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The Evil Dead [Blu-ray] (1981)

Bruce Campbell , Ellen Sandweiss , Sam Raimi  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Hal Delrich, Betsy Baker, Sarah York
  • Directors: Sam Raimi
  • Writers: Sam Raimi
  • Producers: Robert G. Tapert
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 31, 2010
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (843 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IY48PS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,665 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

New audio commentary with Writer/Director Sam Raimi, Producer Robert Tapert and Actor Bruce Campbell.

Editorial Reviews

The Evil Dead, director Sam Raimi's (Darkman, Quick & The Dead, Army Of Darkness) first feature film, is a true cult classic in every sense of the word. Originally released in 1982, The Evil Dead tells the tale of a group of friends who go to a cabin in the woods, where they find an unspeakable evil lurking in the forest. They find the Necronomicon, the Book Of The Dead, and the taped translation of the text. Once the tape is played, the evil is released. One by one, the teens become deadly zombies. With only one remaining (Bruce Campbell), it is up to him to survive the night and battle The Evil Dead.

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150 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen & Full-screen April 23, 2004
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Format:DVD
This is one of the greatest horror films ever made. Some people may find the special effects work primitive by todays standards, but for a low-budget film as this is they are excellent and charged with a weirdly supernatural energy; something one never sees today in the big production horror films.
However, this review is mainly going to be about the picture format. Evil Dead was filmed in 16mm, which is a full-screen format, not widescreen.
BEWARE of the so called "widescreen" versions: Book of the Dead Limited Edition, and the other editions from Anchor Bay. Nothing has been added to sides of the picture to make it wider; instead the top and bottom of the film have been cut away to make it look like a modern theatre film. Instead of more, you actually gett less. In some parts of the movie this makes an important differance; in the close-ups of faces, parts like the chins are now gone (...); other important details also disappear, like when the trap-door in the floor opens and we look down into the cellar, the lower edge of the opening is gone, so we don't see the entrance in its whole.
The full-screen version is still available, with excellent picture quality, in the Elite Entertainment edition.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Yet a Fan of This Cult Flick? "Join Us!" November 14, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Even though it's been more than 20 years since its original release, 1982's THE EVIL DEAD is still an impressive marvel of low-budget filmmaking. It does have its palpable flaws, but this first feature-length directorial effort from SPIDERMAN's (2002) Sam Raimi, produced on a shoestring budget of circa $350,000, offers clever special FX, interesting make-up work, relentless shocks, and brilliant direction and camera work. And of considerable note to genre fans, it highlights Raimi's knack for pushing violence and gore to such an extreme that it becomes comic or farcical, a characteristic that is enhanced by the slapstick talents of actor Bruce Campbell (who would himself become a cult hero due to his work in this and other Raimi films).

The story involves a group of college students who, during a weekend getaway, find a Sumerian Book of the Dead in an old wilderness cabin they've rented. When they unwittingly unleash evil spirits and demons while reading incantations from the book, that's when the real havoc--and the real fun for the audience--begins. As each of the kids, one by one, are possessed by the demons they've loosed, body parts and bodily fluids go a-flying until only one young man is left to face down the Evil Dead. A simple plot with a simple set up, but Raimi and Campbell effectively milk it for all the scares and all the laughs they can get.

There are several editions of THE EVIL DEAD available on DVD, most of which come from the wonderful folks at Anchor Bay. Most are of great quality and offer beautifully restored digital transfers of this cult classic. The best discs also include feature commentaries from Raimi and Campbell.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Join Us! Join Us in Blu-Ray! August 31, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
A couple of months ago it was announced that Evil Dead was coming out on Blu-Ray. I confess that I was not very excited due to the fact that I had a copy of the HDTV broadcast of Evil Dead and didn't expect much of an improvement. Yet I decided to pick up a copy at my local DVD shop. With little excitement, I nonchalantly put the disc in my Blu-Ray player and sat back. Unlike some other Blu-Rays, this one had didn't have to take time loading and immediately went to previews of horror movies. I skipped through these and went to the menu. When the menu started playing, my spirits immediately were uplifted. The menu had the same music as the one in the Ultimate Edition over a nice collection of suspenseful moments in the film with a sepia filter over them. I decided to watch the full screen version.
The moment the movie started I was shocked. The once blurry and pink Renaissance logo and Evil Dead title were now sharp red. I was intrigued. As the movie proceeded, I was thoroughly amazed, this is and probably will always be THE BEST PICTURE QUALITY THAT EVIL DEAD WILL BE PRESENTED IN. I highly doubt that a film shot on 16mm can be up-converted beyond this; however, don't get me wrong, this isn't reference quality Blu-Ray, it's very far from it. There is plenty of grain that is inherent to 16mm film. Apparently Sam Raimi really did supervise this transfer well. It no longer suffers from the problems evidenced in the widescreen Anchor Bay releases and surpasses even the Elite DVD in sharpness. The color timing is spot on and is probably what was intended. For example, at the end, the sky is white rather than pinkish like in the Elite DVD. Additionally, reds do not bloom as in the Ultimate Edition transfer and HDTV broadcast.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ulimate Release In Grueling Terror! January 27, 2008
Format:DVD
After so many reincarnations (Book of the Dead, THX release, etc), this is the Ultimate Experience in what is known as the Evil Dead.

My review is not about the movie. There are plenty of those already. This is a review on the latest release called The Ultimate Edition. With this edition, you get three DVDs chock full of movies and special features that should whet the appetite of any possessing demon that should come your way.

DVD 1:
This DVD contains the widescreen version of the movie in Dolby Surround 2.0, Digital EX and 6.1 DTS-ES. It contains audio commentary from Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert. Also included is a 50+ minute documentary called "One By One We Will Take You: The Untold Saga of THE EVIL DEAD". This new special from Anchor Bay interviews the cast and crew of the movie and goes into such in-depth detail of how this movie was made. Do you think you know everything that happened? You may and you may not, but you'll definitely learn more with interviews with Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Betsy Baker and Theresa Tilly and others from behind the scenes. The picture itself of the movie is as pristine as you can get it to be.

DVD 2:
This contains the full screen version in Dolby 2.0 and contains the commentary from Bruce Campbell. Again, wonderful, pristine picture and it also contains a 59 minute feature of deleted scenes and outtakes entitled "THE EVIL DEAD: Treasures From The Cutting Room Floor". There is no commentary with it, but still, it's a wonderful introspective into the making of this film.

DVD 3:
Wow. What can be said. This is just chock full of Evil Dead treasures that should keep you possessed. You have numerous features concerning the "Ladies of the Evil Dead".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Everything that bruce campbell in is great, and this is one of the greatest ! I love this movie tons!
Published 3 days ago by TheGuy
3.0 out of 5 stars 1979
What can you expect from a 79' cult classic. Good quality for what it was, I was entertained, that's all I needed
Published 5 days ago by KSST
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome flick!
I love this movie and had to have it on bluray. This is one of those classic films that never gets old. Sure it is cheesy, but it is a fun flick. Read more
Published 8 days ago by ThatOddJoe
5.0 out of 5 stars too much bad makeup but....
Aside from the bad make up and obvious horror effects and for the budget that it did have, low budget, it works out.
Published 9 days ago by Cattknipp
5.0 out of 5 stars Evil Dead with Bruce Campbell
I think this series is great! It was meant to be a horror film, but ended up being quite comical! It's definitely a great classic!
Published 9 days ago by Susan Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars the evil dead
we have a home made movie screen set up out side best movie ever to set and watch it by a camp fire
Published 21 days ago by Elizabeth
5.0 out of 5 stars All time best!
This is the begging to one of the best movie series. Watch it if you haven't, and then share it with your friends.
Published 24 days ago by Shayna bannister
5.0 out of 5 stars "You can't bury Shelly; she's a friend of ours."
A low-budget horror film that actually works because they had to be inventive and do a lot with very little. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone let me know if there'll be special features.
I love THE EVIL DEAD. It's one of my all-time favorite movies and I own the 3 disc dvd and a single disc blu-ray. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Lonnie R. Pingleton
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic of horror!
The pre-production of Sam Raimi's black-comedy horror extravaganza THE EVIL DEAD was so grueling that many people began to think the movie was as cursed as the ancient book that... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Anthony L.
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I agree. It's extremely annoying and unprofessional.
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Limited Edition with Bonus DVD now Sold Out
Is it the same bonus dvd from the ultimate edition?
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Aspect Ratio
From the press release:

"For the release, two all-new 1080p anamorphic transfers in 1.85 and the original director-composed 1.33 aspect ratio, have been prepared and personally supervised by director/writer Raimi, presented in high-resolution Dolby TrueHD 5.1 audio"
Jul 8, 2010 by disilluzion |  See all 2 posts
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the best buy near me also sells it for around $20, and thats in the actual store, not online or anything
Sep 30, 2008 by Stryder |  See all 3 posts
Are they finally including the 45 minute 8mm pitch film?
No. We will never see it.
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