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Donning his hockey mask for the first time, FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 ($30) marks the final transition in the evolution of horror movie icon Jason Voorhees. FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 is also the film in the successful horror franchise with the biggest gimmick- it was released into theaters in 3D, which is probably why it is the ugliest looking film in the series on home video. The premise of FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 moves away from the summer camp setting of the previous two outings and follows a group of "teenaged" friends that head up to county home, which is in proximity to Camp Crystal Lake (aka "Camp Blood"). It seems that two years ago, one of the girls was attacked in the woods by a disfigured stranger but managed to escape. Why she is dragging her friends back to the same area is anyone’s guess, but soon Jason is out and about on another killing spree that involves weapons being thrust at the camera more often than they are being thrust into hapless victims. The cast of FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 includes Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka, Nick Savage, Rachel Howard, David Katims, Larry Zerner, Tracie Savage, Jeffrey Rogers, Richard Brooker, Anne Gaybis, Catherine Parks, Kevin O'Brien, Gloria Charles, Cheri Maugans and Steve Susskind.

Paramount Home Entertainment has made FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 available on Blu-ray Disc in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio presentation that has been encoded onto the disc with the AVC codec. The Blu-ray release features both the 2D and 3D versions of the film- with two pairs of red-and-blue anaglyph glasses included in the package. Having the film in hi-def is a definite improvement over DVD, with the 1080p presentations providing far more effective image quality, but there are still problems inherent to the original production. As I stated above, FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 is the ugliest looking film in the series, due to the use of the 3D process for the original photography, which is reflected in both the 2D and 3D versions. Inherent problems remain far more noticeable on the 2D version than in 3D, as the 2D version doesn’t have the red blue image overlap, which disguises problems in 3D. Even with the hi-def boost in resolution, the 2D version of FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 remains somewhat soft, overly grainy and displays evidence of debris that was in the camera and printed into the picture during principal photography. Sure some shots are better resolved then others, but the picture never comes across as well as movies that were shot "flat" during the same time period. Colors look better on Blu-ray, with better saturation and more stability than the standard def version. The blacks and whites are generally accurate and the contrast is more than adequate. Shadow detail ranges from ok to muddy.

This brings us to the 3D presentation… FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 offers the usual assortment of things being thrown, shot or thrust at the camera, and on Blu-ray, the effectiveness of the 3D is greatly improved over the DVD. The extra resolution makes objects appear sharper, especially those intended to fly out at the audience. Once again, the double image and red and blue glasses required for 3D effect quickly induced a headache for this reviewer. Your results may vary.

FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 is presented on Blu-ray Disc with a 5.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack. Once again, despite the lossless encode, there really isn’t all that much sonic difference between the Blu-ray and its lossy soundtrack DVD counterpart. This remixed version of the original monaural track gets the job done without many flourishes. As expected, there are some mild effects and ambience that are spread throughout the soundstage. Additionally, the music is also given a wider berth on this remixed track, but the original recordings limits the fidelity, despite its lossless presentation. Dialogue is crisp and 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 some extras. HD Featurettes include: Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror (minutes), Legacy Of The Mask (ten minutes), Slasher Films: Going For The Jugular (seven minutes) and Lost Tales From Camp Blood: Part III (five minutes). A Theatrical Trailer closes out the extras.

FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 is an iconic horror film for the simple reason that Jason Voorhees dons his hockey mask for the first time. Aside from that, FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 is just another excuse to slice and dice a number of disposable generic characters with the gimmick of 3D added. The Blu-ray presentation is far more satisfying than DVD, but technical issues associated with the original production do remain.



Friday the 13th, Part 3 3D [Blu-ray] (1982)


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