It was announced last week that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group has gained exclusive rights to physical Blu-ray and DVD distribution of more than 600 Paramount catalog titles (Paramount keeps VOD rights). While nothing major was announced, horror fans have been in a frenzy hoping that we’ll now see that Friday the 13th Blu-ray box set we’ve been demanding.
Daniel Farrands, producer of the absolutely incredible A Nightmare on Elm Street documentary “Never Sleep Again,” already has inside word from Warners regarding the future of the Friday franchise: “It’s confirmed that Warner Bros. DID acquire the F13th titles from Paramount,” Farrands states on his Facebook page. “But they haven’t yet decided whether they will release a full Blu-ray box set or simply release “one offs” of each title.”
What’s exciting is that we can now have one solid set that contains Friday the 13th through Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan alongside Jason Goes to Hell, Jason X and Freddy vs. Jason!
Knowing how the home video whores work, we’ll see individually remastered versions first followed by that well-deserved box set. If you thought the Elm Street box set was worth the wait, then this should be exciting news. I still think distributors are getting lazy with their extra features. Something as big as Friday the 13th deserves major features. One can only hope we’ll one day see the versions that weren’t destroyed by the MPAA.