Evil Dead: Ultimate Edition
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Yes, for those of you keeping score at home, this is indeed the umpteenth DVD release of “Evil Dead”. I had been holding out replacing my VHS copy for such a compilation of goodies, and horror fans, it has arrived.
The three discs are brimming with extras, with a few hours of behind the scenes stuff and interviews (oddly, not a whole lot of Raimi or Campbell). The movie itself is presented in the remastered widescreen version, as well as the full-screen version, which many concur is the way it should be viewed.
I don’t belong to the “Bruce is God” school, but I must admit, even to this day the movie is a freekin’ blast. The effects look corny by today’s standards, but it’s the sound and use of environment that make this a classic. The fog and lighting create a very claustrophobic atmosphere, and the music used makes the tension climb up a few notches.
The storyline is nice and straightforward, not trying to be something it’s not – five friends rent a cabin in the woods. They stumble upon a mysterious book and the recordings of a scientist that used to live in the cabin. As they listen to the diaries, the scientist reads an incantation that revitalizes evil spirits…who then proceed to possess the teenagers one by one. The only way to stop them is vehement dismemberment, making for some great blood spattered scenes. In the end, it’s up to Ash (Campbell) to survive the onslaught of his possessed friends and make it out of the evil woods alive.
Thirty years later, the movie is still great, and this version is certainly one to add to your collection – as long as you hadn’t bitten already on any previous releases. It takes a true hardcore fan to double dip on these, but I must say, the VHS artwork adorning the slick blue box is something beautiful. For a classic flick, this bountiful extras and great packaging, the Ultimate Edition deserves a 5 can rating.
Added: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
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