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Army of Darkness (Screwhead Edition) (1993)

Bruce Campbell , Embeth Davidtz , Sam Raimi  |  R |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (889 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Bridget Fonda, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie
  • Directors: Sam Raimi
  • Writers: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi
  • Producers: Robert Tapert, Dino De Laurentiis
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: September 15, 2009
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (889 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024FADDI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,941 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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All primitive screwheads, listen up! Cult superstar Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) reunites with director Sam Raimi (Drag Me to Hell, Spider-Man) to battle the deadly forces of evil in Army of Darkness - the outrageous, effects-fueled action epic that will make you scream with fear and laughter. Forced to lead a makeshift Dark Ages army against the demonic Deadites, who possess all the deadly magic of hell, the shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed, reluctant 20th century time traveler Ash (Campbell) must save the living from the dead, rescue his medieval girlfriend and get back to his own time. One of the most popular horror comedies of all time, now digitally remastered and loaded with bonus features, Army of Darkness Screwhead Edition is drop-dead fun!

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5.0 out of 5 stars The (once-)complete AOD DVD breakdown. July 23, 2001
Confused by all the Army of Darkness DVD releases (some in print, some out of print, some lingering halfway between)? I know I was. But I've done some research and figured it out, and here's how it breaks down:

1. The original DVD release-- was the original theatrical version of the movie with few extras. Good picture, good sound, S-Mart ending. If you just want to watch the best available version of the movie, you might get this one (if you can still find it; it's out of print now). It also has the familiar movie poster cover with an overly muscled Bruce and the hokey "Low on gas" slogan.

2. The director's cut-- with the silly Molly Hatchet cover and the original ending. There are many minuses: key lines are changed (not necessarily for the better). Much of the footage looks really horrible, including the entire concluding battle. All the deleted scenes have the feel of an eBay-purchased bootleg. Bottom line: AOD fans will like to see the material, but this is hardly the movie's best presentation. It's still circulating but they're not making any more of them.

3. The special edition-- probably the best DVD release of the movie to date. The 2 disc version (which, like the director's cut, is nearing the end of its availability) is great. It features both the watchable theatrical version and the borderline-unwatchable director's cut. It has commentary, unlike every other release, although the commentary is only available when viewing the director's cut. It has a making-of featurette.

The single disc version (now the primary version of AOD available) is only a slight downgrade; basically, it's the theatrical release, lookin' and soundin' fine, with the original ending as an extra, and the making of featurette also included.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bootleg Edition? October 31, 2001
By A Customer
Ok, for those who are wondering, this "bootleg" edition is simply the Director's Cut version without the Limited Edition numbers on it. Don't worry, it's not an illegal copy, more like an "Official Bootleg". It was done so that fans who missed out on the Limted Edition can still get the DVD and all the extra goodies. I for one am glad they did so because I happened to miss out on it myself. The cover is done as if someone made an illegal copie and used a brown paper back to cover up the liner. It has handwriting-like text on it in what appears to be a few notes from Bruce "Don't call me Ash" Campbell. The actual DVD inside is done up like a DVD-R (Not Really Recordable) and is very humorous. It contains the exact same movie and features of the LE in the exact same quality. The commentary from Sam, Bruce, and Ivan is hilarious as was their commentary from the other Evil Dead DVDs. That in combination with the deleted scenes and the original ending make this a must have for those who want the whole story. This is the version of the movie that was originally done before they were forced to shorten it to 81 minutes and alter the ending. So if you missed out on the Limited Edition DVD then this is for you. This is definatly one for the fans out there.
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126 of 145 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, but another SE DVD? January 27, 2003
By Linquel
For the sake of clarity, I just want to say that there is no way I could review any version of Army of Darkness without giving it five stars. It is a modern classic which I can watch over and over again. Seeing the Tiny Evil Ashes take on Ash causes me to laugh out loud with every "My fair lady."
Having said that, I can't imagine why they are releasing yet another SE DVD set of it. I own the 2-disc Limited Edition which came out a few years ago. I can't find anything different about this new "Boomstick Edition" that isn't on the old Limited Edition. Both have the original theatrical release and the director's cut with 15 additional minutes of footage. Both have the Men Behind The Army featurette. Both have the Raimi, Campbell, Raimi commentary. The only thing I've noticed so far is that the Boomstick edition comes with some kind of 10 page collectible book which my LE set didn't have. But unless they made some drastic changes to either the video or audio to clear up imperfections which I never noticed in the first place, I couldn't justify buying this new edition. But if you don't yet own Army of Darkness, don't be a primitive screwhead. Click on the Buy It Now link and get it.
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65 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boomstick Edition February 19, 2003
By "def_"
Ok, if you're on this page, there's a good chance you've already seen this movie and are torn between purchasing another copy or not.
If you already have the Bootleg Edition, or one of the many other editions of this film that have been released over the years, then you're probably going to feel jipped after you read this. Sorry.
Anyways, what this DVD set basically includes is two previously released DVDs in one package. Those being the standard edition and the Bootleg edition. Which, if you're looking to upgrade from your old VHS copy or something, it's a really good deal. Since buying the two DVDs seperately would cost a lot more than just buying this package. For the person who already has an AOD DVD I wouldn't recommend, unless you really want the directors cut version of it since you'd probably end up with two copies of the same DVD. But if you're a hardcore fanatic and are feeling like shelling out the asking price for the nifty new 8 page collectors booklet. Go for it. That's what I'm buying it for. The fact that the "Bootleg" edition didn't come with the theatrical ending is also a reason I'm purchasing this DVD set.
I give it five stars because...Well, it's a great film and though it may be a little late for a release like this, it's the thought that counts. Thanks Anchor Bay.
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is my boomstick!!
trilogy might be cheesy since there were definitely parts where it was just too cheesy, this movie was cheesy but I love Bruce Campbell. Cheesy.
Published 6 days ago by Cattknipp
4.0 out of 5 stars "Well hello Mr. Fancy Pants."
Again, the filmmakers choose to purposely ignore the ending of the second film in order to revise it for this third installment. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Einsatz
4.0 out of 5 stars A great Bruce Campbell film, but not what I expected.
I vaguely remember this movie from my childhood, but it was upon the suggestion of a good friend that I try watching the film. After watching a rental, I had to buy it. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jeffrey R. Kuntzelman 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars Srill A Classic!
Forget about the new Evil Dead movie which was pretty boring! Army of Darkness (the third movie in the original series) is still an amazing film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kezins
5.0 out of 5 stars EVIL DEAD
Im an evil dead fanatic and this is Bruce Campbell at the top of his game as Ash and an evil version dueling it out. great movie one of my favs up there with Spaceballs
Published 1 month ago by The devil is me.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, good edition
I love the evil dead series, but this movie in particular takes top spot. It's creepy in spots, hilarious in others, and we can all see why Bruce Campbell is a B movie superstar.
Published 1 month ago by AJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Movie....
I loved this movie growing up its a classic in my eyes and who dosent love Bruce Campbell and now that its on bluray it cant get any better :)
Published 1 month ago by Edward
5.0 out of 5 stars Army of Darkness
I love scary Movies, what can I say again can not go wrong with Bruce Campbell!! another classic no remake for this one
Published 1 month ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Give the king some sugar...
The third installment of the Evil Dead Trilogy. This film is an all time favorite of mine as well as the other two Evil Dead movies. I recommend it to any horror/comedy fan. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars bruce cambell.
he makes these ridiculous b movies work. it truly is sad t.v. wasnt for his western/sci fi action adventure: brisco county, jr. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Walter Macindoe
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Bonus features?
Regardless of your take on the video, the extras are lacking. Not even the commentary?? Come on, guys. Everyone sucks at releasing this movie.
Sep 16, 2009 by Ryan Agadoni |  See all 9 posts
which edition to buy?
Region 3 version Standard Dvd is the best but you must either have region free player of convert disc on computer to dvd-r. Best Quality by far and with the original ending as intended by Sam Raimi.
Sep 21, 2011 by TonyM. |  See all 3 posts
Why discontinued?
I agree that the evil dead trilogy is a must on blu-ray. I have Evil Dead 2 and am very upset to see that there may not be any others any time soon...if at all.
Dec 31, 2008 by J. S. McClure |  See all 4 posts
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