Army Of Darkness is a visually striking horror comedy treat from Sam Raimi. Bruce Campbell reprises his role from the "Evil Dead" series as Ash, now a department store clerk who is sucked back, along with his 1973 Oldsmobile, by demonic forces to England's Dark Ages. His mission is to fight undead beasts and rescue the damsel-in-distress from an army of skeletons and… well, you know… save everybody. There is a lot of action, not much blood, a good deal of humor and the special effects are fun.
Special features are completely dark.
While the VC-1-encoded 1.78:1 HD DVD picture can look good, with incredible detail in the tighter shots, this highly resolved detail can really betray just how low-budget this film is. Colors, especially fleshtones, are generally accurate and vibrant. Shadow delineation is mediocre at best, but this is a surprisingly good transfer in general. (Danny Richelieu)
The Dolby® Digital Plus 5.1-channel soundtrack shows good fidelity, but dynamic range is wanting, and surround envelopment is lacking. The entire soundtrack can sound rather thin, without any really deep bass. (Danny Richelieu)