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Jason X

 

Starring: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, et al.
Director: James Isaac

Rating: R

Review Posted: 9.26.02

 

By John Teves

 

The Movie

 

Jason Voorhees returns with a new look, a new machete, and his same murderous attitude as he is awakened on a spaceship in the 25th century.

 

Jason X is not nearly as bad as you think it is. I thought the film had a menacing sense of humor on top of bang-up visual effects. I canít help but notice that this film was particularly clean and not scary as its predecessors. So for those of you who are hoping the franchise improves, it simply becomes less than average.

 

On the other side, I tip my hat out to director James Isaac and writer Todd Farmer for making the film entertaining to watch. Fans of the franchise may not be pleased with this upgraded and rightfully so; regardless I felt Jason X managed to provide lots of lively and quick action and it worked quite well for the new take of this genre.

 

The Video

 

Jason X appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this single-sided, dual-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions. As one might expect from New Line, Jason X looked remarkable.

 

Sharpness was excellent. The movie remained crisp and distinct. Jagged edges caused no issues, and I also witnessed no evidence of edge enhancement. The colors looked vivid. Black levels appeared deep and rich, while shadow detail came across clear. All told Jason X had a solid presentation.

 

The Audio

 

Jason X is presented in both a Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS mix. The DTS version seemed much louder. I felt the film featured a very active soundfield for this type of film. All five channels received a worthy workout through much of the film.

 

Audio quality appeared very clear. Bass response appeared tight and deep. As a whole the audio for JASON X was generally satisfying.

 

The Extras

 

For a movie that did rather poorly at the box office, New Line managed to produce some well done extras:

 

-Commentary with director Jim Issac, writer Todd Farmer, and producer Noel Cunningham

-The Many Lives of "Jason Vorhees"

-By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Jason X

-Jump-to-a-death feature

-Theatrical trailer

-Trailers for other New Line titles

-DVD-ROM features (incl script-to-screen comparisons)

-Original website

-Hot Spot

 

Overall

 

Overall, Jason X offers great picture and sound along with a reasonably nice package of extras. You may want to consider a rental first. For everyone else who enjoyed this film you will be pleased with this DVD presentation.

 

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