on December 15, 2013
This review is about the Blu-ray from Alliance Atlantis Canada.
For the disappointed customers that already own the Blu-ray box from Warner Bros with the lame copy of Freddy vs Jason, you have to know this edition is a totally different transfer done by Alliance and is by far superior than the awful Warner Box version... And for the French Canadian customers this edition contains a beautiful french track (dubbed in quebec of course) instead of the Warner Box that has none (french track and even fr sub)!!
This is the details:
- Freddy vs Jason (from Warner bluray box)
picture: 7 / 10
sound: 7 / 10 (Dolby True HD)
french: no french track
foreign: Spa, Por, Ger (Dolby 5.1)
subtitles: Eng SDH, Spa, Por, Ger
- Freddy vs Jason (from Alliance canada)
picture: 10 / 10
sound: 10 / 10 (DTS MA 5.1)
french: 9 / 10 (DTS MA 5.1 - dubbed in QC)
foreign: no foreign language tracks
subtitles: Eng (no SDH), Fre
Hope this review can help some disappointed customers.
on October 12, 2012
"Freddy Vs. Jason" is certainly an fun guilty pleasure, especially if you love the "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" series. The highlight is getting Robert Englund as "Freddy Krueger" is always a plus. There is a new actor playing "Jason Voorhees" in this one, since New Line Cinema wanted an new actor to play "Jason". Since it was originally played by Kane Hodder four times! Perphas Hodder was the only one, who truly taken the "Jason" role seriously. But the new "Jason" plays him well and it is played by stunt-man Ken Kirzinger. But the tricky part of this movie is actually the script. Which the movie always has its highs and lows, nearly non-stop. Mostly is due to terrible dialogue at times and Director Ronny Yu unnecessary uses of slow motion in some of the better horror sequences. But the director certainly makes up for style in the story's weak areas. Since Freddy has to bring back to Jason to life, since no one remembers Freddy in Springwood. By bringing Jason back, Freddy thinks people will remember him somehow! It is odd storyline for sure! Doesn't make alot of sense but fans of the two franchises won't mind.
Blu-ray has an sharp anamorphic (2.35:1) Widescreen 1080P transfer and an strong Dolby 5.1 TruHD Sound. Blu-ray has all the special features from the 2-Disc DVD Set. If you want more trivia for this one, you can read Crystal Lake Memories and watch "His Name was Jason" and especially "Never Sleep Again" documentary. "Freddy Vs. Jason" is actually an fun movie to watch. I like it enough, despite some serious flaws and awful dialogue. The actors in the picture are better than expected. Monica Keena makes an great heroine and Jason Ritter, who truly looks like his late father John Ritter in a nice supporting role. There is another Blu-ray release from Alliance with an DTS 5.1 HD Sound, it is certainly stronger than the Dolby 5.1 TruHD Sound but it has no special features. Super 35. Grade:B+ for the movie. Picture Quality and Sound Quality:A-.
I don't know why Ken Hodder wasn't in this picture(it is a shame) but Ken Hirzinger does a very credible job in portraying everyones' favourite camp hackmeister Jason Vorhees.
And of course there's no one out there that could ever play everyones' favourite slashman Freddie Kreuger but Robert Englund.Without overstating it he really "owns" the part.
This movie ably directed by chinese director Ronny Yu is a fine showcase for the title characters and they have plenty of on screen time to show us all that they haven't lost their touch one bit.Mr.Yu keeps the movie flowing along at a good pace and he enhances many a scene giving them a fuller and more interesting dynamic than might have been handled by other lesser directors.
The final climactic showdown does not disappoint one iota.It's a gorefest even I found myself wincing and turning away briefly from periodically.
I think everyone at New Line cinema should be proud of this film.Robert Shaye,the head honcho,has been particularly picky over the years regarding scripts for all the Freddie movies.He is one of the very few people in any studio who has actually welcomed input and discussion from the fans of his Nightmare franchise.....and that goes for the creator Wes Craven also.
Also all involved have gone to great pains to keep Freddies' character consistent from the first picture to the last.And they have continued this with their latest entry.The character of Jason has also,from what I can see,been treated in the same respectful manner which makes this picture even more of a delight to watch.
In conclusion this film is a very worthy successor to all previous Jason and Freddie movies from the past.And it will definitely not disappoint any fans casual or hard core at all.I can smell sequel...and can't wait.
on August 12, 2004
BEING A HUGE FAN OF THE NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET SERIES, I COULDNT HELP BUT FEEL A LITTLE DISSAPOINTED WITH THE MUCH AWAITED FREDDYVS.JASON. I LOVED THE FIRST HALF OF THE MOVIE AND FOUND MYSELF SURPRISINGLY AND PLEASANTLY FEELING LIKE I WAS WATCHING ONE OF THE CLASSIC NIGHTMARE MOVIES. HOWEVER IT STARTED TO GO DOWN HILL WITH THE PARTICULARILLY BAD PERFORMANCES OF MONICA KEENA AND JASON RITTER. KATHERINE ISSABELLE AND DAVID KOPP WERE CLEARLY THE ONLY ACTORS WHO WERE TAKING THIS SERIOUSLY, WICH IS A SHAME AS THEY DO NOT HAVE THE LEAD OR EVEN EXTENSIVE ROLES IN THE FILM. WHILE THE BEGINING OF THE MOVIE SUPERBLY REVISITS ELM STREET, THE SECOND HALF LABOURS ALONG WITH A CRUMMY FRIDAY THE 13TH STYLE DIRECTION AND WE THE VIEWERS START TO WONDER IF THIS MOVIE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED FREDDY USES JASON. THOUGH THE TWO MADMEN DO EVENTUALLY BATTLE IT OUT IN A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE FIGHT, WE WERE PROMISED A CLEAR WINNER WICH SURPRISE SURPRISE IS INDEED NOT THE CASE HERE. RONNY YU CERTAINLY KNOWS HOW A FILM SHOULD LOOK, BUT UNFORTUNATLY DOES NOT KNOW HOW CRUMMY HIS LEADING ACTORS OUR AND IS CONTNUOUSLY INTERUPTING A PLOT LINE THATS TRYING TO TAKE OFF, BUT CANT WHEN IT KEEPS GETTING INTERRUPTED BY BAD PERFORMANCES. ULTIMATELY CHANCES ARE IF YOU ARE A FAN OF EITHER VILLAN YOU WILL FIND THIS ENTERTAINING ENOUGH, BUT HARD CORE FANS WILL FEEL A LITTLE DISSAPOINTED.
on July 17, 2004
Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) is been dead for years in the Real and in the Dream Wolrd. Since Freddy is Literally and Forgetten in Hell, Freddy has a plan to bring back Crystal Lake Serial Killer-Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger) to Life in the Real World. Freddy thinks by bringing Jason back to life to bring Fear on Elm Street Kids and making Teenagers remember Freddy again. Since Jason is an Instant Killer Machine, He isn't willing to Step Aside. Now with a Terrified Town in the Middle, Freddy has to find a way to kill Jason by going his dreams before Jason takes the Elm Street Kids over. A Scared Teenager (Monica Keena) finds a way to bring Freddy to Reality from her dreams, So Freddy and Jason enter into a Horrific and Bloody Showdown.
Directed by Ronny Yu (Bride with White Hair, Bride of Chucky, Formula 51) made an entertaining Spin-Off to the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" Series. Englund, who played Freddy Krueger for the 8th Time seems that he had a Blast Making this Film. Kirzinger replaced Kane Hodder, which Hodder Originally Played Jason Voorhees in the last Four Friday the 13th Series. Kirzinger is Good as the New Voorhees. Sean S. Cunnigham, who produced the Original "Friday the 13th" is back producing this film. The film also stars:Jason Ritter (Which Jason's Father-The Late:John Ritter also worked with director-Yu on Bride of Chucky), Kelly Rowland (R&B Singer from the Group-Destiny's Child), Lochlyn Murno (Scary Movie) & Katharine Isabelle (Ginger Snaps Trilogy).
DVD has an Sharp Anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer (also in Pan & Scan) and an Superb-Dolby Digital 5.1 Expanded Surround Sound. DVD has an engaining Commentary Track by the director-Yu and actors:Englund & Kirzinger. Disc Two has Deleted Scenes with/without Commentary by the Director and Executive Producer-Douglas Curtis, Many Behind the Scenes Feautrettes, Music Video, DVD-ROM Content and More. This film has an Strong Music Score by Graeme Revell (The Crow) that pays Tribute to the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" Series. The film ended up being a Profitable Hit for New Line Cinema. Extremely Entertaining for the Fans of the Freddy and Jason Films. Watch for New Line Topper:Robert Shaye in a Cameo, which he's One of the Executive Producers of the Film (Which Shaye was Involved with Every Nightmare Film). Great Gory Fun all the Way. Super 35. Grade:A-.
on July 15, 2004
I grew up with Freddy Krueger and Jason movies.
Jason chased down and chopped up a bunch of dumb chicks that fall down and don't have the tendency to get up and run away. The same dumb chicks that go, "Bobby! Tommy! is that you?" When they know they're not there.
Jason has died plenty of times and just keeps coming back up.
Freddy on the other hand is a horrific comedian. He lurks in your dreams and has fun torturing you till your dead.
Many times Freddy has died to be sent back to he11. But he kept coming back.
Jason X and Nightmare on Elm Street 5 were the worst movies made.
Now this was a good match between Jason and Freddy. Jason whooped on Freddy. Freddy uses Jason like a pinball machine, hits him with a missle that made him fly off, and had a bunch of metal bars that impaling his body.
Jason whoops on Freddy Street Style, slices him up with his machete, throws him against the walls like a rag doll, socks him up, clocks him with the one and twos, blow after blow leaving Freddy at his worst. Jason holds on Freddy's head like Sub Zero pulling off heads.
Michael Myers ain't got nothin' on Jason.
on July 8, 2004
this movie was excellent except for 2 very minor flaws.one is for a few minutes at the beginning jason is portrayed as somewhat of a mamas boy and the 2nd one is for about 10 seconds or so freddy intimidates a young girl who looks to be about 7.now i know hes a child murderer but he was never shown going after small children.i dont see anything the least bit entertaining about children in danger.this is definately not for the littleones.it is the last of 8 freddy movies.i think it is a toss up between it and #3 for the best frddy film.freddy exists because people were scared of him.he needed thier fear.the town took all the kids to the loony bin and erased freddy from the records.so he went to hell and pulled out jason to go kill for him.the people would assume it was him and hed be back in buisness.it worked long enough to get freddy back.he got jealous of all the attention jason got and the many many fight were on.in previous freddy and jason films,the deaths were quick,but in this one freddy and jason have epic confrontations.it is an excellent movie but if youre a big fan,youll figure out when and where each combatant is dominant.i think the end was a bit of a bummer too.as for the future?whose to say?jason is supposedto be good for 13 films,but the space one sucked.the freddy's new nightmare kind of blew too.maybe hollywood should qiut screwing around and think about a film people want to watch.the older parts were way better in both sets.
on July 5, 2004
So far, we have about 10 Friday the 13th movies and 7 Nightmare On Elm Street Movies. So, now, Freddy vs. Jason is the final movie of all the series, right? WRONG! That is all I am going to say, so i dont spoil anything more for you people who think that you will want to watch this pathetic horror movie.
A group of teenagers start to be haunted by the evil freddy krueger, who soon relizes he is not powerful enough to kill people in the dream world. So for some reason, he decides to summon the retarded serial killer, Jason Voorhees, so that Freddy can become more powerful. As time passes on, Freddy Kruger becomes more powerful, but soon starts to relize his plan is failing, because Voorhees is doing all the killing. The final showdown takes place at camp crystal lake, Jason's home.
In this movie, there are lots of impalings, a cut off head, a machete imapling a girl on a tree, a ripped off nose, a girl with her eyes gouged out, a spear goes through jason, a body getting cut in half, a hand through the chest, bloody cuts and scrapes, a group of people with rotted skin and missing eyeballs, a girl is being raped, while she has passed out, and than is impaled on a metal stick * so is the man that is raping her* and is thrown, a guy gets is neck twisted in a disgusting way, a womens cut off head is impaled on a stick and yes, of course, there is more. What do you expect when you put the two most disgusting killers together in a movie? TONS OF GORE!
So, my final words, Watch at your own risk!
on June 28, 2004
As far as ridiculous, over-the-top, pointlessly gory and stupidly entertaining movies go, "Freddy Vs. Jason" is tops. If you're looking for an intellectual thriller with good twists and turns, you're in the wrong department, buddy. This movie is only for those who want to see a silly amount of red gore splashing across the screen while the two horror movie legends duke it out to the finish.
The plot, of course, is weak. Freddy's powers are gone, so he ressurects Jason Voorhees to incite havoc on Elm Street. Except Jason likes killing too much, so Freddy must stop him. Insert beheadings here.
Ronny Yu, director of "Bride of Chucky," also helmed this project, and he brings with him an admirable style and flair. Without Yu, this would have been a point-and-shoot horror flick, and his cinematography and excellently weird locations add an incredible amount of enjoyment. When Freddy pulls Jason into a nightmare, the audience is served with a visceral, frightening treat, and you're then entitled to overlook the horrible acting from the teenagers, and the fact that they see through Freddy's devices without even thinking.
Yes, it's the living people in this film that drag it down. Thankfully most of them end up corpses, killed in stylish and exciting ways. But the fact that they exist in this film and only perpetuate the horror cliches that could've been murdered by this film requires a lot of patience from the audience. Hence: the suggestion that you get obliterated before even watching.
The DVD is packed with bonus features; indeed, more bonus features than you'll probably even want from the movie. You learn so much about the making of the film that it becomes tiresome. But the mini-documentary about the use of CGI in this film is particularily fascinating. You never knew it took so much effort just to make droplets of blood dance like that.
Fans of the Friday the 13th series will get a big kick of "Freddy Vs. Jason," but those who're more inclined to root for Freddy will be slightly disappointed. The nightmare scenes aren't as creative, engrossing or detailed as they were in previous series installments, and it creates a visible defect in the picture. But if you like hack-n-slash to the highest degree, this film is nothing but pure entertainment.
There are rumors that Freddy will fight Jason and Ash and Pinhead and Michael Myers and a whole bunch of other living/dead things. And with the release of "Aliens Vs. Predator," the versus genre may see a few more bodies stacked up like cordwood in the near future. To quote President George W. Bush: "Bring it on."
on June 21, 2004
Although I'm not really all that into the whole sequelized-to-death-hacker/slasher horror-flick scene, I decided to take a friend up on his invitation to watch 'Freddy vs. Jason' at his place. I had nothing better to do, and he had a pretty good spread of victuals and libations for me to choke down while we watched the show. So much for that low-carb diet...
From the opening scene on to the very end, I found this flick so chock-full of the usual hackneyed slash-&-hack-flick cliches and idiosyncrasies, I could see from a mile away what fates would befall the unfortunate teenage victims (played by mid-to-late-twenty-somethings, 'natch). But despite its by-the-numbers predictability, it was pretty fun to watch and pick apart, ala that jaded wise@$$ horror-film buff from the 'Scream' movies. Adding to the fun were several kills that were so over-the-top, they were more funny than they were gruesome. Especially hokey were the "flamin'-flyin'-machete-through-the-thorax" and the "180-degree-neck-snap" kills that Jason laid out to a few partiers at a cornfield rave. The slightly overdone CGI effects used on these and several other, er, creative dispatchings added another cartoonish layer of hilarity to it all. And it didn't hurt that Robert 'Freddy' Englund seemed to be havin' the time of his life doin' his most notable role for the umpteenth time-- he was the show's ultimate ham, and wasn't ashamed to let the viewers know it!
Oh yes, we mustn't forget the diverse cast of teenage stereotypes, starting with the heroine, and her trusty freshly-sprung-from-the-psycho-ward boyfriend. Then there's the loser geek who gradually gets cooler as the film goes on (thus gaining the respect of the sassy ethnic chick character), the... er... promiscuous drunken smoker girl and her muscle-headed jock boyfriend (as you'd expect, their boink scene near the start of the movie is what gets the body count started), the guy who knows what's goin' on but no one believes him (initially), the smart-@$$ stoner who looks like Jason Mewes (AKA Jay of 'Jay & Silent Bob' fame), and the sassy ethnic chick (read: the only non-white teen in the central core of 'victim/potential victim' characters) who softens up on the 'tude (especially with the geek) as the film goes on. Of course it's a given that all but two of these characters end up hacked up, clawed to death, or otherwise permanently taken outta the picture. And it doesn't take a genius to figure out which two of these folks survive at the end...
Then there're my fave parts: the two knock-down drag-outs between the genre's two most visible icons. We're talking a weird mix of city-leveling super-hero bout, WWE hardcore match, and psychotic ballet with a few 'The Matrix'-style gravity-defying moves thrown in for kicks. Adding to the camp factor are some more of those overdone CGI 'enhancements'. Oh yeah, we can't forget a few limbs hacked off here 'n' there, which despite all the gallons of blood loss seem to grow back almost instantly. Finally, there's the ending scene where the victor emerges from the depths, clutching a memento of his hard-fought win, with a little hint that this particular battle may've been won, but the war is far from over. Or, to put it simply: you can bet the farm that a sequel is afoot...
And if the movie wasn't enough of a fix, there's plenty of special features to check out. Included are several behind-the-scenes/production featurettes, the most notable being the one that talks about the decade-long effort to get this movie made. Included in this doc are the various scripts and ideas that were thrown around before they finally settled on the finished product seen here. Also tossed in are the usual trailers & TV spots, a corny "boxing-weigh-in"-type press conference promoting the flick featuring the antics of ring announcer Michael "Let's Get Ready To Rumble!(tm)" Buffer, and a behind-the-scenes look at "The Camp Hack-N-Slash Experience" featuring hundreds of Freddy/Jason freakos doing weird crafts and other summer-camp-type things prior to watching the flick on a portable outdoor screen. I tell ya, many of those fanboy campers looked way scarier than the film's titular combatants! But they were still prettier than most UberTrekkies I've seen, so at least they've got SOMETHING goin' for 'em...
On my second viewing I decided to tune in to the secondary commentary track featuring director Ronny Yu, Robert "Freddy" Englund, and Ken "Jason" Kirzinger. About three-fourths of the commentary comes from Englund as he goes into how much of a pop-culture icon Freddy Krueger has become, his pontifications on acting, and several anecdotes relating to the previous "Nightmare on Elm Street" movies. I found it kinda scary just how much he knows and remembers from all of those flicks; he sounded like a one of those walking-encyclopedia-of-horror-movies fanboys at times! Ronny Yu also gets a few thoughts in on the difficulty of producing and filming certain scenes. And, much like the character he plays here, Kirzinger hardly adds anything at all to the conversation. 'Course, the way Englund was hoggin' the mike throughout the track, you'd've been hard-pressed to get a word in edgewise, anyway...