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Studio and Year: Tri Star- 2013
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 91 minutes
Genre: Horror

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p/24


Audio Format(s): English, Portuguese DTS-HD MA 5.1, Thai, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin (Traditional), Thai
Starring: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Lou Taylor Pucci
Directed by: Fede Alvarez
Written by: Fede Alvarez & Rodo Sayagues, based on the motion picture "The Evil Dead", written by Sam Raimi
Music by: Roque Baños
Region Code: A, B, C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 16, 2013







"The most terrifying film you will ever experience"





Film Synopsis:

Five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote cabin. When they discover a Book of the Dead, they unwittingly summon up dormant demons living in the nearby woods, which possess the youngsters in succession until only one is left intact to fight for survival.




My Take:


It was the never ending regurgitation of Zombie flicks. Then it was the late 90s early 2ks when the original idea had disappeared and the "Tween" Horror flick (Scream, The Faculty, I Know What You Did Last Summer) was all the rage. Now the newest plague to inundate, offend and annoy the Horror Fan is the never-ending onslaught of remakes of some old classic "Holy Grail" material. First they Butchered Psycho, Rob Zombie made a joke out of Halloween, a new, darker Nightmare on Elm street didn't work at all, and a few Texas Chainsaw massacres did nothing to elevate the cause. Before we soon have new stabs at Poltergeist, American Werewolf in London, The Birds, Pet Cemetery (Yes folks, there are so many remakes in the works it is disgusting), we got what I consider to be one of the best, though unnecessary remakes, 2013s Evil Dead. The main difference between this and the "other" remakes is that this was given the blessing and produced by the creators of the original, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert. Click here to read my review of the originals Blu-ray release.

What separates this from the 1981 classic is its tone. This is much darker with no comedy at all. Then consider its budget, as this was 17 million Vs. the original's 375k. Then we have the films set-up of the twenty-something friends coming to this remote cabin to help the lead, a female here not Brice Campbell's iconic Ash, kick her heroin habit. This is a decent set-up because when she starts to show signs of possession her friends believe it's just withdrawals. Also, this is called Evil Dead, not "The Evil Dead".

The big debate from fans has been whether this is a remake, a reboot, a sequel or a prequel. I saw it as a story in the Evil Dead world, so none of the above choices really apply. Yes there are many similarities too, like the Demon(s) coming from reading a passage in the Necronomicon (the book of the dead), the infamous tree rape...they go on as well.

056d390f_evildeadmia.jpeg So is this as good, better?? No. It's just much more gory and glossy with modern top-notch visuals and sound that will blow you away. It was really well directed with great practical effects, as first time feature director Fede Alvarez didn't want to rely on CGI. It contained relentless and copious gore as well as surprisingly amazing acting. Jane Levy plays our heroin Mia (yes, pun intended) and she really steals the movie. Her fear is palpable and when she is possessed she turns it into overdrive and is frightening as hell. I have not seen her in the TV show Suburgatory, but will seek it out to get more of a fix (yes, again, pun intended) of the talented and sexy Jane Levy. The film seemed to fall apart a little in its final act, with some silly ideas (the car battery as a defibrillator for one), and needed a trim of a few minutes.

I guess the real question is did the film's ballsy tagline "The most terrifying film you will ever experience" ring true? Not really for me. But it sure was worth watching and horror and gore fans will dig it.








Parental Guide:

Rated R for strong bloody violence and gore, some sexual content and language.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

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Audio: 100

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Video: 94

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Evil Dead comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 22.4 Mbps and DTS-MA HD 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.6 Mbps

This one was another superb transfer from Sony. I didn't know this was filmed in digital, and was blown away after the fact with how it looked. Blacks were perfect, with no sign of crush and amazing shadow detail. This had to be perfect as this is one dark movie. It didn't not have the grain of the originals 16mm film, but it captured a mood none the less. Details oozed on every frame and close-ups revealed all the chunky shiny goodness of ripped flesh and blood. The audio is really what took me aback. Man this was horror audio-mix perfection. Surrounds were impeccably used to frighten as well as to add atmosphere. LFE rocked the room when called upon and dialogue, even in the most hectic of moments was never lost. If you have heard a better horror track, id love to hear it.

Bonus Features:

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  • Audio Commentary with Director Fede Alvarez, Writer Rodo Sayagues, Actors Jane Levy, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Jessica Lucas

  • (HD) Directing the Dead

  • (HD) Evil Dead the Reboot

  • (HD) Making Life Difficult

  • (HD) Unleashing the Evil Force

  • (HD) Being Mia

  • UV Copy




Final Thoughts:

I was not expecting this but Evil Dead gets a recommendation from me. Not as a replacement, remake or even re-boot to the classic 1981s The Evil Dead, but as an entry to the series it holds its own, albeit it bit more serious then the originals. Spectacular video and definite reference audio round off this packed that comes with a UV copy and a few enjoyable extras. Fans, you can go ahead and buy this one.

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I'm not a huge fan of horror films, but this one actually looks to be very worthy of checking out... cool.gif

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While I recognize the original's quality and its place in the horror genre, I also cannot stand horror comedies. So the new Evil Dead, for me, was a more than welcome entry. I literally can't wait to watch it again. I agree about the first-rate acting and particularly from Jane Levy, who gave an amazing performance imo. No surprise I guess in the overall quality of this release as Sony rarely disappoints... Thanks for the review. smile.gif
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I was glad to hear this movie was coming out.

Then years later, glad to hear it was actually really good!

Now, reading this today, I'm really really glad this disc got such high marks. Can't wait to see it this week.

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Thanks for the review Lee.

Definitely going to pick this one up. Just having a hard time deciding which version - the Target steelbook or the Best Buy exclusive.

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Nice review,Saw this a couple of weeks ago,I like this one more than the first as a horror,my Home theater got a nice workout.
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The A/V quality is really good on this disc but I didn't really like this movie nearly as much as many others (even fans of the original) seem to. After a while, the relentless violence becomes numbing and as noted, there's no real humor to provide the kind of welcome counterpoint that the (2) originals had. I will say one sequence that ends with a hypodermic needle removal is pretty unsettling. Another thing lacking in this remake that the first original had was an odd, almost otherworldly sense as exhibited in the various (often crudely) animated bits like the corpse dancing headless in the moonlight and of course, Sam Raimi's ultra kinetic camerawork. Although there are a few nods to Raimi's style in this one (the demonic POV zooming through the woods for example), the overall style had more in common with numerous interchangeable horror flicks from the past decade or so. I will mention that the post credits cameo made me wanna throw my tv into the pool.

IMO, worth a look if this genre is your sorta thing but no keeper like any of the original Raimi/Campbell Evil Dead trio have become.
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Looking forward to watching this! I will be RB'ing this BD first and purchasing when either the price drops or an uncut version releases. Thanks for the review!

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Good review, thanks. I was going to skip this one but now I'll get it.

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After this review, I just ordered it from Amazon. I grew up a child of the 80's and remember turning 17 in the summer of 88. All of the iconic horror movies were a staple every weekend with friends. From Jason and Freddy to Michael and Leatherface, I don't think there was a horror movie we missed, including all the B graded direct to video releases. It's been several years since I found a horror movie that I really liked and after all the reviews, I'm hoping this is one of them.

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Although I enjoyed this movie for what it was, a horror movie. In my estimation it misses out on an opportunity to shine far and above the movie it replaces/ pays homage. Regrettably, the one scene that in my estimation absolutely must be carried over into any remake or reimagining is the "card trick" scene. It is such a simple scene that carried with it such palpable impact. It was SORELY missed in this retelling. Although i too wished the original was not so tongue in cheek (though in reality it is not as bad as many make it out to be.. it was trippy, otherwordly, laugh-because-you're-too-afraid-to-do-anythin- else-funny but not the slapstick the series would eventually be known for), I think the retelling fails to split the difference. It is horror but it is rarely frightening. The things that make me uncomfortable about the movie are very "human" in their scope. The original sends you along on a trip with Ash where it is reasonable to think he doesn't know what is real or not. While watching, we don't either. For him, the consequences of not knowing are very dire indeed. On some level, I feel too separate from these characters to do anything more than watch them "go through" what they do. By the end of the Evil Dead you care about what happen(s)/ed to Ash, and feel sorry for his ordeal. In a I don't know how i could have survived kind of way. With the retelling, I never cared enough to have that thought.

Overall it was not bad as retellings go, I just hoped for more as I absolutely love the original, warts and all.

To this day I still think the New nightmare on Elm street is one of the few retellings that gets it right. Somewhat ironic for me, as I saw the original evil dead as part of a horror double feature.... Evil Dead and Nightmare on Elm street. It still stands out in my mind as one of the singularly most impactful movie outings of my life!!!

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The cheesiness is part of the charm of the original. More splatter and no humor made this just another torture porn type film. Boring!

However, I was actually a fan of the real Evil Dead re-make called Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. Bruce Campbell is a B-comedy genius and the wackiness makes these films fun!

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Thanks for another excellent review Mr. Potts. I really enjoyed this in the theater for the return of well done practical effects in domestic horror and the brilliant wooded backdrop that really made for the perfect atmosphere. I think most of the characters were shallow however I wasn't expecting much in that department. I think they did a pretty solid job with the remake but would have liked to have seen a deeper dive into the more interesting aspects of the book. I suspect this will be done in the sequel but it would have been nice to have been teased with some tidbits to discuss. I don't know why we aren't getting the 12 frames that were cut in an uncut version for the bluray release but it sucks as I was curious to see what they were that made the difference between an NC-17 and R. My guess it was a more graphic tree r@pe seen.

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Thanks for another excellent review Mr. Potts. I really enjoyed this in the theater for the return of well done practical effects in domestic horror and the brilliant wooded backdrop that really made for the perfect atmosphere. I think most of the characters were shallow however I wasn't expecting much in that department. I think they did a pretty solid job with the remake but would have liked to have seen a deeper dive into the more interesting aspects of the book. I suspect this will be done in the sequel but it would have been nice to have been teased with some tidbits to discuss. I don't know why we aren't getting the 12 frames that were cut in an uncut version for the bluray release but it sucks as I was curious to see what they were that made the difference between an NC-17 and R. My guess it was a more graphic tree r@pe seen.

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I am glad you enjoyed both the review and the film however the credit for the review goes to Mr. Weber. smile.gif


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Gonna pick this one up along with 42 and Erased..good job on the review !
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Gonna rent this after pitch perfect from netflix.
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I saw this on a really big screen and it does make an impact. Horror with a capital 'H'. Unsettling in a very good way.

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^^^Well, OK, but this begs the question, would you generally concur with Lee's assessment on this one? I haven't had enough cross-checking between my own appraisals and Lee's reviews to make an informed judgment as to whether our impressions might match (or he might be daft), but the audio score ismore than intriguing indeed -- don't care so much about the movie, I'm sure there is something of merit there, but if the audio is that excellent, perhaps I should buy and not rent on Friday as I intended to. I know you generally hear what I hear, Ralph, so what say ye? Price just went to $20 on AMAZON, which is my reasonable zone, but this will probably go up after this week..in the mean time, the standard $1.50 or thereabouts at REDBOX, of course....
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^^^Well, OK, but this begs the question, would you generally concur with Lee's assessment on this one? I haven't had enough cross-checking between my own appraisals and Lee's reviews to make an informed judgment as to whether our impressions might match (or he might be daft), but the audio score ismore than intriguing indeed -- don't care so much about the movie, I'm sure there is something of merit there, but if the audio is that excellent, perhaps I should buy and not rent on Friday as I intended to. I know you generally hear what I hear, Ralph, so what say ye? Price just went to $20 on AMAZON, which is my reasonable zone, but this will probably go up after this week..in the mean time, the standard $1.50 or thereabouts at REDBOX, of course....

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^^^Ah! -- nice. I've been pretty favorably impressed with some of tracks I've been hearing lately. Appears this might be another to add to that list. Thank you, gentlemen.
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Watched last night and really enjoyed it all around. Excellent A/V and movie was very well done for this type of film IMO. Not worth a buy for me, but a great rent.

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I thought it was corny. I give the 80s version a pass for corniness because that was the norm but I was hoping for more in this version. The audience shouldn't be laughing towards the end of the film.

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I haven't had enough cross-checking between my own appraisals and Lee's reviews to make an informed judgment as to whether our impressions might match (or he might be daft).

I am daft. Ask my wife.
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I liked Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness. The original was so so. As for this film I didn't think it was even worth a rental. They made it more of a serious horror movie than a cheesy comedy that made the originals fun. To be fair in general I'm not much of a horror fan unless its zombies. I should have done some more research before I did a early purchase on vudu.
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Thanks Jeff but I can't take credit for costing you your hard earned cash on this one. Blame Lee..! smile.gif

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OMG, I didn't even realize it was Lee's review. biggrin.gif I am so sorry Lee, excellent review, thank you.
Ralph, yours are great as well.
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