Goes to Hell is only on board in the heavily cut R-rated version (see comparison). According to some user comments on blu-ray.com, the UltraViolet Digital Copy does contain the unrated, though, and so do iTunes and Amazon Instant Video (in HD). That's bad for the Blu-ray release, considering that the unrated was released on DVD without problems earlier on. It wouldn't have been a problem because the box set is unrated as a whole anyway because of the first film.

The reboot from 2009 is included with both versions (theatrical and Killer Cut). No false hopes regarding the other films, please. As expected, they are the "uncensored theatrical versions" and not the unrated versions which are so desperately awaited by fans for several decades now.

The box will most likely stay US and Canada-exclusive since the deal between Warner and Paramount only affects those markets. Fans can be happy about part 4-8 and Jason X being in Full HD on Blu-ray for the first time and there's lots of bonus material. The set includes a tin box and a 40-page long excerpt from the book "Crystal Lake Memories - The Complete History of Friday the 13th", a patch and all extras from the deluxe editions and the "killer bonus" DVD from previous releases. Completely new bonus material could not be found.

The Friday the 13th Collection can be ordered at Amazon.com.

Release: Sep 15, 2013 - Author: The Undertaker - Translator: Mike Lowrey

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