Freddy Vs. Jason

Freddy Vs. Jason

Robert Englund
Director: Ronny Yu Cast: Robert Englund
Robert Englund
, Ken Kirzinger
Ken Kirzinger
, Monica Keena
Monica Keena
Ronny Yu

DVD (Wide Screen / Pan & Scan)

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New Line Cinema slices and dices its way through another jam-packed Platinum Series DVD with the bloody two-disc release of the horror battle royal Freddy Vs. Jason. Presented in both the 2.35:1 widescreen image and chopped up full-screen versions of the film, the disc delivers a pristine transfer of the film, whose gorgeous visual aesthetics can now be appreciated on the small screen. Sound options aren't quite as full, though there shouldn't be too many folks disappointed with the Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound track, sure to please most horror audiophiles with its wet and juicy splatter effects and rip-roaring mix (which is also supplied in the discs' well-done 2.0 Stereo Sound option). Extras on disc one begin with a commentary track from director Ronny Yu, here joined by both Robert Englund and the new Jason Vorhees himself, Ken Kirzinger. Englund hams it up and takes over the track from minute one, throwing out anecdote after anecdote, all the while obnoxiously breaking out in his Freddy laugh as much as the other two will allow (and, both of them being quite soft-spoken, they allow a lot). After you've impatiently sat through that track, you can find some instant gratification in New Line's patented Jump to a Death feature (which, funny enough, points to just how bland most of the kills were, seeing that six out of 13 kills were all done by a machete -- yawn!). Disc two brings on a bevy of extras that range from utterly fantastic to completely worthless. Sadly, the anticipated 20 deleted/alternate scenes that start the disc off can be lumped into the latter. Even with optional commentary from Yu and executive producer Douglas Curtis, the scenes make no sense and give little insight to the production other than to say that they cut out the right stuff. Extras continue in the Production area, where you can find two articles from Fangoria magazine wonderfully detailing the film's long road to development, featuring full-color scans and easy-to-read reprinted text. Inside the Production Featurettes section, there's over 50 minutes of footage covering various aspects of the production, including its genesis, stunts, makeup, locations, and art direction. Additionally, inside the Visual Effects Featurettes, visual effects supervisor Ariel Velasco-Shaw and visual effects producer Kevin Elam take you through a 35-minute step-by-step look at 12 of the film's big effects shots, which can be viewed together through the Play All feature or by themselves. Endlessly insightful, each featurette in both sections provides wonderful behind-the-scenes glimpses at the filmmakers and is a staple of why the Platinum Series is so successful. A packed Galleries section is also supplied, featuring storyboards and various behind-the-scenes stills of the film. The highlight of the disc can be found inside the Publicity and Promotions section, where the much-hyped Pre-fight Press Conference held at Bally's Casino awaits you. Hosted by Michael "Are You Ready to Rumble" Buffer just one month before the film was released, the clip is 100 percent cheese, but oozing with exactly the kind of fun and outrageousness that colossal pairing deserved. Another tasty bit is some raw footage of Ain't It Cool News' Camp Hacknslash summer camp -- a promotional stunt wherein a horde of young Texans got together and partied like they were teens in a Friday the 13th flick before being treated to an outdoor premiere of the film. Also included in the section is the original theatrical trailer, along with TV spots and a stomach-turning Elm Street-inspired rap-metal music video. Finally, the DVD contains trailers for the laughable The Butterfly Effect, along with the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and the two later (and worst) entries in each series -- Jason Goes to Hell and Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare. DVD-ROM extras include a script-to-screen comparison; sound bytes from the film; and a Cutting Room Floor Editing feature, where you can reedit the two icons' dream fight sequence using a collection of shots in the movie. Animated screen menus add to the fun, as does the packaging (which includes a nice insert that could double as an alternate cover). In the end, New Line delivers on its Platinum promise, providing enough bells and whistles to quench even the most hardened fans' desires -- sadly, that's something the film has a hard time boasting about itself.

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Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2004
UPC: 0794043683121
Original Release: 2003
Rating: R
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 73,318

Special Features

Closed Caption; Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film; Commentary by director Ronny Yu, Robert Englund, and Ken Kirzinger; Jump to a Death menu option; Deleted/alternate scenes including the original opening and ending with filmmaker commentary; Behind-the-scenes coverage of the film's development, including screenwriting, set design, makeup, stunts, and principle photography; Visual effects exploration; Storyboards and galleries; Original theatrical trailer and TV spots; Music video by Ill Niño "How Can I Live" ; DVD-ROM content: Script-to-screen, enhanced playback mode, The Cutting Room Floor edit activity, and more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Englund Freddy Krueger
Ken Kirzinger Jason Vorhees
Monica Keena Lori
Jason Ritter Will
Kelly Rowland Kia
Katharine Isabelle Gibb
Christopher Marquette Linderman
Brendan Fletcher Marquette Mark
Tom Butler Dr. Campbell
James Callahan Tim
Lochlyn Munro Deputy Stubbs
Kyle Labine Freeburg
Gary Chalk J.D.
Brian Thompson Actor
Kenneth Tsang Actor
Lisa Wilcox Lisa Johnson
Chris Gauthier Shack
Jesse Hutch Trey
Jake Kaese Billy
Odessa Munroe Heather
Joshua Mihal Carlos
Paula Shaw Pamela Voorhees

Technical Credits
Ronny Yu Director
Matthew Barry Casting
Stokely Chaffin Executive Producer
Sean S. Cunningham Producer
Douglas Curtis Executive Producer
Ross Dempster Art Director
David S. Goyer Screenwriter
Nancy Green-Keyes Casting
Gregory Mah Costumes/Costume Designer
Rose Marie McSherry Set Decoration/Design
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Damian Shannon Screenwriter
Robert Shaye Associate Producer,Executive Producer
Mark Stevens Editor
Mark Swift Screenwriter
Bill Terezakis Makeup Special Effects
John Willett Production Designer
Renee Witt Associate Producer,Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Freddy's Children
2. Late Night Swim
3. Welcome to Elm Street
4. "Freddy's Coming Back!"
5. Institutionalized
6. Back to School
7. Life and Death of the Party
8. Sins of the Father
9. Brother's Keeper
10. Two Killers
11. Back to Westin Hills
12. "Welcome to My Nightmare!"
13. Return to Crystal Lake
14. Home Field Advantage
15. One one One
16. Final Blows
17. End Credits

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