HTF REVIEW: "Jason X" (with screenshots)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Jason X




    Studio: New Line Cinema
    Year: 2001
    Rated: R
    Film Length: 93 minutes
    Aspect Ratio: 16X9 Enhanced Widescreen (1.85:1)
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    I know, I know! You are probably asking yourself
    why is Ron wasting his time doing a review of a
    film like Jason X? To be honest, New Line
    has been putting out some incredible DVD transfers
    as of late, and I was interested in seeing how good
    this highly-touted digital transfer really was.
    More on that in a moment.
    Actually, I grew up rather liking the Friday The
    13th
    series. The first few films were very
    well done and quite frightening. By the middle of
    the series, however, the stories became credulous
    as the filmmakers found more ridiculous ways to
    bring Jason Voorhees back to kill more teenagers.
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    Seems like things in the past 12 years haven't
    really changed. Just when you thought there was
    nowhere else to go, director James Isaac and
    screenwriter Todd Farmer have boldly gone
    where no Voorhees has gone before -- outer space!
    And talk about things that never change...outer
    space has its share of horny teenagers.
    Set in the year 2455, when the Earth has long
    since become uninhabitable for human life to exist,
    a team of scientists come upon the Camp Crystal
    Lake Lab facility (catchy name!) to discover two
    cryogenically frozen people. One of them is a
    very sexy young girl (no doubt!) named Rowan
    (Lexa Doig)and the other is a large, monstrous
    fellow wearing a hockey mask. No folks, there
    was no kinky sex before cryogenics -- this is
    none other than Jason Voorhees.
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    The two newcomers promptly thaw out about the
    massive spaceship, and though Rowan warns everyone
    about Jason's troubled past, some of the crewmembers
    view Jason as a money-making motherload. Of course,
    there were probably refunds being asked as Jason
    has a grand old time slashing his way through
    youthful scientists, gung-ho soldiers, and meddling
    supervisors.
    I'm not quite sure whether this film was intended
    to work as a horror film or a comedy that spoofs
    itself. It seems to fail on both accounts. There
    isn't anything really scary here, though I must
    admit the killings were awfully gruesome. One chick
    that was dressed like Brittany Spears had her head
    frozen in liquid nitrogen then smashed like a
    roman vase. Ouch! That's gotta hurt!
    How is the transfer?
    Okay, so I had to sit through this mind-numbing
    film only to be mesmerized by the transfer. In
    fact, this transfer was the only thing preventing
    me from going into a coma state. It's a truly
    brilliant transfer thanks to the fact that the
    movie was originally shot on film but then
    transferred frame by frame to Hi-Def digital.
    The results are remarkable. You have a picture
    that is completely free of any grain, noise and
    blemish. Colors are vibrant -- especially scenes
    shot with beautiful blue filters -- with deep
    blacks that add texture to the picture. The
    transfer has a sort of glossy look to it that you
    don't normally see on most DVD transfers. It's
    a shame so much effort was put into making this
    film look this good, but that should show you how
    far we have come with digital technology.
    The 5.1 DTS track is pretty amazing in itself.
    As usual, I find that the DTS track adds an overall
    spaciousness to the soundtrack. In this case you
    get a sense of feel to the large, empty cargo ship.
    Watching this movie makes you think you just stepped
    into the JASON SIMULATOR RIDE at movie theme park,
    as the bass levels through the LFE channel are so
    intense that you feel like you are part of the movie.
    Really, kids, the thunderous bass almost moved
    me and my couch across the floor. Suffice to say,
    there is great dynamic range here and the rears do
    a fantastic job of supporting the film's many effects
    from dripping water in a simulator game to machine
    gun fire that emanates from just about every channel.
    Special Features
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    New Line has opted to release Jason X under
    their Platinum Series line. This means you can
    expect that nothing was spared in the supplemental
    department.
    Where do I begin...
    The DVD begins with a heart-racing collage of
    character reactions as Jason swings and slashes.
    A fiery explosion brings us to the Main Menu screen.
    By selecting All Access Pass, you are brought
    to the supplemental area.
    First up is a feature-length commentary
    with Director Jim Isaac, Writer Todd Farmer and
    Producer Noel Cunningham. It's sort of difficult
    to keep track of who is who, but essentially we
    learn that Jason X came to be while another
    project, Jason vs. Freddy was waiting in
    the wings. The space setting gave the filmmakers
    more options as to what they could do with weapons
    of the future. The filmmakers also bring out the
    fact that for the first time, everyone in the film
    is aware of who each other is and aware that
    everyone is being stalked at the same time. We
    learn a little about the time consuming special
    effects that were done. One shot of an exploding
    ship took 22 days to render. There's an interesting
    part of the commentary where we learn the difference
    between gore that is acceptable and gratuitous gore
    that will ultimately reap havoc from the MPAA. The
    filmmakers were very careful with the gore sequences
    based upon past films where the MPAA gave them a
    ridiculously hard time with the material. Seems
    that there was a lot of effort on the set between
    film takes to continually scare the young cast by
    having Jason leap out at them at unexpected moments.
    For the most part this is a very lively and
    information-soaked commentary. I think you'll
    enjoy it.
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    The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees is not
    a daytime soap opera. It's actually a sort of
    retrospective of the Friday The 13th/Jason Voorhees
    phenomenon. Noted critics praise the fact that
    Friday The 13th was the creation of the
    slasher genre. It's one of those spooky stories
    that counselors used to tell around the camp fire.
    In addition to this series, critics talk about the
    similar type of films that came before it and after
    it. Gore fans should actually have a lot of fun
    watching this featurette that really gives an
    in-depth look at low-budget fright house films.
    It's filled with interviews of many of the Directors
    involved with past projects -- including Sean S.
    Cunningham. Of course, with all the positive
    reaction from fans of this genre, comes some of
    the negative feedback about the over violent nature
    of these films. Finally, we are treated to a
    brief make-up session and interview with Kane Hodder,
    who has played the hockey-mask wearing menace in
    the most recent slew of films. Quite a fun
    featurette!
    (length: approx. 30 minutes)
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    You know you have entered the realm of fluff-piece
    promotional material when the cast members start
    saying things like "this film is REALLY scary" and
    "there were some fine acting moments". This is
    the sort of bogus BS we get subjected to in The
    Making of Jason X. It begins with Producers
    Sean S. Cunningham and Noel Cunningham talking
    about running out of ideas and finding something
    fresh and innovative for the next Jason venture.
    Amongst the things that were turned down was "Jason
    in Africa" and "Jason in the North Pole". When
    space became an option, Cunningham became very
    excited. This time around the producers would be
    able to use modern technology and futurist weapons
    to fight the legendary monster. The featurette
    shows us Jason hanging on wires as we watch some
    of the green screen special effects work being done.
    There's a wonderful explanation of the digital
    process that this film went through that enabled
    the filmmakers to have a better control on the
    digital effects that they never had before. We
    watch how specific digital shots were created
    for the film. The rest of the featurette skims
    through the set, costume and makeup designs. If
    you take away some of the promotional BS, what you
    have is a pretty cool and entertaining featurette.
    (length: approx. 17 minutes)
    Jump To A Death is sort of neat. As you
    select various characters from the menu, you
    automatically jump to the point in the film where
    that character is killed. You can even select
    a random assortment of killings if you wish to be
    surprised.
    In addition to the original theatrical trailer,
    there are also trailers for Blade II, Final
    Destination
    and Nightmare on Elm Street.
    Final Thoughts
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    Okay, so it comes as no surprise that Jason X
    is nothing more than the usual mindless slasher
    fare filled with putrid dialogue and a feeble cast.
    If you don't go into the film thinking it's
    Shakespeare in the Park, you might actually
    have a little fun with it. There are certainly
    worse films out there if you can believe it.
    Release Date: October 8, 2002
     
  2. David Ely

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    Hey Ron. You might wanna change the title of the movie in your final paragraph.
     
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    Great review Ron, I am a big fan of the series and I will definitely be picking this one up. Jason X isn't the worst in the series, but it is far from the best.
    Just a correction for you Ron, the film you are reviewing is Jason X, not Jason Goes To Hell (which was mentioned in the last paragraph). [​IMG]
     
  4. Ronald Epstein

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    Gents,

    Made the overlooked correction. Thank You
    as always.
     
  5. Frank Sadler

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    The movie is what it is. It ain't One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, It is a fun slasher movie.

    Thank You for the review, Ron. It is appreciated.
     
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    I loved Jason X (in a turn your brain off kind of way) and am anxiously awaiting this DVD. Thanks Ron!
     
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    Thanks Ron for the review! Can't wait to see the results of a Friday title done right!
     
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    Is there any chance you will be reviewing Jason Goes To Hell, Ron?
     
  9. Ronald Epstein

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    Rhett,

    One Jason film is enough for me.

    Sorry.
     
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    Fair enough, thanks again though Ron.
     
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    It's funny, but I was one of this film's biggest detractors at first, but as of late, I dunno maybe it's because my all time favorite holiday is coming up Halloween and i'm a little giddy, but I just might pick this one up afterall. What the hell, I will. [​IMG]
    Besides, it's high time I got off my ass and started my Friday the 13th dvd collection and this is as good a place to start as any I guess.
    Great review Ron! [​IMG] However I wish you would have put the girls head shattering scene in spoiler tags, I would have loved to have seen that and been surprised. Still, it sounds hilarious! [​IMG]
     
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    I can't wait for this to come out in a couple weeks! Along with this and Jason Goes To Hell, it will complete my Friday the 13th DVD Collection![​IMG] YIPPEE!!!! Now, in December, on Friday the 13th, I can have a 1-X marathon. I'll be wathing them however long it takes![​IMG]
     
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    Ron, in the fourth paragraph I think you mean the planet was uninhabitable.
     
  15. Ronald Epstein

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    Please send any corrections via private mail
    so discussion on this thread remains true to
    the review.
     
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    What, no "highly recommended"? [​IMG]
    Personally, I can't wait. I really liked the F13 movies when I was younger (though they don't seem to appeal to me as much now as they did them). I for one am happy that New Line took over the series. I have no problems with Paranmount, but I don't think we would have seen this movie had it stayed.
    --Anders
     
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    Hey Ron, anytime that you don't want to do a horror review, send them my way I would be happy to! [​IMG]
     
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    While I can fully understand how Ron and others might dislike this film, and other like films, I had such a ball watching this that I will be picking it up. I, too, grew up watching F13 films and while I agree they started to get stupid and with the last few that wondered why I even bothered, this was like visiting an old friend. [​IMG]
    -paul
     
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