John Squires writes:
Back in October of 2016, you may recall, the extended “Unrated” version of Fede Alvarez’s insanely gruesome remake of Evil Dead got a digital release, home to five minutes of footage that was not included in the film’s theatrical release. Oddly, the “Unrated” version was *only* made available digitally, with no home video release in sight at that time.
Two years later, it looks like it’s finally on the way! According to an Amazon listing, Sony will re-release Evil Dead on Blu-ray on October 23, including the theatrical & Unrated versions!
DISC 1: Unrated Version
DISC 2: R-Rated Version:
- Audio Commentary
- Making Life Difficult Featurette
- Directing The Dead Featurette
- Being Mia Featurette
- Unleashing the Evil Force Featurette
So what can you expect from the “Unrated Edition” of the Evil Dead remake? Fans who are hungry for way more of the 2013 gore-fest will be happy to hear that it includes just under FIVE MINUTES of footage not seen in the theatrical/home video version, including scenes that were in the trailer but strangely absent from the film itself. As outlined by Movie Censorship (be sure to head over there for literally everything you need to know about this cut), the newly-branded “Unrated Edition” has both additional plot scenes and more violence.
The site notes 27 major and minor differences between the “Unrated Edition” and the theatrical cut, and the additional gore scenes include extended shots of Mia’s tongue slice and Natalie’s self-inflicted arm removal; two of the more gruesome sequences in the film. Perhaps most notably, the scene of David chopping up Natalie’s body with a chainsaw has been restored, which was glimpsed in the trailer but eventually cut by Alvarez.
Additionally, the new version includes a brand new scene during the end credits, which sees Mia being picked up on the side of the road by a kind stranger; contrary to internet rumors when the film was released, the old man in this scene is not played by Bruce Campbell.
More action. More gore. This version is a MUST own.