DELUXE LIMITED EDITION
2 DISC DVD SET
ARMY OF DARKNESS (1992)
Directed by Sam Raimi.
Written by Sam Raimi and Ivan Raimi.
Starring Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert, Ian Abercrombie, Richard Grove and Ted Raimi with a camero by Bridget Fonda.
Music by Joseph LoDuca and Danny Elfman.
ARMY OF DARKNESS is the third chapter in the EVIL DEAD series of films. The movie picks up almost exactly from the ending of EVIL DEAD 2, whith our poor hero Ash stuck back in time ... around 1300 A.D. to be exact! He has a run in with King Arthur who first suspects Ash as an enemy but soon the king and his people put their trust in Ash to become their hero. Ash must seek out THE BOOK OF THE DEAD which will save all and allow Ash to go back to the future. As usual, Ash screws things up and must fight his evil counterpart and a legion of undead monsters in an attempt to not only save himself but also his newfound friends and lover, Sheila. In the end, all seems well ... or is it?
ARMY OF DARKNESS is currently available on DVD video in three different versions. The first version is the UNIVERSAL STUDIO release and we call that the STANDARD WIDESCREEN VERSION. This is the same version that was seen in theatres. The quality is good, but not great, and this release offers almost no extras, other than the original theatrical trailer. The film is in the widescreen ratio of approximately 1.85:1 which seems a bit too much (the film was really shot at an aspect ratio of approximately 1.66:1).
The other two releases are from ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT. The first of the two we refer too as the DELUXE THX REMASTERED WIDESCREEN VERSION and the other is a limited editon 2 disc DVD set. The DELUXE THX REMASTERED WIDESCREEN VERSION is an excellent THX remastered print of the original theatrical release. The image is clean and sharp and the sound has been re-mixed into 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound. This release includes the following extra materials:
• Behind-the-scenes Material (including some deleted scenes)
A very fine release indeed! However, the limited edtion goes a step further ...
The limited edition (30,000 have been made and are selling FAST) includes all of this PLUS a second DVD that includes the original DIRECTOR'S CUT of the movie! This DIRECTOR'S CUT version runs approximately 96 minutes (whereas the theatrical cut runs just barely over 80 minutes). Also, this version has audio commentary by director Sam Raimi and star/producer Bruce Campbell that is both fun and informative. Like the theatrical version, this DIRECTOR'S CUT is presented in both the full-screen and widescreen anamorphic formats. It is 16x9 enhanced and at the correct aspect ratio of 1.66:1
Please note that the limited edition is selling out very quickly and may be gone by the time you read this! If so, then search the 'net (I suggest eBay) because for the true ARMY OF DARKNESS fan the 2 disc limited edtion is the one to get!
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