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Sam Raimi's cult classic returns in its first-ever widescreen presentation (altered from its original 1.33:1 full-frame version) in Anchor Bay's The Evil Dead "Book of the Dead" edition DVD. This is a fairly sharp-looking 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that features well-saturated colors and dark black levels. Due to the film's age there is an excess of grain and dirt on the print as well as a small amount of edge enhancement in a few key scenes. Overall this is a passable, not perfect, transfer of the ...
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Sam Raimi's cult classic returns in its first-ever widescreen presentation (altered from its original 1.33:1 full-frame version) in Anchor Bay's The Evil Dead "Book of the Dead" edition DVD. This is a fairly sharp-looking 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that features well-saturated colors and dark black levels. Due to the film's age there is an excess of grain and dirt on the print as well as a small amount of edge enhancement in a few key scenes. Overall this is a passable, not perfect, transfer of the film. The audio is presented in both DTS 6.1 ES in English, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX in English and French, and Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround on English and French. Both the DTS 6.1 and Dolby 5.1 mix are very clear with only the slightest amount of distortion during some of the high-pitched screaming scenes. Most of the directional effects are focused in the center and front speakers with some effects utilized in the rear speakers (mostly consisting of ambient noise and monster roars). Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Anchor Bay has done a great job of including a wealth of extra materials on this disc, starting with two commentary tracks, the first by actor Bruce Campbell and the second by director Sam Raimi and producer Robert Tapert. Both of these tracks are downright hysterical with the participants throwing as many jokes at the screen as they do production stories and nuggets. "Fanalysis" is a short film directed by Campbell which takes a look at frenzied comic book/movie fans and what makes them tick. "Discovering Evil Dead" is a short featurette about a couple of guys who were really influenced by the film. Some behind-the-scenes footage features a ton of outtakes and production shots that should please fans looking for a glimpse behind the curtain of the film. Finally there is a still gallery, a few talent files on the principle cast and crew members, a theatrical trailer for The Evil Dead, and four TV spots. The whole thing is wrapped up in a very snazzy-looking latex reproduction of the movie's "Book of the Dead" and features photos, liner notes, and a small booklet on the history of The Evil Dead films on VHS, laserdisc, and DVD.
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Special Features

Special "Book of the Dead" packaging; widescreen presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs; audio commentary with Sam Raimi and producer Robert Tapert; separate audio commentary with Bruce Campbell; Fanalysis, an all-new documentary by Campbell; behind-the-scenes footage and outtakes; Discovering Evil Dead, an all-new featurette tracing the film's history; English and French language tracks; theatrical trailer; TV spots; talent bios; poster and still gallery.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
A very well-done debut by young Sam Raimi, this is (unlike its jokey sequels) a serious-minded horror film that has fright as its main concern. Five college kids go to a remote cabin, where they find a book and a tape which contain incantations to summon demons. One by one they are possessed by the malevolent evil in and around the cabin, with bloody results. Pencils are stabbed through ankles, body parts are severed, and a woman is raped by an evil tree. The best scenes involve the chilling initial possession during a card game and the attempts by the hideously demonic Ellen Sandweiss to convince star Bruce Campbell to free her from the cellar where she's been locked. Fast-paced and filled with some amazing camerawork, (though the special effects aren't very special and give away the budget) it is a remarkably kinetic film, full of the energy that only independent filmmakers can seem to muster, and has more than its share of scares and chills.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • UPC: 013131190496
  • Original Release: 1983
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Thx
  • Sound: THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Campbell Ashley J. "Ash" Williams
Ellen Sandweiss Cheryl
Betsy Baker Linda
Hal Delrich Scott
Sarah York Shelly
John Cameron Fake Shemp
Ivan Raimi Fake Shemp
Sam Raimi Fisherman on side of road
Theodore Raimi Fake Shemp
Scott Spiegel Fake Shemp
Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director, Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Bruce Campbell Executive Producer
Joseph Lo Duca Score Composer
Gary Holt Producer
Edna Ruth Paul Editor
Tim Philo Cinematographer
Bar Pierce Special Effects
Bart Pierce Special Effects
Tom Sullivan Makeup Special Effects
Robert Tapert Executive Producer, Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Road to Damnation (Main Titles) [3:31]
2. The Cabin [3:51]
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls [5:12]
4. Mystery of the Cellar [3:40]
5. Book of the Dead [3:02]
6. Ash and Linda [3:52]
7. Violated by the Woods [3:50]
8. Race With Terror [2:30]
9. Car Trouble [4:50]
10. Possession [3:55]
11. The Thing in the Basement [3:08]
12. Where's Shelly? [1:57]
13. Indestructible [3:11]
14. Hacked to Bits [2:57]
15. Unholy Laughter [4:57]
16. Voices of Deceit [2:57]
17. Taste the Blood of Ash [3:09]
18. Undying Love [6:01]
19. Demon on the Loose [2:08]
20. Rain of Blood [3:01]
21. Ash Alone [1:03]
22. Last Stand [:59]
23. Demon Mush [1:30]
24. Dawn of the Dead [3:36]
25. End Credits [2:40]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Extras
      Trailer
      TV Spots
         Spot #1
         Spot #2
         Spot #3
         Spot #4
      Commentaries
         Commentary With Writer/Director Sam Raimi and Producer Robert Tapert
         Commentary With Star Bruce Campbell
      Poster and Still Gallery
      Talent Bios
         Bruce Campbell
         Sam Raimi (Writer/Director)
         Robert Tapert (Producer)
      Fanalysis
      Discovering Evil Dead
      Behind the Scenes Footage & Outtakes
   Languages/Audio Setup
      English: Dolby Digital Surround EX
      English: DTS ES (Playback Requires DTS Decoder)
      English: Dolby Surround 2.0
      French: Dolby Digital 5.1
      French: Dolby Surround 2.0
   THX Optimizer
      Audio Tests
      Video Tests
   Play
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    This movie hits you in the face and doesn't stop hitting till the end,

    Anyone who watches horror movies knows how creepy a simple cabin in the woods can be. Throw in some dark scenery, evil trees, buried demons and a book made of human flesh called the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis and you know that something gory is about to happen. The five innocent University students who are planned a relaxing retreat in Tennessee have no idea what they are in for as they are about to uncover the deadly dark secrets that have been haunting the area for ages. Even undisturbed the morbid forces make the cabin feel like an unpleasant and disgusting place but once the door to the cellar blasts open on it's own, the students feel intrigued to explore - big mistake! <BR/><BR/>The overall feeling of the movie is of pure dread from the very beginning. The woods are not lush and green but brown, savage and eerie, something you would not want to see through a window of any cabin. Once our friends settle in strange noises start, which is the beginning of the end. If you like zombie-like ghoulish creatures that must have been dreamt up while in delirious tempest of a fever then this movie will not disappoint, it has all that and more. This movie is not suave and thrilling; it goes through body part chopping, screaming, running, stabbing, throwing up of blood and other questionable fluids of all colors, demonic possessions and false sense of security. It's a crazy movie and its little old, well not that old, but its more old school while these days CG monsters plague the blue screen, in Evil Dead some serious plastic puppets were taking center stage in this film and that made me like the movie a whole lot more. In parts it reminded me of "The Thing" because these were some really creepy and gross transformations, so fans of that fantastic movie should get a kick out of this. <BR/><BR/>This is part one of three, and after seeing part two this weekend I bet I know what to expect for the finale, more of the same gooey goodness. <BR/><BR/>- Kasia S.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE EVIL DEAD: My favorite horror film

    I first saw THE EVIL DEAD a few years back. Initially, I was a bit surprized at the level of gore used in this movie. But I grew to love the films classic horror style (which is heavily drawn from George A Romero's Night of the Living Dead, Tobe Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and other earlier horror films) mingled with Sam Raimi's enormously original camera work. Even better are the unsettling, disturbing sound effects and occasionally creepy score that present themselves at just the right moments throughout the film. At times, wrenching, startling noises will jolt you out of your chair, and at others low drones and wind will create a suspensful and creepy atmosphere the likes of which not many horror movies contain. The film's story is unoriginal and expendable at best, but it is aided heavily by Tom Sullivans artwork. For example, ''The Book of the Dead'' doesn't sound significant in any horror movie, but the actual book (which I own now, thanks to special edition DVD) plays such a big role in the movie (it was the films original title), you find yourself actually paying attention to the thing. The bottom line is, no film tops THE EVIL DEAD's level of gore, entertaining camera work, creepy atmosphere, raw in-your-face violence, unrelenting disturbing sound effects, and downright fun. If you love horror and don't own this film, well, get it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Horror fans must see!

    It's hard to believe that this film was made by a group of college friends. What they created back in their early 20's, was one of the most original, fun, and just pure entertaining horror films ever made. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars, is because after this movie came out, they got a bigger budget and remade the movie (Evil Dead 2). This remake is a little better due to the larger budget, so it would get the 5 stars, but this original is still a great film that every true fan of the horror genre should make a part of their personal collection.

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  • Posted September 30, 2011

    this is a good scare!

    its got everthing u want in a horror movie. and its got my man bruce campbell in it. love him on burn notice.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    MUST SEE

    I love this movie it is very fun to watch. I'd see this movie any day.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    EVIL DEAD

    It's silly and occasionally somewhat scary.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this 80's Classic horror film

    The Film is one of very classic horror film and I saw it first time when I was a kid,I was so scared and couldn't sleep few nights. So till now I actually not scared but really like to watch this movie so many time, Sam Raimi's work is superb. really amazing graphics and camera work he made in those old days in his young age.this is great hard work I love this boy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE EVIL DEAD: The Ultimate Cult Classic!!!

    Gore, Special Effects (not at all cheap), and Zombies. Makes Sam Raimi's Classic The Evil Dead A MUST SEE!!! The Second You've finished reading this review, turn off your computer and drive down to the closest video store and rent or even better buy it!!! Enjoy the Gore!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    This is the posterboy for blood spattering 80's horror films. I'd love 2 tell you more about it but I dont wanna ruin it 4 you! If your like me you'll love it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a GREAT HORROR MOVIE??? I think not.

    Um, I saw this with my friend Gab at her house a while back. We made fun of it so bad..... it was hilarious. I mean, come on, WHO GETS HARASSED BY A STICK????? oh my god we laughed hysterically.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best horror movies ever!

    This is a legendary horror flick. The FX are phenominal and its a classic. One of the best horror movies out there.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One funny, cheap, low-budget film you don't want your kids to see.

    I love this movie to death. It's actually one of my favorites. I didn't just like it because it was a horror flick, I liked it because it had that subtle unintentional humor in it. The ''special'' effects are soo cheap and the lame one-liners will crack you up. Just watch this movie and you'll know what I'm talking about. If you're really into cheesy horror movies then this one is a must-have. Add this to your collection (like I have! haha) and you wont regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jolting!

    Real edge-of-your-seat movie. Jolting scenes that make you jump, time and time again. This movie has the ''stuff'' that horror movies are made of: Blood, gore, walking dead, deep woods, full moon, lots of ''fog''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great horror flick

    A great film with a low budget. It has great camera angles and a great style. Im only 13 and I have seen the movie about 50 times and it still spooks me.

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