Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Jason slahes his way to Blu-ray

Some announcements make me happier than others. Sometimes, I have to take a step back and realize that I may not be able to afford certain things, no matter how awesome they might be.

Maybe your Facebook feed has exploded with reports that Warner Bros. will be releasing all twelve Friday the 13th movies in a collectible Blu-ray package. This will be the Blu-ray debut of four of the films. Check out the specs via Shock Til You Drop.

Street date is Friday, Sept. 13 (YES!), which means it will be out in time for your Halloween gift-giving. (A certain humble narrator happens to have his birthday on Halloween, just in case you were looking to get him something.) The listed price is $129.95, which seems like a lot until you start averaging that out per film.

Besides the awesome extras, which include a Camp Crystal Lake Camp Counselor patch, is the fact that this set includes EVERY Friday the 13th movie, including Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 remake. It looks like the only thing missing is the documentary His Name is Jason, but that's easy to overlook since one of the extras is a 40-page excerpt from Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th.

But if 1980s slashers aren't your style, you could go old school and pick up The Vincent Price Collection, due out on Blu-ray sometime before Halloween. The cover art alone makes this a worthwhile purchase (present?). No suggested cost for the set has been released yet, but if you take the same average as the Jason set, this one should run about $70 for six movies and a 24-page booklet. The set will include The Fall of the House of Usher, The Haunted Palace, The Masque of the Red Death, The Pit and the Pendulum, Witchfinder General (and the U.S. alternate version The Conqueror Worm, and The Abominable Dr. Phibes.

So, whether the horror fan in your life prefers machete-weilding psychos or a more refined sort of villainy, one of these sets should serve for a fun holiday movie marathon.

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