'Ash vs Evil Dead - The Complete First Season'
(Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Jill Marie Jones, Ray Santiago, et al / 2-Disc Blu-ray / R / 2016 / LGF)
Overview: Ash has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the 'Evil Dead' until a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind and Ash becomes mankind's only hope.
Blu-ray Verdict: For those not in the horror know, 'Evil Dead' is a film series that moved from low-budget horror to crazed slapstick comedy. Following in the footsteps of 'Army of Darkness', 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' offers the always entertaining Bruce Campbell as an aging and utterly obnoxious anti-hero whose unique ability to kill "deadites" is only matched by the utter stupidity that causes him to release supernatural evil into the world in the first episode to impress a girl.
Ash teams up with a few random people and sets out to repair the damage, a process that involves chopping off the heads of a few deadites in every episode. The show is cheerfully gory, with blood spurting out and laughing decapitated heads flying through the air, but it is so cartoonish that it doesn't really trigger my aversion to gross stuff.
While Ash tries to fix things, a mysterious Lucy Lawless (Ruby Knowby) seems to have other plans. So far her part is surprisingly small, but I'm hoping there will be more of her. The young cast of Ash foils is fine, particularly the goofy guy, but none of them have the star power of their older co- stars.
So, if I haven't made it clear enough to ya'll by now, the show is DAMN funny ... plus corny, cheesy, intentionally bad in all the right places and, much to my surprise, way more gory than I would have ever thought! This show isn't for the kids, folks! However, it IS for any and ALL 'Evil Dead' fans. There should not be one single fan that is disappointed in the show, and if they are, they weren't truly fans to begin with!
Finally, and to quote Ash himself, "... for so long there was a lot or yappening and not a lot of happening". Well said, Sir. Well said. And so our hero Campbell, who has teamed up once again with his 'Evil Dead' director buddy Sam Raimi for this new series, is loving the part and cynically wise-cracks his way from drunken womanizing through to chainsaw swinging, boom-stick wielding chaos with a pitch perfect homage to the original trilogy. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentary on All Episodes
Inside the World of Ash
How to Kill a Deadite
Best of Ash