So while we were on break, the trailer for the long troubled WORLD WAR Z finally showed it’s horrifying face to the world. I suppose it was to show that the film was on track after almost the entire film had to be re-shot but all it really did was piss off fans of the book and zombie films in general. My biggest grief with it, other than the entire thing looking like the horrible films 2012 or THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW with its overly excessive use of CGI, they had to go and fuck with zombies. ZOMBIES! Zombies, folks, are simple when it comes right down to it and I’m certain they could’ve gotten plenty of extras, but no, they had to use computer generated imagery when it came to the zombies as well. Not only that, they (the zombies) somehow, in death, all have become world class athletes and parkour fanatics. Essentially, boils ‘n ghouls, from the trailer alone (and Brad Pitt’s sorry acting doesn’t help), this film is going to suck out loud, no doubt about it.
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It was announced last week that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has gained exclusive rights to physical Blu-ray and DVD distribution of more than 600 Paramount catalog titles (Paramount keeps VOD rights). While nothing major was announced, horror fans have been in a frenzy hoping that we’ll now see that Friday the 13th Blu-ray box set we’ve been demanding.
Daniel Farrands, producer of the absolutely incredible A Nightmare on Elm Street documentary “Never Sleep gain,” already has inside word from Warners regarding the future of the Friday franchise: “It’s confirmed that Warner Bros. DID acquire the F13th titles from Paramount,” Farrands states on his Facebook page. “But they haven’t yet decided whether they will release a full Blu-ray box set or simply release “one offs” of each title.”
What’s exciting is that we can now have one solid set that contains Friday the 13th through Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan alongside Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X and Freddy vs. Jason!
It’s no secret that the WORLD WAR Z production has been nothing if not troubled. Damon Lindelof was recently hired to rewrite the ending, original director Mark Forster was unable to run things properly, letting things get out of hand, and in October of 2011, Hungarian police raided the set of WORLD WAR Z and confiscated 85 unauthorized weapons for cryin’ out loud.
After Lindelof figured out how much additional work was needed when he was brought in to handle the third act, he handed the project off to collaborator Drew Goddard. Sources say Paramount execs only had 52 minutes of continuous footage cut together to show them, along with a few minutes of other action. The film is said to be gearing up for a seven-week reshoot in London.
So much money is being put into re-shoots and re-writes that I’m certain, if they haven’t scrapped the flick by now, we will be seeing the film eventually, but when? Who knows. We’ll keep you posted on events as they keep developing.
The story revolves around United Nations employee Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop the Zombie pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.
Paramount just released some clips from their upcoming DVD release of THE UNINVITED April 28th. Check ’em out below.
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From SHOCK TILL YOU DROP:
Here they are, the specs for the latest batch of Friday the 13th sequels arriving as special edition DVDs on June 16th. Here’s the breakdown…
Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter
• Audio commentary by director Joseph Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman
• Fan commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch
• Slashed scenes
• The Lost Ending
• Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER
• Lost Tales from Camp Blood—Part IV
• The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited—Part I
• Jimmy’s Dead Dance Moves
• Original theatrical trailer
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
• Audio commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann with cast and crew
• New Beginnings: The Making of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING
• Lost Tales from Camp Blood—Part V
• The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited—Part II
• Original theatrical trailer
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
• Audio commentary by writer/director Tom McLoughlin with cast and crew
• Slashed scenes
• Jason Lives: The Making of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES
• Meeting Mr. Voorhees
• Lost Tales from Camp Blood—Part VI
• Crystal Lake Massacre Revisited—Part III
• Original theatrical trailer
Also on the same day, Paramount will issue Parts 2 and 3 on Blu-Ray. The latter will include new special features including:
• Legacy of the Mask
• Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular
• Lost Tales From Camp Blood, Part 3
• Fresh Cuts: 3D Terror
Looks like 2 and 3 will get that hi-def treatment I was wanting so desperately on the DVDs. I wonder how they’re going to go about the 3-D aspect of part 3. Still analogue red and blue? Hmmm. I’d love to see how the new editions look!
What can I say to best review this version of Friday The 13th? If you haven’t seen it, I suppose I’ll start out with a brief synopsis (though, seriously, why haven’t you seen it).
A group of camp counselors are fixing up Camp Crystal lake (also known as Camp Blood, because, well, it has “a DEATH CURSE” with a drowned boy and murdered counselors). With a plan to fix it up for inner-city kids to have a place to go and get away from their troubles and learn skills to help them later in life…like…well…basket weaving. Almost immediately, however, the counselors start dropping like flies in a very giallo-like murderous spree. Keep your bloody eyeballs peeled for an early appearance from a grass smokin’ Kevin Bacon.
Ok, it’s the mother of the drowned boy Jason Voorhees, PAMELA VOORHEES, killing everyone. That’s right, an old lady. Young, youthful, strong 20-somethings are being picked off by an old lady. Alright, getting PAST that little bit of weirdness though, this flick is REALLY something you must see. It truly has attained a place in the pantheon of Horror greatness. Friday the 13th was one of the first horror films I ever saw and it was one of my first forays into the world of gore (thanks to Tom Savini’s fantastic effects). It scared the shit out of me.
This film has been criticized over the years for being something of a “paint by numbers” sort of horror film and considered a rip-off of Halloween, and to a degree, this is true. But what Victor Miller and Sean Cunningham did was take that formula and run with it. I’d say, moreso than Halloween, Friday the 13th defined the slasher genre. A group of teens/20-somethings in an isolated area being picked off. Perfect.
So what’s special about the new edition? I didn’t get the blu-ray as I don’t have a blu-ray player, but I can definitely say that the new transfer for this edition is fucking fantastic. I watched a bit of the box-set edition of the first Friday before I watched this new one and you can really see the attention the producers (Paramount?) paid to the new transfer. The picture is CLEAN AS FUCK and when I get a blu-ray player, I’ll definitely be picking this one up. I have yet to see a difference like this in transfer from one edition to another that is just so clearly BETTER, even on DVD.
The DVD also has a new slew of special features that are totally worth picking up the new disc for (some old ones too), but I stand by picking it up for the new transfer alone. It’s beautiful. Even if you already have the first Friday th 13th, go out and pick up this edition (especially if you can get it on Blu-Ray). It is THE definitive edition of the film.
Four out of Five skulls
Seems that Paramount’s gonna be doin’ a little double dippin’ and releasing another Friday the 13th Box set. This time, in Blu-Ray. The set will more than likely be like the box set they released in, what was it, 2004 I think, From Crystal Lake to Manhattan, just, you know, in High Definition. We’re probably not going to get any new extras, so I won’t be holding my breath.
More here as it develops.
Shock Till You Drop got their claws on the new cover art for the deluxe editions of the first 3 Friday flicks Paramout’s going to be releasing early February 2009 (to cash in on the remake of course). They also reported that a week later, on February 10th, 2009, they’ll be releasing the second season of FRIDAY THE 13th: THE SERIES (not that anyone cares because that show is boring as all hell). Anyway, check out the keen new art:
Pretty cool. I’ll definitely be picking these up, and the fact that 3 will actually be in 3-D is just fucking amazing. BUY ‘EM!