Evil Dead 2 (1987) (4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks
Rated: R/Region O/1:85/4K (2160p)/Number of Discs 2
Available from Lionsgate Films
A young man, named Ash, takes his girlfriend Linda to a secluded cabin in the woods where he plays back a professor’s tape recorded recitation of passages from the Book of the Dead. The spell calls up an evil force from the woods which turns Linda into a monstrous Deadite, and threatens to do the same to Ash. When the professor’s daughter and her entourage show up at the cabin, the night turns into a non-stop, grotesquely comic battle with chainsaw and shotgun on one side, demon horde and flying eyeball on the other.
Things may be funny this time but they are also gory still..not AS gory but gory none the less. I’ve noticed in order to keep from getting the hard rating the original got many scenes were we would have for sure seen gallons of the blood in the original are replaced with gallons of green ooze..thus pulling one over on the MPAA This time around Ash is finally becoming the Ash we know and love here as he fights off demonic possession as well as all the evil that is within the woods and the cabin caused by the no good Necronomicon Ex-Mortis (or “Book of the Dead”) which noticeable looks more stylish this time. Also added into the mix is the daughter of owners of the cabin, her partner and two hillbillies that help them find their way to the cabin once they find out that the bridge is out…Hey, it’s horror you got to have a body count right??
As stated before things take a comical twist this time out, and it’s one that would stay with the series leading on into Army of Darkness. It causes for some very funny moments in the film and some pretty cool quotes as well. “You dirty bastards!…Give me back my hand!… GIVE ME BACK MY HAAAAAND!!!”..sorry I couldn’t help it but you get the point I’m sure. Bottom line is, this movie is just as much fun as the original is scary. So it becomes a matter of taste. If you’re more into a horror comedy then you’ll love this. I tend to do that but for some reason nowadays I just lean more towards the original..but this one is damn good too. As far as 4K goes, if you don’t mind grain and some pockets of heavy grain this is a very solid upgrade from what you had before. It isn’t a breathtaking upgrade by any means but changes are there and for the better overall.
– BRAND NEW 4K RESTORATION OF THE FILM
– DOLBY VISION HDR PRESENTATION OF THE FILM
– NEW “Bloody and Groovy, Baby!” – A Tribute to Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead 2 Featurette
– Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell, co-writer Scott Spiegel, and special make-up effects artist Greg Nicotero
– “Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead 2” Featurette
– “Cabin Fever – A ‘Fly on the Wall’ Look Behind-the-Scenes of Evil Dead 2” Featurette
– “Road to Wadesboro: Revisiting the Shooting Location with Filmmaker Tony Elwood” Featurette
– “Evil Dead 2: Behind-the-Screams” Featurette
– “The Gore The Merrier” Featurette
– Theatrical Trailer
– Still Galleries
Quality of Transfer: 94%