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Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn [1987] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Bruce Campbell, Danny Hicks, Sarah Berry, Kassie Wesley, Theodore Raimi
  • Directors: Sam Raimi
  • Producers: Robert Tapert
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2001
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCVK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,234 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features: Trailer
Making of
Documentary
Commentary by Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert and Bruce Campbell

Language: English Dolby Digital 5.1; German mono; Italian mono; Spanish mono

Subtitles: English; German; Italian; Spanish; Portuguese; Dutch; Turkish

1.85:1 widescreen 16:9 version

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Writer-director Sam Raimi's extremely stylized, blood-soaked follow-up to his creepy Evil Dead isn't really a sequel; rather, it's a remake on a better budget. It also isn't really a horror film (though there are plenty of decapitations, zombies, supernatural demons, and gore) as much as it is a hilarious, sophisticated slapstick send-up of the terror genre. Raimi takes every horror convention that exists and exaggerates it with mind-blowing special effects, crossed with mocking Three Stooges humour. The plot alone is a genre cliché right out of any number of horror films. Several teens (including our hero, Ash, played by Bruce Campbell in a manic tour-de-force of physical comedy) visit a broken-down cottage in the woods--miles from civilization--find a copy of the Book of the Dead, and unleash supernatural powers that gut every character in sight. All, that is, except Ash, who takes this very personally and spends much of the of the film getting his head smashed while battling the unseen forces. Raimi uses this bare-bones story as a stage to showcase dazzling special effects and eye-popping visuals, including some of the most spectacular point-of-view Steadicam work ever (done by Peter Deming). Although it went unnoticed in the cinemas, the film has since become an influential cult-video favourite, paving the way for over-the-top comic gross-out films like Peter Jackson's Dead Alive.--Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. L. Probert on 13 Dec 2002
Format: DVD
It's perhaps easy to forget in this era of post-modern cinematic irony, that there was a time not so long ago when all you needed to make a horror movie was style, wit, vision, an unrelenting determination to create the most enjoyable experience possible, and about 500 gallons of stage blood. After their low budget success with Evil Dead which we all rushed to see before it got banned back in the early eighties, Raimi, Tapert, Campbell et al, fuelled by some extra cash from Dino De Laurentiis, managed to put together one of the best made, energetically crafted, stupid-but-fun films of all time. Now nearly fifteen years old, time had diminished its vitality not a jot. And now its available in all its uncut glory on DVD. The commentary from Raimi, Campbell, Scott Spiegel and Greg Nicotero is frequently very amusing, points out several things I had never noticed before (but now I'll never be able to ignore them), and is a more than pleasant way to while away 80 minutes. Also included is a 'Making of' featurette which lasts about 30 minutes and deals with little more than how various special effects were achieved. Where this extra comes into its own, however, is in the tiny additional film made by the special effects boys in their lunch hour. 'Evil Dead Baby', tacked onto the end of the documentary, is a tiny hilarious take on ReAnimator and well worth fast forwarding to the end of the featurette for.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 28 Jan 2013
Format: Blu-ray
One of the greatest horror films ever. Evil Dead 2 actually seems more like a remake of the first as we see Ash played by Bruce Campbell, going to the cabin with his girlfriend this time without his friends, and having survived his hellish night of battling the evil dead. Ah, morning's here, time to escape. Wrong! Just as Ash is preparing to leave, the last remaining demonic spirits rocket him through the woods in a very comical scene. Crashing into a tree, Ash regains consciousness only to be possessed by the evil dead, but eventually the morning light chases these spirits away, sparing our hero.

Ash then falls unconscious, only to awake as dusk is setting in. . . . ROUND 2. During the ensuing night, Ash battles his dead girlfriend, his own hand (which he lops off with a chainsaw), and more evil dead than you can shake a shotgun at. They are looking for fresh souls. Who can stop these evil demonic creatures? I won't tell--but as you can see, there is a sequel.

Remake, sequel, or both? I would definitely say sequel. There are two reasons why Raimi filmed the flashback sequence the way he did. First, to bring those unfortunate who didn't see "Evil Dead" up to speed and second, because he couldn't get the footage from New Line. Evil Dead 2 is no doubt one of the greatest horror films ever made, following a great low budget cult classic horror film. The sequel improves on everything including the great special fx, lots of blood and over the top gore which was done in a slapstick almost 3 stooges style of humor, as we now have a much bigger budget.

Oh and watch out for the hilarious "A Farewell to Arms" joke.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Rob Payne on 25 May 2009
Format: DVD
After the low budget success (and notoriety) of The Evil Dead, director Sam Raimi revisited the same story of evil spirits terrorising a group of visitors in a log cabin with a bit more cash, the same hut in the woods, and the same main star (Bruce Campbell). What he came up with essentially has the same plot as the original (there is some debate as to whether this is a remake or a sequel) with better effects, some nice twists and a different ending. Where the Evil Dead was essentially a very harrowing horror, Evil Dead II mixes perfectly the elements of tense horror with comedy, bordering on slapstick.

It is a much more polished film than the Evil Dead, building nicely on the ideas in that film such as the kinetic camera-work and using them to better effect. Improved too is the performance of Bruce Campbell as hero Ash. His character is stronger and more assured, with bags more attitude and aided by some cracking one-liners, he puts in an animated and staggeringly energetic performance, spending more than half an hour of screen time alone as he battles the tormenting evil spirits and also to keep his own sanity.

Evil Dead II is a rarity in horror cinema, a film that manages to be both intentionally laugh-out-loud funny and scary at the same time. The tension makes the laughter short-lived and a little nervous. Plenty have attempted this difficult feat of mixing horror with comedy and the majority have failed such that here are really only a handfull of horror comedies that are also genuinely excellent films.

This is undoubtedly one of the best horror films ever made. Shocking, inventive, fast-paced, frenetic and wonderfully entertaining from start to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Pursglove on 30 July 2004
Format: DVD
I first watched this movie back in 1998 along with the film "Spaceballs", This would have made me the age of 10, although I missed the first 20 minutes I got into the film straight away, it was great, it's sheer randomness mixed with spookiness from the "Spiderman" Director Sam Raimi was an instant success for me.
So I waited a year for it to be shown on Sky (The Old Channels that show oldish movies) and I took the opportunity to tape it, again I was amazed by the sheer enjoyment of the film which must have given it's fair bit of inspiration to other horror/action film writers.
Built with the style of Arnie's one Liners, Bruce Campbell pulls off Ash again with a Chainsaw weilded to his hand and his "Boomstick" fighting the hordes of evil that live in the basement, sure the film may have alot of Cherryade in but i'd buy it because it's a great movie.
If you want to be scared and entertained at the same time, here's the Book of the dead for you!
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