Movie Review: THE EVIL DEAD (4K Ultra HD Combo Pack)

THE EVIL DEAD was written and directed by Sam Raimi and stars Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Richard DeManincor and Betsy Baker. The movie was produced by RobTapert.

The Evil Dead follows five college friends who accidentally release a legion of demons and spirits. Ashley “Ash” Williams (Bruce Campbell), his girlfriend and three pals hike into the woods to a cabin for a fun night away. There they find an old book, the Necronomicon, whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead. Ash watches his friends become possessed, and must make a difficult decision before daybreak to save his own life in this, the first of Sam Raimi’s trilogy.

This 1981 supernatural creeper is the one that started it all. The movie follows a group of friends that heads out to a cabin in the woods for a weekend getaway. They have a few scares on the way to the cabin but the real terror doesn’t kick in until they arrive and get settled in. They come across a creepy old book (aka the Necronomicon) and unknowingly unleash this supernatural force that preys upon anyone in its striking distance.

One by one, the friends find out first hand what happens when this ancient evil takes possession of them and turns them all into The Evil Dead. The small group’s trip to the cabin in the woods ends up turning into a fight for survival and pits friend against friend but nobody is safe from the grasp of this mysterious evil because they all end up getting possessed and turned into demons, except for one. This getaway at the cabin ultimately turns into a full blown horror show and in the end only one of them is able to escape from this nightmarish ordeal – Ashley J. Williams.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. These Ultra HD movies all come in black keep cases which helps them easily standout from the popular blue cases that have been around since day one. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The UHD disc is black and Blu-ray disc is blue and both feature the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this 4K Blu-ray release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release. Fans will be able to experience this movie like never before with the 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) release. Experience four times the resolution of full HD with 4K along with Dolby Vision HDR, which brings entertainment to life through ultravivid picture quality.  When compared to a standard picture, Dolby Vision can deliver spectacular colors never before seen on a screen, highlights that are up to 40 times brighter, and blacks that are 10 times darker.

Bottom line is, The Evil Dead is one of my go-to horror movies every year during Halloween season and getting to witness the horror classic in UHD makes the experience even better. Not only is this the movie that put Bruce Campbell on the map but it did the same for Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert. We’ve gotten a quite a few cabin in the woods movies over the years but this one here was the first of its kind. It’s all about atmosphere in this isolated location and the inside of this old cabin that play such important parts to the story while the cast simply shows up as unsuspecting victims once this evil is unleashed upon them. Unlike the two sequels and series that featured some dark humor, this one is down right dark and sinister in its approach and extremely well done. It does feature Raimi’s signature style of filming as well as that famous Delta 88 that’s made a cameo in all of his movies over the years as well as the series. The most impressive thing about Raimi’s low budget offering are the incredible makeup effects that look so creepy cool and there’s plenty of blood and gore to go along with that. Honestly, there’s not much to complain about as far as this movie goes because it’s such a great watch that never gets old. The Evil Dead will be available on a 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray and Digital HD) on October 9th and is priced to own.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

4K Format: Dolby Vision 2160P Ultra High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.33:1)

4K Audio Status: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (1.33:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The only extras we get with this 4K release is some Audio Commentary with writer-director Sam Raimi, producer Robert Tapert, and star Bruce Campbell.



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