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Evil Dead II

Genre: Horror Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 46 (Mar 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Bruce Campbell, Sarah Berry, Dan Hicks, Kassie Wesley & Richard Domeier

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 3
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
There is a making-of featurette, The Gore The Merrier, audio commentary, still galleries, cast and crew biographies, the theatrical trailer, a THX Optimode test signal, and a preview for an Evil Dead video game.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Anchor Bay Entertainment
(Catalog Number): DV11188
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 84
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1987
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 08/29/00
(THX® Digitally Mastered): Yes

 Credits Information

(Director): Sam Raimi
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Evil Dead II, the sequel to Evil Dead and the prequel to Army Of Darkness, is a gory, funny and over-the-top horror flick that is all-out fun for those with strong stomachs. Bruce Campbell reprises his role as Ash, with plans for a romantic weekend with his girlfriend. But, after accidentally playing an ancient incantation on a tape recorder, an evil force is awakened

DVD Picture:
Compared to the previously released, non-anamorphic DVD, the anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a darker picture; but contrast is improved. Images are generally sharp with good definition and detail, but some scenes are a bit soft. Colors are dated, but generally well balanced. Though black levels are a few shades deeper than on the previous version, true depth is wanting. Overall it is a mediocre visual experience, though a lot of what makes the picture less-than-impressive originates from the source. Fans will, nonetheless, be delighted with everything about this DVD. (Suzanne Hodges)

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