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Evil Dead 2: Book of the Dead Edition
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Sep 30, 2005 By: Scott Weinberg
Evil Dead 2: Book of the Dead Edition order
Director:
Sam Raimi

Actors:
Bruce Campbell
Sarah Berry
Dan Hicks

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
It's about spooky cabins, evil spirits, massive gore explosions, and Bruce Campbell going absolutely insane!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
C'mon, kids. Evil Dead 2? You actually need me to sit here and sing the praises of freakin' Evil Dead 2? I think not. It'd be like telling you that babies are cute, telemarketers are annoying, or Sam Raimi's a certifiable movie genius. If you're a regular reader of JoBlo's Movie Emporium, then forgive me if I assume that you've not only seen Evil Dead 2 (numerous times), but also that you readily acknowledge the film as one of the best horror flicks ever made.

Half-sequel, half-remake, and all sorts of hardcore insanity, Evil Dead 2 is about one poor schnook who gets terrorized by Sumerian demons while hiding out in an isolated wood cabin. A few other folks do manage to stop by, but they're just a bunch of meatbags built for punishment. What follows is a non-stop thrill-ride of perpetual possessions, severed extremities, and wild chainsaw shenanigans. The flick is darkly spooky, bizarrely silly, memorably freaky, and it moves like a goop-drenched bullet train.

Either way, me rambling on and on about the ultra-slick directorial stylings, the joyously freaky jolts, the ever-flowing streams of blood, gore, and goo, and the amazingly enjoyable performance of lead lunatic Bruce Campbell is just kinda pointless. Evil Dead 2 is a grade-A masterpiece of horror. Find me a horror geek who doesn't agree and I'll take a chainsaw to a body part of your choice.

THE EXTRAS
OK, so the main selling point for this release (aside from the new video transfer) has got to be the freaky-looking rubber case that the DVD comes in. Intended to be a partner-piece for the Evil Dead (Part 1) Book of the Dead release, the case is gloriously ugly ... plus it also screams when you poke it in the eyeball! Marketing gimmickry, to be sure, but those of us who love movies like Evil Dead 2 enjoy nothing more than a grotesque rubber DVD case that shrieks when you touch it.

So the transfer, the case, and one more new goodie for the fans: A 17-minute behind-the-scenes featurette entitled Behind the Screams that focuses mainly on Tom Sullivan's outrageously wild special effects techniques.

Ported over from the previous DVD are:

The 30-minute The Gore the Merrier, which also focuses mostly on the effects work, a seriously fantastic audio commentary (with director Sam Raimi, screenwriter Scott Spiegel, FX guru Greg Nicotero, and B-movie superstar Bruce Campbell), the original theatrical trailer, a stills gallery, and some Cast & Crew Bios.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Well, obviously you need to own Evil Dead 2 on DVD, period. But if you don't already, then this freak-faced Special Edition is the package you want to purchase. Those who already own the previous DVD will want to upgrade if they're interested in the cleaned-up transfer, the nifty new featurette, and (of course) the monstrous looking case that screams and stinks like rubber cement.
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