Sunday, September 13, 2015

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (RLJ Blu-ray)

Crystal Lake Memories has a new incarnation on Blu-ray available now. For those of you who missed it the first time when 1428 Films put it out, I strongly recommend you consider nabbing this edition. It is the definitive documentary for fans of Jason Voorhees, his mom and a bunch of your favorite, loveable campers.

First off, for those of you who own this Blu-ray already, there is no need to pick this edition up. This is simply a re-issue of the previous release, slightly altered packaging, two less discs (though no less documentary for that, it's just missing the DVD's). For the rest of you, what were you doing the first time it hit stores? Do you own the book on which the documentary was based? Wondering if the video representation is up to snuff? It is. It’s packed and near perfect with a step by step walk through the series. I have the book. It’s beautiful. This is a Hell of a lot cheaper and it goes into just as much depth.

I warn you in advance that this is a beast of a watch. You’ll be in it for hours and hours, wondering where the trail goes, where the light is at the end of the tunnel and begging yourself to survive the doc. That being said, you’ll enjoy every minute of this Corey Feldman narrated masterpiece. Some of the more famous folks aren’t interviewed for the doc as we saw the Never Sleep Again documentary also put out by 1428, but the set makes up for that with ample interviews with fan favorites who didn’t quite hit celeb status. Both of the fellas behind this release, Daniel Farrands and Thommy Hutson have strong Horror backgrounds and Hutson wrote and produced More Brains!, Never Sleep Again and His Name Was Jason (of which this is a vast improvement on).

I watched mine on a plain to California from New Jersey. I didn’t finish it, but I think the person next to me got an education in Horror for at least four hours. Block out some time. Watch the doc then watch the movies. It’s broken up into a chapters by movie so perhaps the best approach would be to watch a chapter, watch the movie for that chapter.

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Inspired by the critically-acclaimed book, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH takes viewers behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise-from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 "reboot." Combining hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs, film clips, outtakes, archival documents, conceptual art and behind-the-scenes footage, and featuring interviews with more than 150 cast and crew members spanning all twelve films and the television series, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES is the ultimate tribute to one of horror's most iconic and enduring franchises.

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