'Friday the 13th' to Slash it's Way to Blu-ray

Posted Mon Nov 3, 2008 at 12:00 PM PST by Peter Bracke
Friday the 13th (1980)

Paramount is preparing to bring a special edition of the 1980 slasher classic 'Friday the 13th' to Blu-ray this February.

The low-budget sleeper that would go on to spawn a seemingly-unending series of sequels, 'Friday the 13th' will receive its high-def premiere in a never-before-seen (in the U.S.) unrated version.

Timed to coincide with the upcoming theatrical release of the 'Friday the 13th' remake, Paramount has set a lucky day of February 3 for the Blu-ray (day-and-date with a new standard DVD re-issue).

Tech specs will see remastered the unrated "International" cut of the film in 1080p video and English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono audio.

Confirmed extras include audio commentary with director Sean Cunningham, a quartet of featurettes ("Fresh Cuts: New Tales from Friday the 13th," "Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham," "Friday the 13th - Special Reunion," "Lost Tales from Camp Blood - Part 1") and the domestic theatrical trailer.

(Paramount is also planning to re-issue 'Friday the 13th Part 2' and 'Friday the 13th Part 3' on standard DVD concurrently with the original 'Friday the 13th,' but at press time has not announced corresponding Blu-ray versions. We'll keep you posted if any further news comes in.)

Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $34.95.

You'll find the latest specs for 'Friday the 13th (1980)' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under February 3.

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