Blu-ray Review: Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2

Ash vs Evil Dead stars Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams; Lucy Lawless as Ruby, joining the fight against the Deadites; Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick; Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past; and Lee Majors as Ash’s father. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio, who serves as executive producer and showrunner.

This season roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his home town of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby, only to find that she too is now a victim of evil and in need of Ash’s help. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance to give them a chance of success as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.

Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2 brings back Ash and his two friends, Pablo and Kelly, who end up forming an alliance with Ruby because her hell spawn babies have turned on her and they’re all after the Necronomicon. Ash puts of Jacksonville and goes back home where he doesn’t really get a friendly “welcome home” from all the locals who still think he’s a crazy killer. Ash reunites with his father and even though the two really don’t get along, they’re pretty much just alike. Like father, like son! Lee Majors does a great job with this standout character! There’s also a few more familiar faces that fans of the franchise will get a kick out of seeing. Ash has to deal with his nickname “Ashy Slashy” that was given to him years ago and a puppet is spawned out of this and is one of the most awesome and silliest creations to come along in the entire franchise. The standout puppet is so awesome that NECA will release the prop replica this fall and you better believe I’ll be getting one.

This season Ash also has to deal with his trusty old Delta 88 (that’s been in everything Sam Raimi has ever done) when it becomes possessed by the Necronomicon and goes on a gory killing spree. This is definitely another standout for the second season. Move over Christine because there’s another killer car on the loose! Moving right along and without spoiling too much for you, Pablo is dealing with some haunting visions this season as well as a near death experience, courtesy of the big bad who finally reveals himself. Naw man, he dies a gory and violent death but Ash has a plan to fix things. All of this craziness ends up leading Ash back in time to where it all began, the cabin, where he has to face some old demons as well as try to save Pablo’s life. And in the end, Ashley J. Williams once again saves the day but lurking in the shadows is more evil that is sure to surface. Never fear becuse good ole Ash will be there waiting with his trusty boom stick and groovy chainsaw to take it on.

The packaging for Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2 comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes series details, some images and list of special features. Each Blu-ray disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2 was a freaking blast because it was 10 episodes of awesome horror comedy at its very best. The second season continues the journey of the wise-crackin’ accidental hero Ashley J. Williams that began in The Evil Dead way back in 1981. The writing for this series continues to be really smart because it features the same level of comedy and one-liners that Ash always had in the movies and of course that epic first season. As great as the cast is, it’s lifeline consists of Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell who have been with this franchise since the very beginning. Bruce Campbell pulls double duty as star and executive producer alongside Raimi and Tapert and without this trio there’s nothing. The series’ sick and twisted humor is complimented by lots of blood and gore and special effects. This is The Evil Dead Universe after all so the blood and gore are to be expected and it’s over-the-top insanity! It all looks groovy, baby! Ash vs Evil Dead: Season 2 releases on Blu-ray on August 22nd and is definitely worth adding to your collection. I love this crazy series!

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 2 Discs / 10 Episodes / 288 Minutes

  1. Home
  2. The Morgue
  3. Last Call
  4. D.U.I.
  5. Confinement
  6. Trapped Inside
  7. Delusion
  8. Ashy Slashy
  9. Home Again
  10. Second Coming

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 7.1 / Spanish Dolby Surround 2.0 / French Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include some audio commentaries, eight behind-the-scenes featurettes and a gory “Fatality Mash-Up.”

  • Audio Commentaries
  • Season 2 First look (02:17)
  • “Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead” Featurette – A 10-part featurette that focuses on each episode.
  • “Up Your Ash” Featurette (02:22)
  • “Women Who Kick Ash” Featurette (02:08)
  • “Puppets Are Cute” Featurette (01:09)
  • “Dawn of the Spawn” Featurette (01:22)
  • “Bringing Henrietta Back” Featurette (01:35)
  • “The Delta” Featurette (02:13)
  • “How to Kill a Deadite” Featurette (02:18)
  • Fatality Mash-Up (00:49)

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