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Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter (Deluxe Edition) - horror DVD review
Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Actors: Elizabeth Beck, Erich Anderson, Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Joan Freeman
Director: Joseph Zito   Distributor: Paramount
DVD release: 16 June 2009   Runtime: 91 minutes (1 disc)
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
DVD features: Aspect ratio 2.35:1, Audio tracks (5.1 Dolby Surround - English; Mono - English, French, Spanish), Subtitles (English, French, Portugese, Spanish), Commentary (dir. Joe Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen, editor Joel Goodman), Fan commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch, Lost Tales from Camp Blood - Part IV, Slashed Scenes, Jason's Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th The Final Chapter, The Lost Ending, The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part I, Jimmy's Dead Dance Moves

It might seem a little strange to recommend a DVD based on the commentary track, but in the case of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (part 4 in the series) it is fitting.

The plot: soon after his rampage in Part 3, Jason is found, supposedly dead. He is taken to the morgue, where he revives (never explained). After taking care of the morgue attendant and an unlucky nurse, Jason somehow makes it back the camp, where a fresh batch of teens (including a young Crispin Glover, pre-Back to the Future) has arrived ready for slaughter. In addition to the teens, there is a boy named Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman), who, surprisingly, might be Jason's match.

In other words, this is a typical Friday the 13th movie. Nothing new about the plot: teens show up, they get killed, the lone survivor seemingly kills Jason, but there is room for a sequel. Though I will give this film credit for being one the better films in the series (with some genuinely creepy and disturbing moments), it is still not a classic.

What makes this film worth buying is the commentary track by directors and admitted superfans of the series Adam Green (Hatchet) and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2: Dead End. The fact that both have made semi-cult horror films with a dose of black humor shows that films such as Friday the 13th clearly influenced their work. Both guys are not only very funny but also show a genuine affection for both the series and the movie. The duo riff on the movie Mystery Science Theatre 3000-style at times, yet their enthusiasm for certain well-done moments in the film is infectious as well. In short, their commentary makes it fun, almost like watching a movie and riffing on it with two close friends.

If you are genuine fan of the series, the movie itself makes the DVD worth purchasing. If you are not a Friday the 13th fan, the movie is good but not great, but the commentary track by Green and Lynch makes it worth a least a rental.

Besides the aforementioned fan commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch, the DVD includes
  • A commentary track by director Joe Zito, screenwriter Barry Cohen and editor Joel Goodman.
  • Deleted or "slashed" scenes
  • A continuation of Tales from Camp Blood (Part 4)
  • Jason's Unlucky Day: 25 Years after Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
  • The Lost Ending (scrapped, but actually pretty creepy)
  • Jimmy's Dead Dance Moves (a hilarious feature on Crispin Glover's bizarre dance during the movie)
  • The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part 1 - a parody of the true-crime features from A&E with the Jason murders as its angle.
  • Original trailer
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reviewed by Trent Daniel
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