Friday the 13th 3-D (1982)
By: Devon B. on May 28, 2009  | 
DVD
Paramount (USA). Region 1, NTSC. 2.35:1 (16:9 enhanced). English DD 5.1, English DD 2.0, French DD 2.0, Spanish DD 2.0. English, French, Portuguese, Spanish Subtitles. 95 Minutes
The Movie
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Credits
Director: Steve Miner
Starring: Dana Kimmell, Tracie Savage, Richard Brooker, Paul Kratka, Nick Savage
Screenplay: Martin Kitrosser, Carol Watson
Country: USA
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Finally Paramount have seen fit to release Friday the 13th Part 3 in 3-D, and if this is the best they could do, I can see why they were dragging their feet.

The film doesn't start in 3-D which makes sense because the first scene is actually a recap of Friday the 13th Part 2's climax. I'd forgotten how drawn out this was, rivalling the beginning of any Rocky film for extended use of the prequel. Finally, the credits come zooming out of the screen…oh, wait, they're not in 3-D either. This makes less sense. I don't know what happened, but it's a stuff up, 'cause the credits were originally in 3-D. After the credits FINALLY there's some 3-D, and almost instantly my eyes began to hurt. I spent several minutes fiddling with the television settings before giving up. If you want to watch Part 3 in 3-D, it seems you have to put up with it not quite working right, a complaint I'd heard before purchasing the DVD, but temptation go the better of me. Everything has a bit of a halo and glow, and for the most part it looks like the sharpness is up too high on the TV. Some scenes work okay, but most don't. Any time a gag was meant to come far out towards the viewer, the image split into two separate elements thereby defeating the 3-D process. The most successful 3-D moment was sadly a moth flittering across the screen. The bad 3-D did nothing to help the always ridiculous snake strike moment and the eyeball still looks awful…

Without 3-D to distract me, Part 3 continued to be the clunker it always was. By now everyone was familiar with the Friday formula: People go to Crystal Lake and then get killed by a member of the Vorhees family. This time it's not councillors, but rather a hodegepodge of characters designed to annoy who have turned up right after the events of Part 2. The J-man arrives, seemingly after a quick stop at a hairdresser as he's now bald, and begins offing people.

A hallmark of slashers is the annoying character who the viewer will want to see die, and in Part 3, that idea was taken to the hilt. The single most annoying character of the whole series is found here, and he takes way too fuckin' long to die. He deserves a mention for providing Jason (up to then a fan of the Elephant Man look) with his soon to become signature hockey mask, but I wish someone else had done that. As for Jason himself…he sucks. How hard is it to find a big guy to look menacing? This fuckstick saunters around in a completely non-threatening manor, plus his makeup is shitty. To make that worse, Jason is unmasked more here than in any other instalment, so you get good, long looks at his poorly made up face.

Part 3 is clichéd as all fuck with pot jokes, lame kills, rehashed shocks and shoddy makeup sinking it. I can't imagine 3-D shots of yo-yos or popcorn would fix it, even if the 3-D worked right.
Video
I've elaborated on most of the video faults for the 3-D version in the main body of the review, but I will also say there's a fair bit of grain, even in 3-D. A standard version of the film is also included, and is supposedly an improved print from previous releases, but still has spots and heavy grain.
Audio
Lots of audio choices. A 5.1 track offers a few moments of surround, but most of the stuff is comin' at your from the front, which makes sense 'cause it's a 3-D movie. Mono tracks are available in English, French or Spanish. The English and the French are fine, but the Spanish track had a hint of distortion.
Extra Features
The trailer and two pairs of 3-D glasses.
The Verdict
Now that the film's in 3-D again, at least the plot won't be the only thing to give you a headache. The 3-D is patchy at best, so unless you feel the need to own yet another edition of Friday the 13th Part 3, this DVD isn't worth getting.
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