The Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn
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.