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Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn  [DVD]
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DVD Special Features: Trailer
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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This stylised blood-soaked follow up to evil dead stars Bruce Campbell in a cult horror fest to chill your bones, whilst visiting a secluded broken-down cabin in the woods, teenagers Ash and his girlfriend Linda play their professor's tape of recitation of passages from the book of the dead. Evil supernatural powers are unleashed that turn Linda into a monstrous deadite and threatens Ash's life, when the professor's daughter and her friends arrive at the cabin, the night turns into a non-stop bloodbath with chainsaws, shotguns and flying eyeballs.
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It's a nightmare of the black comedy kind, where Raimi and Campbell invite us to a party and then gleefully pummel us into submission - and we sado-masochistically enjoy it! Ash has grown a pair of cojones and decides to fight back against the demonic forces, cue mucho action with chainsaw and shotgun. There's a quip on the tongue for our hero as well, even as he is battered from pillar to post to make the action work.
Raimi isn't interested in extraneous scenes or exposition, he strips it bare as the pic hurtles along, all while he brings his technical skills with camera and sound design to the fore. The humour is often outrageous, dementedly so, while it's nice to find a group of film makers who don't feel the need to now throw blood and guts at the screen every other scene just to make a formulaic impact.
Bonkers, chilling and devilishly funny. 8/10
I purchased this movie on Blue-Ray (after owning all three movies on VHS and DVD previously) and the first thing I noticed was that it is no longer classed as an 18 certificate. I was concerned that the Blue-Ray edition may been heavily edited. Rest assured, this is not the case. The film appears in all its gory glory ( I guess it isn't considered as nasty as it once was). While still being violent and bloody like the original, the action is more comical. But throw in the numerous one liners, and you're in for an enjoyable ride. Criticisms about the film itself; While I do love this movie, it does start to lose steam after about 45mins in. The middle is dragged out a bit, but its worth it once you get to the epic show down against the "The Witch" in cellar. As for the Blue-Ray and extras; I was hoping for more. The HD isn't really noticeable. There is no more picture clarity than you get on the DVD version and there are no additional extras to what you get on the DVD either. I was really hoping for at least some deleted scenes (I know there are many out there on the internet, go ahead, have a search), but alas, nothing. But to round up, it's still a top film. After all, it stars Bruce Campbell.
The flaws in the movie are numerous, the script obvious, but that merely adds to the pulp schlock horror feel that means it doesn't exactly take itself seriously, and neither should you. And even calling it a horror seems wrong as I simply couldn't stop laughing -despite the gore, zombies, possessions etc. Much of this was down to the acting style and expressions on the actors faces, and one scene in particular has them all staring wide eyed as they follow the strange sounds moving around the building -it rivals a similar wide eyed scene with Humphrey Bogart in the African Queen for laughs.
This film builds on the slapstick humour of the first, but makes it much more humourous. I doubt many can watch this without raising a wry smile now and again, but be warned, it's not all fun and games. The violence and gore may be over the top, but it's also extreme and not to everyones taste. Some of the special effects may be badly executed from a modern' standpoint, but to me, it's all part of the 'feel' of the movie.
So lighten up and brace yourself for a horror film that may prove to be more laughs than you expect, whether they be intentionally included or not. This is definately one to watch if you don't mind the low budget style movies, and this has to be amongst the greatest of them, along with Army of Darkness, the final part of the trilogy.
As somebody else has commented here this isn't so much a sequel as a re-imaging of the original movie. It has a number of laugh out loud moments, which combined with better special effects and a wonderfully over-the-top performance from Bruce Campbell make it a real gem.
It retains many of the characteristics of the first movie as well. The roving camera point of view in the woods is still there and unsurprisingly quite a few scenes from the first movie are re-worked into this one. The ending is wonderful, and I've had to buy the 3rd one of the strength of this.
It is a real cult classic that I think will hold up to repeated viewings.
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No recomiendo en absoluto comprarla esta versión USA, la UK es otro cantar. Y por supuesto recomiendo no comprar nada a dicho vendedor, que sale por los cerros de Ubeda en vez de reconocer que anuncia el producto como una edición que no corresponde a la realidad por que la UK es zona europa, por mucho que después abajo especifique región...Es como cuando te venden algo que luego no resulta ser lo esperado y te dicen no es que viene en la letra pequeña....
Un saludo a todos.
Hablando del contenido, no he visto el material extra que contiene; eso si, solo está (en formato DVD) solo en inglés y sin subtítulos, lo cual debe de considerarse
Gran película, que funge como un remake de la primera, y al mismo tiempo como una secuela en la saga.
Gran calidad de imagen, buen sonido, y lleno de muchos extras, los cuales siempre se agradecen en estas ediciones, la película viene con subtítulos en español, por lo que no hay pretexto en tenerla.
Je serais Sam Raimi, avec les moyens d'aujourd'hui, je remettrai le couvert..( je n'ai pas vu la série.)
Also, I don't recommend reading passages from the book aloud. I'm currently missing a hand, everybody around me is dead, and I'm in the process of being sucked into a portal. I hope this all stops soon, I've got a 9-5 in Sporting Goods tomorrow. Shop smart; shop S-Mart.