Thursday, October 22

Evil Dead 2 on Blu-ray Postscript: Bad News

the new improved theatrical one-sheet!

As a follow-up to this August entry, When "A Version" Becomes The "The Version", Ash looks to have been given the screwjob yet again on Blu-ray. Judging from these Blu-ray captures; the French Studio Canal BD features the same radically tweaked transfer as Anchor Bay's BD and Book of the Dead DVD. Way over brightened, digitally smoothed to oblivion, pastel color all the way...what every Blu-ray oughta be!

I'm aware that it seems weird that picture quality would matter to a dude that still watches old analog tapes, but I expect only the best from a format such as Blu-ray capable of delivering the closest home video has ever gotten to original film negative levels of detail. There's no need to filter transfers in any fashion considering Blu-ray's sky-high bitrates, ample capacity, and continually evolving encoding methods. This and the fact Anchor Bay's now nine-year old THX DVD still blows away every release to date. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn hasn't received the treatment it deserves in 1080p, but at least the THX standard def disc (this one) is still in-print. Grab it or another copy.

if anyone who worked on these Blu-rays is reading (fat chance), these are from a 480i NTSC source and make your work look incredibly incompetent:


Unknown said...

love this movie, i remember burning the vhs to the point of static... when i was making the crossover to dvd, my friend bought this to push my, he knew i loved it... any version for me is great... thanks for the ash memories...

oh, i am crossed over to the dvd's and have never watched this on dvd more than once... i don't know what happened, maybe army of darkness took over, i watch that once a month.

Franco Macabro said...

Great, thats the copy of the movie I have! Guess I have "the" version! :) you dare tread upon the staircase?

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