Army of Darkness Director’s Cut: Bootleg Edition

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By: The Dweeb

April 2002

DVD Features

Video:1.66:1 Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0

Deleted Scenes
Audio Commentary – 1. Sam Raimi – Director, Bruce Campbell – Star, Ivan Raimi – Screenwriter
Additional Footage
Deleted Scenes
Storyboards

Theatrical release: 1992
DVD released on 11/30/2001 by Anchor Bay
Running time of 96 minutes

Starring: Bruce Campbell

Director: Sam Raimi

Plot: Unassuming store clerk Ash (Bruce Campbell) is time-warped into England’s Dark Ages, where he must find the Necronomicon, a compendium of the black arts, before he can return home. Fortunately, he has time to romance a beautiful princess and battle an army of skeletons. This is the inspired sequel to EVIL DEAD and EVIL DEAD 2.

Klatuu Verata Nicto! The timeless cult classic has come to DVD. Who doesn’t love this movie series? Stupid and fun, with clever camera action, Sam Raimi’s directing talents take this movie from B-list schlock to A-list comedy. The final installment of the Evil Dead trilogy (well, really the second Evil Dead is a remake of the first film, but who’s counting!) continues the story of Ash and his ongoing problem with the Necronomicon and its evil powers, with somewhat of a decent production budget and a major attitude problem this time.

Some of the best movie lines ever uttered come from our poorly mistreated, chainsaw for a hand hero Ash. My favorite has to be “Hail to the king baby!” and the opening scene in the castle courtyard, “Well hello Mr Fancypants!”

The dialogue and acting style of Bruce Campbell are what makes this movie so funny. Basically he gets his butt kicked throughout the entire movie series, and it just keeps getting worse for him as this movie goes on. He’s got a major chip on his shoulder because of all this, and to watch how he deals with the problem/monster of the moment makes it fun to watch. His facial expressions are just classic.

This DVD edition of the film comes in a cleverly packaged box, it looks like it’s in a paper bag. As if Sam Raimi doesn’t want this movie to see the light of day. The label on the DVD itself is made to look like it was freshly burned on his computer for a close friend.

The extras that come on the disc are fairly light, but they are adequate. There are only a few deleted scenes from this movie which were not included with this director’s cut. Sam basically puts all the stuff Universal cut out back in for this version. This is the only section of the disc that is separate from the main movie.

The one feature that I thought was really cool is the story boards option. When clicking this option the story board will show up on the bottom right of the screen while the movie is playing and follow along shot for shot. I wish other DVD’s would do this instead of just having this feature as a stand alone section. This way makes more sense, you get a better idea of what went into making this movie.

The directors commentary along with Bruce Campbell’s is also highly entertaining. Sam is constantly poking fun at Bruce and his movie; he knows this is a campy flick. It also helps illustrate what they went through in making this film. Bruce makes a lot of comments about fan feedback he’s received over the years since this film was made. And, there really is an S-Mart somewhere! “Shop smart, shop S-Mart.

This DVD is presented in widescreen, which plays very well on my television. The sound is only Dolby Surround 2.0, but it is surprisingly good. It rivals some of the bigger budget releases I’ve seen. The film looks grainy and dark at some points, but this isn’t Oscar class material now is it? The story and action more than make up for this.

Overall, Army of Darkness is a fun movie. Every DVD collector needs to have some campy fun in the collection, and since it’s on the low end of the price scale, you can’t lose!

Reviewer’s Opinion: BUY IT!!

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