Cast: Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo
Release Date: August 22, 2017
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 7.5/10
This season roars back into action with Ash leaving his beloved Jacksonville and returning to his home town of Elk Grove. There, he confronts Ruby, only to find that she too is now a victim of evil and in need of Ash’s help. The former enemies have to form an uneasy alliance to give them a chance of success as Elk Grove soon becomes the nucleus of evil.
The second season of ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ picks up following the blood soaked events at the cabin in season one, with Ash and his new team now enjoying some alcohol fueled relaxation following Ash’s agreed upon bargain, only to quickly find themselves with Ruby attempting to enlist their help following some unforeseen events with her “children”. Returning to his home town of Elk Grove, Ash will not only be forced to once again tackle evil forces constantly trying to kill him and everyone he loves, he’ll now additionally have to confront his dad who believes him a murderer, along with the rest of the town wherein he’s best known by the nickname Ashy Slashy. One thing though remains certain; it’s going to get a whole lot worse before it gets any better, but what else is new?
The sophomore season of ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ truly ups the ante in nearly every possible way, in addition to further connecting Ash’s world and even bringing back some familiar faces and concepts from the franchise. Managing to excel the goofiness and the gore drenched carnage tenfold, the second season of this continually wonderful Starz Original Series may have a few mild moments that don’t land quite as well as intended, but as a whole it offers a consistently wild, hilarious and ridiculously enjoyable, blood drenched ride that fans and gore-hounds will likely want to take more than once. Any of the fellow fans that enjoy this splendidly gory and hilarious series even half as much as myself will probably want to make sure to grab a copy of ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Two’ on Blu-ray in order to have the ability to enjoy any and every episode in the largely fantastic second season at any time and in top notch quality. Sporting impressive high definition video and audio presentations on all ten episodes, along with some fun extras including ‘Audio Commentary tracks with various members of the cast and crew’ for 6 of the episodes, plus more (more detailed information regarding the bonus content can be found in the special features section of the technical specification coverage below) it should altogether make this release a definite must own for the majority of fans.
Overall, fellow diehard fans of the Evil Dead franchise and of this ridiculously enjoyable new series in particular will almost surely want make certain to purchase a copy of ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Two’ on Blu-ray to add to your collection and have the ability to enjoy any and every episode in the latest season at any time you might desire, not to mention in the best quality currently available. The Blu-ray release offers fantastic high definition video and audio presentations on all ten episodes, in addition to some amusing extras such as ‘Audio Commentary’ tracks on more than half of the included episodes and more. The fans who haven’t yet had the pleasure of the wildly fun sophomore season will also want to try and at least find a rental option if possible; I can’t imagine a better way to experience ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Two’ for the first (or fifth) time than via this solid 2-disc Blu-ray collection.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Two’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the show’s original 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio on all of the sophomore season’s episodes. The video presentations look quite fantastic and provide sharp, detailed and clean presentations on each and every episode with no notable faults to be found throughout. They hold up remarkably well even during the numerous darkly lit and fast moving sequences, never causing anything occurring on screen to become distorted or rendered indiscernible. Overall, these are solid high definition video presentations that should have little trouble thrilling the franchise’s fellow fans.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtrack on all 10 Season Two episodes. These lossless multichannel soundtracks sound marvelous, and just like the previous season deliver crisp, clean and wildly aggressive audio presentations on every episode. Constantly taking advantage of all seven available channels in order to send blood, gore effects, vehicle activity and a whole lot more regularly zipping throughout the various speakers, and never resulting in any dialogue or other simultaneously occurring audio elements to become distorted or rendered inaudible as a result. Overall, these are outstanding 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD soundtracks that perfectly complement the series and contribute a great deal of additional fun to the overall viewing experience.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Two’ includes some fun yet mostly brief extras. Included are ‘Audio Commentary’ tracks with various members of the cast and crew on 6 of the 10 episodes, plus ‘Inside the World of Ash vs. Evil Dead’ episodic behind the scenes Featurettes for all 10 episodes (running approximately 1-2 minutes in length apiece). We are also treated to a collection of additional, short Behind the Scenes Featurettes that feature interviews/comments with the cast and crew, plus behind the scenes footage and more. The included Featurettes are: ‘Season 2 First Look’ (running approximately 2 minutes), ‘Up Your Ash’ (approximately 2 minutes), ‘Women Who Kick Ash’ (2 minutes), ‘Puppets Are Cute’ (1 minute), ‘Dawn of the Spawn’ (1 minute), ‘Bringing Henrietta Back’ (2 minutes), ‘The Delta’ (2 minutes), ‘How To Kill A Deadite’ (2 minutes) and ‘Fatality Mash-Up’ (1 minute).