Evil Dead 2: New and improved version coming to Bluray to celebrate the 25th Anniversary

After what fans called a pretty poor transfer to Bluray, Lionsgate have announced that they have learnt from their mistakes and plan to do something really special both with the transfer and the special features for the 25th Anniversary of the Evil Dead 2. The Bluray will be available as a US import here in the UK as of November 15th. Here is Amazon’s synopsis for the film, followed by the new, and improved special features:

Writer-director Sam Raimi’s extremely stylized, blood-soaked follow-up to his creepy Evil Dead isn’t really a sequel; rather, it’s a remake on a better budget. It also isn’t really a horror film (though there are plenty of decapitations, zombies, supernatural demons, and gore) as much as it is a hilarious, sophisticated slapstick send-up of the terror genre. Raimi takes every horror convention that exists and exaggerates it with mind-blowing special effects, crossed with mocking Three Stooges humour. The plot alone is a genre cliché right out of any number of horror films. Several teens (including our hero, Ash, played by Bruce Campbell in a manic tour-de-force of physical comedy) visit a broken-down cottage in the woods–miles from civilization–find a copy of the Book of the Dead, and unleash supernatural powers that gut every character in sight. All, that is, except Ash, who takes this very personally and spends much of the of the film getting his head smashed while battling the unseen forces. Raimi uses this bare-bones story as a stage to showcase dazzling special effects and eye-popping visuals, including some of the most spectacular point-of-view Steadicam work ever (done by Peter Deming). Although it went unnoticed in the cinemas, the film has since become an influential cult-video favourite, paving the way for over-the-top comic gross-out films like Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive.

The following list of special features is whats been confirmed so far:

  • All-new audio commentary with cast/crew
  • All-new Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead II documentary
  • All-new Road to Wadesboro: The Location of Evil Dead II featurette
  • All-new Cabin Fever: Behind the Scenes of Evil Dead II” featurette
  • All-new Evil Dead II interactive archive, featuring production stills, marketing materials, production stills, and early effects tests
  • Vintage featurettes and behind-the-scenes footage
  • TV spots and trailers

By Matt Wavish

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A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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