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Friday The 13th
Part 3 - 3-D

review by Zach B.



MPAA Rating: R

Running Time: 95 Minutes

Starring: Dana Kimmell, Paul Kratka and Richard Brooker

Written by: Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson
Based on characters created by: Victor Miller and Ron Kurz

Directed by: Steve Miner


Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $16.99

Features: Theatrical Trailer

Specs: 2.35:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition, English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, English Mono, French Mono, Spanish Mono, English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, Portuguese Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection

Released: February 3rd, 2009



This review pertains to the 2-D version of the movie. "Friday The 13th Part 3" is presented in 2.35:1 Widescreen 1080p High Definition. The transfer might have been re-mastered, but nobody cleaned the movie up. The film not only has a very soft look, but it is incredibly grainy. There is shimmering, distracting edge halos and lots of noise. Scratches, blemishes, dirt pieces and all sorts of little annoyances are specked all across the print - some even staying in place for long periods of time. Fleshtones are nothing special, and colors are a bit washed out and muted. Sadly, this is transfer is downright ugly.


Much better is the new English Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. It is a bit on the synthetic side, and isn't too discrete, but even with the artifical surrounds it isn't too bad. Background noises, such as crickets chriping, don't sound too shabby - while the actual violence and action has its moments, but are nothing empowering. Dialogue is clear and easy to hear, while Harry Manfredini's score manages quite well - all those screeches and lingering notes of doom have energy through the channels. Fidelity is decent, dynamic range is a bit limited, and subwoofer use is a bit on the soft side. But given the original sound elements, this is not a terrible 5.1 mix by any means.

For you purists, Mono is available in English, French and Spanish. English closed captions are available through your television, plus subtitles in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.


A big selling point to this new "Deluxe Edition" is that you can now experience the movie as it was originally seen: in 3-D. Sure, the 3-D is a bit wobbly and isn't great compared to today's standards, but still pretty fun. I'm sure this factor will make it a selling point for fans of the series. Two pairs of glasses are included.

Other than that, just the Theatrical Trailer in anamorphic widescreen.

"Friday The 13th Part 3" may not be a great sequel, but fans of the franchise should re-joice that this new re-release has the movie in its 3-D glory.  Otherwise, the transfer stinks but the new 5.1 TrueHD mix isn't too bad. I probably can't recommend this release to casual fans, but if you love Jason, then you're sure to pick this one up.