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Anchor Bay to re-release Evil Dead 2


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#1 of 129 Jesse Blough

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Posted March 03 2005 - 06:19 AM

Taken from http://www.gorezone.net/

It's going to be a Divimax edition which means it will be a new transfer from a high def source.

I dunno about this... The special edition of ED2 is already excellent. Unless the video quality is superb I don't think I'll upgrade.

#2 of 129 Mike Wadkins

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Posted March 03 2005 - 08:28 AM

i have every copy bar one from every worldwide ld and dvd ever made !

so this is a no brainer for me but everyone should buy so people forget the (shudder) remake of ed1

#3 of 129 Michael Osadciw

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Posted March 03 2005 - 08:38 AM

Interesting...

The video could use a little bit of an upgrade. I have the original tin set which is quite a few years old now. DVD mastering has improved a lot since.

Anchor Bay usually does a great job with DiviMax (but I question the last release of The Beastmaster which was disappointing for a DiviMax).

I will be looking forward to a new release of Evil Dead II.

Anchor Bay: supply some deleted scenes as an extra this time!!

(What's up with that remake of Evil Dead? It ain't broke...)

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#4 of 129 Nick Graham

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Posted March 03 2005 - 08:49 AM

Unlike Army of Darkness, they haven't milked this one to death, and I would be more than willing to fork over 15-20 bucks for a Divimax version. Hopefully they will have more features this time, too, though they need to carry over the commentary and "The Gore The Merrier" video diary featurette from the last release.

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Posted March 03 2005 - 08:50 AM

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(What's up with that remake of Evil Dead? It ain't broke...)


From what I understand, Sam Raimi saw the remake of 'Dawn of the Dead' [or maybe 'Chainsaw', not sure] and enjoyed it on its own merits, and saw potential in the idea of a "re-imagining" style re-make, and decided it might be interesting to have somebody different do a remake of 'Evil Dead'. So he and Campbell (and Tapert) are producing the remake (they produce a lot of horror movies, none of which seem particularly good), but also working on a sequel.

random coolness, Campbell has decided to *not* let them use the name "Ash" in the remake.

#6 of 129 ChadMcCallum

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Posted March 03 2005 - 08:51 AM

Excellent! I Evil Dead II's transfer is dissapointing even though its the best the film has probably ever looked. I assume they'll drop the pan and scan version so that alone should help improve the video quite a bit. Hopefully they include a dts track and move the extra's, aside from commentary, to the second disc. As far as new extras go I'd be surprised if a Q&A session with Bruce (and maybe others) isn't included. I would also like to see a documentary about the influence ED2 has had on films and film makers featuring interviews with various writers and directors, Peter Jackson for example; and clips from films with Evil Dead references. Aside from that I can't think of anything else they could add unless they want to be really nice and include all of the behind the scenes footage Greg Nicotero shot. (hint, hint Posted Image )

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Anchor Bay: supply some deleted scenes as an extra this time!!

The deleted scenes only exist now as production photo's and the above mentioned behind the scenes footage. The actual footage was either lost or destroyed, I forget which.

#7 of 129 Mike Wadkins

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Posted March 03 2005 - 09:05 AM

destroyed as far as i can remember but photos would be nice

and how about a blood red disc al la the elite laser Posted Image

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Posted March 03 2005 - 09:05 AM

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Anchor Bay: supply some deleted scenes as an extra this time!!


I'm pretty sure all the deleted material from EVIL DEAD 2 is lost. If it existed, I'm sure Elite would've used it for their laserdisc, and AB for their original S.E. DVD. The only way to see the deleted scenes is via Nicotero's behind-the-scenes video footage of said scenes as they were being shot.

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Posted March 03 2005 - 09:06 AM

Mike, that would be a great idea. The blood red disc was the best part of the Evil Dead II LD! Posted Image

#10 of 129 Mike Wadkins

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Posted March 03 2005 - 09:09 AM

it was more jelly pink tho Posted Image

#11 of 129 Russell G

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Posted March 03 2005 - 12:42 PM

Maybe they could include "Within' The Woods" which was supposed to be part of the Book Of The Dead version of Evil Dead but got dropprd due to rights issues.

This would be a good excuse for an Evil Dead 2 re-release, as Evil Dead and Army of Darkness have been odne to death.

Or maybe they could do an Ultimate set of all 3 films similar to last years excellet Dawn Of The Dead!
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#12 of 129 Damin J Toell

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Posted March 03 2005 - 01:25 PM

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Maybe they could include "Within' The Woods" which was supposed to be part of the Book Of The Dead version of Evil Dead but got dropprd due to rights issues.


Within The Woods was not dropped due to rights issues. It was dropped because Renaissance Pictures does not want it released. It will not end up on any future release of any film, no less the ED2 re-release.

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#13 of 129 Qui-Gon John

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Posted March 03 2005 - 01:26 PM

Remake???

ED2 is already a remake of ED1. Posted Image

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Posted March 03 2005 - 01:32 PM

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ED2 is already a remake of ED1.


Never understood this old claim. The first few minutes of ED2 clearly summarize the events of the first film. ED2 then immediately picks up at the exact moment at which the first film ends and continues from there. It couldn't possibly be more obviously a sequel unless the words "SEQUEL BEGINS HERE" flashed on the screen.

As Sam Raimi says on the AOD commentary, if you removed the intro/recaps from the second two films, all 3 films could be run as a continuous story. This would be impossible if ED2 was a remake.

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#15 of 129 Qui-Gon John

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Posted March 03 2005 - 01:38 PM

But ED2 doesn't really pick up where ED1 ended. In the other dimension/time (whatever it is), in ED1, the hero kills the creature and is praised. But in ED2 he doesn't kill it and is a slave. (If I recall all this correctly, I only watched this series of movies once).

#16 of 129 Damin J Toell

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Posted March 03 2005 - 01:42 PM

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But ED2 doesn't really pick up where ED1 ended. In the other dimension/time (whatever it is), in ED1, the hero kills the creature and is praised.


You're confusing the end of ED1 with the end of ED2. It is the end of ED2 and the beginning of Army of Darkness that have that continuity error. Bruce Campbell's character doesn't do any dimension/time traveling in ED1.

ED2 picks up at the exact moment were the first film leaves off. Watch 'em again.

As for the continuity disconnect between ED2 and AOD, it's just another in a long, long line of continuity errors in the films. They're still one long story, continuity errors and all.

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#17 of 129 Qui-Gon John

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Posted March 03 2005 - 01:55 PM

Thanks, I thought I might have had it mixed up, just couldn't remember for sure.

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Posted March 03 2005 - 02:17 PM

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Within The Woods was not dropped due to rights issues. It was dropped because Renaissance Pictures does not want it released. It will not end up on any future release of any film, no less the ED2 re-release.


I also have heard that there were rights issues, everything from unpaid actors involved in the production, to where it was shot to music that they didn't have the rights to. There were other rumors too but I don't remember much about them. I certainly don't know what the answer really is.

However, you state it as if it were cold-hard fact rather than your opinion. Source? Why don't they want it released?

#19 of 129 Damin J Toell

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Posted March 03 2005 - 02:37 PM

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However, you state it as if it were cold-hard fact rather than your opinion. Source?

The source is Anchor Bay, who had to publicly announce the feature was being removed when they had to recall and destroy the discs that had already gone into production. They made it clear elsewhere that music had been cleared and that it was a decision on the part of Renaissance. The "legal" issue involved was that Renaissance decided not to let Anchor Bay release it. Links to the discussions at other forums concerning all of this are now sadly dead. You can read through the HTF thread I've linked to for an idea of what was going around at the time. As for other non-public sources, you'll just have to trust me (or not, your choice) when I tell that this isn't just my opinion.

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Why don't they want it released?

You'd have to ask Sam Raimi the unnamed person at Renaissance who had a problem with it.

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Posted March 03 2005 - 02:55 PM

I'm sure Raimi's reasoning behind not releasing Within The Woods is probably because it's pretty bad. It'd be like a band releasing early demos or temp tracks of their songs. Some bands wouldn't mind people hearing their early rough stuff and some bands would be 'emabarassed'.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to see it but I'd guess that's the reason why it's not gonna be seen.


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