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“Ash vs Evil Dead,” a 10-episode, half-hour series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead. The series follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip. The cast is led by Bruce Campbell as Ash Williams, Lucy Lawless as Ruby a mysterious figure who believes Ash is the cause of the Evil outbreaks, Ray Santiago as Pablo Simon Bolivar, an idealistic immigrant who becomes Ash’s loyal sidekick, Dana DeLorenzo as Kelly Maxwell, a moody wild child trying to outrun her past and Jill Marie Jones as Amanda Fisher, a disgraced Michigan State Trooper set to find our anti-hero Ash and prove his responsibility in the grisly murder of her partner. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and Bruce Campbell, the original filmmakers of the franchise, and Craig DiGregorio (“Chuck”), who serves as executive producer and showrunner.

Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay Entertainment
Year: 2018
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Run time: 294 minutes
Rating: NR

Audio: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 6 BD
Region: 1

After ‘Army of Darkness’ with its open ending, for years fans were craving for a new sequel. And out of the blue suddenly we got one in the shape of a TV series with the same but older Ash, and new likable characters, including family, which made this feel like a continuity, instead of a random new show. To add icing on the cake, we get a new villain in addition to Deadites, to keep this show pretty interesting.

The 1st season was brilliant, with many nods to the classic horror, new threats and well timed humor and self mockery. The show provided more laughs than scares, and over the top gore and action. The short and fast episodes make it all pretty watchable. Unfortunately, during season 2, the series drags itself down. Ash stays fun, but it’s the new characters that make the show interesting and provide development. But the show fails because it becomes repetitive, not just various moments during a season, but various moments during each episode.

Of course, it is very sad to see what kind of mediocre and boring shows are renewed, and this excellent show gets cancelled. But anyway, thanks for the hellride – and hopefully the adventures of Ashy-Slashy will be someday continued.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:78:1 aspect ratio. This is yet another release from AB to present a demo quality experience. I watched this show on broadcast television when it originally aired, and this looks even better on Blu-ray. Colors are vivid and provide impressive depth that pops off of the screen. The use of colors like red really makes this a visual experience even worth checking out if you are not interested in this show. Where the films shined in gore, here in 2018 the gore looks even more realistic. Black levels are deep and inky. There is some subtle hints of grain throughout the presentation but never make it a hindrance. With such a wonderful presentation on Blu-ray, the world of Evil Dead comes to life.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix. Just like the image quality being impressive, the audio is right up there as being demo worthy. I was very impressed as to how dynamic sound effects were presented in the soundfield. There are plenty of panning effects that will catch the viewer’s attention almost immediately. There is a lot of action over the course of the first season. While this film does have its aggressive audio for effects and soundtrack, dialogue is also excellent. Dialogue is channeled through the center with no apparent issues as the audio was clean and crisp. Then add a soundtrack with some a wonderful score and you have a runaway winner.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

SEASON ONE
“Inside the World of Ash” Featurette
“How to Kill a Deadite” Featurette
“Best of Ash” Featurette
Audio Commentaries

SEASON TWO
“Season 2 First Look” Featurette
“Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead” Featurette
“Up Your Ash” Featurette
“Women Who Kick Ash” Featurette
“Puppets Are Cute” Featurette
“Dawn of the Spawn” Featurette
“Bringing Henrietta Back” Featurette
“The Delta” Featurette
“How to Kill a Deadite” Featurette
“Fatality Mash-Up” Featurette
Audio Commentaries

SEASON THREE
“Season Overview” Featurette
“Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead” Featurette
Audio Commentaries

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

I’m a big fan of ‘Evil Dead’ and ‘Ash Vs. Evil Dead’ is something special in my heart. Really amusing show with big quality. Bruce as Ash is brilliant and others as well. It is shame that Starz had to cancel it due to low ratings.
Overall Rating: 9/10