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The Evil Dead [UMD for PSP]

Betsy Baker , Bruce Campbell , Sam Raimi    Unrated   UMD for PSP
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (481 customer reviews)

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In the fall of 1979, Sam Raimi and his merry band headed into the woods of rural Tennessee to make a movie. They emerged with a roller coaster of a film packed with shocks, gore, and wild humor, a film that remains a benchmark for the genre. Ash (cult favorite 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, disorienting 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. 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

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Robert Badgley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Evil Dead(released Oct/81)aka Book of the Dead....wow,what legs this film has grown.Made on a very modest budget of well under 1/2 a million dollars,and now said to have grossed somewhere around 30 million(!),this film has taken its gory place amongst its' followers high on their respective film lists.Of course as we all know this was the film Robert Tapert,Sam Raimi(later of Xena & Hercules,and Bruce Campbell all cut their filmic "teeth" on and the rest is history.The film itself deserves no more than about 3 1/2 stars,being a just above-average flick.I am no fan of Anchor bay but they have put together a three -disc set here,worthy of say a Criterion company release;but more on that later.
The plot as we all know by now involves a couple of guys with girlfriends and a sister tagging along,who all decide to head out into the remote woods to a cabin.There they find a tape recorder and a strange notebook(that we all come to know is the Necronomicon).They play the tape recorder and find it has the voice of a professor on it,and as he chants some ancient words it arouses spirits in the woods that slowly but surely attack the cabin and everyone in it.One by one the girls and eventually one of the guys all become Deadites and attack Ash,who remains the only one still standing and possession free throughout the movie.But Ash has his work cut out for him(literally and figuratively)as he has to kill each one of his friends.The spirits make it clear they want EVERYONE("join us") and at the end,as Ash stands alone outside the cabin,the strange entity comes at him in a head long rush as he screams into the lens...fade to black.
I recall the movie originally and it was quite the gorefest when it first debuted.It certainly looks tame now,as have alot of its contemporaries.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, too many Evil Dead DVD versions Dec 18 2002
Well, as far as the actual movie itself the Elite DVD version is superior. I have both the Book Of The Dead Anchor Bay edition and the Elite version. The Anchor Bay version is very nice just for the extras and packaging (even though it smells like model glue!). However, the Elite version presents the movie in it's original 1:33 full-screen aspect ratio, exactly as it was filmed and originally released. The Anchor Bay versions present The Evil Dead in a new 1:85 Widescreen transfer which actually blocks out some of the movie at the top and bottom of the screen. It looks nice, but was it really necessary?
Anchor Bay is by far my favorite DVD company, but they really goofed up on the Widescreen transfer in The Book Of The Dead...they should have included both the new Widescreen and Original full-screen versions.
Oh well, the Elite version has recently went down in price to where if you are a fan of The Evil Dead you can just buy both editions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Shipping June 21 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Fast shipping, Great Condition. Just wish there were pictures posted to show the item, if I wasn't desperate for this item I wouldn't have bought it without pictures, but overall I'm completely happy, item was exactly how described.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classy steel book June 20 2014
By James
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The Evil Dead is a classic. This Steel Book is must for any Evil Dead fan with great art work and a retro movie poster cover.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The start of it all Nov. 7 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This movie had great dialogue. It was funny, campy and in the style that only Sam Raimi has the ability to master.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Evil dead... Oct. 14 2013
By Norma
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
What to say...IT'S GREAT!!!!!! I was looking for this everywhere but it was way too expensive. Found it here and its a great price. Thank you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome! Sept. 2 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
arrived when it said it would, and is in perfect condition. very happy! This, as well as the other two movies are a gift to my boyfriend for our 6 year anniversary. His favourite series!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie ever! July 11 2013
By Julie
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Got this as a surprise gift, husband totally loved it! Can always find what ever I'm looking for on Amazon!
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