So last night after Cridafer had fallen asleep on the sofa, I decided to slap my new Blu-Ray copy of Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn into the player because not only does this Horror Guy have a great big soft and mushy spot in my heart for the Evil Dead series, but I was really curious to see if after watching this flick so many times in standard definition if I would see any noticeable difference. (That might be the longest run-on sentence I've ever opened a blog entry with; keep track for me, would ya?) Great godz of the deep, did I ever see a 'noticeable difference'! It was almost like seeing it again for the very first time. The high def transfer was absolutely gorgeous and with the uncompressed PCM soundtrack playing, I'd swear on a stack of Necronomicons I could hear whispering voices throughout the film that I had never noticed on any of my previous repeated viewings! The scene with all the inanimate objects in the cabin laughing maniacally sounded as though it were all going on right in our living room. Cridafer actually opened his eyes a little bit, saw the cackling deer head on the cabin wall, muttered that it was 'too disturbing' and rolled over to face the back of the sofa!
About 10 minutes into the action, I started poking around with the various extra features (with the movie still playing; thanks Blu-Ray!) and ended up turning on the Fast Fun Facts feature, and leaving it on for the rest of the movie. FFFs are little stylized pop up windows that provide extra info about what you are currently seeing on the screen, such as how a certain special effect was pulled off, continuity errors and other movie gaffes, or other bits of trivia. One of the best movie mistakes it points out in Evil Dead II is when character Annie Knowby arrives at the airport in a small jet. Two members of the ground crew attempt to open the double doors on the plane to allow the passengers to exit but only one door comes open; the other is stuck and during the entire scene the actor continues to yank and pull on the door, obviously struggling and no one else in the scene ever notices!!! It's freakin' hysterical!
I'm not exaggerating here at all; this was a frightfully fun experience and seeing this classic horror flick in high definition for the very first time reduced this Horror Guy to the gushing geek you see before you. This flick alone is worth owning a next gen disc player for.