Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Chuck Conry and I’m more obsessed with movie in general than any person should be. I’m 29 years old and I’ve been running a horror site called Zombies DON’T Run since 2009. I’ve never been one to be that interested in much of anything besides pro wrestling and film. I grew up during the days of the video store and I’ve always loved horror movies more than any other genre besides maybe porn (just kidding). This obsession of mine has led to me having a very unhealthy DVD and Blu-ray buying habit. I say nasty because it has also led to be double dipping on many titles I shouldn’t have, Friday the 13th being the worst.
If I were a drug addict Jason Voorhees would be my crack pipe. I grew up loving those films and when I started getting hardcore about buying movies on DVD it was at the top of my list. While the company that owns the majority of these films, Paramount, doesn’t seem to care about the films their release after release of the same movies on DVD and DVD combo packs might make you think otherwise. They know people will keep buying them; idiots like me are their target audience. After owning two separate copies of the original film on DVD I bought the first Paramount issued Friday the 13th box set.
Titled “From Crystal Lake to Manhattan” this set didn’t have the uncut original Friday the 13th but it did have all eight films they owned in the set. It was five disc with two films per disc and a bonus disc of features. Me being the Jason fan I am, I was content. Then they FINALLY put out special editions of each film. This consisted of the original finally being uncut and part three finally being in 3D to the home viewer. This lead to me showing some willpower and finally holding out. That was until the first three came out on Blu-ray and then I cracked and got those. But not another damn it!!..Or so I thought.
Passing on those special editions on DVD was not easy. The rest of the films being placed on Blu-ray were and still are in a standstill, but Paramount was about to wave something in my face that was going to hurt. Thus brings us to The Ultimate Collection. An eight disc set that has every special edition of those movies in a booklet formed case along with a mini Jason mask. Oh and here’s the catch, its limited to only 50,000! This might seem like a lot but when we are talking about DVDs to people who want them ratio, it’s not much.
Still a number of things out of my control caused me to pass on this set. And over time we have seen the price go from $39.99 to as high as $139.99 (current Amazon price at the time of writing this). I have been face to face with this set a number of times. And there is always something there to stop me from making it my own. I’ve been broke, had someone buy it before me, and even had the wrong thing sent to me when I did order it only to find out later from the same store that they were out of what I wanted and probably wouldn’t have them back. The later incident happening just last week and I ended up with a Ultimate Collection box set that had all eight special edition films but no mask and it wasn’t limited to just 50,000 units. Ever heard the old saying “can’t win for losing”? That would best describe me and my attempt at this box set.
But all hope is not yet lost. Thanks to second hand sellers and ebay, I may be able to finally make this set mine for as low as $50-$60! I just, ya know, need the spare money to make it happen. And I will do this knowing very well that one day all these films will hit Blu-ray individually. Then they will all be in another box set, only this time it’ll be Blu-rays. And I am both ashamed and proud to say I’ll be after those as well when they are released. The moral of the story is, kids, don’t be like your old uncle Chuck here. Use your time and money to do awesome stuff. Use that time and money to date women! Leave these sets alone because not only will it be better for you, it’ll leave more copies of these out there for me.