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Holiday Geek Gift Guide 2018: Blu-ray and DVD Edition
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Holiday Blu-ray Gift Guide 2018

This was a tremendous year for horror, no matter what the snobs at Vogue magazine will have you believe. For the horror fan in your life, there is a virtual cornucopia of Blu-rays and special edition sets for both new and classic films as well as TV favorites. But, there were also some great offerings in comedy, drama, and scifi too, as well as animated features. So if you’re celebrating Hanukkah and need eight gifts for eight crazy nights, or just want to stack the gifts under the Christmas tree, here are some Blu-rays and DVDs we recommend this holiday season. Hopefully these are enough to quell the movie lovers in your family. Whether it’s the 4K-Ultras, Blu-rays, collector’s sets, or plain old DVD, these gifts will hit the spot this holiday season.

Check out this year’s Holiday Geek Gift Guide: Blu-ray & DVD Edition

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‘The Evil Dead’ To Get A 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack This Fall
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The Evil Dead 4K Ultra Combo Pack release

The Evil Dead was a movie made on a super-low budget by a group of friends in the woods in the late 70s and early 80s. It became a cultural phenomenon spawning two sequels, a remake, an off-Broadway musical, and a 3-season television series on Starz. Now almost 40 years since production started on director Sam Raimi’s classic film, The Evil Dead will get the luxury treatment in a new 4K Ultra HD combo pack, which arrives right in time for Halloween.

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NOT Groovy – STARZ Cancels ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’
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Ash vs Evil Dead, Season 2 Episode 8

Way back in October of 2015, I sat amongst thousands of Evil Dead fans at NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom for the Ash vs Evil Dead panel at that year’s NYCC. After giving us a screening of the pilot episode, Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi spoke frankly and honestly about why they chose the STARZ network for the next phase in the Evil Dead universe and how the fans would ultimately decide the fate of the show. Simply put, after three seasons, the viewership just wasn’t there. With two episodes to go in what’s been an absolutely incredible Season 3, STARZ announced today it would not be renewing Ash and friends for a fourth season.

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TV Review: Ash vs Evil Dead 3.7 “Twist and Shout”
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Ash vs Evil Dead, Season 3 Episode 7 review

Ash vs Evil Dead
Episode 3.7 “Twist and Shout”
Directed by Mark Beesley
Written by Caitlin Meares
Created by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Joel Tobeck, Katrina Hobbs, Lindsay Farris, Arielle Carver-O’Neill
Starz
Air date: Saturday, April 7, 2018

“Well for starters there’s a very handsome, but demented version of me running around here so if you see I give you permission to break his face.”

Warning: spoilers ahead…

If you were waiting for Season 3 of Ash vs Evil Dead on STARZ to get REALLY bloody… first off, what’s wrong with you?!?! But secondly, holy crap this is the episode for you! Last week we got the crazy Kelly vs. Ruby brawl that led to Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) being killed in a moment that shook the AvED universe. Ruby (Lucy Lawless) used her body as a vessel to bring Kaya back from the Rift, a place on the other side where Kelly now resides. Meanwhile, Ash (Bruce Campbell) and Pablo (Ray Santiago) accidentally opened the Rift in the hardware store basement leading to a bloody confrontation with demonized Knights of Sumeria. This week, Ruby puts her plan in motion to stop Ash once and for all.

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TV Review: Ash vs Evil Dead 3.2 “Booth Three”
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Ash vs Evil Dead, Season 3 Episode 2 review

Ash vs Evil Dead
Episode 3.2 “Booth Three”
Directed by Mark Beesley
Written by Rob Fresco
Created by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Joel Tobeck, Katrina Hobbs, Lindsay Farris, Arielle Carver-O’Neill
Starz
Air date: Sunday, March 4, 2018

Warning: Ash vs Evil Dead spoilers below…

What on earth could possibly be more gross than Ash’s deadite battle at the morgue in season 2… spoiler alert, Ash squares off with evil in a sperm bank! These are the sorts of wonderfully crazy things you see every week on Ash vs Evil Dead on STARZ.

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Watch The ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Season 3 Preview Before The Premiere
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Ash vs Evil Dead Season 3 Bruce Campbell

Finally! After over a year-long wait, Ash vs Evil Dead returns to Starz tomorrow night for the premiere of its third season. Fans of the series were left worrisome when Starz failed to promote the series ahead of its usual Halloween-timed premiere dates. At NYCC in October, the cast assured fans we would get the third season and we found out then that February 25th, 2018 was the date. Now it’s Ash vs Evil Dead Eve and we cannot be more excited for the best combination of gore, slapstick, and one-liners to hit our screens once again!

Check out the trailer for Season 3 here below, along with a behind-the-scenes preview featurette for the new season.

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NYCC 2017 Interview: Dana DeLorenzo Of ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’
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NYCC 2017: Ash vs Evil Dead interview with Dana DeLorenzo

This past weekend, Ash vs Evil Dead took over New York Comic-Con, holding their panel at the Hammerstein Ballroom, where series stars Bruce Campbell, Dana DeLorenzo, Ray Santiago, Arielle Carver-O’Neill, and Lindsay Farris treated fans to a special sneak peek of the season 3 premiere and conducted a panel discussion and Q&A, before greeting fans at the Javits Convention Center for autographs and photos. I had the chance to join over members of the press to speak with the cast members of the series about their experiences on the upcoming season.

Dana DeLorenzo stars as Kelly Maxwell, my choice for most badass woman on TV. She can stand toe to toe with Ash Williams and match him insult for insult and one liner for one liner; and she loves nothing more than shooting deadites. We sat down with the Youngstown, Ohio native to talk about the upcoming season. When she sat down at the table, she warned us about her penchant for rambling on, slamming the table and talking loud, all things we were perfectly fine with her doing.

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NYCC 2017: ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’ Season 3 Screening and Panel With Cast
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NYCC 2017: Ash vs Evil Dead Panel

Saturday marked Day 3 for New York Comic-Con and was the dead I had circled. It was Ash vs Evil Dead Day! Having attended this panel the previous two years, I knew I was in for a treat with this crew. I arrived to the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC at 9:15am for the Ash vs Evil Dead panel, which was to start at 12:30pm, and the streets were already packed with fans, many in cosplay as Ash and others showing off their Evil Dead tattoos. The place had fans overflowing and by the time 12:30pm rolled around, the theater on 34th and 8th Avenue in Manhattan was near capacity. There had been much tension amongst fans of the Starz series, as the network at that point had failed to announce a premiere date for the third season, especially since seasons 1 & 2 both debuted around Halloween. Thankfully, crisis was averted, and right in time for NYCC, Starz announced a February 2018 airdate.

Star Bruce Campbell came out onto the stage first, dressed in a typically spiffy smoking jacket and thanked the fans for putting his kids through college. As a reward, we were given a full screening of the Season 3 premiere (see info about the episode at the end of this post).

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Blu-ray Review: Ash vs Evil Dead Season 2
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Ash vs Evil Dead S2 Blu-ray review

Ash vs Evil Dead
Season 2 Blu-Ray | DVD
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Lucy Lawless, Ted Raimi
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
Release date: August 22, 2017

Ash vs Evil Dead will be entering its third season on the Starz network after debuting on Halloween, 2015. Last season, in its second year, the show avoided a sophomore slump by hitting the gas pedal hard on everything Evil Dead fans have come to expect: gore, one-liners, crazy chainsaw action, and… did I say… gore! You can get ready for Season 3 by picking up Season 2 on Blu Ray when it hits stores on Tuesday, August 22nd.

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Interview With Ray Santiago: Pablo From ‘Ash vs Evil Dead’
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Ray Santiago as Pablo ash vs evil dead

It’s Ash vs Evil Dead week for me over at Geeks of Doom. I got a chance to interview the three lead cast members, reviewed the upcoming Blu-Ray release, and met Bruce Campbell at a book signing in New Jersey. One of the highlights was getting to speak to Ray Santiago, aka Ash’s trusted sidekick Pablo Simon Bolivar. The Bronx born actor has been a pivotal part of the Starz series since its premiere in 2015, supporting his “jefe” through plenty of deadite-fueled adventures. Last season on Ash vs Evil Dead, Pablo faced several challenges from his body being possessed by the Book of the Dead, to terrifying visions, and oh yeah, there was the bit about him dying. With Ash vs Evil Dead season 3 already completed and awaiting a release date from Starz, I spoke with Pablo himself about his experiences during season 2 and what to look forward to on the upcoming season.

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