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FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 ($17) 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, 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 were 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 DVD in a 1.78:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. Looking to cash in on the success of the first film, FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 remained a low budget, drive-in caliber affair. However, FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 looks better in this incarnation than it has previously. The image is somewhat grainy, but never to the point of distraction. Sharpness and detail are certainly very respectable for this type of movie, but never come across as an "A" production. Colors are a bit more vibrant than I would have expected and the flesh tones are reasonably accurate. Blacks are fine, while the whites are stable and the level of contrast is just fine. There are some modest blemishes on the film elements. Digital compression artifacts are not a concern.

FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 comes with a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. The remixed monaural track gets the job done, but there is no denying the soundís origins. There are some mild effects and ambience that is spread throughout the soundstage, but the strains of Harry Manfrediniís all too familiar music is where the sound excels. There is more presence to the music, even if the fidelity is not astonishing. 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 some extras. 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).

If you love the slasher sub-genre of horror movie, FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 2 will have a place in your collection.



Friday the 13th, Part 2 (1981)



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