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The Evil Dead Treasures Collection

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EDIT: The Evil Dead II discs are now finished.  Please go to Page 2 to see how you may get a copy and how you can help with future discs in the Evil Dead Trilogy DVD Companion!

 

 

 

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DISC FORMATS: Single-layer DVD-R / NTSC / 4:3 / Dolby Digital 2.0

This is part of a larger project I’m working on about the Evil Dead trilogy to gauge how much interest and support there is for such a project. The Evil Dead II discs are the closest to completion, and as such is a pilot for a six-disc Evil Dead DVD Companion.

Many thanks go to See No Evil and The Griff for providing content for these discs – but it isn’t finished yet! Disc One has been completed, but I am still collecting the content for Disc Two at the moment. The contents listed below are what I have at the moment (along with descriptions that will be on menu screens preceding the videos) – but any suggestions/donations are definitely wanted! Also, suggestions for content relating to the other films would be greatly appreciated.

Because the majority of these are from bootleg sources, the quality is variable to say the least - The Directors interview is sourced from YouTube, and a few of these are shaky VHS rips. But that's better than nothing at all!

(NOTE: Once these are finished, they'll have to be distributed initally as a PIF chain as I'm unable to seed a torrent or post them up on Rapidshare.)

DISC ONE

BEHIND-THE-SCENES CAMCORDER FOOTAGE

The following behind-the-scenes footage was shot by special effects foreman Vern Hyde and his crew on the set of EVIL DEAD II in Wadesboro, North Carolina in 1986. It offers intimate glimpses into the filming of key effects scenes in the movie (such as “The Blood Flood”, “The Rotten Apple Head”, and Ash flying into the time portal) as well as the fun the cast and crew had making it. It is not to be confused with the footage Greg Nicotero shot on the set, as seen in “Behind The Screams” and “The Gore The Merrier”.


SCENES FROM THE WORKPRINT

This is an incomplete workprint of EVIL DEAD II, consisting of the first twenty and last ten minutes of the film. It features temp music (Joseph Lo Duca’s score had not been completed yet), original production audio (pre-ADR) and a small selection of short deleted scenes. This workprint is taken from a poor quality VHS, so the quality is variable at best, but as a curiosity for EVIL DEAD fans it is essential viewing.


DISC TWO

BEHIND THE SCREAMS

This compilation of the camcorder footage Greg Nicotero shot on the set of EVIL DEAD II was an extra on the 1998 blood red Elite laserdisc of the film. It was replaced on subsequent DVD issues by “The Gore The Merrier”, which features some of the same footage alongside new interviews with Nicotero, Howard Berger and Robert Kurtzmann. However much of the material in “Behind The Screams” has yet to make it to an official DVD release, including footage of the deleted “Evil Ed Chop Top” sequence being shot.


UK TV SPOTS

These two TV spots, starring Sam Raimi and Jonathan Ross, were broadcast on British TV in 1987 to promote the theatrical release of EVIL DEAD II by Palace Pictures. The ads were written and directed by Christopher Fowler of The Creative Partnership, who is perhaps best known as the cult author of such best-selling books as Spanky. They had previously been seen within the exclusive “Dead Good Marketing” featurette on Anchor Bay UK’s EVIL DEAD DVD boxset.


IN REVIEW 1987 INTERVIEW

This interview with Sam Raimi (who is on top comic form here) was broadcast on the NY cable television programme IN REVIEW in early 1987 (despite the on-air display saying 1986) during the promotion of EVIL DEAD II. The young interviewer is Gregg Goldstein, who is now the New York correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter. (Note the video cuts out abruptly before the end.)


THE DIRECTORS 1987 INTERVIEW

In 1982, Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert shot their first television interviews to publicise EVIL DEAD for a NY cable access programme called The Directors. The presenter was John Gallagher, formerly a writer for Film Comment whose floor Raimi had crashed on during post-production. Five years later, Raimi returned to The Directors to promote EVIL DEAD II, and the resulting interview is full of in-jokes and rarely-aired stories. It is sourced from a YouTube video, so the quality is far from perfect.


STEPHEN KING’S THIS IS HORROR 1989 INTERVIEW

This interview with a relatively sedate Sam was filmed for the syndicated TV series STEPHEN KING’S THIS IS HORROR (aka WORLD OF HORROR, or SHADOW THEATRE). It is from the only DVD available of THIS IS HORROR, released in the Netherlands, and features burnt-on Dutch subtitles as a result.

Rough drafts of two of the menus (note the second one has since been edited to improve contrast and correct spelling/grammar):

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Great work so far! Have you tried contacting the YouTube uploader to see if you can get a better source?
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The YouTube uploader is actually the interviewer John Gallagher, and since he's a friend of Raimi's I'm not so sure that would be wise.
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Aww, give it a shot. Raimi has got to know about all the fan projects, and I haven't heard of him hunting anyone down yet. :)

Very excited to see this!!!

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This sounds like it should be awesome. A 6 disc set for all three films would be really great.
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As I said earlier I'm still looking for suggestions for anything I might have missed out!

I bought the cool French 2-disc version of the film recently which features a cool 25-minute exclusive interview with Bruce, though I'm wondering about the legalities of putting it on here when it's on a official release that's still in print. Moth3r, advice?
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I don't remember if this was on any of the featurettes, but I remember a few years ago when someone was auctioning off a remake of a B&W ED2 poster that was made to promote the financing of the film in Variety magazine. The subtitle states "Evil Dead and the Army of Darkness" and the auctioneer mentions that Raimi was planning to make ED2 set in the past like AOD became. Anyway, I have a small image of that poster, that probably is too low res. for the DVD, but I can send you if you like.
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Lacerated said:

I don't remember if this was on any of the featurettes, but I remember a few years ago when someone was auctioning off a remake of a B&W ED2 poster that was made to promote the financing of the film in Variety magazine. The subtitle states "Evil Dead and the Army of Darkness" and the auctioneer mentions that Raimi was planning to make ED2 set in the past like AOD became. Anyway, I have a small image of that poster, that probably is too low res. for the DVD, but I can send you if you like.


in a french magazine I have from the 80s, they published storyboards of the ED2 you are taking about, like AOD became. I can scan them if someone wants them?
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Yes please to both! :D

Whilst Crimewave was in production, Raimi was developing Evil Dead 2: Army Of Darkness, or as it was actually called then, Evil Dead: 1300 AD. (It was also for a time called The Medieval Dead.) But Dino De Laurentiis persuaded them to keep part two in the cabin and wait until the third one to do the 1300 AD storyline. Raimi talks about this a bit in the 1987 Directors interview listed above.
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Success! I found the EVIL DEAD skit where all the stars of the original film re-enact it to hilarious effect in front of an audience! Will upload and let you know further!

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Many thanks to Lacerated for some uber-cool ED2 images that will most definitely be on the set. Ash595, I'd still be very interested in those pictures if you want to send me a PM, or alternatively I can PM you my e-mail address.

Just to note as well that I caved in and e-mailed the YouTube uploader (who it turns out is actually Ira Gallen, the director, and not John Gallagher) to see if it would be possible to get DVDs of the Raimi/Tapert interviews. (Though I didn't mention they would be part of this project.) We'll see.
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djsmokingjam said:

Many thanks to Lacerated for some uber-cool ED2 images that will most definitely be on the set. Ash595, I'd still be very interested in those pictures if you want to send me a PM, or alternatively I can PM you my e-mail address.



sure, send me your email adress by PM.
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Just to note, if anyone's able to find a copy of either the Greek or the Mexican original VHS releases of the first Evil Dead (by Video Standard and Videomax, respectively) then please do let me know, as it's quite important for this project.

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Also, the Herald Videogram LD release from Japan, which looks like this:

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DVD-Rs will be fine, so long as they're the best quality possible. I'll still be looking myself, but it makes sense to see if anyone else has better luck than me! :)
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I've got a copy of The Evil Dead Musical. It is professionally shot, and was intended for promotional use originally. It mixes concepts and situations from all three movies, but I think it would be invaluable to a set of companion DVDs, such as the ones you are working on.
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Hmm... maybe. I downloaded the same version of ED The Musical you're talking about and, to be honest, thought it was a bit crap. Didn't like the songs and thought it was terribly forced and unfunny. I'm not averse to maybe having a disc devoted to it in the set, with the featurettes from the website and footage of Bruce's NY Q&A.

Incidentally, this was the idea I'd had for the structure of the set:
Disc 1 - The Evil Dead with original mono sound and blue-ish colour grading
Disc 2 - The Evil Dead extra features
Disc 3 - Evil Dead 2 camcorder footage/workprint
Disc 4 - Evil Dead 2 extra features
Disc 5 - Army Of Darkness Sci-Fi version and a couple of other bits
Disc 6 - Cut scenes, trailers and more for the Evil Dead games

Maybe with some instructions on how to make cool cabin packaging? ;-)
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This just keeps sounding better and better, I have the blood red laserdisc of Evil Dead 2 and the Beam Enter Super Theater Japan laserdisc of Evil Dead 1.
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What are the deleted scenes featured in the workprint? Just wondering if the lost Evil Ed dismemberment sequence is in it. I'm sure it's not, but that footage has been my Holy Grail since reading about it in my dad's Fangoria.
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I have already posted on the content of the workprint version here:

http://originaltrilogy.com/forum/topic.cfm/Untitled-Bruce-Campbell-Project/post/297227/#post297227

No the 'Chop Top' sequence isn't in the workprint, but some of it is covered in 'the gore the merrier' featurette on the ED2 AB DVD or 'behind the screams' featurette on the ED2 laserdisc

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The ED2 workprint is only 37 minutes long - it stops just after Ash says "Workshed" and starts again just before Henrietta pops out of the trapdoor to attack Annie during the finale. The main differences are:

- Temp music, sound effects and original production audio are present - "Workshed" sounds more overdubbed here than in the final film!
- There are actual reel changes onscreen, including countdowns and Technicolor logos
- There's a timecode at the top of the screen
- Though you can barely see it through all the tape noise, the DEG logo is at the start of the film instead of the Rosebud one
- No background when the Book Of The Dead comes up at the start
- Brief extra shot of the cabin
- Extra line of dialogue from Ash after he discovers the wrecked bridge ("That's no problem for me. I can always go back to the... No.")
- Brief shot of steam pipes rising from the piano, though this is barely visible through all the tape noise
- Some extra effects when Ash lands in 1300AD, as Ash sees the time portal disappear in the sky before the knights pop into shot

And that's about it. Sadly no Chop Top or squirrel eating as those scenes aren't represented here. Still, it's of academic interest and worth presenting for completists.

You can view two of those scenes - as well as lots of other rare horror deleted scenes - at http://216.69.134.192/deletedhorrorscenes/index.htm

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Yeah, I've seen Nicotero's footage in my Book of the Dead edition of Evil Dead 2 and a I got a few pics of Chop Top Ed from evildeadinteractive.com. Sorry I bugged you, but it's hard not to get your hopes up when you see "Evil Dead 2 workprint featuring deleted scenes." It'll likely never happen, but I'm still waiting for someone to find that footage of Ed getting back up and raising hell. I'm gonna go check out these deleted scenes now, thanks for the heads up on that site!

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To be honest, I'd be surprised if those scenes haven't been long destroyed. More than likely is that they were thrown in a landfill when DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group went out of business soon after ED2's release.

Big news for the ED1 discs when they get started - thanks for the fervent eBay bidding of See No Evil, we have a copy of the Japanese Herald Videogram laserdisc release of The Evil Dead! For those who do not know, this is the first-ever laserdisc release of Evil Dead (from 1985), that not only presents the film uncut and fullframe with more picture information than the open-matte DVD releases, but also has the original mono soundtrack and the colder blue-ish colour grading that used to be on all releases of the film before the warmer, "normal" grading that's been de rigeur since 1994. Many people who have seen the difference attest that the cooler colour tones are one of the reasons ED1 seemed much scarier back in the day. A preservation of this will make up Disc 1 of The Evil Dead DVD Companion, which we'll start as soon as the ED2 discs are finished :)
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