Ash vs Evil Dead
Blu-ray | DVD | Digital
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana Delorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Arielle Carver-O’Neill
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release date: August 21, 2018
Bruce Campbell has played Ash Williams in the Evil Dead universe longer than I’ve been alive, and I’m 36! Through an epic cinematic trilogy that took him from battling deadites in a cabin in the woods to fighting his evil twin in Medieval Times, Ash has faced it all and won in groovy style. On Halloween night in 2015, the Starz network opened the Necronomicon and resurrected Ash as part of a 10-episode series, Ash vs Evil Dead. For three glorious blood and booze soaked seasons, the creators of the original film delivered one of the best shows on TV, capturing the gore and wittiness of the films while creating new amazing stories and characters. Horror fans were dealt a painful blow earlier this year when Starz announced they would not be renewing Ash vs Evil Dead for a fourth season. While Bruce Campbell has officially retired from the role, laying down the noble chainsaw and boomstick for good, you can now take home Ash’s final ride with the Blu-Ray release of Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3.
Ash (Bruce Campbell) reunited with his own dad in Season 2, so the next step is for him to come to terms with the realization that he is a father in Season 3. The growing pains of his relationship with daughter Brandy (Arielle Carver-O’Neill) make up the crux of the season for his character. Ash, the consummate loner, has to deal with being something he’s never been… responsible.
If the show was going to end, it certainly ended in style as Ash and the Ghost Beaters, Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) and Pablo (Ray Santiago), went up against Ruby (Lucy Lawless), who’s obsessed with killing Ash and having her hell-spawn rise to power. They’re joined in their quest to rid the world of evil by Dalton (Lindsay Farris), a member of the ancient Knights of Sumeria. While the show is known for its absurd humor and splatterific gore, it’s the writing and the characters that really shine through and lead to some amazing moments in a bittersweet final season.
The 2-disc Blu-Ray features each of the ten episodes from the season with their own unique audio commentary tracks featuring all the main acting talent, executive producer Rob Tapert, executive producer/writer/director Rick Jacobson, episode directors, stunt coordinators, effects supervisors, and more. Fans of this series will want to rewatch the entire season with the commentary tracks on and they are laugh out loud funny and you can see how much the gang really got along. On the track for Episode 8 “Rifting Apart,” they open with Carver-O’Neill and DeLorenzo mocking each other’s accents. There is a season overview that provides the highlights with spoiling anything too much and a short featurette “Inside the World of Ash vs Evil Dead.”
This was for three years my favorite show on television. It’s sad to see it go, especially since Season 3 was the best of the series from an acting, writing, and effects standpoint. Fans of the show, the Evil Dead trilogy, and chainsaw enthusiasts will want this set in their collections.
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