An uncut version of the original 1980 slasher film is among the new DVDs cashing in on the craze over remakes.
People must be dying to see remakes of slasher flicks, based on how fast Hollywood keeps churning them out. The latest is the "rebooted" "Friday the 13th," which hits theaters on Friday, uh, the 13th. Which means, of course, that a new DVD of the original 1980 film also is out in stores.
The so-called deluxe edition of "Friday the 13th" (Paramount, $17; also Blu-ray, $30) features an uncut version of the movie for the first time. Look closely at the small print, though, and you'll see that the unrated footage totals just 10 seconds -- just a few extra blood-spurting moments in several killing scenes.
There's a simple reason, said Adrienne King, who starred in director Sean Cunningham's cult classic.
"There wasn't a whole lot left on the cutting room floor after we had shot it," she explained in a call from her home in southern Oregon. "That first one was strictly independent, and every penny they had was basically up on the screen."
Such anecdotes pepper the DVD's commentary track -- which includes King, Cunningham and others -- as well as an hour's worth of featurettes.
King played Alice, who survives the carnage in the first film only to meet a horrible fate in the opening scene of the sequel.
"It was so much fun," she said about filming all that mayhem. "Isn't that weird to say? But it was so much fun. Then when we shot at night, it became gruesome."
The new uncut version of the original film isn't the only DVD riding on the coattails of killer Jason Voorhees, whose legend haunts the horny teens of Camp Crystal Lake. Also out is a special edition of "Friday the 13th, Part 2," and, for the first time, a real 3-D presentation of "Friday the 13th, Part 3," with glasses ($17 each). All three DVDs feature new surround-sound mixes.
There are also two companion releases. The second season of the 1980s TV horror anthology "Friday the 13th: The Series" (Paramount, $50) comes out Tuesday, and there's a new feature-length documentary, "His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th" (Anchor Bay, $20).
"It's quite an amazing thing to have this all happening 30 years later," said King, now 50.
She quit acting to focus on painting but got drawn back in when she agreed to be interviewed for a retrospective book about "Friday the 13th" several years ago. Now she sells her artwork to fans through her website, www.adrienneking.com; appears at conventions, and stars in an upcoming sci-fi film made by a fan, "Walking Distance."
As far as Hollywood's fascination with remaking old slasher movies, she admits, "I'm wondering if it's a comfort zone or a lack of ingenuity."
For her, the "Friday the 13th" remake has one strike against it because she was supposed to have a cameo, but the filmmakers changed their minds. Still, she says she has been anticipating the redo ever since a life-size promotional cutout of Jason gave her a jolt when she saw it in the lobby of her local theater.
"I don't know why they made it, but we'll see," she said. "I hope it does well, because it only means more for the franchise."
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