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Sometime in the Spring of 1980, I was invited by Sean Cunningham to a private screening of Friday the 13th, after which I shared my few cutting notes.

The film was a low-budget affair, and no one at that screening had an inkling regarding the cottage industry that the film would create.

In the intervening decades it has spawned a brace of kinsman. And some of those kinsman are a bit strange.

Afaik, there have been ten sequels, inclusive of Freddy vs. Jason, in which Freddy goes tusk to tusk with the lead from another series. There have been comic books, books, costumes, toys and at least one video game.

But enough background.

Paramount’s new 4k UHD of the original seems nicely done. Grain appears generally unmolested, black levels are attractive, and everything seems to be in it’s proper place. With the addition of Dolby Vision, some attributes appear just a bit on the hot side, but I’ll not nitpick. It’s a quality release.

Two variants are included, with branching on a single disc. Both run 95 minutes.

Image – 5 (Dolby Vision)

Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors – Yes

Upgrade from Blu-ray – Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k – 4

Highly Recommended

RAH
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Robert Harris

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"The hot side" has been a real source of consternation at the other forum.
To put things in perspective, we’re talking about very workmanlike cinematography. Mr. Adams’ work was not akin to the best of Young, Storaro, Willis or Toland for whom we’re preserving a legacy.

If Paramount is going to go knob-twiddling on a release, this is a fine candidate. I’d prefer that they get it out of their system.

For those that are offended by it, I can support them, but this one ain’t my battle.
 

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I can't speak to what is or isn't good in terms of the Dolby Vision but they've somehow deleted the fade to white just before the opening credits and that is undeniably a mistake/alteration to the movie.
 

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I can't speak to what is or isn't good in terms of the Dolby Vision but they've somehow deleted the fade to white just before the opening credits and that is undeniably a mistake/alteration to the movie.
A re-imagining? Nothing wrong with that.
 

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I thought I accidentally put the set in ‘vivid’ mode when I popped this in. The outdoor scenes are way too blown out. It’s too bad, because the colour and darker scenes look great. I don’t have the Shout release, but I do have the original Paramount disc, and overall, I think I’ll just stick with that going forward.
 

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I thought I accidentally put the set in ‘vivid’ mode when I popped this in. The outdoor scenes are way too blown out. It’s too bad, because the colour and darker scenes look great. I don’t have the Shout release, but I do have the original Paramount disc, and overall, I think I’ll just stick with that going forward.

I have a few discs where I need to turn down the tone-mapping setting on my projector just for those titles. The 1989 Batman is one. It looks way too bright and blown-out at my calibrated default settings, but if I turn the tone-mapping down it looks fine (aside from the abhorrent teal-and-orange color grading). Strangely, none of the other Batman titles that came in the same box set have that issue.

This has something to do with the way the HDR is encoded on the disc. Some displays may deal with it better than others.
 

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I really enjoyed this too. The 4K image was beautiful and looked very film like. Also, the fine detail was much improved over the Shout Factory version being projected at 142".
I'm hoping for further releases from Paramount, mainly 2, and 4.
 

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Wish they would've included the 3D version, similar to what was done with Paul Morrissey's "Frankenstein". Having to buy the complete series to get #3 in 3D sucks.
 

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Wish they would've included the 3D version, similar to what was done with Paul Morrissey's "Frankenstein". Having to buy the complete series to get #3 in 3D sucks.

You can get an anaglyph 3D version of Part 3 separately from Paramount (glasses included). I saw several copies today at Big Lots for $5. But yes, I think the only way to get the polarized 3D version is via Shout's box set (for now, anyway).
 

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You can get an anaglyph 3D version of Part 3 separately from Paramount (glasses included). I saw several copies today at Big Lots for $5. But yes, I think the only way to get the polarized 3D version is via Shout's box set (for now, anyway).
I'm aware of the crappy anaglyph version. I wouldn't get it for any price. That's not why I have a 3D HDTV. And, as I said, buying the complete set just for the polorized 3D sucks!
 

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What's with the photo of Jason in the hockey mask at the top of this thread? As anyone who's seen Scream can tell you, Jason didn't show up until the sequel and the hockey mask didn't show up until part 3.
 

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What's with the photo of Jason in the hockey mask at the top of this thread? As anyone who's seen Scream can tell you, Jason didn't show up until the sequel and the hockey mask didn't show up until part 3.
Just another random photo put up by either an automated process or someone without knowledge of film. This happens with disturbing regularity around here, a site of supposed HT cinephiles. Kind of embarrassing.

Though that's a good catch. I've noticed the photo for a couple days now but didn't make the non-connection of the hockey mask/Jason to the promotion of the original film until I read your post. :thumbsup:
 

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I thought I accidentally put the set in ‘vivid’ mode when I popped this in. The outdoor scenes are way too blown out. It’s too bad, because the colour and darker scenes look great. I don’t have the Shout release, but I do have the original Paramount disc, and overall, I think I’ll just stick with that going forward.

I found the same issue with the disc. Some of the outdoor specular highlights looked like they were on fire. I have yet to encounter this having watched quite a few UHD BDs up to this point in time. Like yourself, I felt most of the rest of the disc looked fine. Some claim it's too dark and maybe it is compared the Shout BD, but nothing stood out to me as a problem. Just those hot speculars.