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Evil Dead II [Blu-ray]

Bruce Campbell , Sarah Berry , Sam Raimi    Unrated   Blu-ray
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Writer-director Sam Raimi's extremely stylized, blood-soaked follow-up to his creepy Evil Dead isn't really a sequel; rather, it's a remake on a better budget. It also isn't really a horror film (though there are plenty of decapitations, zombies, supernatural demons, and gore) as much as it is a hilarious, sophisticated slapstick send-up of the terror genre. Raimi takes every horror convention that exists and exaggerates it with mind-blowing special effects, crossed with mocking Three Stooges humor. The plot alone is a genre cliché right out of any number of horror films. Several teens (including our hero, Ash, played by Bruce Campbell in a manic tour-de-force of physical comedy) visit a broken-down cottage in the woods--miles from civilization--find a copy of the Book of the Dead, and unleash supernatural powers that gut every character in sight. All, that is, except Ash, who takes this very personally and spends much of the of the film getting his head smashed while battling the unseen forces. Raimi uses this bare-bones story as a stage to showcase dazzling special effects and eye-popping visuals, including some of the most spectacular point-of-view Steadicam work ever (done by Peter Deming). Although it went unnoticed in the theaters, the film has since become an influential cult-video favorite, paving the way for over-the-top comic gross-out films like Peter Jackson's Dead Alive. The DVD version presents the film in its original 1:85 to 1 aspect ratio, and includes the theatrical trailer. --Dave McCoy

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The limited edition kicks Oct. 6 2002
Format:DVD
Yes it's a remake,for the first ten minutes and then it's all new.Ash(Bruce Campbell)and Linda(Denise Bixler)return to the cabin in the woods,read from the necronomicon and then all hell brakes loose,then four more new people show up to join the fun.Evil Dead 2 DBD is not as gory as the first one,but it's way more funny,it's like watching a 90 minute Three Stooges episode.The DVD is a total getter for any Evil Dead fan or movie fans in general.It comes in a really cool tin,I think the cover art is from the UK poster like the replica inside.The disk as alot of cool features on it,the original theatrical trailer,the trailer for the Evil Dead:Hail To The King videogame for PlayStation1,a featurette called The Gore The Merrier,it's a great featurette if you forget the fact the half of the featurette is from old tapes that Greg Nicotero filmed while shooting ED2.The biggest treat on the DVD is the audio commentary(Say hello to Papa)with Sam Raimi,Bruce Campbell,Scott Spiegel and Greg Nicotero.When you watch the movie with the commentary it makes the movie way more funnier,with the four talking about their experiences making the film.I think Sam Raimi is a really great director,think about it,he's gone from the Evil Dead movies to Darkman(my favourite Raimi film)to A Simple Plan to The Gift and of course Spiderman and I really hope he thinks about making a fourth Evil Dead picture.Evil Dead 2 is a sweet,cool,enjoyable and funny flick to watch anytime.Groovy
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By Andrew Foster TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I wasn't sure what to expect with the Blu-ray quality of this movie. Some older movies don't translate so well to the new format. Especially the lower budget movies like this one. But I am happy to say that the video quality on this movie is far beyond what I had hoped. Only a few shots have much grain in them. Most of the movie is very sharp. Looks great.
I haven't got into the special features yet, but it looks like there is a lot there. I am very happy with this blu-ray. If you like this movie, it is worth adding to you collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious gore fest! Sept. 7 2005
Format:DVD
This sequel to the cult classic film, Evil Dead, is the next installment into, what is praised to be, one of the goriest black comedy horror films to ever hit the film circuit. This film glorifies the very campy fun and essence of your typical B-movie plot, with a side of exaggerated amounts of cartoony violence and blood. Ash takes his girlfriend to a deserted cabin for a splendid weekend together of romance, but everything goes spiralling down into a blaze of horror as Ash idiotically finds a tape recording of a reading of, what is refered to as, "The Book of the Dead." From here on, this is when the film picks up and the girlfriend goes missing after 'something in the woods' smashes through her window. The origin of the book is narrated in the first 2 minutes, and it almost takes and additional 3 minutes for the girlfriend to go missing. For the rest of the film, Ash battles the forces of evil that reincarnate themselves into everything, from huge trees to even small books. The film is hilarious, with its 'splatstick' humor that pays homage to the likes of The Three Stooges. The pop up scares are impeccable and are always right on target with their build ups. This is a fast, fierce, scary, and most of all, incredibly good humored work by Sam Raimi. I highly recommend this film to horror fans who love a good scare, but at the same time, don't mind laughing at the same time as they're doing so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool June 7 2004
Format:DVD
Well, we've got a comedy here my friends. Lotsa people like to throw around the term horror-comedy when describing this, but I don't think that's quite appropriate. While it uses a horror setting, it virtually never seems to be trying to work on a horror movie level, so I'm not really comfortable using the term horror in the description. On the other hand, calling it a spoof or parody doesn't really decribe it either, as too much of the humor seems to be unrelated to the horror setting. But, all that aside this is a pretty funny movie, and a rather 'cool' movie as well, for lack of a better term.
Unlike everyone else in the world, this is not my favorite of the series. In fact, it's my least favorite. However, it still stands up quite well, and is definitely worth your time. Despite the fact that it shares the setting of the original, this one has far more in common with Army of Darkness then the original, as it focuses on fast-moving and ridiculous comedic setups. It's largely a means for Campbell to do physical comedy and ham it up amusingly, and showcase lots of intentionally dated, but still cool special effects. Sadly, Ash isn't quite as amusing as he'd become in the next film. He's not nearly as angry/surly as he'd become, which I always thought was more important to humor of the film than the physical comedy. But he's still pretty damn amusing. Raimi's visual flair is as good here as ever. The 'force' shots are much improved from the already superb ones in the original. The famed scene of it endlessly chasing Ash around the cabin is especially noteworthy. He also does some nice stuff with the sky as well, particuarly a great shot of Ash in front of a ridiculously enormous sun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good and gross
Published 2 days ago by C. Smaridge
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
This movie is a classic, I can finally see it in HD rather than my old VHS tape played over and over again.
Published 1 month ago by dpig69
4.0 out of 5 stars The Evil Dead Series
This movie had good dialogue. It wasn't as good as the first movie, but it was still pretty darn good. Sam Raimi is a favourite of mine.
Published 9 months ago by Bose Blokland
5.0 out of 5 stars You don't own it yet?!
Dead by dawn! What can I say? I will tell you what I can't say.. Dead by dawn 18 times. tried Amazon won't let me.
Published 11 months ago by ryeguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and fun classic horror movie.
If you like nonsense humor and plenty of old gore special effects, then this one's for you!
It's a somewhat re-creation of the first Evil Dead, but delivers much more I find. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Patrick belliveau
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty funny
This movie had much darker humour than the first Evil Dead. It also becomes ridiculously apparent that these films are more funny than scary in this picture. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Samantha K Krewulak
4.0 out of 5 stars Evil Dead 2
Great movie takes me back. The quality is good but at times is grainy mainly the beginning. Good buy if you like the series!
Published 15 months ago by Turc
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
I love the Evil Dead movies.. Evil dead 2 does not really carry on from the first one but if you watch the extras it explains why and how this movie came about! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mary Kettler
4.0 out of 5 stars "Groovy"
Evil Dead 2 is one of the greatest horror films I've ever seen, and definitely the greatest horror-comedy I know of (yes, even better than Shawn of the Dead, which was fantastic). Read more
Published 16 months ago by The Nexus
5.0 out of 5 stars "Groovy"
If you're as big an "Evil Dead" fan as I am, You need to get your hands on the Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn Book of the Dead Edition. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mr. Jay
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