- Actors: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena, Jason Ritter
- Directors: Ronny Yu
- Writers: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, Victor Miller, Wes Craven
- Producers: Douglas Curtis, Renee Witt, Robert Shaye
- Format: NTSC, Dolby, Widescreen, Import
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish
- Region: All RegionsAll Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 2
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: New Line Home Video
- Release Date: Jan. 13 2004
- Run Time: 98 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 328 customer reviews
- ASIN: B0000VCZMK
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Freddy Vs Jason (Bilingual) [Import]
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FREDDY VS. JASON (NEW LINE PLATINU MOVIE
After 11 years in development hell and screenplay drafts by 13 different writers, the long-awaited smackdown of Freddy vs. Jason finally arrives. After making their respective debuts in Friday the 13th (1980) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), the hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger, replacing long-time Jason performer Kane Hodder) and razor-gloved Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) square off in a slasher-franchise combo-deal that only their most devoted fans will appreciate; turns out this is a lightweight match in which nobody wins. It's an average entry in the histories of these horror icons, comparable to half of their previous sequels, and Bride of Chucky director Ronny Yu satisfies purists with plenty of gushing blood and mayhem when Freddy recruits Jason to slice 'n' dice the ill-fated teens who've forgotten Freddy's once-formidable reign of terror. While it logically connects the gruesome legacies of Nightmare's Elm Street and Friday's Camp Crystal Lake, this horror hybrid is shockingly uninspired. It briefly peaks when Freddy gives the unconscious Jason a dream-world pummeling, but their ultimate showdown's a draw. In the immortal words of Peggy Lee, is that all there is? --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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First of all, there is simply far, far, FAR too much set-up and exposition. There is scene after scene after scene of dull characters talking and some truly awful and awkward dialogue. There are long periods of virtually nothing happening in which the film seriously threatens to keel over and die! The acting is abysmal (with the exception of the Linderman character) and I've never seen a worse actor than Jason Ritter. He's completely wrong for the part and only Jason Marsden rivals him in terms of absolute expressionlessness.
For a film called Freddy vs Jason we shouldn't be given a sub-sub-Scooby Doo plot and the same-old, same-old story. This film features yet another, endless 'Freddy's Boiler Room' sequence. Honestly, we have had ENOUGH of these! Freddy vs Jason was a chance to give us something new and exciting and dynamic. But a lot of this opportunity was thrown away.
Harry Manfredini (who's score was rejected) is replaced by Graeme Revell). Now, I've liked some of Revell's stuff (his music to Bride of Chucky was great) but here he passes on the chance to give us something incredible. Instead he has cranked out a generic and homogenised 'horror' score, complete with crashing noises and horrid sound-effects. Only in a few places does it prove how cool it could have been with a few moments of inspiration.
Ronny Yu's direction is stylish and he brings a sophisticated look to the film. But he simply fails to bring any life to it. Only in the last 10 minutes (when Freddy and Jason FINALLY do battle) does the film live up to its name. It's no surprise that I only watch these 10 minutes whenever it goes into my DVD player. And another thing. One character being harmlessly startled by another to a sudden burst of noise on the soundtrack in order to cheaply scare the audience is NOT cool. It was done to absolute stone-cold death in the (thankfully) brief slasher-revival of the late-90's. How on earth Ronny Yu thought it was acceptable to have this terribly dated and pathetic mechanism worked into the movie is a huge insult to intelligent movie-goers. It only proves Freddy vs Jason is an absolute no-brainer, designed to appeal to the masses. Strange considering only fans of the franchises will tolerate the boring plot.
There are good points tho. Jason Voorhees is now played by a new guy, Ken Kirzinger (replacing the once great but now dreadful Kane Hodder), who brings a whole new level of power and coolness to the character. And Robert Englund is, once again, very energetic and irreplaceable as Freddy Krueger. But these dudes are only onscreen together for a few minutes (rendering the title and the film almost completely redundant). I blame the script. There were literally dozens of reject ideas for this movie and I reckon they chose the wrong one. Very, very little happens in this film and suffering 90 minutes of coma-inducing set-up is hardly worth the wait to anyone outside of Freddy and Jason fans.
The DVD looks great. The 2.35:1 anamorphic picture is immaculate and really shows off what a DVD is capable off. The sound only comes in Dolby 5.1 EX. The DTS option was dropped in favor of a fullscreen version of the movie (honestly, what intelligent movie fan actually WATCHES these). Thankfully, the Dolby track is very strong, with many uses of the surround channels and .1 LFE. The Region 3 (which I also have) edition comes with a DTS track and it's even better. There are an abundance of features but only some of them are interesting. The deleted scenes are slightly interesting but there are still some cuts scenes not featured.
A good DVD of a shockingly average movie. If the sequel ditches the moronic plot and cuts down on the lifeless characters then it has a better chance of being the movie we really want. Please Ronny Yu, next time less Scooby-Doo story and more ACTUAL Freddy vs Jason.
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