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Ash Vs The Evil Dead: The Complete First Season (2016/Starz/Anchor Bay Blu-ray Set)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Episodes: A

Since being old enough to watch and enjoy horror movies, I have been waiting for an Evil Dead 4 to happen. After that dreadful remake/'reimagining' of the original film a few years back that totally lacked the tone of the series and years of wishy washy talk from Bruce Campbell, Producer Robert Tapert, and Director/Creator Sam Raimi about the future of the franchise, I began to give up hope. Thanks to Starz!, Mr Raimi, and his talented cast and crew, we now have a groundbreaking new horror series that not only entertains but is faithful to its original source material in both style and overall feel. Simply put, Ash Vs The Evil Dead: The Complete First Season (2016) is pure magic for its fanbase. It is almost as if someone rubbed a magic lamp and a genie bestowed this series amongst horror geeks.

This revival of The Evil Dead is a great mixture of horror and tongue-in-cheek comedy (though the first entry is more of a horror film) and here we see it with new state of the art technology and Campbell back again on top of his game. Every episode in this first season is gold, my only complaint is that the episodes aren't longer. If you loved the cult classics Evil Dead 2 or Army of Darkness (and if you haven't seen them drop what you're doing now and watch them) then you owe it to yourself to start watching Ash Vs The Evil Dead. Thanks to Anchor Bay, this long awaited Blu-ray edition is finally available and packed with some great extras and a cool lenticular slipcase cover. Groovy.

Ten episodes span two Blu-ray discs including El Jefe, Bait, Books From Beyond, Brujo, The Host, The Killer of Killers, Fire in the Hole, Ashes to Ashes, Bound in Flesh, and The Dark One. Along with Mr. Campbell, the show also stars newcomers Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, and Jill Marie Jones, and fan favorite Lucy Lawless (Xena) in an unforgettable and crucial role.

Another great aspect to this debut season is the painstaking detail in the production design that even went to the extreme of recreating the original cabin from the first film down to the very last detail. Campbell goes into detail on one of the commentary tracks about how impressive it was and is on screen (seen in the last few episodes of the season). The series has sure come a long way from its humble independent beginnings!

Presented in 1080p high definition and a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and paired with a lossless Dolby TrueHD 7.1 track, this Blu-ray experience will make you feel like you are right there in the cabin with Ash and greatly improves on the original digital HD broadcasts.

Extras include...

Inside the World of Ash

How to Kill a Deadite

Best of Ash

Audio Commentaries for each episode

Full of buckets of gore, gross out humor, amazing special effects, and unique storylines - Ash vs the Evil Dead will leave you clamoring for Season 2 - which premieres suitably around Halloween season. For me, this is one of my most anticipated releases of the year.

- James Lockhart



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