Friday, June 18, 2010

Drunk Love For DVD Commentaries & Friday Part 4

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Around this time last year, Paramount re-released Friday The 13th's Part 1-8 on DVD. Aside from flashy new cover arts, most of these 'Deluxe Editions' came packaged with new special features, including never before released deleted scenes. These 'slashed scenes' were the main selling point for most and convinced many to double dip and once again re-buy the majority of the Friday franchise on DVD (...for the second or third time). Due to the fact that all of these scenes were easily found on YouTube mere hours after the discs were released, I decided to hold on to my 'From Crystal Lake To Manhattan' set and not drop the extra money to get the single packaged re-releases. What I did however pick up was the Deluxe Edition of my favorite installment in the franchise, The Final Chapter. Slashed scenes and alternate ending aside, Part 4 included a fan commentary by two of my favorite people in the horror community, Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2) and Adam Green (Hatchet). Tonight, I spent my night cuddled up on the couch with Joe & Adam, Friday Part 4, a few cold ones, and some spicy nacho popcorn. Needless to say, it was one of the most enjoyable Friday nights i've had in a while.

As far as i'm concerned, commentaries are the most unappreciated special feature out there. Everyone loves the deleted scenes, gag reels, and mini documentaries, but they always seem to overlook the commentaries. 'Why would you want to watch a movie with a bunch of people talking over all the dialogue?', they say. For me, commentaries are the best special feature there is. Not only do they entertain, and in effect give you the opportunity to watch your favorite movies with the people directly involved in them, but they also serve as an incredible wealth of knowledge and i'd go so far as to say they're pretty much the best schooling in the art of making movies that you can get. True, it would be idiotic to listen to a commentary on a film you've never seen, but to listen to the director and/or actors talk about a movie you've seen and loved a dozen times before is a real treat. Like I said, it's almost like you're actually watching the movie with them. On a lonely night, you can always pop in your favorite flick, click on the commentary, and your lonely self is suddenly watching a movie with a crowd. Truth be told, before I found a woman who was stupid enough to fall for me, I spent many a night getting drunk and listening to the commentaries of my favorite horror films. Yep, while you were out partying with your friends and getting laid, I was watching Evil Dead with Bruce Campbell - who's the cool one now!

Now Adam Green and Joe Lynch, though talented filmmakers in their own right, obviously had nothing to do with the making of The Final Chapter - they were both under the age of 10 when it was made - but they're uber fans of the flick and the franchise in general and thus, they're the perfect people to wax poetic about it. Their commentary is so much fucking fun and it's incredibly educational as well - these dudes know so much about the making of the film that even they sometimes feel like they were involved with it. As they point out towards the end, rather than go MST3K on the film and poke fun at it, they spend the hour and a half sharing their knowledge and genuine love for it and it's a true pleasure to sit back and experience the film with such huge fans of it, my adoration for Green and Lynch's individual contributions to the horror genre aside. That being said, I wouldn't complain about a Green and Lynch commentary being included with the DVD release of every single horror film ever made....

I don't really know where i'm going with this, as i've had a few tonight and my writing prowess pretty much goes out the window past my second beer, but I just wanted to let you guys know that I spent my night watching the best Friday film of all time with two of the people I really look up to in this world. I don't know about you, but I take a lot of comfort in the fact that there are a wealth of these experiences to be had that are currently sitting on my DVD shelf, just waiting to be experienced. I love you DVD commentaries, I love you Friday Part 4, I love you child version of Corey Feldman, and I love you Joe Lynch and Adam Green.

And on the note of throwing out I love you's, the true sign that you've had too much to drink, i'm gonna call it a night.

10 comments:

Morphine said...

I <3 Mr. Voorhees.

Johnny said...

Part 4 Jason > all

Morphine said...

I need to rewatch them all. But I agree with you there.

oducerproducer said...

I love commentaries!

stonerphonic said...

thumbs up 4 your own poetic wax on the value of the commentary. def overlooked & under-utilized.

Mike said...

I actually bought the print of part 3 from this new series of releases. I gotta say that for whatever reason that release the 3D seems to work alot better then the 3D in the 3D print I already had did. Plus they have special friday the 13th 3D glasses in the box which are pretty cool.

Did you get yours at Walmart... they have been hacking the prices on those like they are teenagers who decide to step outside of the cabin alone for fresh air shortly after having sex.

Johnny said...

Mike - Ya, I got it from Walmart. I think it was like 7 bucks.

Jayson said...

I'm fairly certain there are other "fan" commentaries that were recorded for these new F13 Deluxe Editions that Paramount decided not to include. Bastards.

Johnny said...

That's a shame, Jayson. I'd love to hear some more fan commentaries.

Bjornabo said...

Commentaries are as you say the "main spesial feature" on any DVD/Blu-Ray. I always watch the movie again with commentaries right after I have seen the movie, if I have the time, and the movie was Ok.

So I think I have seen about 90% of all the DVD's I have seen with commentaries... Great stuff