This is part of my continued look at the new special edition DVD's for Friday the 13th Parts 1-3, recently released by Paramount Pictures. Is this new disc for the second film worth your cash?
"Friday the 13th Part 2" has in recent years actually become my least favorite in the series. That's not necessarily a horrible thing, since I love all of these films, but if I had to rank them today I would put this one at the bottom. In this one, we find out that (somehow) Jason is still alive and now a mongoloid adult that has been living in the woods since his supposed drowning as a child. After somehow chartering a flight and killing Alice in the opening scene (think about it, it doesn't make sense), he makes his way back to Camp Crystal Lake to off the teenagers attempting to open up the cabin again.
Unlike the SE of the original film, "Friday 2" was not given a Blu-Ray release, therefore what you are looking at here is not a new transfer. Not only that, but despite all the talk in the special features of gore that was cut (over 1 minute according to Peter Bracke), it's nowhere to be found on this disc. It's possible the footage was destroyed or not in any kind of shape to be restored into the film, but it's also possible that Paramount is skimping out on us. I'll let you decide which one of those to believe.
This is an interview with the author who put together "Crystal Lake Memories", a pretty fantastic book on the Friday series. The picture above is the guy who conducted the interview, who also happens to own Dark Delicacies, the horror and scifi shop out in Burbank California. His interviewing skills were fine, but his "not awkward" skills seem to need a bit of a tuneup. Yikes.
As far as the actual interview, most of it is just about the making of his book. Then, towards the end they talk for a few minutes specifically on "Part II". Most of this is information I've already heard packaged a few different ways. It runs for about 11 minutes, and although there are a few interesting tidbits, I defy you to come away with it with any other image than the one you see above. Good luck sleeping tonight.
This runs about 6:30 and was shot at 2008's "Scarefest" in Lexington Kentucky, which apparently had a "Friday the 13th" reunion last year. In addition to the footage, we see some familiar faces like Tom Savini, Ari Lehman and Harry Manfredini, discussing what it's like to attend conventions and how much fun they have. Interesting for a few minutes, but ultimately this feature is kind of a throwaway.