(aka The Army of Darkness (1993) (USA: original script title), Army of Darkness, The Ultimate Experience in Medieval Horror (1993) (closing credits title), Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3 (1993), Bruce Campbell vs. Army of Darkness (1993) (UK: video title), Captain Supermarket (1993), Evil Dead 3 (1993), Evil Dead II: The Medieval Dead (1984) (USA: working title), The Medieval Dead (1993) )


directed
by Sam Raimi


U.S. 1993


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DVD Comparison (This represents the DIRECTOR'S CUT of the film):

Anchor Bay - Region 2 - PAL - vs. Anchor Bay Region 1 - NTSC vs. MGM - Region 3 - NTSC

Thanks to Mark Wilson for the NTSC screen captures and Rob Dunkley for the PAL screen captures.

(Anchor Bay R2 - PAL - LEFT Anchor Bay R1 - NTSC- MIDDLE vs. MGM R3 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Anchor Bay

Region 2  - PAL

Anchor Bay

Region 1  - NTSC

MGM 
Region 3 - NTSC
Runtime 1:32:00 (4% PAL speedup) 1:35:48 1:36:12
Video

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.40 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio  16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.99 mb/s

NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.19
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

Bitrate:

Anchor Bay R2

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Anchor Bay R1

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Bitrate:

MGM R3

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo) English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

English - Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles None English, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Korean, Cantonese and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: February 19, 1993

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic  - 1.78:1
 

Edition Details:

• Color, Widescreen
• Men Behind the Army - 18 minute short

• Commentary by Sam, Bruce and Ivan

• Director's Storyboards

• 4 deleted scenes

• Original Ending ( 4 minutes)
• Widescreen anamorphic format


Two versions of the film are included on the 2 Disc version of this release: the 77-minute US original on disc one, and the 92-minute director's cut on disc two.

DVD Release Date: November 11th, 2001
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Chapters 23

 

Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: February 19, 1993

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic  - 1.66:1
 

Edition Details:

• Color, Widescreen
• Commentary by Sam, Bruce and Ivan
• 15 Minutes of Additional Footage Including the Original Ending
• 4 Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes
• Director's Storyboards
• Widescreen anamorphic format


The Anchor Bay R1 Director's Cut version is available in the long OOP 2 disc LE, the Bootleg Edition, and the recently Boomstick Edition.  The 2 disc LE and the Bootleg are identical.  It is the same disc.  It is 1.66:1 anamorphic.  Listed as 96 min. DD 2.0 and includes a director's commentary and 4 deleted scenes.  Director's storyboards and creature concept drawings are also included on the disc.

DVD Release Date: October 23, 2001
Keep Case

Chapters 23

Release Information:
Studio: MGM Region 3
Theatrical Release Date: February 19, 1993

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• The MGM R3 Director's Cut is 1.85:1 anamorphic and includes a DD 5.1 track.  It also includes the same commentary as the Anchor Bay, 4 deleted scenes and alternate ending.   Theatrical trailer and Photo gallery.  Its listed as 93 minutes but as you can see it clocks in at 96 mins.  

 

Keep Case

Chapters 16

Comments:

 'No competition here in the image clarity department.  The R3 MGM disc wins hands down.  Color though may prove to be more true in the Anchor Bay versions although skin tones seem fairly consistent in all three.  Shadow delineation and detail in darker scenes is excellent in the MGM.  The AB versions looks cropped on all four sides in some scenes and even zoomed in others.  The MGM version sports the best 5.1 mix I've heard for this movie, and I know, I've got 4 dvds and 2 laserdisc versions of AOD! Kudos to MGM for putting such great work into this release.    - Mark Wilson





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Anchor Bay R2 - PAL - LEFT Anchor Bay R1 - NTSC- MIDDLE vs. MGM R3 - NTSC - RIGHT)

 


Screen Captures

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(Anchor Bay R2 - PAL - TOP Anchor Bay R1 - NTSC- MIDDLE vs. MGM R3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)


(Anchor Bay R2 - PAL - TOP Anchor Bay R1 - NTSC- MIDDLE vs. MGM R3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)



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Anchor Bay R2 - PAL - TOP Anchor Bay R1 - NTSC- MIDDLE vs. MGM R3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)


(Anchor Bay R2 - PAL - TOP Anchor Bay R1 - NTSC- MIDDLE vs. MGM R3 - NTSC - BOTTOM)


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MGM R3

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MGM R3

Extras: MGM R3
Menu: MGM R3

 

 

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