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Danny Steinmann
John Shepherd, Marco St. John, Melanie Kinnaman, Richard Young, Vernon Washington, Shavar Ross, Tiffany Helm, Juliette Cummins, Jerry Pavlon
Writing Credits:
Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen, Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen, Danny Steinmann, Victor Miller (characters), Tina Landau (additional dialogue)

If Jason still haunts you, you're not alone!

Jason is back, hockey mask and all. And he's up to his old maniacal tricks in Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning. This time he seems to have set his sights on the young patients at a secluded halfway house. And more than a few of his teen targets end up in half, in quarters ... you name it, Jason does it.

This is the fifth scary installment in the Friday the 13th saga. If you liked the first four, and think you're up to getting back on Jason's bloody trail, you'll love Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning.

Box Office:
Opening Weekend
$11.183 million on 1594 screens.
Domestic Gross
$32.980 million.

Rated R

Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
French Dolby Digital Stereo
Latin Spanish Dolby Digital Stereo
Latin Spanish
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 92 min.
Price: $129.95
Release Date: 9/13/2013

Available Only as Part of “Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection”

• Audio Commentary with Director Danny Steinman, Filmmaker/Fan Michael Felsher, and Actors John Shepherd and Shavar Ross.
• “The Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part V” Featurette
• “Lost Tales from Camp Blood – Part 5” Short Film
• “The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited – Part II” Featurette
• “New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th Part V” Featurette
• Trailer


Panasonic 50" TH-50PZ77U 1080p Plasma Monitor; Sony STR-DG1200 7.1 Channel Receiver; Panasonic DMP-BD60K Blu-Ray Player using HDMI outputs; Michael Green Revolution Cinema 6i Speakers (all five); Kenwood 1050SW 150-watt Subwoofer.


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Friday The 13th, Part 5: A New Beginning - The Complete Collection [Blu-Ray] (1985)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (September 30, 2013)

Since they called the fourth flick in the Friday the 13th series The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning shouldn’t exist. But I guess they decided money remained to be made, so the series continued with this 1985 flick.

In a departure from the first three sequels, Beginning doesn’t open with a rehash of the prior stories. It quickly reintroduces the character of Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman), the kid who supposedly finished off Jason in Final Chapter. He watches some goons dig up Jason’s grave, an action that revives the killer and sends the madman after the boy. However, Tommy wakes up from this vision to reveal that he’s now a young adult (John Shepherd) in the care of a mental hospital.

Yes, it appears that little Tommy went a bit bonkers after his encounter with Jason, so now the extremely withdrawn dude remains a charge of the public health system. They send him to the rustic Pinehurst Youth Development Center, where he meets assistant director Pam Roberts (Melanie Kinnaman) and director Matthew Letter (Richard Young). They brief him on the center’s system and what they hope to do for him.

Tommy settles in and we meet the other residents as they go about their chores. One of them turns out to be a little nuttier than the rest; Vic Faden (Mark Venturini) goes psycho when he angrily takes an axe to fat, dopey resident Joey (Dominick Brascia). The cops cart off Vic, but we soon see that another murderer stalks the area when a mystery man violently slays a pair of young toughs.

The kids and staff remain on edge after this, and it doesn’t contribute to Tommy’s already precarious mental state. He continues to see visions of Jason, and he reacts violently when another kid taunts him. In the meantime, more slayings occur outside of the facility. Sheriff Tucker (Marco St. John) tries to handle the killing spree while he undergoes pressures from the mayor (Ric Mancini). Tucker proposes an outrageous theory when he suspects Jason as the murderer even though Mr. Voorhees apparently was cremated.

From there, we watch as the death toll escalates. The mystery killer continues his rampage. As always, this leads toward an inevitable confrontation of some sort.

No one will accuse New Beginning of deviating radically from the template established in the first four movies, but I’ll give it some credit for its attempts to broaden matters. Much of the set-up and execution remain the same. The plot offers another batch of youngsters isolated in the middle of the woods, and we see a series of gruesome killings.

At least Beginning tries to do something different, though. Yeah, it follows the same basic structure, but it offers some intrigue as to the identity of the killer. Other flicks attempted red herrings, but this one pulls off those teasers.

Tommy doesn’t get a lot of depth, but he stands as one of the series’ more interesting characters. The rest of them vary from non-entity to broad stereotype. The movie doesn’t attempt to delve into Tommy’s psychoses well, but it gives him some personality, and that’s more than I can say for many folks in the prior four movies.

Overall, I find New Beginning to be the best of the first five Friday movies. Beginning doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it shows some creativity and turns into a reasonably satisfying slasher flick.

The Blu-ray Grades: Picture B/ Audio B/ Bonus B-

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a pretty good representation of an 80s movie.

Sharpness usually satisfied. At times the movie could be a bit soft and ill-defined, but most of the flick seemed reasonably concise. I noticed no signs of jagged edges or shimmering, and edge enhancement stayed absent. Grain looked appropriate, and no print flaws marred the presentation.

The movie depicted a natural palette with fairly good clarity and vivacity. Even colored lighting was smooth, as the movie consistently presented acceptably lively tones. Blacks also came across as deep and firm, while shadows were nicely concise and not too opaque. The occasional instances of softness kept this from greatness but it still became a solid “B” image.

The remixed DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundfield opened things up to a decent degree. Environmental material dominated, though a few scenes brought greater breadth to the proceedings. The standard rainstorm used the various channels well, and some minor movement across channels appeared. Music also demonstrated nice stereo delineation. The surrounds remained pretty passive, but they contributed decent reinforcement and popped to life when necessary.

Speech betrayed no edginess and sounded reasonably natural, with tones that were a little tinny but not badly so. Effects stayed clear and acceptably accurate, and louder elements showed reasonable heft. Music offered decent dynamics and was relatively warm and full. Though not great, this was probably the best soundtrack from the first five films.

How did the Blu-ray compare to the 2009 Special Edition DVD? Audio sounded a bit broader and warmer, while visuals showed improved accuracy, vivacity and cleanliness. This became a solid version of the film.

With a mix of extras from prior DVDs, first comes an audio commentary with director Danny Steinman, filmmaker/fan Michael Felsher, and actors John Shepherd and Shavar Ross. All four sit together – with Felsher connected via phone – for this running, screen-specific piece. They discuss cast and performances, some character/story issues, controversies and fan reaction, sets and locations, gore and effects, MPAA concerns, music, and a few other production areas.

On paper, the commentary covers a good array of subjects. However, most of the time the participants just joke around, and Steinman acts as the worst offender. He thinks the track is an opportunity for him to crack wise and only occasionally throw out an actual film fact. We do learn a little here, but the lame attempts at comedy make this a tedious listen.

Excerpted from a long documentary on a 2004 bonus disc, The Friday the 13th Chronicles, Part V runs five minutes, 51 seconds and includes remarks from Final Chapter director Joseph Zito and actor Corey Feldman. When we look at Part V, we learn about its concept, filming the opening, and Feldman’s wishes for a sequel. The show includes a few decent notes but is too short to tell us much – and it’s weird that none of the main participants in New Beginning appear.

Yet another edition of Lost Tales from Camp Blood appears here. In this seven-minute and 10-second short film, we get another tedious chapter in this poorly developed series. The first four segments were boring, and clip five isn’t any better.

Continuing a series started on Final Chapter, The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II runs 10 minutes, 11 seconds. Just like “Part I”, this piece examines the Friday flicks from a faux documentary viewpoint. That premise has the potential to be lame, but “Massacres” is actually a fun dissection of movie events.

In addition to the film’s trailer, we find New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning. It goes for 11 minutes, four seconds and features Steinman, Felsher, Ross, stuntman Tom Morga, compose Harry Manfredini, and actors Tiffany Helm and Dick Wieand. We get some thoughts about characters and story, cast and performances, costume choices, music, MPAA issues, gore and effects, and the movie’s reputation.

“Beginnings” repeats some info from the commentary, but it also lacks that tracks annoying elements – well, some of them at least, as Steinman’s lame jokes still crop up on a couple of occasions. The program’s too short to be very valuable, but it offers a decent synopsis of some topics.

Anyone who wants a radical departure from the standard Friday the 13th epic won’t get it in The New Beginning. However, the movie manages to broaden its horizons somewhat, as we finally get a Friday that feels like more than just a remake of the others. The Blu-ray offers pretty good picture and audio along with a decent set of supplements. I find a fair amount to like about the film, and the Blu-ray reproduces it in a satisfying way.

Note that as of September 2013, this Blu-ray version of A New Beginning appears only as part of a 12-film set called “Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection”. This includes films 1 through 8 as well as Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X, Freddy Vs. Jason and the 2009 reboot. It also throws in a bonus DVD and some other non-disc-based materials.

To rate this film, visit the Ultimate Edition DVD Collection review of FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 5: A NEW BEGINNING

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