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The Evil Dead

7.41 h 25 min1983X-Ray18
Bruce Campbell stars in this legendary film that unleashed an army of primitive screwheads upon the world and changed the face of horror forever. Directed by Sam Raimi.
Sam Raimi
Bob DorianBruce CampbellEllen Sandweiss
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4.3 out of 5 stars

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Michael LennoxReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 December 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Do not buy this version
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The video quality of this version is frankly appalling. There is almost zero pan and scan just a zoomed in view that stays in the centre of the screen. The biggest give away was the almost 8-bit resolution of the "Evil Dead" title screen. This appears to be a low res rip from a very low-quality DVD transfer. Amazon I expect better from you!
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Design CountsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 June 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
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A common complaint when I watch movies alone or with friends or family is "Why don't they do this?" "Why is she just standing there screaming?" etc, in particular American made movies that do really highlight the intellectual gap in how to deal with a crisis between us more enlightened Europeans and the clueless naive American mind. (Sorry, not trying to be insulting, I love America and Americans and have lived there 10 years.) Just WHY did the first victim even go outside? She is a woman, it's dark, there is a threat? Why not go wake a friend? Why did the bloke just stand there with the ax and not actually use it? Just no logical scientific interest in what they were experiencing.
I actually laughed a lot in the movie (watched at home on Prime) and will say that the camera work was superb, as was the build up and innovative at the time almost drone like airborne footage as the camera moved through the trees representing the movement of the creature/spirit. I just have a problem with the intellect. The very opposites are Alien, A Quiet Place etc where the reaction of the characters is realistic and scientific. BTW, a low budget does not excuse some level of realism in character response!
What am I missing here?
RikiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 March 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Do not buy the HD version! -/- A film of Gore and Goofs
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[Save a buck or a pound and get the SD version. I got the HD version and it was still the quality of an old FMV video game.]

Anyway, onto what I though of the movie - It was good but now a bit dated. This is what we call a Classic.

I came in from Army of Darkness and Ash vs Evil Dead, but I knew what I was getting myself into here - a gory, charming horror that accidently is a comedy. And it's exactly that!

First half is kinda funny in an aged way. And the runtime isn't as long - so this is a great watch with some beers and friends just for the gore and goofs.
There are some uninteresting parts where I looked at my phone and some of the camera work makes you wonder what is even happening.
Second half really gets into the horror with some awesome ideas.
I see now why they had to make more of this.

I enjoyed a quick watch of this and respect that it's a classic. The Evil Dead series has quickly become a favourite upon discovery - this movie helps cement that.
PIMReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not...Book of the Dead!
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Hi, there is very little that has yet to be said about this cheap horror masterpiece put together in 1978 and released in the UK in 1982 before a very successful run on home video which prompted it's return to late night horror screenings at your local fleapit. Messrs Raimi, Tapert and Campbell raised money from rich dentists in the Michigan locality to pay for the extended shoot after convincing them they could make a movie, after screening for them a horror short known as Within the Woods, also starring Campbell. The various documentaries that have been produced charting the development of Evil Dead (some of them as extras on this DVD) talk of a distended shooting and production process that lasted 4 years, as Producer Rob Tapert, Director Sam Raimi and star Bruce Campbell repeatedly had to go back to the well to secure the financing to finish to movie off. That's not to mention the horrendous shooting conditions, sometimes in the dead of winter, with Campbell being repeatedly covered in Caro Syrup (some kind of processed substance used in doughnuts) whilst running around in the dead of night smacking hapless actresses with foam wooden beams and discharging an actual shotgun because they couldn't afford a prop firearm! Hilarious! I have watched this numerous times throughout pre-DVD years having owned a great quality video copy of the movie which to this day remains a better quality of transfer than this most recent DVD edition. This movie has been re-issued on DVD on numerous occasions and has yet to match the visual quality of the original video special edition, which to my ongoing irritation, I actually sold to a second hand shop way-back-when in the mists of time! The visual transfer of this particular edition is satisfactory and betters the sharpness of the special edition DVD that accompanied the Book of the Dead edition released in 2008, though there have been some complaints that the most recent Blu Ray released of the movie also suffers from the same issues. Perhaps this may be due to the quality of the original print that subsequent Disc re-issues have failed to address? It was made in 1978 after all. Watching it recently the picture hasn't aged well, with numerous continuity issues and differing film stock which makes for a slightly jarring viewing experience. But I suppose that's not really the point. Like it or loathe it EVIL DEAD is still a classic and should be promoted as such to all those who have yet to see it! Perhaps in the fullness of time we'll receive the ultimate Blu Ray release with a Star Wars A New Hope style digital restoration.
Richard K.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Very Poor Quality.
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Even though we only paid for the SD version I expected a clear picture. This film was never released in HD and was shot using 16mm film so I'm pretty sure the HD version is not that much better.
This copy was no better than the Pirate VHS copy I saw in the 80's - My friend has the DVD (SD) and its 100X better. Can't understand why amazon are charging for a movie that looks like it was filmed off a TV screen, surely they check the quality before releasing on Prime???
HIAB-XReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 November 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A low budget master piece.
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I haven't seen this for twenty years or so and knew from memory that it was going to present itself as a low budget and probably very dated gore fest. So, it was with some surprise and genuine delight to rediscover why this movie is such a classic. Part of the charm is knowing how little money was used to make it, how Rammi and friends really pushed the creative envelope in making a solid and horrible horror movie so extreme for its time that it was banned as a 'video nasty' thus earning it an almost immediate cult status in every teenage boy's and young adult's horror movie collection as a classic. Looking back, it was well deserved. While the story makes no pretence about its genuinely low brow nature or the acting being particularly solid, one can see the seeds that were planted for dozens of imitators. Clever and creative affects and camera work make the Evil Dead a proper blood splattered rollercoaster ride steeped in a hopeless doom laden atmosphere as every character meets their gruesome end. Imagination makes up for the shortcomings of a low budget and when you think about it, its lack of imagination that makes so many modern movies a bit of a bore to sit through. My only complaint is that having paid an extra pound to watch it in HD, the alleged improvement in picture quality is virtually unnoticeable, so save yourself some money and rent the SD version.
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garryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
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Downloaded this due to some sentimental tosh about it being the best horror of 1982 and was soo good. I forgot what i knew.....Anyway it is most definitely not HD and was filmed way before that. Meanwhile the film was stuttering and the effects - recall how they used to be be - were err.. Old fashioned. Meanwhile the key advocate for me paying for this then went out the room because it was too scary.!
Even worse the 2003 remake was free on Prime and is likely better. I won't watch that. ever...
Key learnings are - oh i forget.
Sean McKayReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 October 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Low-Resolution, Cropped & Stretched Frame
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This is NOT HD. This isn't even SD.

It's not the full-frame version, and it's not the widescreen version. It's had even more of the frame cropped out (looks like Cinemascope/2.35:1 to my eye), and then it's been STRETCHED back up to 16:9.

The resolution is also terrible - it looks like a transfer of a transfer, played at 240p.

This is not acceptable, and it's not what was advertised. Thankfully, I received a prompt refund.
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