Army of Darkness

Army of Darkness

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Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert

     
 

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An army of the dead come calling, and the square jawed, chainsaw-toting hero Ash is ready for them in director Sam Raimi's outrageous sequel to Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, Army of Darkness. Before there were six hundred separate editions of this film on DVD by Anchor Bay, there was Universal's release, which includes a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen

Overview

An army of the dead come calling, and the square jawed, chainsaw-toting hero Ash is ready for them in director Sam Raimi's outrageous sequel to Evil Dead II: Dead By Dawn, Army of Darkness. Before there were six hundred separate editions of this film on DVD by Anchor Bay, there was Universal's release, which includes a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. This is a mildly pleasing image that sometimes sports more grain and dirt than a viewer would like. While the black levels and color schemes are all generally spot-on, this original release tends to incorporate a lot of edge enhancement into the picture which makes for a rocky viewing. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital Surround in French and English. Unfortunately, this is not a very surround sound-friendly soundtrack; most of the dialogue, music, and effects come only from the center and front speakers while the rear speakers are left without much of a workout. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. Unlike the new Anchor Bay versions of this film, Universal's Army of Darkness DVD includes only a few meager extra features, including a funny theatrical trailer, some production notes on the making of the film, and a few cast and crew bios and film highlights.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Despite the occasionally weak mainstream effort like For the Love of the Game, maverick director Sam Raimi still holds a special place in the hearts of cult film fans. This third installment in Raimi's anarchic Evil Dead series finds the always-mugging discount store employee Ash (Bruce Campbell) hurled back into the Middle Ages, where he mistakenly opens the legendary Necronomicon and releases the titular Army of Darkness -- several divisions of bloodthirsty skeletons. While Raimi's typically frenetic camera work is toned down here, the movie is rife with quick-witted comedy, bizarre anachronisms, and surefire catchphrases, such as "Give me some sugar, baby!" And Campbell's Ash, even in these strange environs, remains a bumbling if effective one-armed warrior.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
An excellent tongue-in-cheek horror film that's loosely a sequel to the cult favorite Evil Dead pictures, this larger budgeted follow-up fails to capitalize as well as it might have on its delightful high-concept premise. That's a criticism targeted strictly to non-horror buffs, however; true genre fans probably won't even notice, given the accepted paucity of intelligent plotting in most horror outings. Besides, an abundance of dandy dialogue, pop cultural references, and imaginative action sequences nearly enough makes up for a story that occasionally disappoints. Bruce Campbell returns in the role of the heroic Ash, a part that the actor performs once again with panache, reminding his followers and non-fans alike what a shame it is that the likable, square-jawed B-movie impresario hasn't been elevated to A-list leading man status as of yet. Director Sam Raimi takes it a little easier on the stylish camera work, seamlessly blending the visuals into his story telling, maturing as a filmmaker, but still a gleeful enough fan himself to inject some stop-motion critters straight from the Ray Harryhausen school of special effects. The film's other credits are impressive: music from the great Danny Elfman and a supporting cast that includes classy actress Embeth Davidtz of Schindler's List (1993), of all people. It's not for everyone but for the heavy metal-rock & roll-loving, horror movie-devoted populace, Army of Darkness (1993) will satisfy their jonesing for a good cinematic time.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/1998
UPC:
0025192032226
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:21:00

Special Features

Production notes; Cast and filmmakers' bios; Film highlights; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Campbell Ash (Ashley J. Williams)
Embeth Davidtz Sheila/Evil Sheila
Marcus Gilbert Arthur
Ian Abercrombie Wiseman
Richard Grove Duke Henry
Michael Earl Reid Gold Tooth
Timothy Patrick Quill Blacksmith
Bridget Fonda Linda
Patricia Tallman Possessed Witch
Theodore Raimi Cowardly Warrior
Deke Anderson 1st Tiny Ash
Ira Belgrade Actor
Bill Moseley Deadite Captain
Andy Bale 1st Lieutenant
Josh Becker Fake Shemp
Don Campbell Fake Shemp
William Lustig Fake Shemp
David O'Malley Fake Shemp
Ivan Raimi Fake Shemp
Bernard Rose Fake Shemp
Ron Zwang Fake Shemp

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director,Screenwriter
Ira Belgrade Casting
Bruce Campbell Co-producer
Joseph Lo Duca Score Composer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Ida Gearon Costumes/Costume Designer
William Mesa Special Effects
Bob Murawski Editor
Bill Pope Cinematographer
Michele Poulik Set Decoration/Design
Ivan Raimi Screenwriter
Robert Tapert Producer
John Travers Editor
Tony Tremblay Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. It Wasn't Always Like This...(Main Titles) [8:40]
2. The Pit [6:49]
3. The Promised One (and His Boomstick) [3:53]
4. An Evil Book [9:09]
5. Ash Goes to Pieces [3:22]
6. Split Personalities [7:05]
7. Three Little Words [7:31]
8. The Snatching of Shiela [7:23]
9. The March of the Dead [1:57]
10. Death to the Mortals! [4:59]
11. Say Hello to the 21st Century! [3:03]
12. Battle of the Alter Egos [4:16]
13. Dead Again [1:50]
14. A New Kingdom [2:43]
15. The Hero from Housewares [2:09]
16. Hail to the King (End Titles) [5:56]

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Army of Darkness 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE NEXT ONE OF YOU PRIMATES, EVEN TOUCHES ME....Bruce and Sam together have to be the funniest filmmakers. This movie is such a classic, no matter how many times I've see it, I can still watch it over and over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is just a brilliant movie!!! Bruce Campbell is a brilliant actor and he shows it in this film!!! Im not begging you i am telling you, go buy this movie on dvd (and if not on DVD then on VHS) BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Army of darkness is a movie u can find under cult. It is a funny/ scary movie. The funniest thing is the skeletons with them playing flutes. Great movie i recomend this film
Guest More than 1 year ago
An absolutely brilliant film! I am a freshman in high-school and my friend and I made a deal that we should each see three classic movies. One of them on my list was 'Bruce Campbell vs Army of Darkness' and I was literally amazed! So idiotic and stupid, an absolute work of pure genius! Go see it, and you'll know exactly what I mean. This is the hilarious embodiment of the 80's in one classic film! At times I was laughing so hard I was nearly crying. When watching this movie, you can tell the people who made it were trying to be very serious, but then after the first ten... no, five minutes said 'Screw it'. You'll love it.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You need this for the simple fact that Raimi and Campbell do a commentary that is awesome. Death to the Deadites!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was and always will be the ultimate in goodness. 'Nuff Said.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the movie was very good , it has alot of laughs but not that much horror like the evil dead , thats what pulled me off .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This version of The Army of Darkness is extended with never seen before footage. Great features and excellent audio commentary by Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi. A must buy for all Evil Dead fans. One negative comment - some scenes are of poor quality because it's new extended version had to be dug out of who-knows-where; also, the ending for this is the post ''dooms day'' ending, and the S-Mart ''Hail to the King Baby'' ending is not included. Over all - Get all the copies! Why not! It's well worth the buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie. This movie is my second faviorite movie out there. If you havnt see this movie it is a must see! Rated: R
Guest More than 1 year ago
Funny, Action packed, horror movie ledgend all of these words and more discribe Army of Darkness. The third installment in the evil dead series this one takes the cake as the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The other version is better than this one. The director's cut ending is no ending at all. There is a reason why this was not the one released at first. Even the director's commentary on the other CD says this one sucks. ''You're goody little two shoes'' Get the other version, leave this one in the warehouse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
IT IS JUST A REALLY GOOD MOVIE!!! A must-buy for every movie-collector (or just anyone that has a DVD player and if not on DVD then VHS) Its just great
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not as good as Evil Dead 1 but Bruce is cool as hell. I liked the special fx.
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