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Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, 1987) - 35mm Scan opportunity!

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I know this is a pretty popular title, so hope there are some Deadites around these parts! 😃

I have a source that would let us rent and scan a 35mm German print for a very reasonable renting and scanning price! The scan would be open matte (though a proper 1.85 video file could be made later), and the print is confirmed to have good color.

My source has preserved other films before, from Disney titles to Hitchcock movies in great quality.

If you want to get a feel of how Evil Dead 2 looks in 35mm, check out the trailer here: https://youtu.be/rCo5iN7SbUU

The specific print we are using is in German but there are no subtitles. Unfortunate news is that it would be slightly censored. You can look up details here.

https://www.schnittberichte.com/schnittbericht.php?ID=2927758

PLEDGES (FULLY FUNDED)

The Aluminum Falcon - $50
Dek Rollins - $20
FunkySi - $20
SpookyDollhouse - $20
3Maters - $15
FilmD00d - $10
GryFun - $20
Lil Brutto - $25
NeonBible - $20
dvdmike - $20
bronan - $20
EPho3nix - $50
KillThad - $20
Venny - $10
TR2N - $22
exile81 - $20
kubi - $15
nicoj - $15
Join Us - $25
Join Us’s Friend - $25
TServo2049 - $58
See No Evil - $25

Seeing as how the print is censored, if anyone wants to adjust their pledge, please just let me know by PM and I’ll adjust accordingly (no hard feelings).

PS. I understand there’s another initiative for Evil Dead II on originaltrilogy.com. This is a separate project. Funds for this project will be used exclusively for rental and scanning, so we don’t need to buy a print if we go for this option.

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We’re over 50% towards our goal. Hopefully, we can get a grindhouse release in time for this year’s Halloween. 😃

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I’ll be interested in pledging sometime next week!

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Great! Feel free to PM me or post in the thread about how much you’re pledging. Donations aren’t collected until the scan is fully funded.

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I’m interested.

can you let me know about this project and other 35mm size projects?

how can i donate?

Feel free to send me a private message.

A thousand thanks.

Yours sincerely.

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Hey everyone, we’re luckily only $58 away from fully funding this Evil Dead II scan! Unfortunately I don’t think we will make a Halloween grindhouse release but hope we can get this one fully funded soon. 😃

Feel free to message me if you’re interested in donating and receiving a copy!! Any amount helps, and you’ll get a viewing copy for basically any amount.

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Will this be released for dono’s only or everyone?

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Hey itsguppy, it would be private to donors for the time being. Generally wary of these 35mm scans getting too widespread. (We’re still accepting donations.)

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The Aluminum Falcon said:

Hey itsguppy, it would be private to donors for the time being. Generally wary of these 35mm scans getting too widespread. (We’re still accepting donations.)

I sent a PM about pledging $25 to this, but never got a reply?

Book Of The Dead (Evil Dead 1/2) Blu-Ray ~ Dick Spanner PI DVD ~ Gamesmaster S1-7 DVD Box-Set
BBC2’s 1995 Forbidden Weekend Blu-Ray ~ Dawn Of The Dead - Extended Cut OST ~ BookOfTheDead.ws

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My bad, SeeNoEvil! I just responded. But good news is that I believe we’re either totally funded or very close to it!!!

Get ready for some Evil Dead II, everyone.

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The Aluminum Falcon said:

My bad, SeeNoEvil! I just responded. But good news is that I believe we’re either totally funded or very close to it!!!

Get ready for some Evil Dead II, everyone.

I cannot wait, it’s my favorite out of the series!

Does anyone want fried chicken?

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Is this still an on going project?

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Hi Onyx, correct! This is still an ongoing project. Luckily, we’ve reached the amount needed to rent and scan this print of Evil Dead II.

So, THANK YOU TO ALL DONORS for helping preserve this print.

I’ll reach out to the collector/scanner to see when they can schedule this print to be scanned. When I hear back, I’ll update all donors/patrons via PM.

As a reminder, this scan is for donors for the time being. A general release, for reasons covered in other threads like The Shining thread, gives me pause nowadays. PM me if interested.

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Have you considered matching and filling in the bits of cut material with the 4k disc? So then it’d be uncut!

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That’s a good idea! I’ll probably do an initial grindhouse file with the material censored to preserve the print as-is (albeit with English audio, of course). Then do another version with the cut material reinserted.

Do people here have opinions on whether to patch it in with the 4K disc or maybe the full screen DVD if this is open matte?

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The 2000 R1 US Anchor Bay DVD, full screen option, is the only (mostly) open matte DVD/HD version out there. It’s the version I used to make this fanedit;

https://www.bookofthedead.ws/online_portfolio/dvd_book_of_the_dead_2.html

If you scroll a little way down this below page, you can see a comparison. Some shots are directly open matte. Some shots are zoomed in a bit, presumably to hide equipment or crew, but maintain a full screen picture

https://www.bookofthedead.ws/website/evil_dead_2_dvd.html

Unlike ED1, there is no open matte HD version out there for ED2. They’re all matted into 16:9/1.85:1. As I recall on Spleen, someone did an upscale of this DVD version a few years ago. That might be an option for little shots here and there?

There’s also my 2k 35mm trailer scans here, if there might be a specific shot you need;

https://www.bookofthedead.ws/website/features_evil_dead_trilogy_35mm_trailers.html

The ED2 trailer, completely open matte is just about square, so matted into 16:9 chops of really quite a bit of the frame.

Book Of The Dead (Evil Dead 1/2) Blu-Ray ~ Dick Spanner PI DVD ~ Gamesmaster S1-7 DVD Box-Set
BBC2’s 1995 Forbidden Weekend Blu-Ray ~ Dawn Of The Dead - Extended Cut OST ~ BookOfTheDead.ws

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The Aluminum Falcon said:

That’s a good idea! I’ll probably do an initial grindhouse file with the material censored to preserve the print as-is (albeit with English audio, of course). Then do another version with the cut material reinserted.

Do people here have opinions on whether to patch it in with the 4K disc or maybe the full screen DVD if this is open matte?

I’d use the 4k disc since it’s the highest quality home video release. It should match the best.

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Thanks for the detailed breakdown, See No Evil. Appreciate it, was hoping there was some sort of full screen HDTV or WEB-DL I hadn’t heard of but no such luck. I have that old Evil Dead II upscale and will ask the creator if it’s ok to use when the time comes.

I think what I might do for donors is: 1) a censored as-is initial open matte grindhouse release from preview files; 2) an open matte version from raw files, with the full screen DVD upscale plugged in (full screen DVD would be what I use otherwise); and 3) a widescreen version from raw files with the 4K disc plugged in.

Just want to avoid any changing aspect ratios.

Raw DNGs would be available to any interested donors if you send me a hard drive to copy it onto, etc.

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The Aluminum Falcon said:

Heard back from scanner. An update has been sent out to all patrons!

Will people who didn’t donate get to have updates or see the 35mm print. I don’t have the money to donate or subscribe to a patreon.

Does anyone want fried chicken?

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DrunkenMaster442 said:

The Aluminum Falcon said:

Heard back from scanner. An update has been sent out to all patrons!

Will people who didn’t donate get to have updates or see the 35mm print. I don’t have the money to donate or subscribe to a patreon.

it would be private to donors for the time being. Generally wary of these 35mm scans getting too widespread

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PsyKovic said:

DrunkenMaster442 said:

The Aluminum Falcon said:

Heard back from scanner. An update has been sent out to all patrons!

Will people who didn’t donate get to have updates or see the 35mm print. I don’t have the money to donate or subscribe to a patreon.

it would be private to donors for the time being. Generally wary of these 35mm scans getting too widespread

I can understand, but why not just give it to Evil Dead fans who own the film on physical media or in some form. I will donate if I have to, but I just don’t have money for that kind of thing.

Does anyone want fried chicken?

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PsyKovic said:

DrunkenMaster442 said:

The Aluminum Falcon said:

Heard back from scanner. An update has been sent out to all patrons!

Will people who didn’t donate get to have updates or see the 35mm print. I don’t have the money to donate or subscribe to a patreon.

it would be private to donors for the time being. Generally wary of these 35mm scans getting too widespread

I can understand, but why not just give it to Evil Dead fans who own the film on physical media or in some form. I will donate if I have to, but I just don’t have money for that kind of thing.

Does anyone want fried chicken?

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Just want to echo PsyKovic. Definitely wary of these scans getting too widespread. As far as I’m concerned it’s fascinating and invaluable from an academic perspective to see an original film print, so wouldn’t want the scanner or print owner to get into murky water in the process.

The Evil Dead II print still needs to be scanned pending the scanner’s availability but, for the time being, the initial grindhouse release will be for donors only.

Donors can also have the raw files should they provide a hard drive and want to attempt their own color correction.