By Peter Martin
'Friday the 13th' (2009) (New Line)
Just when you thought it was safe to go wandering in the woods with your portable DVD player, Jason Voorhees appears to remind you: check your calendar before leaving the house. I wish that the Friday the 13th reboot, directed by Marcus Nispel and produced by Michael Bay, had lived up to the promise of its first 20-25 minutes. As I wrote upon its release in February, "the set-up in the present day was classically simple, the action flared up in mean and bloody outbursts, and Jason's appearance was note-perfect."

It's too bad the movie never regained its footing after it paused to take a breath, but I know that won't keep horror fans from checking it out when it hits DVD on June 16, especially since the unrated version will include additional scenes (reportedly nine minutes of unseen footage). The theatrical version did appear short of some of the expected bloody carnage -- a few scenes felt incomplete, while others stopped just before more explicit mayhem might have been unleashed. DVD Active has the early artwork; the unrated edition on DVD includes a "Rebirth of Jason" featurette, while the Blu-ray will have both the theatrical and unrated editions, plus two additional featurettes and a "terror trivia track."

Meanwhile, Shock Til You Drop has details on the extras and artwork for the new special editions of Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning, and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives. All three feature audio commentaries and featurettes; Part IV even gets a "fan commentary" by the talented directors Adam Green (Hatchet, Spiral) and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2: Dead End). Personally, I'll be buying at least two out of those three. They'll all be released on Tuesday, June 16.

categories Features, Dvds, Movies, Horror