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Evil Dead (2013 Remake/Sony Blu-ray + Digital Copy)


Picture: B+     Sound: A-     Extras: C     Film: B+



So for those expecting an exact carbon copy of the original Evil Dead film, well you won’t find it here…sort of.


The film utilizes the same framework that Sam Raimi envisioned way back when, but changes around key elements to make it stand on its own.  The humor and campiness are all but gone for this film, though Director Fede Alvarez does make the film very self aware.  That is to say that Evil Dead (2013) does not go for blatant gags or outlandish humor, but rather understands that it is a reboot of a much beloved series that DID use humor and camp to its advantage.  To that end, Alvarez pushes other elements to showcase that he is not taking the film too serious.  Audiences will get to experience copious and absurd amounts of violence and gore; so much so that it is clear Alvarez was working hand in hand with Raimi when making these considerations.  Raimi and Bruce Campbell are Producers on the film after all.


This major-studio remake follows the same basic storyline of the original as we watch some teens make bad choices as they spend time at a cabin in the woods.  Alvarez changes it up this time around as we are no longer watching the escapades of premarital sex, booze and debauchery; but instead we see a group of friends helping another as they stage a drug intervention.  Mia (Jane Levy) is the addict, while her friends Eric (Lou Taylor Pucci), Olivia (Jessica Lucas), and her brother David (Shiloh Fernandez) and his girlfriend (Elizabeth Blackmore) join forces to save her.  Once at the cabin the book of the dead is discovered bound in human flesh, words written in blood.  The evil words are spoken and the spirits of the woods are awoken.  At this point all hell breaks loose as evil spirits who are very well versed in torture decide to make the unwitting teens their play things.


The story (as somewhat alluded to) is not the most original, but again is not by any means a carbon copy of the 1981 release and Alvarez brands it as his own.  The film (and I don’t say this lightly) is truly terrifying and well done.  The visuals are stunning, the deaths are gruesome, and the aura is downright creepy throughout with whispers and altered voices at every turn.  Audiences will feel as if they are the ones being stalked as Alvarez continues to use the quick zoom moments Raimi was known for throwing viewers right into the action.  The art direction is nicely done, not overly stylized, yet by no means natural.  The film is by no means a ‘torture porn’ either which was a smart move on Alvarez’s part as films like Hostile, SAW, and many others have overplayed that hand for a quick/idiotic thrill.  Yes, the gore is copious. Yes, it can get disturbing.  But the self awareness coupled with great direction, acting, and original premise makes for a fun, well made film.


Surprisingly impressed.


Not only was the film great, but the technical features of this Blu-ray are also well done.  The picture is a 1080p 2.39 X 1, AVC Encoded, MPEG-4 image that is wonderful.  For a film that is quite dark with a brown hue to it, the colors are bright and bold, while blacks are deep and framing.  The image is crisp, clean and clear throughout without distortion.  Alvarez doesn’t artificially make the film grainy like that of the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre films, instead allowing the digital to digital transfer shine with detailed images and texture.  There are a few artifacts here and there making the film less than perfect, but nothing overly distracting.  The sound is even better as the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio will surround audiences as ever speaker is engaged.  The creepy atmosphere greater by the sound (along with gruesome images) makes the film work very well.  The screams, scrapes, and all in between are in place for a reason and this track wonderfully displays them.


The bonus features are short with the exception of the audio commentary, not giving us much to dive into.  I did find the commentary informative as well as the ‘Evil Dead Reboot’ featurette as we get to hear Bruce Campbell’s feelings on this remake and the future of the series.  The extras are as follows:


·         Making Life Difficult

·         Directing the Dead

·         Being Mia

·         Cast & Filmmaker Commentary

·         Unleashing the Evil Force

·         Evil Dead: The Reboot

·         Digital Copy of the Film


For more on the original films and its predecessor, try these links:


Equinox Import PAL DVD, the 1969 film that inspired the original



Evil Dead 1981 Ultimate Edition 3-DVD U.S. Set


Limited Edition U.S. Blu-ray



Evil Dead 2 U.S. DiviMax DVD


Lionsgate 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray



Army Of Darkness: Evil Dead 3 MGM Region 3 NTSC version vs. Anchor Bay Boomstick Region 1 Edition DVDs


Old HD-DVD/DVD Combo Edition




-   Michael P. Dougherty II


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