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Evil Dead (1983)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Sam Raimi and producer Robert G. Tapert Rating:7.1/10 (40 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by aph86 on November 22nd, 2006:Find all reviews by aph86
Rob is very informative here and runs the commentary. Sam doesn't say much, he just makes fun of Bruce Campbell and gives little info. Not as good as the one by Bruce, but I still recommended it.
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 27th, 2007:Find all reviews by pat00139
These two guys provide a nice, relaxed track. They’re not as animated or funny as Mr. Campbell, but they do talk a lot about the production, performers and even get a few jokes in the process. Like Bruce Campbell, they do make a lot of fun of Mr. Campbell’s shoes. As much as Mr. Campbell makes fun of Mr. Raimi, Mr. Raimi gets in his potshots once in a while. They call Bruce Campbell being ‘perpetually dated’, in reference to his look. Mr. Raimi catches Mr. Campbell looking at his mark, and they make fun of him always being pinned down by cabinets. In his usual derogatory manner, Mr. Raimi makes fun of the same lack of coherence as Mr. Campbell does. It’s nice to hear, but there’s enough dead time to make you a bit irked. It’s not bad, though. It’s entertaining to listen to.
Reviewed by frankasu03 on November 15th, 2011:Find all reviews by frankasu03
I've noticed that it's been Impossible to ADD new commentary titles on this site for over the last year. It's a shame, because I love commentary tracks, and finding reviews from talented like-minded fans is priceless. So I wanted to just mention that the Blu-Ray edition released just over a year ago features a NEW track with Tapert, Raimi, and Campbell. For fans of the above and Deaddites everywhere, I encourage you listen to it. It's not scene-specific at all, but that ground is covered ad-nauseum in the previous releases. It is simply a streaming narrative about every aspect of creating this film. Seriously, you will feel like you chipped in for gas, and rode from Michigan to New York with this trio to get the distribution deal yourself. I left the track amazed that such a project was ever completed. From inception to reception, the talk between these 3 old friends covers it all.
Reviewed by reidca on October 23rd, 2014:Find all reviews by reidca
As mentioned above there is a newer track with Sam, Rob and Bruce recorded together in 2009 for the U.S. bluray. Strangely it's mentioned it will be in 1.33:1 but my UK copy is more 1.85:1.
I dearly loved this track. You can hear the maturity in their voices compared to the original track and yet there are still moments where you can hear their old Three Stooges selves come out. As mentioned it's never screen specific but I didn't mind - it's a brilliant track that confirms that old cliche: it's filmmaking 101 and even if times have changed it's still a fascinating listen for anyone interested in movie making. 9/10
Commentary 2: Actor Bruce Campbell Rating:8.2/10 (58 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by draven99 on April 25th, 2004:Find all reviews by draven99
Very entertaining commentary, would have been a 10 if there was someone else on the track with him.
Reviewed by aph86 on November 22nd, 2006:Find all reviews by aph86
SECOND BEST COMMENTARY EVER! Bruce is funny and give an in depth look at making this movie. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 27th, 2007:Find all reviews by pat00139
Ah, yes, Mr. Campbell and his delightful sense of humour come and talk about the movie. He talks about everything you can want: the actors (many of them didn’t use their own names and Mr. Campbell explains how they came up with their stage names), the effects (the ‘force’ shots were just the 16mm camera taped to a two-by-four), the locations (Michigan… Tennessee…), anecdotes (covered in fake blood, going back home after a night of shooting, sitting in the back of a pick-up, he passed by a bunch of church goers) and the like. All through the track he lets his wonderful bitterness/sweetness about Sam Raimi shine through. I just love their logic: that fake scar will look okay if you slap enough blood on it. All the painful orders Mr. Raimi told his actors are parlayed via Mr. Campbell. It’s a thoroughly entertaining track. If you want to know more about the making of the movie, I suggest reading Mr. Campbell’s book, ‘If Chins Could Kill’, which is absolutely wonderful. A large chunk explains in detail how they made the movie, from ‘Within the Woods’, all the way through to the simultaneous theatrical and video premieres, and everything after. It’s a wonderfully funny and entertaining read.
Reviewed by Derp_Diggler on July 31st, 2015:Find all reviews by Derp_Diggler
Bruce Campbell is seriously SO funny in this track. The best kind of commentary track is one that is as entertaining as the movie itself but also informative as well, and this one has both in spades. Campbell doesn't shy away from telling us every trick they could come up with, every actor's real name, and every hidden easter egg that they put in there. He also has a plethora of anecdotes, funny stories to share that keep the listener entertained. I laughed out loud every single time Bruce riffed the movie or made fun of Sam Raimi, which is pretty much through the whole movie.

All in all, a perfect track in my opinion. 10/10