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The Evil Dead - Book of the Dead [DVD] [1982]

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  • Actors: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor, Betsy Baker, Theresa Tilly
  • Directors: Sam Raimi
  • Writers: Sam Raimi
  • Producers: Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Gary Holt, Irvin Shapiro, Rob 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: 28 Oct. 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000060NZC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,174 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Special DVD edition of Sam Raimi's classic low budget gore-fest, The Evil Dead, comes in a 16 page Book of the Dead packaging with illustrations by Tom Sullivan. A group of American teenage yuppies are 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.

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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 movie 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

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Format: DVD
Evil Dead: Ultimate Edition [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

I'm not really going to review the film. Usually these reviews are meant to be about the product itself, so here goes.

THE EVIL DEAD is a classic low budget horror from the eighties. Enough said.

Now for the set. You get 3 discs in an awesome case, with amazing art. 2 discs contain the film. 1 disc is full of extras. There is also a poster in the set.

The film is presented in its original full screen format on one disc, whilst on the other it is presented in widescreen, its theatrical release, where the top and bottom have just been cropped out.

There are amazing extras such as:
. Two audio commentaries on the film by the cast and crew.
. The Evil Dead: Treasures from the Cutting Room Floor, which is outtakes and footage in final film.
. One by One We Will Take You: The Untold Saga of The Evil Dead, which is a documentary about the film.
. Life After Death: The Ladies of The Evil Dead, a documentary about the women who were in The Evil Dead.
. The Ladies of The Evil Dead Meet Bruce Campbell, an interview with Bruce and the Ladies about the film.
. Unconventional, a documentary about the fans at conventions.
. At The Drive-In, footage at a drive in screening where the actors and crew give out DVDs to fans.
. Reunion Panel.
. Discovering The Evil Dead, another documentary about the film.
. Make-up test.
. Theatrical trailer.
. 4 TV spots.
. Still gallery.
. Poster and Memorabilia gallery.
. Trailers for - Hatchet, Phantasm, Hellraiser, Re-Animator, and Behind the Mask.
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It must be safe to assume, that must people looking this title up, already know the movie. Great film right! I was 20 then I saw this for the first time, recommended by the local Video Shop. I remember it clearly! So you have never seen EVIL DEAD? Shame on you!
Wonderful to see it out on Blu. Picture and sound quality, fully lived up to my expectations."I'm used to the laserdisc version" For this release, Sony have included, for what I can tell, all the previous DVD extras, plus a Picture in Picture track and of cause the much talked about new commentary track. I found this track very informative and entertaining, at the end, Sam & Co. speak about the picture format, not a spoil it for you guys.
Speaking of the format, this Sony release, only have the modified 16:9 picture. In my opinion, it looks great on a 16:9 TV, not squeezed at all, but as other reviewers have pointed out, the picture is chopped - if you what the dual picture option? Make sure you order the Anchorbay region A Blu ray.
Anyway, I guess the question you are really looking for: Is this BD worth the upgrade? Absolutly, Evil Dead looks great on blu ray!
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By Throda tzen TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Mar. 2012
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Released way back in the days of VHS and Betamax video tapes, this film may be long in the tooth but it still packs a mighty punch. Yes you've probably seen it all before, but the ammount of gore in this still shocks and numbs the senses. Whilst it doesn't have 'modern' cgi effects, the old fashioned prosthetics add an almost surreal animated visual aspect to the gore that gives the film a quirky -and even more terrifying 'other-world', feel than most modern movies do.
if you don't mind the 'B' movie, low budget, shlock horror genre and haven't seen this one before (are you dead or pre-teen?) then you must give this a try. The characters are way over the top and make all the classic mistakes that 'victims' always do, but this film does them even more obviously than others, proving beyond doubt that 'horror victims' are truely stupid.
So pull up the chair, get the mates around, turn off the lights, get some popcorn and have yourself a good old fashined scare fest with this classic. Mind you, you may not want to eat once the gore kicks in. Alternatively, just watch it with someone who screams a lot and you wont be disapointed ..... now where is that copy of Evil dead II....
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You don't have to be some sort of massive horror nerd to know that The Evil Dead is quite an important film (although it probably helps). Originally called Book of the Dead (until that title was deemed `too boring' by studio bosses) this spooky, shlock-horror shocker was director Sam Raimi's very first full length feature! Not only that, but it was one of the first of the `splatter' type films of the eighties and gained infamy as one of the, um...'infamous' video nasties which burst onto the scene like a squishy wound due to the availability of home video players. It was made with a very low budget for this type of film, with a small spattering (or splattering) of cast and crew members, many of which taking responsibility for multiple jobs during production; star (and king of B-movies) Bruce Campbell was chief contact lens fitter during the shoot, for example.
The film was released in 1981 and tells the story of five college friends spending the weekend in a creepy cabin in the middle of the Tennessee woods. Everything is peaceful and idyllic (for about 10 minutes) until they discover a tape recorder in the creepy cellar and decide to see what's on it! This turns out to be as bad an idea as it sounds, as the tape contains a passage read aloud from the Book of the dead (see, that's why they wanted to call the film that). This passage awakens and seemingly `pisses off' a malevolent spirit in the woods which wants to come back from the dead by possessing the living....or something, I think that's its plan! The spirit `force' (as it's often referred to by geeks) is never actually seen and is only present throughout this sticky adventure via `point of view' camera shots and sound effects - many of which were just director Sam Raimi adding his own vocals to various sounds.
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