Evil Dead (Special Edition)
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March 30, 1999
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In the fall of 1979, Sam Raimi and his merry band headed into the woods of rural Tennessee to make a movie. They emerged with a roller coaster of a film packed with shocks, gore, and wild humor, a film that remains a benchmark for the genre. Ash (cult fav
In the fall of 1979, Sam Raimi and his merry band headed into the woods of rural Tennessee to make a movie. They emerged with a roller coaster of a film packed with shocks, gore, and wild humor, a film that remains a benchmark for the genre. Ash (cult favorite Bruce Campbell) and four friends arrive at a backwoods cabin for a vacation, where they find a tape recorder containing incantations from an ancient book of the dead. When they play the tape, evil forces are unleashed, and one by one the friends are possessed. Wouldn't you know it, the only way to kill a "deadite" is by total bodily dismemberment, and soon the blood starts to fly. Raimi injects tremendous energy into this simple plot, using the claustrophobic set, disorienting camera angles, and even the graininess of the film stock itself to create an atmosphere of dread, punctuated by a relentless series of jump-out-of-your-seat shocks. The Evil Dead lacks the more highly developed sense of the absurd that distinguish later entries in the series--Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness--but it is still much more than a gore movie. It marks the appearance of one of the most original and visually exciting directors of his generation, and it stands as a monument to the triumph of imagination over budget. --Simon Leake
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.38 x 0.6 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Sam Raimi
- Media Format : Color, Special Edition, NTSC, Original recording remastered
- Run time : 1 hour and 25 minutes
- Release date : March 30, 1999
- Actors : Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly
- Producers : Bruce Campbell, Gary Holt, Irvin Shapiro, Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Studio : New Line Cinema
- ASIN : B00000G3Q4
- Writers : Sam Raimi
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #222,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The film is about five friends who go up to a secluded cabin for the weekend and run into, you guessed it, nothing but evil. They immediately run into problems when Cheryl (Ellen Sandweiss) is taken over and draws a picture of a book with a face on it. Then a basement door pops open and they find an ancient book and a recorder. It turns out an archeologist had stayed at the cabin before and studied a Sumerian Book of the Dead. They begin listening to his recordings about his work which unleashes the demons contained within the book. They possess the forest, and eventually members of the group.
For basically having no money Rami was able to create an amazing film. The trees attacking Cheryl for example was creepy and very original as well. The later effects look real cheesy based upon today’s standards but they give a real feel to the movie. Finally, who doesn’t love Bruce Campbell? There’s nothing of his smart ass comments that he became known for but you get his earliest acting job here.
The bonus commentaries by Sam Rami and Bruce Campbell are great to watch after you’ve seen the whole things. The Campbell one is hilarious because his commentary gets to come out. He adds great trivia like the actors didn't use their real names, there was no basement in the cabin in Tennessee they used so that sequence was all filmed in Michigan and more.
If you want this particular movie, there are better releases of it. If you were hoping for the limited edition version, you will NOT get it.
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Audio English 5.1 DTS - HD Master Audio.
Picture Ratio 1.85.1.
Region free, so will play abroad.
Evil Dead does play on UK bluray players. We'll pleased with my purchase. M, J, B
Extra Special Features over 2 and a half hours of extras.
if you don't mind the 'B' movie, low budget, shlock horror genre and haven't seen this one before (are you dead or pre-teen?) then you must give this a try. The characters are way over the top and make all the classic mistakes that 'victims' always do, but this film does them even more obviously than others, proving beyond doubt that 'horror victims' are truely stupid.
So pull up the chair, get the mates around, turn off the lights, get some popcorn and have yourself a good old fashined scare fest with this classic. Mind you, you may not want to eat once the gore kicks in. Alternatively, just watch it with someone who screams a lot and you wont be disapointed ..... now where is that copy of Evil dead II....