Trip Back In Time: Friday the 13th (1980) Laserdisc

Here’s a look at the Japanese Laserdisc for Friday the 13th. I hadn’t seen this in a long time and while I was searching around for some Friday memoribilia, I found this little gem. I’ve never owned this before as it normally cost around $150 to $200. Now that the uncut Blu-Ray and DVD are out, I don’t see the worth in owning it at that price now. Back in late 80’s and into the 90’s this was heavily sought after.

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10 Responses to “ Trip Back In Time: Friday the 13th (1980) Laserdisc ”

  1. Pretty cool. Too bad I wasn’t alive in the 80’s!

  2. The Original Director’s Cut!! =)

  3. I actually had this one in my collection !
    But sold it a long time ago when DVD came up. Now i have the danish DVD with german language.

  4. i had a vhs that was transferred from it. there’s a store in pittsburgh that used to sell bootleg stuff like that, but they dropped their video department…i assume they got in trouble. i paid an absurd price for it (absurd for a lame-looking homemade dub)…i think like $40, but the internet was just starting out then, and i didn’t know how else to get it. the subtitles were annoying but it was so awesome to be the only person that had those scenes. that was the first time i realized the f13ths are all censored….PISSED ever since.

  5. The uncut version of the film, the same as the Japanese, has been out on DVD and VHS here in Sweden for years now. :)

  6. That’s a rare gem to see this Laserdisc of the film from Japan. Its good now to have the Uncut American DVD of the movie. Hopefully the Japanese fans can now enjoy it uncut on DVD and Blu-Ray now.

  7. “That’s a rare gem to see this Laserdisc of the film from Japan. Its good now to have the Uncut American DVD of the movie. Hopefully the Japanese fans can now enjoy it uncut on DVD and Blu-Ray now.”

    I agree, it’s just So warming that the first film, even though it’s been available in VHS tape trading circles for years, has a North American release that is official and in some of the best quality I’ve ever seen (even if, for me, the series didn’t get interesting untill the Steve Miner sequels, I still think the first, flaws & all, is a historical mini footnote of general Slasher & Splatter films that most genre films should look into owning).

    Also I like to regularly look over eBay items, and the size and backs of the old first eight Laserdiscs on there always facinated me. Even though I never owned a Laserdisc player, it must’ve been nice from the last ’80s onward, to own the Friday films in non-biodegradable form.

    But I’m glad as all hell that standard-def DVDs replaced’em.

    But just as a suggestion to the mods here: I have been lovin’ teh recentup-dates, even when I’m yelled at by other boardies (;)), and I think one thing you can do, in addition to waiting for the usual street release dates for the remaining Deluxe Editions cause we all know about this & that, is that you chould highlight cool & obscure eBay items that we all find. Just a thought, as there is always some pretty facinating stuff on there.

  8. I own that disc, it was beautiful to see the First Friday uncut, though it did have the annoying Japanese text on the screen, it sits among my 300+ laserdiscs including US releases of parts 1-9.

    Laserdisc: You can watch them and not worry about the discs getting ruined by the player.

  9. Is THAT the original uncut version? I would say that the cover art isn’t that great, but then again neither were some of the Paramount DVD covers.

  10. Yes, Rich. That is the original uncut version.

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