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Friday The 13th
The Series
The First Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Starring: John D. Le May, Robey, Chris Wiggins

Running Time: 1179 minutes

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $54.99

Features: Network Launch Promos, Sales Presentation

Specs: 1.33:1 Full Screen, English Mono, English Closed Captions, Chapter Selection, Six-Disc Set

Released: September 23rd, 2008

 

 

All the first season episodes are presented in 1.33:1 full screen. Unfortunately, these are pretty murky and grainy transfers that have seen much better days. The episodes look like medicore VHS dubs, as the overall image quality is really washed out and unrefined. There isn't much detail to speak of, fleshtones are hideous and pasty and even though this series uses a dark palette to begin with - all the colors seem to have been drawn out, making things look rather lifeless. Shimmering, dirt pieces, blemishes and other nusciances also plague the episodes. In short: horrid. 

 

The English Mono tracks on the episodes are not much better. Fidelity is low, and everything sounds tinny. Of course these tracks are limited, but I found dialogue to sound a bit muted. Sound effects and the musical cues come in a little better, but not by much. You can hear the episodes, but that's really the only thing of note here.

English closed captions are available through your television.

 

The first disc has two Network Launch Promos and the sixth disc has a 9 minute Sales Presentation, which pitches the show's success and shows clips from the first season. Gotta love that brooding narration, though.

 

I'm sure fans of the series and horror fans in general will be interested in this release, but it's not worth it. The extras are slim, and the episodes look and sound painfully subpar. You get a lot of episodes for the price, but still, this should only be purchased by die-hard fans only.