Army of Darkness

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7.51 h 21 min1993X-RayR
HD. The third film in the 'Evil Dead' series finds Ash battling demons and an army of the dead in medieval times.
Directors
Sam Raimi
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Bruce CampbellEmbeth Davidtz
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ComedyHorror
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English [CC]
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English
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Robert G. Tapert
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James L. BallReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
For Bruce Campbell fans
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First of all, I do not care for Horror/Slasher movies. But I fell in to the Evil Dead movies by accident due to it's estimable star, Bruce Campbell. My first encounter with his talent was in the lamentably short lived western, "The Adventures of Brisco County Jr." which actually starred Comet the wonder horse, the smarter of the two. From there I laughed my way through "Bubba Hotep", before discovering "The Evil Dead" on cable. Not quite prepared for the over the top blood-fest of ED1, ED2 out does it, but they were so fast paced, over the top, and sometimes hilarious, intended or not, they had a charm. This movie really is a stand alone premise linked only by the main character played by Bruce Campbell. More of an absurdist comedy than horror it takes many cues from the likes of "Gullivers Travels", "7th Voyage of Sinbad" (Ray Harryhausen effects), and other homages, to the point of almost being derivative. But there is always the humor, and ultimately, the star. If you like movies like "Killer Klowns from Outer Space" you could easily fall into this minor epic. Keep your expectations moderately low or be a Bruce Campbell fan and you will like the movie. This copy is no great shakes, moderately preserved but not the definitive version. There are cleaner editions with more source material available for true fans. For the rest of us, enjoy the ride.
20 people found this helpful
George GriffinReviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is my boom stick
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This item was purchased to add the movie of all movies to my DVD collection as well as my son had a 10th birthday sleepover with a few of his friends late October and I thought this would be a great movie to watch with the little buggers. They enjoyed it thoroughly. Big fan of the Evil Dead series of movies and this is a must have cult classic. Great comedy/horror movie with classic one liners that will resonate with you for years to come.

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Exactly as described
Price was tolerable as I feel non digital formats are dying. (but awesome movie so it was worth it)
shipping was quick and arrived undamaged and packaged properly.
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16 people found this helpful
joel wingReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fitting conclusion to Evil Dead trilogy Ash deals with a medieval dead in this horror-comedy classic
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Army of Darkness was the third film in the Evil Dead series. Once again it starred Bruce Campbell as Ash and was directed by Sam Raimi. The first Evil Dead was a school movie project turned into reality about a haunted cabin using a shoestring budget. Evil Dead 2 was where they went back to the cabin with more money and effects and started to play with the horror genre. Army of Darkness actually started off at the very end of the last one as Ash defeated the evil in the woods only to be sent back to medieval Europe. There Ash again faced evil, but this time Raimi mixed the horror with comedy to great effect. That couldn’t be accomplished without Campbell who was the perfect foil for the story.

The story centered around Ash trying to find the Necronomicon, the Mesopotamian book of the dead in medieval Europe so that he could get back to his time period. During the course of that quest he runs into not only the evil dead, but an entire army of them that lay siege to a castle that Ash has promised to protect. This showed off what Raimi could do with an even bigger budget than his last film as there were far more effects, plus plenty of wardrobe with the medieval outfits.

Raimi also let Bruce Campbell go with Ash. When he first uses his shotgun for example he tells everyone to “Shop smart, Shop S-Mart” like he was doing an infomercial. Later he had to fight off an army of small versions of himself who constantly laughed and made fun of him, while trying to find the Necronomicon. One actually went down his throat and he had to find a way to get it out. Next thing he knows he has a twin growing out of his side. Evil Dead 2 already had some of this, but Raimi went all in on the Comedy-Horror vein in this film.

Army of Darkness was a fitting conclusion to the Evil Dead trilogy.
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Eric MossReviewed in the United States on July 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
My favorite Evil Dead movie (A review on the Boomstick Edition)
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Army of Darkness is my favorite movie in the Evil Dead franchise. It has a fun story, Ash is my favorite Horror movie hero, the soundtrack is great. I already had a normal DVD of this movie, and I got the Boomstick Edition because of the Directer's Cut, and the special features.

Disc one is the Theatrical version. For bonus features, it has the original ending (separate feature), the theatrical trailer, a featurette "The Men Behind the Army", narrated by Bruce Campbell, and talent bios. Disc two is the Director's cut. For bonus features, there is a commentary with Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Ivan Raimi, 4 deleted scenes, and director's storyboards. I prefer the Theatrical edition of the movie because in the Director's cut, many quotes are changed, and I like the Theatrical ending more. The Director's cut is still worth watching though. There are also some old advertizements for the game "Evil Dead: A Fistful of Boomstick", an old "Win Dinner with Bruce Campbell" flyer, and a behind the scenes note from Bruce Campbell, which goes into all the injuries on set.

Out of all the versions I have, the Boomstick Edition is the best one to get, but other copies have other special features, and this movie is just a fun adventure comedy. I love everything about the movie, and it's very re-watchable.
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JMR1022Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Heck yeah!!
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A corny movie, Army of Darkness was a wild and weird ride of cinema that one of my friends mentioned and I finally decided to see what the hubbub was about.

Ash, hero from Evil Dead, is back but is somehow trapped in Arthurian times and the only way for him to get back is to get a necromancy or grimiore but with Ash it's never easy.

I was surprised with what I witnessed; our protag is loud, has no manners and witty but means well at the end of the day.

I enjoyed it even though it's corny, I mean walking skeletons...wooo boy.

Watch and be amused.
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radicalwaysReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Third film in the original evil dead series.
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Army of darkness has an alternate ending that you can watch after the original movie is finished. This film was the last movie produced from the original evil dead series.
The director didn’t title the movie evil dead 3, but it’s a continuation of the second movie after Bruce Campbell gets sucked into some wormhole vortex to another dimension in time. If your a die hard fan of this series, this version will definitely complete the saga of the original evil dead series movie library.
Remember this film was created way before cgi special effects were invented. All the animated scenes took a very long time to create. Similar to how the first terminator movie was done.
E. A. SolinasReviewed in the United States on April 18, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Hail to the king, baby.
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When we last saw Ash Williams, he had been sucked through a time vortex and ended up in the 14th century... where he STILL had to contend with undead horrors. No, not going to give context.

"Army of Darkness" pretty much picks up from there, finishing up the legendary trilogy that Sam Raimi started with "The Evil Dead" and "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn." This time around, Sam Raimi dials down the horror once again, while dialing up massive quantities of skeletal comedy -- while there's the odd gross-out moment (eyeball in the shoulder!), most of the story is devoted to the increasingly manic Bruce Campbell struggling to defeat an undead horde of skeletons with only his trusty boomstick and chainsaw.

Having appeared in the 14th century, Ash (Campbell) is immediately captured by the arrogant Lord Arthur (Marcus Gilbert), who mistakes him for one of Duke Henry's (Richard Grove) men. He tries to explain that he's not, but ends up tossed into an execution pit filled with iron spikes and demonic Deadites -- and only the timely intervention of the Wise Man (Ian Abercrombie) allows Ash to reclaim his chainsaw and "boomstick," kill the Deadites, and establish that he is a prophesied savior come to free them from the Deadite scourge.

But of course, the entire universe hates Ash. So when he's sent on an incredibly simple quest to reclaim and de-power the Necronomicon, Ash immediately encounters bizarre Deadite attacks that are specifically designed to torment him -- including the formation of an evil doppelganger from his own body, Evil Ash. And when he manages to botch the whole thing, the Deadites prepare to storm the castle and take everything over. Life is hard when you're Ash.

Considering that the series started with a serious attempt at horror, it's a little odd that "Army of Darkness" mostly drops the horror. Of course, there's still some gloriously gross moments (the emergence of Evil Ash, and his decaying face a few scenes later), but most of the movie is played for laughs (including a long sequence where Ash is assaulted by a small army of Lilliputian doppelgangers, who jab him in the butt with a fork and tie him to the floor). Even the grosser moments are played for laughs ("Good. Bad. I'm the guy with the gun").

And that's what makes this whole movie so gloriously entertaining -- it's gross, nasty and violent, but it's presented with the gleeful joy that comes with a cavalcade of one-liners and memetastic moments ("All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up... this... is my BOOMSTICK!"). Nothing is presented very seriously, because... well, how can you take this seriously? It's about a college student/S-Mart employee who gets blasted back in time to fight demonic zombies in a medieval setting. The cheese is thick and gloriously unserious, climaxing as Ash careens through the titular army in a massive armored steampunk-car/tank that easily hacks them apart.

And despite the much larger cast and more extensive sets and special effects required, somehow Raimi maintains that rough, low-budget feel -- the stop-motion, tiny Ashes, and especially the battle sequences that are clearly against inanimate Halloween skeletons. It still feels like a cheesy low-budget movie that does NOT care

Bruce Campbell is at the absolute height of his Campbellitude here -- he gives a delightfully hammy performance as a gun-toting, one-liner-spouting Ash. He plays the kind of guy that every guy likes to think he'd be in such a crisis, uttering don't-give-a-dang one-liners, shooting monsters and smooching a wench with extremely good teeth with great relish. And he gives an equally quotable ("Little goody two-shoes!") performance as the Evil Ash, who is just as snarky but... well, his face is rotting off. The supporting actors give good performances, especially Abercrombie as the wise man that nobody ever seems to actually listen to, but this is clearly the Campbell show here.

It may have effectively left horror behind, but "Army of Darkness" instead embraces a gloriously gross brand of comedy, with knights, skeletons, bagpipes and one S-Mart employee with a boomstick and a robot hand. It's hard to find a movie more resolutely fun than this.
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Just BenReviewed in the United States on December 4, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
screwhead edition bluray
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Oh what a hoot. This is a great comedy with horror like splash. This is a film for those that want something both funny and very entertaining.
This edition is the best format. The picture quality is so good that i can count the number of hairs on bruces stubbly beard. Yeah its that clean. No grains. Non. I mean thats pretty impressive to say the least. The sound is crystal clear as well. When i watched this it was like i was seeing it for the first time again. The funny moments are even more funny. The little ashes bit is cleaned up well but in some spots you can still tell thats its blue screen. But thats just something i find pretty funny in itself. The only negetive thing i can say is there is still no commentary. Only the bootleg edition has it. And well the bootleg version is just that.. unwatchable bootleg style film. Some areas are so grainy that you cant tell what your watching. (windmill scenes)
Now i have seen a very high priced bluray edition called bruce cambell vs. Army of darkness. I dont know if it has any commentary but i wouldnt pay for something if im not sure what im buying. This version im reviewing is a safe buy if you love this movie and want to see what a clean and clear picture looks like. Enjoy and remember "shop smart shop s-mart, you got that!"
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