Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th (2013) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Daniel Farrands
Starring: Corey Feldman, Sean S. Cunningham, Adrienne King
Rated: UR/Region A/1:78/1080p/Number of Discs 2
Available from Image Entertainment
Inspired by the critically-acclaimed book, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FRIDAY THE 13TH takes viewers behind the mask on an epic journey into the making of the landmark horror franchise-from its humble beginnings in 1980 at a New Jersey summer camp to the blockbuster release of its 2009 ‘reboot’. Combining hundreds of rare and never-before-seen photographs, film clips, outtakes, archival documents, conceptual art and behind-the-scenes footage, and featuring interviews with more than 150 cast and crew members spanning all twelve films and the television series, CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES is the ultimate tribute to one of horror’s most iconic and enduring franchises.
Crystal Lake memories was a documentary so nice they had to release it twice, as we see here with doc now begin released from Image Entertainment. I’m fine with that. After all they did release Never Sleep Again on Blu-ray and it is charming to have the two together under the same umbrella. I think we all remember “His Name Was Jason”. That was a Friday the 13th documentary we all looked forward to and had high hopes for. As we all know now, that was a big let down. Crystal Lake Memories isn’t at all a let down. This is an epic experience that takes us from film to film covering intentions and ideas, as well as the fight that never seemed to end with the franchise and the MPAA. For people who love Jason and the whole franchise regardless of where it has went this is our Never Sleep Again. And, YES, I would put it right up there with that documentary as possibly the best we have ever seen for a horror film or horror franchise all together. We seem to have all the big names here, we hear their stories, and we enjoy learning even more about one of the greatest slasher/horror franchises of all time. I don’t think it is possible to watch this and not walk away not knowing more than you did before going into it.
And, this is a release that couldn’t have come soon enough. We’ve had what seems like a million different Friday the 13th releases, with the latest one finally being blu-rays. We always seem to have some extras, but there was always a lacking feeling overall. This film fills the gaps and carries the load of any void that might have remained regarding Friday the 13th. After seeing this I can’t possibly see where we’d need anything else from Friday the 13th. This plus what we already had covered everything and this is a grand way to finally knock the story of these films out of the park. After all, those of us waiting for uncut versions of all the film will see this and realize that it isn’t likely to happen. As for the Blu-ray, it is a nice looking film. Some interviews are old and can’t possibly look THAT well, but for the most part we have great HD footage and it shouldn’t bring any complaints at all.
Quality of Transfer: 100%