Blu-ray Review: Ash vs Evil Dead – The Complete First Season
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Ash vs Evil Dead – The Complete First Season
Blu-ray | DVD
Directors: Sam Raimi, Michael J. Bassett, David Frazee, John Scott, Ivan Raimi, Rick Jacobson, Tony Tilse
Writers: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy, Dominic Dierkes, Sean Clements, James Eagan, Zoe Green, Michael Hurst, Craig DiGregorio, Rob Wright
Starring Bruce Campbell, Dana DeLorenzo, Ray Santiago, Lucy Lawless, Jill Marie Jones, Kelson Henderson, Ben Fransham, Peter Feeney
Created by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Starz | Anchor Bay Entertainment
Release Date: August 23rd, 2016

More than 30 years after Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, and Rob Tapert created The Evil Dead, the trio came back to work on Ash vs Evil Dead for the Starz network. The series debuted late last year after premiering at New York Comic-Con. Fresh off their appearance at SDCC, and with a little more than a month till its season 2 premiere, the first season is being released on Blu-ray this week. Season 1 saw Ash Williams (Campbell) accidentally conjure the Evil Dead again after reading from the Necronomicon while getting high with a young fluzy. Soon demons and deadites are everywhere and Ash is left to grab his boomstick and rev up the ole chainsaw hand. Joining him in his quest to vanquish evil are his former co-workers and sidekicks Pablo (Ray Santiago), and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo). Together the trio was forced to deal with the evils of the book as well as a rogue FBI agent (Jill Marie Jones) and a strange woman with connections to Ash’s past (Lucy Lawless).

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TV Review: Ash vs Evil Dead 1.7 “Fire In The Hole”
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Ash vs Evil Dead
Episode 1.7 “Fire in the Hole”
Directed by Michael Hurst
Written by Sean Clements, Dominic Dierkes, Ivan Raimi
Starring Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, Jill Marie Jones, Lucy Lawless, Kelson Henderson, Ben Fransham, Peter Feeney
Air date: Saturday, December 12, 2015, 9pm

The big development of last week’s episode was that Amanda Fisher (Jill Marie Jones) is now part of the gang. Ruby (Lucy Lawless) burnt up, and blew up fighting the Brujo deadite, and Ash’s evil decomposing hand scurried off. Fisher was saved by Ash (Bruce Campbell) at the diner, and with no one to turn to she joined up with Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo) and Pablo (Ray Santiago). Ash realizes now, that in order to finally put a stop to the Evil Dead, he must go back to where it all started… the cabin. But first, there’s Lem.

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TV Review: Ash vs Evil Dead 1.2 “Bait”
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Ash vs Evil Dead
Season 1 Episode 2: “Bait”
Directed by Michael J. Bassett
Written by Dominic Dierkes
Created by Ivan Raimi, Sam Raimi, Tom Spezialy
Starring Bruce Campbell, Jill Marie Jones, Lucy Lawless, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo
Air Date: Saturday, November 7th, 2015, 9pm

The highlight of my four days at this year’s NYCC was Saturday afternoon at Hammerstein Ballroom, where we were treated to a special presentation of the pilot of Ash vs Evil Dead. The crowd of thousands showered their approval the way deadites shower Ash with blood. The original Evil Dead crew – Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Bob Tapert came together with the Starz network, and maybe the most gruesomely fun show on TV was born. If you missed the premiere, which debuted on Starz on Halloween, Ash got high and accidentally read from the Necronomicon, thereby re-releasing the Evil Dead. Along with co-workers Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), Ash must once again fight the deadites, and try to use the Book of the Dead to defeat them once and for all.

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