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Blu-ray Review: ‘Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection’

Friday the 13th Collection

CHICAGO – For the first time, all 12 films in the legacy of Jason Voorhees are available on Blu-ray in one box set, “Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection,” and the results are wonderfully comprehensive if not overly impressive. It’s great to have all of these films in one place, especially for hardcore fans of this insanely inconsistent but influential series, but the true opportunity to provide something new other than packaging, a few HD transfers, and physical collectibles is disappointing.

Blu-ray Review: ‘Conan the Barbarian’ Remake Fails in Every Way

Conan the Barbarian

CHICAGO – There were a disturbing number of remakes in 2011 that failed to justify their existence, including “The Thing,” “Footloose,” and, perhaps worst of all, Marcus Nispel’s “Conan the Barbarian.” The man behind the equally worthless remakes of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and “Friday the 13th” has carved out his own niche of dubious filmmaking decisions that make the original look like a masterpiece in comparison. The first “Conan” worked almost entirely because of the star power brought to it by Ah-nuld. The words star power and Jason Momoa have never been used together in a sentence before now.

Blu-Ray Review: Jason Voorhees Returns in Killer Cut of ‘Friday the 13th’

Friday the 13th

CHICAGO – The reboot of “Friday the 13th” was another financially successful notch in the belt of Platinum Dunes, the film company behind the remakes of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” “The Hitcher,” and “The Amityville Horror”. Making $90 million worldwide and more domestically than any previous Jason Voorhees movie (that didn’t include Freddy Krueger), “Friday the 13th” has a following that will be ecstatic with the excellent Blu-Ray release for the slasher title.

Lack of Originality, Actual Scares Render Marcus Nispel’s ‘Friday the 13th’ Ineffective

Friday the 13th

CHICAGO – Your reaction to Marcus Nispel’s “Friday the 13th” is likely to depend on how nostalgically you remember the original and how you reacted to producer Michael Bay’s “remakes” of “The Amityville Horror,” “The Hitcher,” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”.

Slideshow: 29-Image Gallery For ‘Friday the 13th’ With Jared Padalecki

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Chelsea (Willa Ford) discovers Jason (Derek Mears) watching her from the shores of Crystal Lake.

CHICAGO – This 29-image slideshow contains the official press images for “Friday the 13th,” which was directed by Marcus Nispel and features Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Willa Ford, Aaron Yoo, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, America Olivo and Derek Mears as Jason. The Warner Brothers Pictures release opens on Friday, February 13th, 2009.

Blu-Ray Review: Go Back to Camp Crystal Lake With ‘Friday the 13th: Uncut’

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HollywoodChicago.com Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0
Blu-Ray Rating: 3.5/5.0

CHICAGO – Every time a movie gets remade, you can expect the original to appear in some varying degree of “special” edition on the home market. A week-and-a-half from the Michael Bay produced and Marcus Nispel remake of “Friday the 13th,” Paramount has unleashed deluxe editions of the original on Blu-Ray and the first two sequels on DVD.

2009 Warner Bros. Picture Preview: ‘Terminator Salvation,’ ‘Watchmen,’ ‘Friday the 13th,’ ‘Inkheart,’ More

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Helen Mirren as Elinor, Brendan Fraser as Mo, Rafi Gavron as Farid, Eliza Bennett as Meggie, and Paul Bettany as Dustfinger in the fantasy adventure Inkheart, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Photo by Murray Close

CHICAGO – Warner Brothers has released a slate of images from their entire 2009 schedule of films, the first half of which are included in a 25-image slideshow below. The second half of the 2009 Warner Brothers slate will be posted a week from today, January 19th, 2009.

Interview: Filmmaker Brothers Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass Advance Mumblecore Movement in ‘Baghead’

CHICAGO – The “mumblecore” movement, which is the made-on-digital-video movie revolution, has two significant practitioners: filmmaker brothers Mark Duplass and Jay Duplass.

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