Thursday, October 20, 2016
ASH VS. EVIL DEAD SEASON 1 (Anchor Bay/Starz Blu-ray)
Ash is witty, the show is gory and filled with practical effects as well as some well used computer generated jobbers. Bruce Campbell is back in the saddle which is the only damn character that needed to be be in the show to make it work. It does work as a show featuring a new quest by the fantastically powerful force that pumps demons into the land of the living while Ash attempts to save humanity with some trusted friends and various adversaries of a supernatural and natural type. Ash is reluctant to accept his role as savior and much of his own battle is rejecting that calling. It makes for some great humor, a main focus of the program (not unlike Evil Dead 2).
The series opens strong with a solid three episode run that gives way into some enjoyable but repetitive stories that don't quite do the trick like the first couple. The series ends strong, the story evolving and taking reasonable but surprising twists that are a pleasure to enjoy save for the final episode that didn't quite get my ghost, going a bit more over the top than I was comfortable with. I assure you that season 2 actually addresses that in the very first episode, resetting my expectations and correcting what I would deem to be shortcomings that played out in the final moments of season one.
The Blu comes with some fun extras involving Campbell and co.
Audio Commentaries include (Thanks to Blu-ray.com for saving me the typing because I couldn't seem to get a full list off the marketing materials I had):
"El Jefe": Creator/Executive Producer/Director Sam Raimi, Co-Executive Producer Ivan Raimi, Executive Producer Bob Tapert, and Executive Producer/Actor Bruce Campbell.
"Bait": Executive Producer Bob Tapert, Executive Producer/Actor Bruce Campbell, and Actors Dana Delorenzo and Ray Santiago.
"Books from Beyond": Executive Producer/Actor Bruce Campbell and Actors Dana Delorenzo and Ray Santiago.
"Brujo": Executive Producer/Actor Bruce Campbell and Actors Dana Delorenzo and Ray Santiago.
"The Host": Executive Producer/Actor Bruce Campbell and Actors Dana Delorenzo and Ray Santiago.
"The Killer of Killers": Actors Dana Delorenzo, Jill Marie Jones and Ray Santiago.
"Fire in the Hole": Actors Dana Delorenzo, Jill Marie Jones and Ray Santiago.
"Ashes to Ashes": Executive Producer/Actor Bruce Campbell and Actors Dana Delorenzo, Jill Marie Jones and Ray Santiago.
"Bound in Flesh": Executive Producer/Actor Bruce Campbell and Actors Dana Delorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Ray Santiago.
"The Dark One": Executive Producer/Actor Bruce Campbell and Actors Dana Delorenzo, Lucy Lawless and Ray Santiago.
Ash Inside the World - a hodge podge of different aspects of the TV show development and character exposition.
How to Kill a Deadite - Bruce Campbell goes through the finer points of Deadite removal.
Best of Ash - the "good" scenes from the season.
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From Starz/Anchor Bay:
“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.
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