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I have a real sore spot for home video releases that double dip but when you offer up a package that has this much good stuff, it's unlikely fans will complain and far more likely that they'll rejoice at the amount of awesome that will be unleashed upon their eyeballs.


Scream Factory is continuing their trend of great releases with a ridiculous three disc release of Sam Raimi's classic horror comedy Army of Darkness. So what can you expect to see on this release? How about everything including the kitchen sink?


In addition to the theatrical release in glorious HD, there's also the Director's cut, the International cut (with a bonus 4K transfer), a load of new, never-before-seen behind the scenes video, new images, a new making-of and a boatload of other goodies. Check it out:

DISC ONE

• Theatrical Version (81 min.) 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0
• NEW Medieval Times: The Making Of "Army Of Darkness" featuring interviews with star & co-producer Bruce Campbell, actors Marcus Gilbert, Ted Raimi, Timothy Quill, Richard Grove, Bill Moseley, Patricia Tallman and Angela Featherstone, director of photography Bill Pope, editor Bob Murawski, production designer Anthony Tremblay, composer Joseph Lo Duca, costume designer Ida Gearon, special make-up effects artists Howard Berger, Tony Gardner, Robert Kurtzman and Greg Nicotero, "Pit Bitch" performer and effects artist William Bryan, mechanical effects artist Gary Jones, first assistant director John Cameron, visual effects supervisor William Mesa, and stunt coordinator Christopher Doyle (96 min.)
• Original Ending
• Original Opening With Optional Commentary by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell
• Deleted Scenes With Optional Commentary by Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell
• Theatrical Trailer
• TV Spots
• Home Video Promo



DISC TWO

• Director's Cut (96 min.) 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0
• Audio Commentary with director Sam Raimi, actor Bruce Campbell and co-writer Ivan Raimi
• NEW Additional Behind-The-Scenes Footage From KNB Effects (55 min.)
• Vintage Creating The Deadites Featurette (21 min.)
• Vintage "Making Of" Featurette
• Extended Interview Clips with Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert

DISC THREE

• International Cut (88 min.) 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 2.0
• NEW 4K Scan of The International Interpositive
• Television Version With Additional Footage (90 min., Standard Definition (1.33:1), DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0)
• Theatrical Trailer
• NEW Still Galleries With Rare Behind-The-Scenes Photos from production designer Anthony Tremblay, visual effects supervisor William Mesa, and special make-up effects artists Tony Gardner and KNB EFX, Inc. (Over 200 Stills)
• NEW Still Gallery Of Props And Rare Photos from the collection of super fan Dennis Carter Jr.
• NEW Storyboards for Deleted or Alternate Scenes
• Vintage The Men Behind The Army Featurette (19 min.)

The folks at Blu-Ray.com reached out to Scream Factory with a couple of key questions. As it turns out, the US Theatrical Version included on the disk is not a new transfer though it has been color corrected. As to why the International version is in newly restored 4K but the Director's cut isn't... "we could not find all of the additional footage (film and audio) for the 96 minute Director's Cut."

This must have release is available October 27.

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