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Friday The 13th
The Series
The Final Season

review by Zach B.

 

 

Running Time: 914 minutes

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $49.99

Features: Episodic Promos

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

Released: September 22nd, 2009

 

 

All the third (and final) season episodes are presented in 1.33:1 full screen. Those who were disappointed with the quality of the first season and second, unfortunately, find more of the same. The episodes are unrefined and often look washed out, while fleshtones are still pretty pasty. Detail looks more like blurs, and the color saturation is pretty off. Noise is a big factor, as is shimmering, blemishes and other little annoyances. These certainly remind me of the VHS era. 

 

The English Mono tracks on the episodes are also lacklaster. While I did not detect any major audio defects, the episodes sound tinny — almost as if it's someone put a cover over the episodes in an effort to muffle what was being heard. Mono tracks are limited in the first place, but the sound elements do sound pretty strained. The musical cues sound okay, but the sound effects and dialogue come off more like pitter-patter. Certainly subpar, to say the least.

English closed captions are available through your television.

 

A good deal of the episodes have Promos that you can view before the respected episodes, or in one lump sum with the others on the respective disc.

 

The bad news is that "Friday The 13th The Series" still looks and sounds horrid on DVD. The good news is that this third season is the last, so there won't be anymore of these releases to suffer through. There is a decent amount of content here, but aside from episode promos, there are no extras. You'll have to be a pretty big fan of the series and horror in general to think this set is worth your money.