Evil Dead: Alternate Cut
Video : h264 | .mkv |720p | 1280x720 | 23.976fps | 2-pass VBR 5.000 kb/s
Audio : English 5.1 | DTS lossless | 1.536 mb/s
Runtime : 01:26:04
Size : 4.1gb
00.16.50 : deleted shot of the CGI deadite (flashback).
00.20.48 : deleted insert of possessed Mya.
00.23.26 : shortened shot (deadite on the road).
00.37.09 : deleted line "You're all gonna die tonight".
00.48.22 : deleted line "Kiss me you dirty cunt!".
00.53.12 : reinserted scene : "We're gonna get you..."
01.21.40 : deleted lines "You're gonna die, you pathetic junkie" and "I've had enough of this shit".
01.02.25 : deleted lines "I will feast on your soul" and "Feast on this, motherfucker".
01.23.15 : deleted line "Go back to hell, bitch".
01.24.30 : music from the original Evil Dead added over the end credits.
Evil Dead (2013) was already an interesting reimagining. The original film was so post to just be a horror flick, but it was so low budget and corny that it more so came off as being funny than scary. Cue Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn which is basically a full blown remake of the first film, while still being a sequel, and was purposefully funny. So Evil Dead (2013)'s intent was to properly be a horror movie, and it almost completely achieved that. What mainly got in the way were some cringe worthy one liners, but the removal of the "we're gonna get you" scene also hurt especially since it was in the trailer. Evil Dead (2013) was still a decent movie, but these things held it back from fully realizing its potential.
Then comes Dr. Sapirstein's "Alternate Cut." He was able to remove many of those terrible zingers and reinsert the "we're gonna get you" scene. The editing here is pretty flawless, in no way can you tell this is a fan edit if you didn't know better. Nothing felt like it was abruptly cutting to mask something, and the "we're gonna get you" blended perfectly to the scene it was attached to. This "Alternate Cut" looks and feels professional.
That's not to say this edit is 100% perfect though. Its resolution is pretty low, but luckily this is a dark movie so pixelation was kept to a minimum. There was also a visual glitch that happened twice for a split second. These didn't spoil the experience in any way, and I still prefer and would recommend this cut over the official one, but these issues are why I gave video quality an 8.
So in short this is a fantastic edit by Dr. Sapirstein that makes this reimagining of Sam Raimi's horror classic truly shine and far more enjoyable.
DISCLAIMER: This is just one man's opinions. Don't let rating numbers scare you away from watching this edit. Also, there are some spoilers for the movie, but all that's in the "Enjoyment" section so skip it if you hate having knowledge.
I feel I must preface this review with a bit of rambling. I love the Evil Dead trilogy to death, I guess you could say they're my Star Wars. The first one was ground breaking and blew me away. The second film is a masterpiece. Numero Tres was really great and all, but it just went too cuddly for my tastes. So how do I feel about this nu Evil Dead... I don't know. I enjoyed it the first time but with every repeat viewing it gets worse. (This edit was viewing #5.) I feel bad for giving "middle" marks in the Enjoyment rating but I gotta be honest or whatever.
Ok let's get reviewing...
A/V quality 10/10 - Superb 720p MKV. There was one small little glitch but it could have been on my end so whatever.
Editing 10/10 - Perfect. Major props for the end credits music.
Narrative/Improvement 8/10 - Basically the same story, structure, timing etc. Act I is disjointed, they're too impatient to get to the blood they forgot to make us care about these characters. Some good trimmings to Act II, but still too many forced call backs. Loved what you cut from Act III!
Enoyment 7/10 (original 6) - There's a lot more that could have been cut. A lot of bad dialogue remains, erratic editing could have been smoothed over, would have been nice to see some of the over the top fan service moments taken out. I've wanted to make my own cut but haven't even been able to finish just writing down what I'd cut.
Here's a great example of how frustrating this movie is. Natalie cutting her arm off with the little saw. I was mad when I first saw it, they wasted such an iconic scene on the worthless girlfriend? Seeing it again and again just makes me remember how awesome Evil Dead 2 is, it's like they're trying to constantly remind us this reboot respects its roots while pissing all over the original.
But know what really sucks about that scene? It's hard as hell to cut out. You could trim it down a bunch and make it less of a big deal but it's still there. And hey what do you know, in the finale the new hero intentionally severs her hand off to escape the demon. Well that's kind of lazy to do that twice.
All right enough of my hate talking.
If you're a fan of the Evil Dead reboot you'll enjoy this alternate cut. If you wanted a more substantial cut you're better off waiting.
Recommended drink: Piss in the Woods