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Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray (Updated)

Posted August 27, 2011 01:27 PM by Josh Katz

Lionsgate FilmsLionsgate is planning a special 25th Anniversary Blu-ray edition of Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn. Director Sam Raimi's sequel to his 1981 cult horror classic The Evil Dead, the film follows the increasingly surreal adventures of Ash (Bruce Campbell, Army of Darkness) as he combats soul-devouring Deadites from an isolated forest cabin.

Lionsgate's Blu-ray of Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn features a roster of newly-produced supplementary materials. Early reports indicate that these materials include the following:
  • All-new audio commentary with cast/crew
  • All-new Swallowed Souls: The Making of Evil Dead II documentary
  • All-new Road to Wadesboro: The Location of Evil Dead II featurette
  • All-new Cabin Fever: Behind the Scenes of Evil Dead II" featurette
  • All-new Evil Dead II interactive archive, featuring production stills, marketing materials, production stills, and early effects tests
  • Vintage featurettes and behind-the-scenes footage
  • TV spots and trailers
Update: In a new press release, Lionsgate has confirmed that the 25th Anniversary Blu-ray boasts "a thrilling new High-Definition 1080p transfer." This news validates what Red Shirt Pictures' Michael Felsher told Fangoria Magazine in a recent interview, that "Lionsgate is aware of how dissatisfied people were with the transfer on the previous Evil Dead II Blu-ray, and are taking steps to solve that issue for the new edition."

The 25th Anniversary Edition of Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn is expected to street on November 15th.





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News comments (49 comments)



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Tony K.
  Aug 27, 2011
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Sweet. Glad I never bought the first version of EDII. And I was lucky enough to find the Limited Edition of EDI for $12 sitting at a Movie Trading Company long after those things sold out. Hopefully this new transfer will be approved by Raimi himself and be as high quality as EDI. Now we just have to wait a few years and see if someone will be S-Mart enough to do the same thing for Army of Darkness.

brainofj72
  Aug 27, 2011
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Nice. The AB Blu transfer looks really weak.

mjcavinder
  Aug 27, 2011
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"No, you idiot! They'll kill us all. She's dead by now. Don't you understand? With these pages, at least we have a chance."

Sky_Captain85
  Aug 27, 2011
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Raimi's masterpiece.

rafaelsalguero
  Aug 27, 2011
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Day one !!!!!!

Phxsns1
  Aug 27, 2011
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SO glad I waited on this one.

Jokerfilms22
  Aug 27, 2011
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i might have to double dip for this

Minimejer05
  Aug 27, 2011
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Will pick up this version!
WontonNoodle
  Aug 27, 2011
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OH MY GOD

boydsounds
  Aug 27, 2011
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CANNOT WAIT!

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Foggy
  Aug 27, 2011
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Please come to the UK a huge Foggy favorite!

CandyStalker
  Aug 27, 2011
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"That's right... WHO'S LAUGHING NOW?!!"

CyberpunkCentral
  Aug 27, 2011
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Did anyone else just jizzed?
TheMantaBluRay
  Aug 27, 2011
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Groovy! I am sure (God forbid if Im wrong) that this will look better than that Anchor Bay Disc. If nothing else look at all those extras.
j_adson
  Aug 27, 2011
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whew i lucked out. was gon grab the first version after i got paid next week

reece
  Aug 27, 2011
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Considering how amazing Evil Dead 1 looks on blu ray (which was essentially the same film as Evil Dead 2 but on a MUCH lower budget) there is no excuse for the way the existing ED 2 blu ray looks. If the new blu ray looks anywhere near as good as ED 1 I will be a happy man! and I think it will...

tru blu
  Aug 27, 2011
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Glad they listen to our comments on releases and fix issues. Kudos Lionsgate.

Ruemorgue10
  Aug 27, 2011
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"Work shed"
uther
  Aug 27, 2011
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"Lionsgate is aware of how dissatisfied people were with the transfer on the previous Evil Dead II Blu-ray"

How can this be? It has been repeatedly stated, especially in the forums here, that the studio/distributors do not listen/care what 'picky' critics of DNR, EE and other vidization of films say and that we should just shut up and take whatever slop they dish out

What gives?

ozzsoad
  Aug 27, 2011
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A definite double dip for me.
retablo
  Aug 27, 2011
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@uther

That's only when it's Universal, or a director approved title like "Lord Of The Rings"

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Beard Esquire
  Aug 27, 2011
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Oh darling. Nice! Bullseye!

reece
  Aug 27, 2011
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@uther
I think that pertains more so to the discs that look good to casual viewers and are bashed by videophiles for DNR, EE, ect. The Evil Dead II blu ray didn't look good to ANYONE.

BklynBryan
  Aug 27, 2011
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Let's hope that this transfer is remastered WITHOUT DNR!!! I'm glad that I held off on EDII. Will wait for the Blu-ray.com review until I buy it!! Is anyone else getting sick of DOUBLE DIPS? They're really annoying already!

CheapChildren
  Aug 27, 2011
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I'm sorry but I just realized how dumb the release date is. November 15th.

Guess I won't be screening this copy this Halloween.. Haha, oh well.

mikesncc1701
  Aug 27, 2011
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Got Army Of Darkness when it first came out and picked this up for 8 bucks along with the first film. Probably won't double dip but it's nice to see people are excited for it.
retablo
  Aug 27, 2011
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all the bellyaching over double dips is hilarious... the original blu-ray came out FOUR years ago... it's not like studios are cramming re-release after re-release down your throat. both the technology AND the know-how on proper transfers is way better now, but people love to complain instead of actually be happy that this title is hopefully getting a proper release.

Inspector Toschi
  Aug 27, 2011
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The first BD release was dreadful. There's no way I'd ever pay money for it or even watch it. The initial ED2 anchor bay dvd (the thx one) is quite brilliant. It actually shows more detail than the bluray in a number of scenes.

A "double dip" for this is welcome. Given the perfection that was the Evil Dead 1 blu-ray, ED2 has a bit to live up to. I hope lionsgate can pull it off.
uther
  Aug 27, 2011
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@reece

Ah the other endless excuse, 'looks good to casual viewers'. Yes that excuse was used for EDII as well.

BouCoupDinkyDau
  Aug 27, 2011
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I prefer EDII to the original. Glad this film is getting remastered. Will be buying it.

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davidthenikonuser
  Aug 27, 2011
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This is the best blu-ray news of the year. Will get this for sure. Now if I could get a Dawn of the Dead Ultimate Edition then I'd be the happiest person alive.
rblum199
  Aug 27, 2011
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Now on to Army of Darkness! Eventually. Hey, if the remaster brings this even close to Evil Dead 1 quality, I can wait

@davidthenikonuser

I totally agree dude, that would be awesome.
Jerome
  Aug 28, 2011
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since the film was released in 1987, the 25th anniversary is in 2012, right ?

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invenio
  Aug 28, 2011
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I'm just waiting for Army of Darkness (my personal favorite of the three). It would be nice if they just released a disc with all versions on it at the same time. I wasn't a big fan of the "dozen" different DVD pressings of AoD.
Marius Bava
  Aug 28, 2011
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@retablo
When a studio sells a BD that uses a telecine made 12 or 15 years ago with the DVD standards in mind, knows that is launching a product that born obsolete. And DNR or EE, that are used to hide the telecine deficiencies, only make things worse. Personally, I dislike the enormous bunch of mediocre catalog BD that some editors are putting on the market, especially when we are talking about films with a substantial fandom. Hope that Lionsgate will offer something better with ED2.
MontagtheMagician
  Aug 28, 2011
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@Jerome I saw Evil Dead 2 at the theater in 1986. I know this because I saw it while in college at OSU and I only attended there for 2 semesters in 1986. That makes the 25th anniversary 2011.

Sky_Captain85
  Aug 28, 2011
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U.S release date March 13th 1987.

reece
  Aug 28, 2011
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@uther

it sucks but it's an unfortunate reality. I don't believe however that even casual viewers were pleased with the EDII blu ray
uther
  Aug 28, 2011
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@reece

Never mind casual viewers, right on this site that are two 'experts' in the user review section that write EDII looks 'fantastic' and 'amazing' and I know of more as well. I think you underestimate just how easily some are pleased.

@Marius Bava

You nailed it there, many problem BDs are the result of DVD 'standards' or trying to cater to them.
Hairyhausen
  Aug 28, 2011
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"...taking steps to solve that issue for the new edition"???

Here's a step to solve that issue: NEW 4K HD TRANSFER!!!

Anything else is cheap and we won't stand for it!!!

BouCoupDinkyDau
  Aug 28, 2011
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Does Lionsgate have the rights to Army of Darkness?

reece
  Aug 28, 2011
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@uther

For every terrible release, someone will be pleased. For ever top-notch release, someone will get their panties all in a twist over nothing. In the end...you just have to find one reviewer/site that you trust and go by them. That's the only way to go. For me it's this site...especially Kennith Brown. He's the man

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Al_The_Strange
  Aug 29, 2011
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"Groovy!"

jasonicus
  Aug 29, 2011
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I think I have about 4 copies of this already, looks like I'll be adding a fifth. And I am loving the prices of some of the recent older horror films coming out. Makes it easier to add to the collection.

reece
  Aug 29, 2011
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yeah there has been a lot of cheap horror lately. Even blue underground has come down quite a bit. It's hard to believe that just a few years ago we were paying 30 bucks on the regular for catalog titles. It's great to be able to pick up a bunch of new blus for less than 50 bucks.
Russell22
  Aug 30, 2011
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YAWN, HOW MANY TIMES HAS THE EVIL DEAD FILMS BEEN RE-RELEASED ON DVD AND BLU!!

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Gamma_Winstead
  Aug 30, 2011
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@Russell, so far, only once on blu-ray. This is the second, and needed, release of ED2.

Gosszilla
  Sep 01, 2011
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I do not understand how Anchor Bay screwed it up (after all the mishaps and remasters from the dvd version)
yet here we are looking to another studio (Lionsgate) to show this film a little respect. I am pleased to see that it is clocking in around $10 --which is worth the upgrade to me (I paid less than that for the AB--but I liked the artwork...alot)!

bolski
  Sep 07, 2011
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Just pre-ordered my copy today. Can't wait!


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