me or are there WAY too many Evil Dead DVDs floating about? Talk
about milking your core audience, yo! Let's see how this one holds up.
Let's not forget that
The Evil Dead was shot on 16 mm. Taking that into account, this 1.85:1
enhanced for 16.9 TV widescreen transfer is pretty slick. Yes, we
do get some occasional grain but I for one have never seen the film
in better condition. So props for the image, Anchor Bay!
The DTS and Dolby
Digital tracks serve the flick very well. The dialogue, the edgy
score and the many house noises never sounded so sharp and clear.
Hit the lights and get ready to be spooked. We also get a THX optimizer
Dead fans rejoice! We get a jamboree of kool extras!
Commentary- Sam Raimi and Bruce Tapert: Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert hop in with good energy to discuss the
many effects of the films, the complications that arose and how they
were eventually accomplished. They also make fun of actor extraordinaire
Bruce Campbell. Even though this feature length commentary is
more satisfying on a technical POV than a personal one, it's still a
Commentary- Bruce Campbell: The
real fun begins here, with cocky
us a truckloads of info about the shoot, working with the effects
and how are some of the more complex camera shots were executed
during this feature length commentary. Is it me or can I
listen to this arrogant dude talk for hours?
the scenes footage and outtakes: Yippee
hurray! Here, we get some various takes from the flick, we get to see
how some effects were accomplished, the actors in action and a
couple scenes that didn't make the final cut. Fun freaking 18-minute stuff!
Spots: We get 4 gnarly 30-second TV ads for the film. Although the
image is grain filled, it's to be expected and they're a blast
and still gallery: A collection of film stills, on-set stills
(Raimi in action),
effect stills, storyboards, creature sketches, various poster art,
the works! There's an intimate feel to this feature, it's like going
through somebody's private photo album. My only complaint is that
there's MUCHO pics here and I got tired of pressing my remote
control button to skip to the next image. I know I'm lazy...a
montage would've been kooler. Overall, it's still a treat to check
also get the film's
Theatrical Trailer, a
way kool Animated Menu (that
uses scenes from the film)
this DVD is a bubbleliscious Evil Dead experience. I can't say how
it measures up to the other ones on the block (way too many out
there) but on it's own, it's very satisfying. Thank you Anchor Bay!