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FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 ($30) marks the transition point where the future of the most successful horror movie franchise of all time begins to take shape. The original FRIDAY THE 13TH ended with the decapitation of the actual killer, so the sequel had to go a new route... Well, in that stead, just let us suppose that little Jason Voorhees didnít drown at Camp Crystal Lake all those years ago, and somehow managed to survive in the woodsÖ despite his limited intelligence and horrific disfigurement. In FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2, Jason emerges from the woods and begins offing a new crop of teenage councilors, that have just shown up for work at a brand new camp that has opened just a few miles down the road from the site of "Camp Blood."

The amorous teens that incur Jasonís bloody wrath in FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 are about as generic and annoying, as those in the first film, which actually leaves audience members looking forward to the next semi-grisly death. That said, FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 is, in some ways, a better film than its predecessor, but in other ways, it is actually a worse film. There are less dull stretches between killings in this outing, but the killings themselves, feel less inspired. The cast of FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 includes Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Stuart Charno, Warrington Gillette, Walt Gorney, Marta Kober, Tom McBride, Bill Randolph, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Russell Todd and Betsy Palmer.

Paramount Home Entertainment has made FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 available on Blu-ray Disc in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. To give credit where it is due, the 1080p presentation does offer a visual improvement over the latest DVD incarnation of the film, but there is no escaping the filmís limited production values. FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 will forever be a low budget, drive-in caliber affair. The image isnít razor sharp or just bursting with fine detail, but high definition does pull more information out of the film elements than what was seen on the DVD. Close-ups certainly resolve better than longer shots, so one will get far more fine detail in those instances. Hi-def also allows for better color fidelity than the DVD. Hues are strongly rendered and the flesh tones come across in a more faithful manner. Blacks are relatively accurate, while the whites appear stable. Contrast is just fine for this type of material and shadow detail is stronger than previous incarnations. There are some modest blemishes on the film elements. Grain is apparent throughout, and sometimes is a little heavy, which is an accurate reflection of what this movie should look like.

FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. Despite the lossless encode, I canít say there is all that much sonic difference between this release and its lossy DVD counterpart. Letís face it; there is no denying the soundtrackís monaural origins. The remix adds some spread throughout the soundstage, with general ambience and fill falling towards the rear channels. The lossless encode gives a tiny boost to the strains of Harry Manfrediniís all too familiar music, but the recordings themselves are dated and a bit thin. Dialogue is crisply rendered and remains understandable. English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital monaural tracks are also encoded onto the disc, as are English, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.

Music underscores the basic interactive menus, which allow one access to the standard scene selection and set up features, as well as the extras, which have been ported from the DVD edition. Featurettes include: Inside Crystal Lake Memories (twelve minutes), Fridayís Legacy: Horror Conventions (seven minutes), Lost Tales From Camp Blood: Part 2 (ten minutes) and Jason Forever (thirty minutes). A Theatrical Trailer closes out the extras.

While far from the realm of a demo disc, FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 is nicely upgraded on Blu-ray.



Friday the 13th, Part 2 [Blu-ray] (1981)


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