Friday the 13th Part 2 appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. I didn’t think the transfer of Part 2 excelled, but it looked good nonetheless.
Sharpness remained positive the majority of the time. Most of the movie appeared more than acceptably concise and well-defined. Some moderate softness crept into the image at times, but not with great severity or frequency. I noticed no jagged edges, shimmering, or edge enhancement. Print flaws weren’t much of an impediment. Grain was quite noticeable, and I saw moderate density of specks and marks. Nonetheless, these stayed within reasonable levels for an older movie.
Colors came across pretty well. Most of the hues appeared pretty vibrant and lively. Sometimes they became a little bland, but those examples were infrequent. Blacks seemed slightly flat but were usually fairly dark and tight, while shadows demonstrated similar tendencies. Low-light shots could be a bit opaque and drab, but they mostly looked appropriately dense and visible. Though I didn’t think the image was great, it deserved a solid “B”.
When I examined the Dolby Digital TrueHD 5.1 remix of Part 2, I felt it offered a satisfying piece. As was the case with the track for the first flick, this one focused on general atmosphere. Not much else happened here, and surround usage tended toward support. I noticed a few unique elements in the rear speakers – like a barking dog in the right surround – but most of the time those channels just reinforced material from the front.
And that was fine, as the forward channels opened up matters well. They showed good stereo music and demonstrated a fine sense of environment. The mix created a surprisingly natural sense of place; if I didn’t know better, I’d have thought the film always came with a multichannel mix. The soundtrack fit the material well.
In addition, audio quality was positive. Speech came across as reasonably concise and natural; no flaws or edginess marred the lines. Effects didn’t boast great range but they seemed clean and accurate. Music presented nice clarity and except for a somewhat dull-sounding rock song at a bar, that side of things appeared pretty robust. While the track never dazzled, it worked well, especially given its age.
How do the picture and sound of this Blu-ray compare to the Special Edition DVD release? The Blu-ray clearly came from the same transfer used for the SE DVD, so both seemed very similar. Audio was virtually identical, and visuals showed only minor improvements. Given the movie’s roots, many scenes never looked – and never will look – very good; Blu-ray can’t fix that. Daylight shots tended to appear quite lively and crisp, while nighttime scenes were murkier. This was the case with the DVD and it remained true for the Blu-ray.
All of the extras from the SE DVD reappear here. Inside Crystal Lake Memories runs 11 minutes, 16 seconds and provides an interview with Memories author Peter Bracke. Conducted by Dark Delicacies owner Del Howison, they discuss why Bracke decided to write the book, his research and the writing process, his approach to the material, aspects of Part 2 and thoughts about the series’ enduring appeal.
I was pleased that “Inside” spent so much time on the production of Part 2. I feared it would be little more than a way to promote Bracke’s book, but it never feels like a promotional tool. Instead, we get good details about the series and Part 2 in particular. It’s too bad this DVD doesn’t include the deleted shots Bracke mentions here, though.
Next comes the six-minute and 49-second Friday’s Legacy: Horror Conventions. It includes some remarks from Scarefest event manager Jeff Waldridge, Friday makeup effects creator Tom Savini, Friday writer Victor Miller, composer Harry Manfredini, Scarefest host Patty Star, and actors Ari Lehman, Betsy Palmer, and Tucky Williams. We learn a little about Scarefest and why the folks involved in films like to appear there. Unlike “Inside”, “Legacy” does feel promotional. We get no real insights into the horror convention phenomenon and just learn how terrific they are.
A continuation of a piece started on the Friday the 13th DVD, Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 2 goes for eight minutes, 55 seconds. Actually, “continuation” isn’t really correct, as both parts of “Lost Tales” show different short horror films. Neither offer much entertainment, so don’t expect much from them.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we find a 29-minute and 26-second show called Jason Forever. This takes us to a January 2004 Fangoria convention that united four of the actors who played Jason. We meet Ari Lehman, Warrington Gillette, CJ Graham and Kane Hodder. They provide some memories of their work on the films. The program gives us a decent roster of facts and proves to be reasonably entertaining.
Like many sequels, Friday the 13th Part 2 does little more than remake its predecessor. However, it does so in a satisfying way, as it presents a discernibly more dynamic and visceral experience. The Blu-ray offers generally positive picture along with good audio and a minor set of extras. Friday the 13th Part 2 probably won’t win over any non-fans, but it acts as a decent entry in the series.
If you’re a fan and you don’t have the 2009 SE DVD, you might as well pick up this Blu-ray. Room for improvement remains, but the Blu-ray provided the most attractive home video version of the film to date. However, I don’t think it tops the DVD to a strong enough degree to warrant a “double dip”. Both featured the same transfer, so while the Blu-ray boasted moderate increases in definition, it didn’t blow away the 2009 DVD.
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