Produced by Eric Gruendemann
Starring Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Bruce Campbell, and Robert Trebor
- Interviews with cast and crew
- Select audio commentaries
- Photo gallery
- SFX featurette
- Wrap party footage
- Alternate main titles
- Mythology information
Released by: Anchor Bay
Anamorphic: N/A; episodes appear in their original 1.33:1 format.
My Advice: Get it and have a little fun.
Here’s yer DVD goodness…
DVD of the Week: The Man With the Screaming Brain. And you thought you were having a bad day. Bruce Campbell, in his directorial debut, plays a guy who winds up getting killed, and having an ex-KGB operative slammed inside his head with him. Now with two–two–two brains in one, he has to go set out to avenge his own death. It’s pretty freaking nuts, in other words. This Anchor Bay release comes with a commentary by Campbell and producer David Goodman, plus two featurettes, and behind-the-scenes footage. (Buy it)
TV DVD of the Week: The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Second Season. Fox brings all twenty-four second season episodes to DVD, spread across three discs in this set. And, gratefully, it’s got more going for it than a lot of TV releases these days: there’s a making-of featurette, plus selected episodes come with commentary by Newhart, fellow actors Jack Riley and Marcia Wallace, plus series creator David Davis. For those that grew up with only the more recent show with Newhart, you should probably check this out to get some inkling of where that series ended. (Buy it)
If I were you, I’d go ahead and surrender. Bruce Campbell is everywhere and the man simply cannot be stopped. He is truly a media god and you had best pledge allegiance.
First, he is an accomplished author. Following up on the success of If Chins Could Kill, now he brings you Make Love The Bruce Campbell Way. This audiobook is unique in that, rather than being a straight up reading of the work, he grabbed some friends and created an unabridged audio play, or “audio film.” Brilliant. This sucker’s six hours over six discs and it hails from Rykodisc. Streets today, by the way. Your waiting is at an end.
Written & Directed by: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Hal Delrich, Betsy Baker, Sarah York, and a bunch of Shemps
- Commentary with Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert
- Commentary with Bruce Campbell
- Theatrical trailers
- Discovering Evil Dead featurette tracing the film’s history
- Fanalysis documentary by Bruce Campbell about the “cult film” fan world
- Behind-the-scenes footage and huge still gallery
- 24-page booklet with history of Evil Dead on video
- Custom latex “Book of the Dead” packaging by creator of “Necronomicon” film prop
Released by: Anchor Bay
Anamorphic: You betcha.
My Advice: Own it or I’ll swallow your soul.
Written by Bruce Campbell.
Published by St. Martin’s Press (LA Weekly Books).
Up front, I must confess that I’m not much of a (auto)biography reader. Sure, I’ll watch the occasional A&E special to find out about somebody famous and of interest, but to invest the time to read an entire book dedicated to some single individual. Not unless you’re talking about James Joyce, brother. Nobody who made their name in Hollywood gets that kind of credit and commitment from me.
Except Bruce Campbell. The man is a patron saint of mine, and I’ve seen just about everything he’s committed to celluloid (or thought I had before I read this). So when I got a chance to scope out his new autobiography, I was game. I knew, vaguely, the story of making the Evil Dead films with his buddy Sam Raimi, and was curious to hear the insider’s scoop on that process. And given Campbell’s well-documented wiseacre wit, it promised to be pretty amusing, too.
What followed was a whirlwind read of the 300-page tome, over the course of a day and a half. I didn’t read this book – I inhaled it. And it was all I had hoped for. Campbell glazes over his early life pretty quickly, and moves on to the fateful conjunction of Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert, and himself in a normal, Michigan high school. I knew, before reading the book, that these guys had hooked up early in life, but to think of how much history exists between them is a little staggering. He talks about their beginnings making Super-8 films, and their first couple of attempts to make something “bigger.” But the bulk of the book’s first half covers the creation of the cult-film legend, Evil Dead. Beating the streets for money, the neverending shoot from hell in the hills of Tennessee, all the way through the first screening and the movie’s eventual cult-blockbuster status, you can tell this story means a lot to Bruce, and it should. The sheer guts and determination are impressive.