Sorry, What to Watch took a turkey day break as last week was really light on new product worth mentioning. This week? Pretty much the same but we don’t want you to miss us too badly. Here’s five recent Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming releases that may have caught your attention on new release shelves lately, ranked in the order we’d add them to our holiday wish list.
Blu-ray Review: ‘Evil Dead’ Remake Even More Disturbing in HD
CHICAGO – I wish I loved Fede Alvarez’s “Evil Dead” remake. Don’t get me wrong. There’s a lot to like here — mostly thanks to the committed performance from the talented Jane Levy and the director and producer’s refusal to cave to CGI, doing all their notable effects practically. There’s also a crap script, filled with bad dialogue performed by a weak supporting cast. When the movie focuses on the pure chaos that clearly inspires Alvarez and his team, it works. And it works even more in HD.
The Blu-ray for “Evil Dead” is nice but feels like a placeholder for an inevitable special edition (probably unrated) that will hit stores in time for the in-production sequel. I’m more excited for that sequel as I feel Alvarez will be allowed to play further afield from what fans have come to expect from an “Evil Dead” movie and hopefully learn from a few dialogue and casting mistakes here. As for bonus material, it’s mostly a lot of promotional stuff, running 5-10 minutes, but the major players do pop up to discuss the making of the film, including the great, legendary, awesome Bruce Campbell, and there’s a commentary on the film including Alvarez and Levy.
Evil Dead was released on Blu-ray and DVD on July 16, 2013
Photo credit: Sony
A secluded cabin. An ancient curse. An unrelenting evil. The original producers reunite to present a genuinely terrifying re-imagining of their original horror masterpiece. Five young friends have found the mysterious and fiercely powerful Book of the Dead. Unable to resist its temptation, they release a violent demon on a bloodthirsty quest to possess them all. Who will be left to fight for their survival and defeat this unearthly force of murderous carnage?
o Making Life Difficult: The Intense And Physically Exhausting Creation Of The Film
o Directing The Dead: Director Fede Alvarez Re0Imagines A Cult Horror Classic
o Being Mia: The Physical And Psychological Transformation In Evil Mia
o Cast & Filmmaker Commentary
o Unleashing The Evil Force
o Evil Dead The Reboot