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The Evil Dead - Full Uncut Version [1982] [DVD]

Bruce Campbell , Ellen Sandweiss , Joshua M. Becker    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Sarah York, Hal Delrich
  • Directors: Joshua M. Becker
  • Producers: Joseph Lo Duca, Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2006
  • Run Time: 79 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GL18J0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,543 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the Autumn of 1979, Sam Raimi and his merry band headed into the woods of rural Tennessee to make a little film called The Evil Dead. They emerged with a roller coaster of a film packed with shocks, gore and wild humour, a film that remains a benchmark for the genre. Ash (cult favourite 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, disorientating 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. Much of the film's energy is supplied by the "Raimi-cam," a gliding, swooping, rushing camera that suggests a dislocated, otherworldly point of view while injecting a lively if spooky fleetness to the pace. Though it's no comedy, Raimi's dry wit and cinematic cleverness pervades the entire film. 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, Amazon.com

On the DVD: For a film made on the tiniest of budgets and shot in 16 mm, The Evil Dead looks impressive in this widescreen 1.85:1 anamorphic print, even if the picture quality is never going to rival that of 35 mm. The revelation here is the soundtrack, with optional DTS 6.1 audio mix, which showcases Sam Raimi's bizarre assembly of sound effects and Joseph LoDuca's minimalist Bernard Herrmann-inspired score. Director Raimi and Producer Robert Tapert chat amiably about making the film on the first commentary track, but the real treat is Bruce Campbell's "alternate" commentary, which is not only extremely informative but laugh-out-loud funny, too. Among other nuggets we learn that: the distinctive moving camera effects were created by strapping the camera to a plank held between two people who had to run very fast through the woods; most of the actors were so worried about appearing in a horror movie that they made up stage names for the credits; and Raimi's 73 Oldsmobile has since reappeared in almost every one of his films. A trailer and stills gallery complete the extras package. --Mark Walker

Product Description

A low budget gore-fest about a group of American teenage yuppies on holiday in a remote cabin in the Tennessee mountains. They discover an old book which, once they have read it, summons up all kinds of horrors: the trees come alive and so do the dead, who take over the bodies of the living. Sam Raimi directs.


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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor transfer on Anchor Bay editions 10 July 2006
Format:DVD
Avoid the Anchor Bay edition of this movie like the plaque. The picture quality is atrocious. I must admit that the picture has never looked brilliant for this low budget movie, but I did a side-by-side comparison of this movie between the Elite Entertainment and Anchor Bay editions.

With the Anchor Bay transfer the colours look all wrong and the picture is darker and muddy looking.

The Elite disc the colors look more crisp and the picture is clearer and brighter.

On the Anchor Bay disc the picture has been re-framed from it's original fullscreen 4.3 ratio to fill a 16:9 display. The movie was never shot in widescreen, black bars have simply been added to the top and bottom of the picture resulting in the loss of a lot of picture information and it looks terrible.

The best version and correct version to buy is the Elite Entertainment edition which was released in the U.S. several years ago. It's also region 0 so will play in any DVD player.

Don't let the fancy packaging and cheap extras tempt you into buying the dreadful Anchor Bay editions.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We're Gonna Get You... 26 Jan 2003
Format:DVD
The Evil Dead, this film has absolutely everything that a great horror film should have, the gore is repulsive and flowing freely, the script and acting are of a good quality but never too high so it never loses the ever important cheese factor, the camera work is legendary, this film could not be filmed better and the background score is a big part of how scary this is.
This DVD package is pretty much perfect, it shows this cult classic totally un-cut in it's tree raping, eye gouging, leg slicing, pencil tearing glory and now it even looks and sounds better, the picture is clearer and the sound is freakier than ever before.
Features include:
Commentary from Sam Raimi/Rob Tapert
Commentary from Bruce Campbell
Talent biographies
Theatrical Trailer
TV Spots
Fan anaylisis documentary
Discovering Evil Dead featurette
Outtakes
2 Deleted Scenes
Photo Gallery
2 Easter Eggs
There is only one film that has bettered The Evil Dead (Rocky Horror Picture Show) and there is no film scarier.
I have watched this film about 11 times, it gets no less interesting and it gets no less horrific.
This is definatly the best movie in the series, although both sequels "Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn" and "Army of Darkness" and the 'prequel' "Within The Woods" are all excellent movies.
Buy this movie, you will not regret it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
First of all the last point ...... IT'S UNCUT . This is really good as it's been banned for 20yrs and it's now available as the director intended .
Secondly , it's low-budget 80's horror so don't look for any grade A* acting , That is one of the best things about it though it's cheesy and spooky at the same time . The stars are all relatively unknown . Now The film itself........
The picture is fantastic and the sound is amazing. The extras are great too , there is....
:The original USA Evil Dead trailer,
:A Gallery of stills from the film,
:Commentert feat Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert,
:Commentery feat Bruce Campbell (this is ... hillarious and informative.).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The original classic 9 Oct 2007
By Mr. D. Woods VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Sam Raimi's genre-defining splatter-fest still remains one of the most inventive and entertaining horror films ever released. I rather ashamedly admit I only saw this gem for the first time quite recently and I immediately wished I had discovered it years before.

It is quite evident that 'The Evil Dead' has shaped an enumeration of horror flicks across the years and the teenagers-trapped-in-a-remote-cabin them has been recycled to death. Even with its low-budget, and decidedly eighties effects, this film hacks and splices glossier rivals into itty-bitty pieces for sheer entertainment value. More of a serious chiller than its sequels, there is a nice line in black humour pervading the script nonetheless and, of course, Bruce Campbell is utterly fabulous as geeky hero Ash. In fact, I challenge you to come away from this film without uttering the words, " Bruce Campbell is a legend"! His bemused look of incomprehension as the blood count rises (and rise it does, my friends) is one of the film's many enjoyable moments and it is easy to see why Campbell has become such a cult hero.

So, in short, this is one of the greatest horror films of all time. In terms of pure and simple fun, things don't get much better than this. So open up the Book Of The Dead and unleash The Evil Dead onto your DVD player tonight!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King of the video nasties 15 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
Sam Raimi's black-comedy horror masterpiece is finally delivered in its proper uncut form without being sliced and diced by the BBFC. The Evil Dead is THE video nasty, the one that pushed the censors to the limits and was banned and re-released in edited forms. Now it's all here - ultragore, tree-rape and pencils in ankles! This is a cult classic. Everything about it oozes class. The only film that surpasses it in the way of gore is Peter Jackson's zombie-mutilating bloodbath "Braindead".
The story's simple - a group of young adults take a trip to a deserted cabin in the woods. They discover a tape and book which unearths the evil dead. All hell, quite literally, breaks loose! The special effects are great. This is just sick and brilliant. Buy it, it's a legend. If you like this then check out the extreme gorefest "Braindead" which is similar. But get this one now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Sick Horror
Good old fashioned horror, they don't make them like they used to, all the effects were raw and realistic, and today all we have is over the top CGI rubbish. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Shirley
4.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
Bruce Campbell,how could he keep a straight face,with all his company! The girls were absolutely brilliant at their Zombie look and demology!..being raped by a TREE.. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tony Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but a goodie
I loved this film when I was a teenager (a while ago) and thought it was very scary.

The special effects really are awful but doesn't stop me watching it.
Published 1 month ago by K. Lawrie
5.0 out of 5 stars This is how it's done!
I'm not big on gory horror films but this is scary too! I don't even like the sequel but recently watched The Cabin in the Woods (which I did like) & was reminded of this timeless... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. E. A. Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Got this DVD for my dad He loves it he has been looking for this every where. Great old film still scared my mum
Published 5 months ago by Simon Smyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Brilliant film - I love it! Such a brilliant film. Although it's dated, the gore and models are just sublime
Published 6 months ago by Fresh
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I absolutely love it! I've loved this film as a child (yeah I was under age but I wasn't scared because I found it funny lol)
Published 7 months ago by michaela gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Scared us Sh@tless when we were 15.
this movie still holds up 30yrs later.It was that scary for its day we had to walk our friend home as he was too terified. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Malcolm McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror done properly
When it comes to Classic horror, Sam Rami's 1982 "The Evil Dead" is a master class of the budget yet excellent Brutal, scary, bloody amd gory suspence Horror genre, from... Read more
Published 8 months ago by AidyP Newport
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best HORROR EVER!!!!!!!!!
Despite its very dated efects this movie has been annd always will be the bench mark of true teen/wood/supernatural HORROR..... Read more
Published 9 months ago by thomas
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