New Anchor Bay releases include rubber Evil Dead 2
18th Jul 05
September 13th has now been officially announced as the day Anchor Bay (Region 1 only at the moment, we're afraid) release their new Divimax rerelease of Evil Dead II in a new "Book of the Dead" package, designed by Evil FX wiz Tom Sullivan.
The packaging rather neatly features a sound chip inside, so if you want hours of endless fun, all you have to do is poke it in the eye and the DVD "screams"! The DVD includes a 16x9 widescreen transfer with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound, commentary by Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel and Greg Nicotero, two featurettes, Evil Dead II: Behind the Screams and The Gore the Merrier, a poster/still gallery and talent bios. It will retail for $39.98.
Also announced for the same day release is Anchor Bay Entertainment's DVD of Dario Argento's The Card Player in 16x9 widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound. Extras include the previously announced Alan Jones commentary along with an Argento interview, a behind-the-scenes featurette and trailers ($19.98).
September 20th sees a new special-edition DVD of Jake (Evil Aliens) Westís vampire pic Razor Blade Smile with a new 16x9-enhanced widescreen transfer with Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. Extras include a commentary, the Slices of Life documentary, deleted/alternate scenes, outtakes and test footage ($19.98).
Bruce Campbell fans will be happy on October 4th, as two new Campbell films surface, namely The Man With The Screaming Brain (Bruce's feature directorial debut) and Alien Apocalypse (helmed by Josh Becker).
And finally, with even more zombie news, October 18 sees the US DVD release of Day of the Dead 2 (minus the naff contagium now) by James Dudelson. No word yet on supplements for this one either.