Best versions of Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness on DVD?

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  1. Patrick McCart

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    I just bought the Book of the Dead edition (minus the elaborate cover...I got the version in a normal amaray) of The Evil Dead, and I really like the movie! I'm ready to see the next two films, but I'm confused to which is the best one out of the countless editions.

    Which version of Evil Dead II and Army of Darkness should I buy for best quality?
     
  2. Cary T

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    You can find the infomation by doing a simply search, but if don't have time for that...
    The keepcase Anchor Bay edition of Evil Dead II
    The Director's Cut of Army OF Darkness (aka. Bootleg Edition)
    However, if you can find the tin Evil Dead II or the 2-disc limited edition of AoD for a reasonable price [​IMG]
     
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    Sorry to hear that you didn't get the actual book that comes with the first film, it's one of the coolest covers of a dvd ever created!
    The 'Bootleg edition' of 'AoD' is great and is the preferred way to see the film, however a word of warning though, the video quality is substantially lower than the Anchor Bay theatrical cut of the film. It REALLY does resemble a bootleg sometimes!
    The Anchor Bay keepcase edition of 'ED2' is outstanding.
    Is this going to be your first time with these films? If so I envy you, I wish I could rediscover these classics like it was my first time again! [​IMG]
     
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    Your best bet would be to get the EVIL DEAD II SE from Anchor Bay, and then buy both the AB Bootleg Edition and the AB theatrical edition of ARMY OF DARKNESS. I own the EVIL DEAD II limited edition tin and the ARMY OF DARKNESS limited edition 2 disc set, and I treasure them, but I don't think you can find these awesome LEs for sale anymore, so your best bet would be to do as I said above.
     
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    The Bruce Campbell Fanalysis documentary is great. One of the few extras I've watched repeatedly on any DVD that I own.
     
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    I have the Book of the Dead edition, and while I really like the cool packaging and special features I hate that they felt the need to format the movie to 1.85:1, that is why I only watch the Elite version of the movie because it is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1
    What gets me is that here on the HTF we are supposed to be advocates of OAR, when a widescreen movie is released in pan & scan we freak yet when a 1.33:1 movie is "panned & scanned" to fit our widescreen TV's that is alright, well I don't think so.

    I have the 2-disc Army of Darkness Ltd Ed and I actually prefer the theatrical version because of the S-Mart ending, which I think is one of the coolest parts of the movie.
     
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    Where's Adam to back me up with that Evil Dead Companion of his? [​IMG]
     
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    As Mr. Chmiel stated... it is well documented that during shooting, Evil Dead was composed for 1.66:1 OAR, then it was recomposed by Mr. Ash (Bruce Campbell) at 1.85:1 with the blessing of Mr. Raimi for the new Anchor Bay DVD. :p)
     
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    And the two great easter eggs (the gory makeup test and interviews). Well worth the money for the book.
     
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    Trevor H said:
     
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    hey guys -
    i just picked up the army of darkness: directors cut at my used dvd store. it's numbered on the back. the cover looks like this:
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    for 10 bucks i figure i couldn't go wrong. but the packaging is a little frayed around the edges, so i went to best buy and noticed they had the "bootleg" version for about 15 bucks...i think...
    so, my obvious question is...is there any difference between the two and is the directors cut (which is numbered...which of course probably means nothing) worth keeping?
     
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