Evil Dead 2 (1987) (Special Edition) (Blu-ray)
Ever thought of taking your girlfriend away for the weekend? Maybe to some secluded spot in the country so you can spend some quality time together, but then ended up hacking her to pieces with a chainsaw after she's become possessed by a grotesque, flesh-eating demon resurrected by spells from The Book of the Dead? Ash Williams has. Trapped in a dark world of flying eyeballs and deadly severed limbs, axe wielding Ash Williams will be pushed to the edge of his sanity as he fights to survive against the unspeakable, supernatural forces intent on having him dead by dawn.
After the shocking and notorious cult classic The Evil Dead impaled its way into the minds of a whole generation by becoming one of the original "video nasties", visionary, maverick director Sam Raimi (Spider Man 1-3) decided to elaborate on its twisted scenario by creating one of the most visually deranged and psychotically demented horror movies to ever splatter its way across cinema screens since the invention of celluloid. Featuring b-movie legend Bruce Campbell in his most iconic role, as the fantastically unhinged Ash, Evil Dead 2 is a gore-fuelled, splatstick masterpiece that gleefully stomps on the entrails of good taste whilst puking in the face of Hollywood with no apologies.
- Commentary with writer/director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell, co-writing Scott Spiegel, and special effects make-up artist Greg Nicotero
- New: Swallowed Souls, the making of Evil Dead 2
- New: Cabin Fever, behind the scenes featurette
- New: Road to Wadesboro: revisiting the shooting location of Evil Dead 2
- Archival Featurettes: Behind the screams, Making of ED2, Theatrical trailer, Photo galleries, Ads and memorabilia, Behind the scenes, Make-up, Stop motion
The high-definition transfer used for this release, however, is quite healthy, and I think that most people familiar with the film's various image limitations will be pleased with it. Detail and especially clarity fluctuate quite a lot. These fluctuations, however, have a lot to do with the manner in which the film was shot - light is consistently restricted and camera movement is often erratic. Many close-ups, however, still boast pleasing depth. Some of the larger panoramic shots also look surprisingly good, despite the fact that shadow definition is occasionally somewhat problematic. - Blu-ray.com 4/5