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Ash vs Evil Dead Blu-ray Review

News Bot Aug 23, 2016

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    Ash vs Evil Dead is exactly what fans of the franchise want in an ongoing television show following the exploits of Ash Williams, played by Bruce Campbell. Airing as a Starz Original Series, the creators have had the luxury of delivering the show they want on their own terms. Starting out as a movie, The Evil Dead made its debut back in 1981. This was later followed by sequels in 1987 and 1992. With Evil Dead II, the franchise established a huge cult following. While there was a reboot movie in 2013, the decision was made to continue the story in the TV format. With the home release of the show, you can now watch the episodes over and over.
    At first it sounded odd to have a 10-episode half-hour series. Watching the episodes, it turns out this is the perfect format. With the mix of horror, comedy, and the ongoing story, taking it in these smaller doses works. The show picks up a lot of beats from the original movies, but it has evolved some as well.

    [​IMG]Campbell easily steps right back into the iconic role, and you can believe his character is perfectly content to still be a stock boy that allows himself to have some recreational fun times on occasion. It also makes perfect sense that he would be the cause of unleashing the Evil Dead once again.
    [​IMG]What makes the story here a little different is Ash isn't taking on the evil forces on his own. He's joined by Pablo (played by Ray Santiago) and Kelly (played by Dana DeLorenzo). The addition of the two sidekicks adds to the dynamic of the show. We would be perfectly content to just see Ash taking on the Evil Dead, but Santiago and DeLorenzo add more meat to the show. They give Ash someone to talk to and relate with. The two encourage him, but also help keep him in check. They provide moments of humor, as well as having important parts in the plot of each episode. As the series progresses, you can see how crucial they are to the overall story.
    The show also features Jill Marie Jones and Lucy Lawless. These two portray characters who are not necessarily on Ash's side and provide some extra conflict as the Evil Dead continue to be a major problem.
    The show may not be for everyone, and it doesn't try to be. There's a nice mix of special effects. They're a little unbalanced at times, but it's cool to see CG combined with some old fashioned fake blood.
    [​IMG][​IMG]The episodes contain commentary from the actors and also creator/executive producer Sam Raimi, co-executive producer Ivan Raimi, and executive producer Rob Tapert. There's a lot of insight in watching the episodes with the commentary, and you get a lot of backstory and behind-the-scenes information for each. The best part is hearing how well they get along. It's like listening to a group of friends talking and hanging out. The commentary adds more entertainment value as well as more details on the making of the series.
    Unfortunately the rest of the special features are a little light. There is a sixteen-minute feature with executive producer/show runner Craig DiGregorio talking about the different aspects of the show. We get some insight and behind-the-scenes look at how certain scenes were made. "How to Kill a Deadite" is a two and a half minute look at the different tools Ash uses to kill, maim, and decapitate the Evil Dead. "Best of Ash" is a minute and a half look at some of Ash's groovy lines. These are all cool and worth checking out. You just can't help but want more.
    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]The home release may not contain a lot of special features, but the production of the show more than makes up for it. Fans of the show will want to watch the episodes multiple times, as with they have the original films. The commentary adds to the viewing experience. It's easily a show you can throw on and watch any time or just have playing in the background--unless you have children hanging around. The series is definitely not for kids. If you were unable to watch it when it aired on Starz and you're a fan of the franchise, this is a must-own collection.


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