The third in director Sam Raimi's stylish, comic book-like horror trilogy that began with The Evil Dead (1982), this tongue-in-cheek sequel offers equal parts sword-and-sorcery-style action, gore, and comedy. Bruce Campbell returns as the one-armed Ash, now a supermarket employee ("Shop Smart...Shop S-Mart") who is transported by the powers of a mysterious book back in time with his Oldsmobile '88 to the 14th century medieval era. Armed only with a shotgun, his high school chemistry textbook, and a chainsaw that mounts where his missing appendage once resided, the square-jawed, brutally competent Ash quickly establishes himself as a besieged kingdom's best hope against an "army of darkness" currently plaguing the land. Since the skeleton warriors have been resurrected with the aid of the Necronomicon (the same tome that can send Ash back to his own time) he agrees to face the enemy in battle. Ash also finds romance of a sort along the way with a beautiful damsel in distress, Sheila (Embeth Davidtz), and contends with his own doppelganger after mangling an important incantation.~Karl Williams
Creating the deadites - explore the groundbreaking visual effects work that created the ghastly legions of undead
In 1981, the world was introduced to Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell in the classic film, The Evil Dead. While the film is notorious for it's more and graphic content, the series became known for its slapstick tone along with horror when Evil Dead II was released in 1987, which was carried over to this film in question. This time, the cocktail also has some new ingredients in the form of some Harryhausen-esque effects and a medieval setting, but does it make a good horror movie? At the end of the second film, after Ash has defeated the Evil Dead..... again, a time portal opens up and sucks our titular hero and his car. As soon as he lands in 1300 AD, he is taken prisoner by King Arthur and is marched back to his castle, being suspected as a spy for Arthur's enemy, Duke Henry, who is also captured. He is thrown into a pit, with a Deadite, and eventually able to defeat it with the help of Arthur's right hand man, Merlin. He is celebrated a hero and falls in love with a lovely lass, Sheila. But eager to return back to his time, he is told to retrieve a book called the Necrimonicon Ex-mortis that contains his ticket back. Of course in typical fashion, Ash is followed by an evil force, which manages to create an evil clone of Ash, which he is able to defeat. Upon finding the book, he manages to screw up the retrieval, releasing a dead army and having his love interest kidnapped by the Evil Dead. Will Ash be a hero once more? Will he return home? Will he be able to wisecrack again? If you haven't seen it, you still know the answer is yes to all of the questions. A lot of people kind of think this film is the weakest film in the series, but I look at it from a different point of view. This was my first Evil Dead film, and I still say it's my favorite, but I still can see why people dislike AoD. It is cheesy, and campy and has some cheap effects (It was a low budget film, after all) but that's why I love it. Goofy fun with probably the best B-movie actor ever and teamed with the style of Raimi is just pure gold. This isn't art or even scary; it's just entertainment for entertainment sake and that's all I need. A quick 80-minute film that satisfies everything I want and need.
I've viewed this film many times on various formats, from VHS to Bluray, and this edition is just a revelation to my eyes. The film was never a stunner, but the picture quality is terrific here. The 4k remaster across the 3 versions (There are 4 cuts included, but the TV edition is upscaled standard definition) looks magnificent, retaining the grain and the colors being accurate and lovely. The sound track (5.1 & 2.0 DTS-HD tracks are included) also sound terrific, only held back from it's source. But the only thing better than terrific specs, it's the massive amount of extras, spread over 3 discs. Disc 1 holds the Theatrical Cut, and it also holds the feature length making-of documentary, deleted scenes and marketing materials. Disc 2 holds the Director's Cut, the amusing commentary with the Raimi brothers and star Bruce Campbell, 5-minutes of on-set footage, "Creating the Deadites" featurette which is from the largely abysmal Screwhead edition from a few years prior, and more interviews and BTS stuff. Disc 3 contains the International Cut and the TV Cut, a 20-minute look at the VFX and various photos and storyboards to finish out the great extras. The steelbook art is beautiful and looks great on the shelf. All in all, it's a great set with many hours of cuts and extras to explore and for less than $20, it's an absolute steal!
This review is from Army of Darkness [Blu-ray] 
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Shop smart, shop S-mart
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
My trilogy is now complete! Third installment of the epic Ash series and truely the best. Hard to find a trilogy that gets better with each install but these guys did it. No spoilers but if you enjoy Ash versus Evil series or anything similar this is a must have. Image quality did a shimmy or two with my 4k upscale but good enough. Remember, Shop smart, shop S-mart... getsum