Army of Darkness [HD DVD]
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Bound in human flesh, inked in blood - and amazingly hard to pronounce - the ancient "Necronomicon" (Book of the Dead) unleashes unspeakable evil upon mankind in director Sam Raimi's (Spider-Man) outrageously hilarious sword-and-sorcery epic. Back to do battle with the hideous "Deadites," Bruce Campbell reprises his role from the Evil Dead series as Ash, the handsome, shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed department store clerk from S-Mart's housewares division. Demonic forces time warp him - and his '73 Oldsmobile - into England's Dar Ages, where he romances a beauty (Embeth Davidtz) and faces legions of undead beasts, including a ghastly army of skeletons. Can Ash save the living from the dead, rescue his girlfriend and get back to his own time?
A movie that only true horror buffs could love, Army of Darkness is officially part 3 in the wild and wacky Evil Dead trilogy masterminded by the perversely inventive director Sam Raimi, who would later serve as executive producer of the popular syndicated TV series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. Raimi's favorite actor, Bruce Campbell, returns as Ash (hero of the first two Evil Dead flicks), a hardware-store clerk who is magically transported--along with his beat-up Oldsmobile and a chainsaw attachment for his severed left forearm--to the brutal battlefields of the 14th century. He quickly assumes power (who else in the Middle Ages packs a shotgun and a chainsaw?), and unites his band of medieval knights against the dreaded Army of the Dead. Raimi gleefully subverts almost every horror-movie cliché as he serves up a nonstop parade of blood, gore, and vicious sword-bearing skeletons--an affectionate homage to animator Ray Harryhausen's classic Jason and the Argonauts. The frantic action is fun while it lasts, but even at 80 minutes Army of Darkness nearly wears out its welcome. You know that Raimi can maintain the mayhem for only so long before it grows tiresome, and fortunately this madcap movie quits while it's ahead. --Jeff Shannon
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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.
Plot: At the end of part two we see our humble hero getting sucked into a portal that leads him into the medieval era. Now if it had continued at how exactly part two ended, then it would've never had its epic opening scene, instead they would've believed in him all along.... Instead this beginning has him being treated as a crud-tastic enemy and thrown down into a pit, but as soon as he finishes the job down there the characters switch into the realization that hey, this dud could actually be useful. Although he is fed, pampered, and treated like a god gorging repeatedly on others vouching enthusiasm (hence the title of my review) he wants to return to his time and place. Can he say the right chant, retrieve the Necronomicon, and be sent back without unleashing evil.... Well, after everything I've said, what do you honestly think?
Review: My attention was full on time and I was a mere 11 when I first saw this epic motion picture. And I am still yearning for a fourth movie. I hope at least the Remake is good. This movie is beyond brilliant, it did lack gore and a strong horror feel and it felt more like an action/adventure comedy rather than a horror comedy. But still, it works. It is always a fun watch and when the comedy comes in it never goes until the end credits roll. This movie was the biggest budget out of them all. It cost $13,500,000 to make and even though it wasn't a major success it still passed that budget in box office revenue making a little over $21,500,000! The special effects (including the epic battle at the end) and the props, set pieces, and constructed castles looked amazing and it made the movie even more pleasurable to watch! Was it as good as Evil Dead one and two? Almost... It is my least favorite of the trilogy but it is one of the best horror/action/adventure comedies I've ever seen!
Acting: Bruce Campbell, He steels the show every time, Need there be said more about the acting, besides the rest of the cast acting cheek in tongue the whole film and succeeding in every way, there really isn't any other way to say just how much effort must've been put in by the actors, it's fun for me, fans, and critics all around.
Gore: a blood shower, some sword impalings, and a little more!
Bottom Line: What a great way to end a hopefully not finished series. This trilogy succeeds in every way and it will always be remembered to me as "The movies that each started new genres of their own!"
Rated R for Violence and Horror
Is it worth the Buy on a scale of 1-10: 10 (I'm guessing it depends what version you buy!)
For the Movie itself on a scale of 1-5: 4
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