23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2003
If you are a fan of The Evil Dead, horror, splatter movies, gore, black comedy or have a strong stomach and don't have this, get it now!
This presents the Evil Dead trilogy with oodles of extra goodies on 4 discs for a great price and the 4th disc also features an additional unformatted version of the original movie in 4:3 format (as it was originally released 20 years ago).
Many of the features are interesting to see, but repeat early individual releases of the movies (particularly the Book of the Dead and Bootleg Director's Cut releases) but this is the Evil Dead Trilogy and it is limited edition! So getting it is still a must! The 4th disc contains loads of features, including tv shows and shorts on the movie series and a music video (which is hilarious) that was made as a homage to the trilogy.
A must have, get it now or regret it later, this is the ultimate Evil Dead release! 20 stars (shame they only allow for 5)
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2004
Ok first things first this is a must buy for any cult horror fan because this is a landmark in horror.
The Evil Dead - My favourite of course, because it is a brilliant low budget film, and to think Sam Raimi was just a student film maker is amazing, because the directing is superb, the effects are realistic for the time and even by todays standards, and it also has the black humour element and many things are over the top including the gore. This film may shock people because it is graphic but to a hardcore film buff it is a must. 10/10
Evil Dead 2:Dead By Dawn - Another classic, this is the first evil dead film i saw, and it blew me away.Taking a more comical feel to it, the film still mantains the horror,suspense and most apparently the gore! Bruce Campbell is brilliant as always and you can see his acting has been improved since the first film. The best parts of the film is when Ash is on his own, especially the infamous hand sequence. Another classic. 10/10
Army Of Darkness - Ok, i gotta admit, i think this one lets down the trilogy alot. It has its moments don't get me wrong, but i feel Evil Dead works better on a shoestring budget with little people in it. Also i feel the character Ash (played by Bruce Campbell again) has suddenly got really really cocky. And goes round with a stupidly big ego in the flick. Although it does produce some great one-liners i think that it gets annoying and doesn't match his behaviour before.Also, the gore factor has been turned down for laughs, and sometimes the jokes are too immature for my liking. But overall it is good, just not in the league of the others. 8/10
EXTRAS - Fantastic on all discs. The commentary is really intreseting and documentaries and other extras are there to keep you occupied.Also the extra disc includes The orginal unmatted version of The Evil Dead, and in this version the colour seems darker and the blood looks better in it. My opinion. :)
If you don't own this, get it now, for the price it is a god dam steal!!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2003
They come out at night. Their appearance is hideous as they scream out "JOIN US! JOIN US!", and the only way to stop their unearthly howling is through the act of bodily dismemberment. Yes, that's right -- whatever you do, beware of Evil Dead fans.
But then, as the old saying goes, if you can't beat them you might as well join them. This boxset boasts on the front cover that it is the "Definitive" collection, and that claim is entirely accurate. Whether or not you've been a fan from the start, this DVD trilogy will clue you in on the world of Sam Raimi's Evil Dead.
From the low budget charm of the first Evil Dead, through the slapstick gore of Evil Dead 2 finally arriving at the action-fest that is Army of Darkness. The Evil Dead's ability to change style throughout the different films is what keeps it so interesting.
The first disc containing the original Evil Dead serves almost as a crash course in how to get your own film made, as well as star Bruce Campbell's hilarious "Fanalyses" documentary which will familiarise you with exactly how insane the fans of Evil Dead and other films and TV shows can be. The second disc contains information on the making of Evil Dead 2 while there is a disappointing amount of visual content regarding Army Of Darkness, and even the video quality on the DVD itself I noticed is a little sketchy at times. However, the bonus in this collection is the fourth disc which contains even more content and documentaries regarding the trilogy which seem to be made by the fans for the fans.
I would definitely recommend this collection to both Evil Dead fans and Evil Dead fans-to-be, for the simple reason that there are very few more entertaining ways to spend an evening in with friends then to sit down and watch the Evil Dead trilogy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 August 2003
Scary. Terrifying. Hilarious. Blood-Curdling. Shocking. Greusome. Gory. Need I say more?
Without a doubt the Evil Dead trilogy is one of the best in the horror genre. This box set brings together the highlights of all the seperate DVDs into one easy to swallow package.
The commentaries on all films are extremely interesting, as are the numerous outtakes, deleted scenes, photo galleries and more on the 1st and 3rd disc. However, one thing which is a bit on the down side is the features on the 2nd disc, with only a trailer and "Making-Of" feature, but the excellent commentary with the star, director and producer makes up for the lack of other things.
The 4th disc has some great documentaries, none of which have been seen before and are a really good watch.
BUY THIS DVD. If your a horror fan, you'll love it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2015
One of the most famous gory horror franchises of all time directed by Sam Raimi prior to when he made his Spiderman trilogy which showed that he had great visual style. The Evil Dead films are often mistaken as zombie film but are in fact demons
The Evil Dead.
An impressive debut for a young Sam Raimi filmed with high school and college friends that includes Bruce Campbell which the acting is amateurish but a well-made low budget horror film. It was very controversial since it is very gory when it was released in the UK which the filmmaker's had to go British court and was banned for 10 years.
Evil Dead 2.
It is a very confusing story because it i still unknown i it's a sequel or a remake since Raimi and had a lot o trouble with the first film. As a comedy film it does work with this time not only Campbell returns but this becomes a sort of comedic actor and then turns into a hero which he handles it well. The story and the horror element does fall short which is a shame it did have much credibility as the first one did.
Army of Darkness.
This last installment is very tongue in cheek but is now set in medieval since Bruce Campbell's character ends up in that period at the end of the second film. This is very silly watch even though Bruce Campbell is hilarious in it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 30 July 2005
I first watched Evil Dead the Uncut version in the age of the Video Nasties in the 1980s - once I finished watching that movie I was exhausted emotionaly, its a great movie with lots of stop motion effects towards the climax (Very scary even though its now showing its age - but its a classic) - I was surprised then when my friend also pulled out Evil Dead 2 the uncut version and stuck it into the VHS and we started watching that - It was amazing watching the movies back to back especially since I hadnt seen them before. They are very powerful films - Evil Dead 2 literally had every kind of special effect created for its time - Sam Raimi pulled out all the stops with that one and its still probably his finest film in terms of mainstream action, thrills and comedy. It also has a brilliant twist at the end - dont let anyone spoil it for you - Eat your heart out M.Night Shyalaman! Army of Darkness even though some people say is dissapointing is worth a watch because it is a great movie and pays tribute to classics such as 'Jason and the Argonaughts' - All three movies are different in the sense that the 1st is pure horror with humour, the 2nd is an action thriller with comedy and the 3rd is a fantasy comic book adventure. The star Bruce Campbell is an under-rated genius, without him these movies would have been on the average pile but he lifts them to another level with what has to be the funniest and most heroic performances in horror movies I have ever seen - He will be making a big cinematic come back when Evil Dead 4 and Bubba Nosferatu hit the cinemas in a few years time. The trilogy is worth buying because the films are great but with added features this DVD set is a must buy.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2004
EVIL DEAD 4.5/5
You can sense the low-budgetness of it all, but it still stuns with a whole lot of dark humour and gory violence. Crappy acting, not very good script, but it is filmed so ambitiously and energetically that it can't fail to entertain.
EVIL DEAD 2 5/5
Genius. Still has the crappy acting from the first one, but Ash has become a million times cooler than he was before. Did I mention he has a chainsaw for a hand? A CHAINSAW FOR GOD'S SAKES! FOR A HAND? I ask you, who, other than Sam Raimi could think up something so weird and downright cool as that? I'll say it again, Genius.
ARMY OF DARKNESS 4/5
OK, so it lacks the violence of the other two, but it is still good. A different kind of slapstick humour but still funny. Gets a bit frantic towards the end, but has a whole lot of stuff to make you laugh eg: The graveyard fight, THIS...is my BOOMSTICK!, the supermarket fight in the theatrical version and more. Just suspend your belief and you'll see a great movie underneath.
All in all, 4.5/5
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 9 October 2003
What can be said about this series that hasn't been said already? Well, not much. Except that now you can buy all three "Evil Dead" movies in one great set. And make no mistake about it, it is great.
The Evil Dead -
A group of teenagers on vacation from college decide to head up to an abandoned cabin in the woods to relax. But one of the party, Ash, accidently awakens dark, supernatural forces that inhabit the surrounding forest, and one by one the unwitting teenagers are picked off as the "Evil Dead" fulfil their hunger for human souls.
Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn -
In a much more slapstick remake of the original, Ash and his girlfriend, Linda, head up to the cabin in the woods for a break where, once again, Ash resurrects the "Evil Dead". After taking Linda's life and his right hand, Ash realises he must take a stand against the dark forces that surround him before they take him too.
Army Of Darkness -
In the straight sequel to "Dead By Dawn", Ash finds himself transported to medeval England. Soon after his arrival, he is hailed as the saviour of the people, and once again finds himself in battle with the "Evil Dead", while trying to find the only thing that will help him return home, the Necronomicon; The Book Of The Dead.
The extras are what make this set so great. Included is the original 4x3 unmatted version of "The Evil Dead" (as well as the slightly cropped widescreen version), a Bruce Campbell hosted documentary which was previously only avaliable on the "Book Of The Dead" edition of "The Evil Dead", and a set of fantastic, humorous and interesting commentaries.
My only gripe with this set is the exclusion of the U.S. theatrical version of "Army Of Darkness", which had the legendary S-Mart ending, as opposed to the Director's Cut ending included in this set. But that's a small criticism and shouldn't stop you from making a great purchase.
"Hail to the King, baby!"
on 20 May 2012
The evil dead trilogy is a must see for it's horror and comedy elements becouse it will knock you all around your house and make you suspicious of your right hand. The trilogy is directed by Sam Raimi (the Spider man trilogy) and stars Bruce Campbell (Maniac cop 1&2.)The first is soon to be re-made and unfortunetly their won't be a sequel. I plan on getting this in the next week or two but I have seen the movies which I am going to discuss as soon as I calm my furniture down.
Evil dead - An independent horror that involves five friends staying in a cabin for the night until they un-knowingly unleash the deadites by playing a cassette that reads of the book of the dead, "centuries old, inked in blood, bound in human flesh." The movie is very disturbing and ends with a stop motion scene of gore and shocks . An ultimate classic, 10/10
Dead by dawn - Starts with a 15 min remake of the first to help the new charecteristics of Ash, a chainsaw wielding bad-*ss who puts up with another night with the deadites, his right hand and the evil ash that lives in him. The daughter of the researcher on the cassettes has found Ash and has the last pages of the necronomicon Another classic, 10/10.
Army of darkness - Some fans see this as a let-down, but others incuding myself think it's one-liners, slapstick and incredible action scenes. Ash has accidently time traveled to 1300 AD Englund were he must rid the kingdom of the deadites, collect the necronomicon, defeat bad ash and get back to his own time. A strange sequel but classic again, 10/10
Hail to the king of horror trilogys or swallow this!
on 4 May 2013
The amazon information for this box set is correct.
the runtime is a little off as with every dvd out there.
for a UK release this release of evil dead and evil dead 2 is probs the best you can get.
each disc has its own special features and is in a ratio that will fit your widescreen tv perfectly with no black bars above and below.
also comes with a 4th bonus disc full of features.
HOWEVER. disc 3. army of darkness is POINTLESS.
the movie is great but to date there is no decent release of this movie on DVD uncut.
even though this disc is somewhat full and uncut its still missing a 2 second clip. 2 seconds means nothing to some people but to diehard fans it will bother you.
the format is messed up, no setting will remove the black bars that run around the whole picture. some scenes are clear crisp shots, other scenes then zoom in and go very grainy.
best army of darkness on dvd is the very rare full uncut release by MGM which is a hong kong import.