Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn

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Director: Sam Raimi

Cast: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks

     
 

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Stand up if you've bought Evil Dead 2 over five times! Yes, many fans of the ol' boomsticked one have dipped into their pocketbooks time and time again for yet another version from the great folk at Anchor Bay. You can't blame them for trying (okay, some of you can), but they've always strived to keep these old Raimi gems one step ahead of the curve for theSee more details below

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Stand up if you've bought Evil Dead 2 over five times! Yes, many fans of the ol' boomsticked one have dipped into their pocketbooks time and time again for yet another version from the great folk at Anchor Bay. You can't blame them for trying (okay, some of you can), but they've always strived to keep these old Raimi gems one step ahead of the curve for the collectible market. Now comes the Book of the Dead 2 DVD edition to go right beside their original foamy book DVD case for the first Evil Dead film. So what's new here? Well, it screams for one! The book screams when you push its bulbous eyeball, which is pretty cool. Otherwise, you have a new sculpted book from Tom Sullivan, along with further unleashed sketches on the inside pages. The paint job is improved, though it's still nothing to write home about. And of course, you get an already stellar Evil Dead 2 disc that features one of the funniest commentary tracks ever recorded. New from the previous edition is a 17-minute making-of called "Behind the Screams," a slide-show presentation of behind-the-scene photos narrated by Tom Sullivan. With trailers for the first film, plus another for Man With the Screaming Brain and another clip for the new Evil Dead video game, the disc is designed for the fans, who are obviously going to chew this one up. The film itself looks better than ever before with a new transfer from Raimi to get your HD blood pumping. Sadly, the product has one downfall and that is its foul plastic odor. The first book smelled as well, though this one might just be worse. Best throw the disc in a slipcase and put the book under glass for the sake of your soul and nasal tissue.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
This zany comic remake of the original plays more like a bloody Looney Tunes cartoon than a horror film. Once again, Ash (Bruce Campbell) is trapped in a cabin with demons, but this time they do far more than possess his friends: they possess his hand, the furniture, etc. The hand incident causes Campbell to lop off the offending extremity at the wrist and strap a bucksaw to the stump for his battles with the evil dead. The family who owns the cabin arrives in time for more nutty antics, finding the place trashed and a blood-covered Ash having to save them from the demonic scourge. Director Sam Raimi's camera zooms, pans, and cranes to achieve a frenetic, kinetic effect. At one point he uses a POV shot of a demon's eyeball flying into a woman's open mouth. A batty cross between Dead-Alive and The Mask, this gory funhouse ride is easily the best of the series and is a tremendously entertaining low-budget film.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/27/2005
UPC:
0013131321593
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Time:
1:24:00

Special Features

Audio commentary with writer/director Sam Raimi, star Bruce Campbell, co-writer Scott Spiegel and special make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero; "Evil Dead 2: Behind-the-Screams" -- Brand-new featurette highlighting the "Deadest" special effects details with Tom Sullivan; "The Gore the Merrier" featurette; Theatrical trailer; Talent bios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Campbell Ash, Ashley J. Williams
Sarah Berry Annie Knowby
Dan Hicks Jake
Kassie Wesley Bobby Joe
Theodore Raimi Possessed Henrietta
Denise Bixler Linda
Richard Domeier Ed Getley
John Peaks Prof. Raymond Knowby
Lou Hancock Henrietta Knowby
Snowy Winters Dancer (Dance sequence)
Josh Becker Fake Shemp
Scott Spiegel Fake Shemp
William Preston Robertson The Hand
Sam Raimi Knight

Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director,Screenwriter
Wendy Bell Makeup
Randy Bennett Art Director
Doug Beswick Special Effects
Andrea Brown Choreography
Bruce Campbell Co-producer
Rick Catizone Special Effects
Kaye Davis Editor
Alex DeBenedetti Executive Producer
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Joseph Lo Duca Score Composer
Philip J.C. Duffin Art Director
Vern Hyde Special Effects
Elizabeth Moore Set Decoration/Design
Irvin Shapiro Executive Producer
Eugene Shlugleit Cinematographer
Mark Shostrom Makeup Special Effects
Scott Spiegel Screenwriter
Tom Sullivan Special Effects
Robert Tapert Producer
Tam G. Warner Choreography
Joseph Winogradoff Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Evil Dead 2: The Book of the Dead 2
1. The Book/Main Titles [2:01]
2. Raising Hell [3:27]
3. Possessed [1:13]
4. The Ride [3:58]
5. No Escape [6:46]
6. Dance Macabre [2:55]
7. The Tool Shed [2:16]
8. Off His Rocker [5:44]
9. Hell Hand [5:43]
10. Laughing Stock [1:31]
11. Blood Simple [4:33]
12. Henrietta [2:18]
13. Dead by Dawn [3:52]
14. Things From Beyond [5:37]
15. The Woods [1:39]
16. Pages of Prophesy [5:02]
17. Ash, the Demon [7:39]
18. Battle Gear [1:02]
19. The Cellar [4:11]
20. Showdown [2:44]
21. The Evil Summoned [2:17]
22. The Rift [2:18]
23. Hero From the Sky [1:59]
24. End Credits [3:16]

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