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Donning his hockey mask for the first time, FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 ($17) 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. 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 DVD in a 2.35:1 wide screen presentation that has been enhanced for playback on 16:9 displays. The DVD release features both the 2D and 3D versions of the film- with two pairs of 3D glasses included in the package. 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. Said ugliness is far more noticeable on the 2D version than in 3D. In addition to softness and graininess of the image, it also appears some debris was in the camera and printed into the picture during principal photography. Colors get by and offer decent saturation. Blacks, whites, contrast and shadow detail are all adequate. In 3D, FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 offers the usual assortment of things being thrown, shot or thrust at the camera, which can be reasonably effective. However, the double image and red/blue glasses required for 3D induced a headache for this reviewer… in under thirty minutes.

FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 3 comes with a Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack. Like PART 2, the remixed monaural track gets the job done without many flourishes. Again, some mild effects and ambience that is spread throughout the soundstage and the musical component is enhanced. 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 a Theatrical Trailer.

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.



Friday the 13th, Part 3 3-D (1982)



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