Friday The 13th: A New Beginning is part five in the slasher series about the unfriendly hockey-mask-wearing, shoulda-been-dead-a-long-time-ago maniac. Tommy Jarvis (Shepherd), whose childhood run-in with Jason landed him in an isolated mental institution, still plagued by dreams of the infamous killer. Soon, his dreams become a frightening reality when a mysterious slayer commits a string of murders within the institution. With the aid of Pam (Kinnaman) and Reggie (Ross), Tommy must destroy whomever is responsible for the murders, once and for all. Corey Feldman stars as the tormented young Tommy. (Suzanne Hodges)
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD picture exhibits slightly soft images, though detail is satisfactory. The picture has an appropriately dark character, and contrast seems a bit low at times. Still, colors are rich and exhibit generally good balance, with slightly reddish fleshtones and deep, endless blacks. There is infrequent edge enhancement and occasional pixelization. Source element artifacts are noticed at times. (Suzanne Hodges)
Reason #25 Why Readers Love Widescreen Review:
I want to see product reviews of home theatre equipment that non-millionaires can afford to own. Reading articles about $50,000 home theatre setups is admittedly rather fun but, in practical terms, the info is really useless to me. While Darling Wife and I make a decent living, there's no way we can spend that kind of money on a home theatre. What I also really like and want to see: Practical advice articles that help people who are at least minimally technically competent to assess their needs and assemble a home theatre. That is, a periodic (yearly? twice yearly?) in-depth look at points to consider and equipment to buy to assemble a good high definition home theatre. Ideally, it would examine several total package price points. If you're willing to spend $10,000, here's what we recommend in terms of equipment and how to connect/install them. If your budget is smaller, here's what we recommend. If your budget is somewhat larger than $10,000, do this instead. Yes, I know you have your reference systems section each month, but an explanatory article would be nice, too. Finally, keep us up-to-date on the development of high definition DVDs and DVD players. This is what I'd like to see.