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Seriously, is there anyone on the site who hasn’t seen this movie? Though it’s an honor to have this as my first DVD review, is it really going to come as any surprise to learn from me that, of course, the f*cking flick rocks?! I mean, how many times can it be said that ARMY OF DARKNESS is a cult classic? That Bruce Campbell is the ultimate action/horror/humor hero? That nobody does zooming cuts, cartoonish slapstick, and crazy explosions like Sam Raimi?
Well, maybe once in a while we just need a happy reminder of the thrilling things we hold close to our horror hearts. And that is precisely what this latest DVD issue of ARMY OF DARKNESS serves as. An almost non-stop burst of zippy motions and trippy FX that is a clear indication on why Raimi was chosen to helm the SPIDERMAN franchise. The fact that many of his set-pieces, minus the not-yet-ready-for-1992 bluescreen effects, still hold up with the gay Bay-centric opuses of mayhem we see today is another testament to Sam’s visionary knack. The fact that he chooses our beloved genre to deliver the brunt of his unabashedly fun fare, is merely the “popped” cherry on top.
Another reason that makes it tough to put down this ARMY is that the flick clearly understands it is nothing more than a whacked-out B-movie. If a line of dialogue sounds a little silly or a skeleton Three Stooges bit seems a tad over the top, you can bet your boomstick-blasting ass that Raimi intended it to be that way.
Audio English 5.1 Dolby Digital, with Spanish and French subtitles
The flick's Trailer.
The infamous Alternate Ending with Ash waking up too far in the future is appropriately silly.
Lastly is a featurette called Creating the Deadites which is actually pretty informative and funny. I always wondered how the "pit bitch" came about.