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DVD Shopping Bag: Drag Me to Hell Blu-ray

A Fun Ride that Needs to be Taken

By Robert T. Trate     October 13, 2009


Alison Lohman in Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell now Blu-ray and DVD
© Bob Trate

 

When I first saw the trailer to Drag Me to Hell I was immediately intrigued. How could I not, considering it was Sam Raimi’s return to horror. Then I saw it was rated PG-13 and let out a big groan. Thinking either Raimi or the studio thought a PG-13 horror movie would be more profitable I decided that this was one to skip. As its release date got closer and closer I decided that I owed old Sam and his new movie a chance.
 
Drag Me to Hell, despite its PG-13 rating was in a word, awesome. Whether this is because I expected nothing with its rating or maybe it was the fact that it wasn’t an established property making it completely fresh. I practically skipped out of theater last May as our old Sam was back and thank the Necronomicon because it had been a while. Today the film makes its debut on Blu-ray and DVD. Low and behold that PG-13 rating becomes a thing of the past as an unrated director’s cut is included on both versions.
 
For those of that you that either missed it or ignored it Alison Lohman plays Christine Brown. Brown is a loan officer at a bank who decides it is better for her career not to give Mrs. Ganush (Lorna Raver) an extension on her loan. The incredibly repugnant Mrs. Ganush begs for more time as she paws at young Christine who then calls for security. Believing that Christine shames her she decides to have “words” with her after work. After one the best non sexual girl on girl fights in horror movie history, Mrs. Ganush curses Christine. In three days a Lamia, a black goat demon and taker of souls, will come for Christine. She seeks the help of fortune teller Rham Jas, played brilliantly by Dileep Rao, and the two of them try to find a way out of her trip to Hell.
 
Fans of Sam Raimi already know this but if you are the occasional fan or even like some of his work you’ll appreciate his return to his shooting style from earlier days. The Spider-Man trilogy has only hints of the crazy camera work which made the Evil Dead so damn popular. Raimi’s approach to the subject matter is also on the lighter side like those earlier films. Yes, horror movies are supposed to be scary but remember we are there to be entertained as well. Drag Me to Hell is not only packed with humor and wit, thanks to Christine’s boyfriend played by Justin Long, but many of the fight scenes cause a lot of laughing as well. Yes, you are supposed to laugh when an evil old woman gums the heroine after her dentures fall out. 
 
The unrated version is the first thing to watch but fear not the theatrical cut is included as well. The unrated version comes in at 1:38:51 where the theatrical cut is few seconds more at 1:39:05. So what’s the difference? They are very subtle changes in the first Rham Jas reading of Christine’s fortune. The Lamia is further revealed as well as some circling shadows. The kitty cat meets a gorier demise and there is even a brief homage to the flying eyeball from Evil Dead 2. Other than those few scenes and some gorier parts the deference is negligible. Nothing changes in the story thankfully and Drag Me to Hell is still just as much fun.
 
The Blu-ray is in 1080p High-Definition with a ratio of 2.40:01. The sound is DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Picture and sound quality are superb but since this is a new film these specifications are the standard. Unfortunately it seems as if some the unrated digital gorier parts were not completed effects as they lack any sort of polish. The special features are also in short supply but a thirty-eight minute production video dairy is completely worth your time. Hosted by Justin Long, the preparation for the bloody nose scene is revealed as well as how they shot the car fight scene. Dileep Rao reveals his take on his character and how that shaped the props and location for Rham’s store. You’ll want to see how the grave digging scene was accomplished but more importantly you’ll learn exactly how someone is dragged to Hell.
 
Unrated or PG-13 Drag Me to Hell is a fun ride that needs to be taken. It is the perfect time of year to sit back and watch Sam Raimi spin that old bag of tricks with a new story and new characters. If you are a fan of the film and Raimi’s work you already know what has to happen next. It is time to invite all your friends over to watch this awesome horror movie called Evil Dead Drag Me to Hell.  
 
HORROR (in October Horror comes first)
 
The Craft [Blu-ray] ~ Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True
 
Drag Me to Hell ~ Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier, and Lorna Raver
 
Drag Me to Hell [Blu-ray]
 
Gnaw ~ Hiram Bleetman, Carrie Cohen, and Nigel Croft-Adams
 
Happy Birthday to Me ~ Melissa Sue Anderson, Sharon Acker, Damir Andrei, and Jack Blum
 
Hardware (2-Disc Limited Edition) ~ Dylan McDermott, Stacey Travis, John Lynch, and William Hootkins
 
Hardware [Blu-ray]
 
The Haunted Airman ~ Robert Pattinson, Julian Sands, and Rachael Stirling
 
Horror in the Wind ~ Perren Hedderson, Morse Bicknell, Courtney Bell, and Jiji Hise
 
How To Be A Serial Killer ~ Matthew Gray Gubler, Laura Regan, George Wyner, and Gonzalo Menendez
 
iMurders ~ Gabrielle Anwar, William Forsythe, Tony Todd, and Frank Grillo
 
Infestation ~ Diane Gaeta, Deborah Geffner, VJ Kewl, and Chris Marquette
 
Left Bank ~ Eline Kuppen
 
Loved Ones ~ Chuck Williams, Willard E. Pugh, CC Perkinson, and Shawn Cain
 
Maneater Triple Feature: Maneater/In the Spider's Web/Blood Monkey
 
Midnight Movie [Blu-ray] ~ Stan Ellsworth, Daniel Bonjour, Rebekah Brandes, and Greg Cirulnick
 
Nobody Loves Alice
 
The Objective ~ Jon Huertas, Michael C. Williams, Jonas Ball, and Mike C. Williams
 
Pets ~ Ed Bishop
 
Sadistic Holocaust ~ Ezequiel Hansen
 
Until Death ~ Urbano Barberini
 
Zombie Dearest ~ David Kemker, Shauna Black, and John Jarvis
 
ACTION / ADVENTURE / KUNG FU/ THRILLERS / WESTERNS
 
A Gun in the House ~ David Ackroyd, Joel Bailey, Matthew Faison, and Jenny Gago
 
American Meltdown ~ Bruce Greenwood, Leslie Hope, Arnold Vosloo, and James Remar
 
American Violet ~ Nicole Beharie, Will Patton, Alfre Woodard, and Charles S. Dutton
 
American Violet [Blu-ray]
 
Eagles Over London [Blu-ray] ~ Van Johnson, Frederick Stafford, Francisco Rabal, and Luigi Pistilli
 
Fighter ~ Molly Blixt Egelind, Cyron Bjørn Melville, and Semra Turan
 
Killer Movie [Blu-ray] ~ Jason London, Cyia Batten, Kaley Cuoco, and Nestor Carbonell
 
The Killing Room ~ Timothy Hutton, Peter Stormare, Chloë Sevigny, and Clea Duvall
 
Left Bank ~ Eline Kuppen
 
Natural Born Killers (Unrated Director's Cut) [Blu-ray] ~ Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, and Rodney Dangerfield
 
Natural Born Killers (Director's Cut)
 
Paraiso Travel ~ John Leguizamo, Ana de la Reguera, Angelica Blandon, and Margarita Rosa de Francisco
 
Sand! ~ G. Raymond Nye, Patricia Palmer, Hugh Saxon, and Mary Thurman
 
Western Triple Feature: The Pledge/Avenging Angel/Prairie Fever ~ Luke Perry
 
West 32nd ~ John Cho
 
ANIME
 
Bakugan, Vol. 5
 
Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid: The Complete Series- Remastered
 
Moribito Volumes 5 & 6 -2Pack
 
Moribito Volume 6
 
Mouse Complete LiteBox ~ Kappel Yamaguchi
 
Tokyo Majin: The Complete Series Box Set
 
Zombie Self-Defense Force
 
CARTOONS
 
Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas ~ Curious George
 
Futurama: The Complete Collection
 
Kong: Return to the Jungle
 
Kong: Return to the Jungle [Blu-ray]
 
Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection, Vol. 7
 
South Park: Bigger Longer Uncut [Blu-ray] ~ Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman, and Isaac Hayes
 
Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases, Vol. 3
 
COMEDY AND LOVE Mania Style
 
Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas/The Christmas Toy
 
Jackass: The Lost Tapes ~ Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, and Chris Pontius
 
Land of the Lost ~ Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Anna Friel, and Jorma Taccone
 
Land of the Lost [Blu-ray]
 
National Lampoon Presents ENDLESS BUMMER ~ Matthew Lillard, Khan Chittenden, Vanessa Angel, and Joan Jett
 
The Proposal (Single Disc Widescreen) ~ Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White, and Mary Steenburgen
 
The Proposal [Blu-ray]
 
The Proposal (2 Disc DVD + Digital Copy)
 
Screwballs [Blu-ray] ~ Raven de la Croix, Alan Deveau, Peter Keleghan, and Shannon McMahon
 
SCIENCE FICTION / FANTASY
 
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas [Blu-ray] ~ Christine Baranski, Jim Carrey, Clint Howard, and Bill Irwin
 
Jack Brown Genius ~ Timothy Balme, Stuart Devenie, Edward Campbell, and Lisa Chappell
 
TV LAND
 
Flashpoint - The First Season ~ Enrico Colantoni
 
The Hunger: The Complete Second Season ~ Giovanni Ribisi, Eric Roberts, and David Bowie
 
Land of the Lost: Season 1 ~ Wesley Eure, Philip Paley, and Spencer Milligan
 
Land of the Lost: Season 2 ~ Spencer Milligan, Wesley Eure, and Philip Paley
 
Land of the Lost: Season 3 ~ Wesley Eure, Philip Paley, and Spencer Milligan
 
Legend of the Seeker: The Complete First Season ~ Craig Horner, Bruce Spence, and Craig Parker
 
Married... With Children: The Complete Eleventh Season ~ Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal, and Amanda Bearse
 
The Mighty Boosh Special Edition DVD (Seasons 1-3) ~ Noel Fielding
 
BOX SETS
 
Fox Searchlight Spotlight Series, Vol. 1 (Juno / Napoleon Dynamite / Little Miss Sunshine)
 
Fox Searchlight Spotlight Series, Vol. 1 [Blu-ray]
 
Fox Searchlight Spotlight Series, Vol. 2 (Bend It Like Beckham / Waitress / The Fully Monty)
 
Fox Searchlight Spotlight Series, Vol. 3 (The Last King of Scotland / Antwone Fisher / Boys Don't Cry)
 
Fox Searchlight Spotlight Series, Vol. 3 [Blu-ray]
 
Fox Searchlight Spotlight Series, Vol. 4 (Thank You for Smoking / Sideways / Garden State)
Marvel Animation: 6 Film Set
 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Robert also participates in a pod cast that reviews movies, comics and celebrates all things geek. Check it out at You’ve Got Geek on You.com.

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ManiaHasIssues 10/13/2009 12:56:49 PM

 holy shiitake mushroom! a dvd shopping bag article that actually talks about a relevant release!!!!!! it must be the end of days! whats next? a review that isnt suckily written?

themovielord 10/13/2009 2:14:38 PM

All for you ManiaHasIssues! I'm probably going to talk about Willy Wonka on Blu-ray next week! ~ Robert

Inferno 10/13/2009 2:36:38 PM

Ooh i'll be there! ;)

karas1 10/13/2009 5:47:42 PM

I loved Willy Wonka!  The Gene Wilder version is so much better than the Johnny Depp version.

fenngibbon 10/13/2009 11:11:21 PM

 Ironically, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was all about Charlie, while Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was all about Willy Wonka.  

karas1 10/14/2009 3:04:08 AM

I understand that they didn't call the first movie Charlie And The Chocolate Factory because the name Charlie was considered some sort or racial slur at the time.

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