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Army of Darkness

Title Information:
Alternate: Evil Dead 3
DVD Information:
Genre: Horror, Action, Comedy
Video: Widescreen (1.66:1)
Region 1 NTSC
81 Minutes
1992 Production
Rated R for violence, mild language
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
English 2.0 Dolby Digital
Subtitle: None
Interface: Animated Menus
Chapter division by scene
Released: 1999 (United States)
Publisher: Anchor Bay Entertainment, Inc
Packaging: Keepcase
List Price: US$19.98
I Paid: US$10
Video Cover

Special Features:
Original Ending (clip)
Theatrical Trailer
Behind-the-Scenes Featurette “The Men Behind the Army” narrated by Bruce Campbell
Talent Bios: Bruce Cambell and Sam Raimi

Starring:  Bruce Campbell and Embeth Davidtz
Director:  Sam Raimi
Music:  Josepf Lo Duca and “March of the Dead” theme by Danny Elfman
Original Description:
Bound in human flesh, inked in blood, and amazingly hard to pronounce, the ancient Necronomicon, or Book of the Dead, unleashes unspeakable evil upon mankind in director Sam Raimi's outrageously hilarious sword-and-sorcery epic.
Back to do battle with the hideous “Deadites,” Bruce Campbell reprises his role from The Evil Dead series as Ash, the handsome, shotgun-toting, chainsaw-armed department store clerk from S-Mart's housewares division. Demonic forces time-warp him--and his '73 Oldsmobile--into England's Dark Ages, where he romances a beauty (Embeth Davidtz) and faces legions of un-dead beasts, including a ghastly army of skeletons. Can Ash save the living from the evil dead, rescue his girlfriend, and get back to his own time?
Overflowing with spectacular special effects, Army of Darkness will make you scream with fear and laughter.
Research has shown that there are at least six DVD versions of “Army of Darkness.” I gathered many of the following specs from (I'm mostly guessing about their release order):

“cool Movie Poster cover” version “sucky Evil-Ash & skeletons cover” version “Director's Cut Official Bootleg” version “2-disk special edition” version “2-disk Director's Cut Limited Edition” version “2-disk Boomstick Edition” version
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th
  1. The “cool Movie Poster cover” version says:  “Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby, Production notes, Theatrical trailer(s).”
    This version sports the original movie poster on its cover. The other covers all suck.
  2. The “sucky Evil-Ash & skeletons cover” version
    This is the version I have (featured on this page). I was disappointed that it didn't have the cool movie poster on the cover, but it's what's on the disk that counts:  Widescreen with 5.1 audio (although DTS would have been nice).
  3. The “Director's Cut Official Bootleg” version says:  “15 Minutes of Additional Footage Including the Original Ending, 4 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes, Director's Storyboards, Widescreen anamorphic format.”
    The “Director's Cut Official Bootleg” has deleted scenes pieced back into the film, and a few other extras, but the picture quality looks like that of an old VHS bootleg. That must be why it's called the “Official Bootleg.”
  4. The “2-disk special edition” version
    According to, the cover looks just like the “sucky Evil-Ash & skeletons cover” version. I'm led to believe that this “2-disk special edition” version is simply the “sucky Evil-Ash & skeletons cover” version and the “Director's Cut Official Bootleg” version together in one case.
  5. The “2-disk Director's Cut” Limited version
    This version is probably just a rehash of the “2-disk special edition” version, but in a special limited edition wrapper. From what I've heard, the director's cut still looks like a VHS bootleg.
  6. The “2-disk Boomstick Edition” version
    More rehash? Plus an 8-page collector's booklet with all-new liner notes by star Bruce Campbell.
If Sam Raimi is going to take this multi-version frenzy approach with all his movies, does that mean I should wait ten years before I get around to buying Spider-Man if I want the “definitive” version? (Oh, wait--there are three or four version of Spider-Man out now!)
Anyways, there's also an official sountrack availible, which makes for excellent listening.

Bytheway, anybody out there want to help me and convert my German VHS PAL version of Army of Darkness into American NTSC? Kinky's/Klunko's/whatever won't do it because “it's copyrighted material.” Whatever. It's not like I'm going to start a piracy ring of German-language videos on the American market, nor would I export pirated NTSC videos to PAL-based Germany. I just want to watch my favorite movie in the German Language!

My Score:  10/10
Where to buy Army of Darkness: “cool Movie Poster cover” version “sucky Evil-Ash & skeletons cover” version “Director's Cut Official Bootleg” version “2-disk special edition” version “2-disk Director's Cut Limited Edition” version “2-disk Boomstick Edition” version Hong Kong Edition --> “2-disk Director's Cut Limited Edition” version Click here for more editions, including European

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