Drag Me to Hell (Blu-Ray / DVD)



Drag Me to Hell on DVD and Blu-ray (click for larger image)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Alison Lohman, Adriana Barraza, Chelcie Ross, Lorna Raver, Justin Long

Directed by Sam Raimi

Distributed by Universal Studios Home Entertainment


After taking a long break from the horror genre, director Sam Raimi returned to it with a vengeance via this haunting little tale, Drag Me to Hell. Gone were the inflated budgets of his Spider-man flicks, and in their place was all of Raimi's trademark creativity along with an ample amount of goo and chills.

The story is quite simple. Christine Brown (Lohman) is trying to land a big promotion at her place of employment, which in this case happens to be a bank. In order to do so, she needs to make some really tough decisions, especially when it comes to an elderly woman named Mrs. Ganush (a phenomenal Raver). You see, this old Gypsy woman has a bit of a dilemma on her hands - Get an extension from the bank or lose her home. As a means to impress her boss, Christine denies Ganush's request, and before you know it, fists are flying, gore is spewing, and a good old fashioned curse is handed down right upon Christine's head.

Drag Me to Hell on DVD and Blu-ray (click for larger image)Drag Me to Hell starts with a bang and never lets up. The demon or evil spirit haunting our heroine isn't content with making things go bump in the night. Instead, it opts to hit her in the fuckin' face and throw her around like a ragdoll. It torments her daily and will not let up until it literally drags poor Christine into the waiting hellish abyss. This makes for all kinds of fun. In fact, with a little tweaking here and there, this could have easily have been a new chapter in The Evil Dead franchise. Let's just hope this isn't as close as we get to that, but for right now this movie is the absolute shit. It's wall-to-wall gross and riddled with disturbingly fun imagery. Raimi fans -- REJOICE.

Included in both the DVD and Blu-ray packages are two different cuts of the film -- PG-13 and Unrated. It's a safe bet that you're interested a bit more in the unrated cut of the film than the theatrical so let's tackle that. In short, this version is a bit bloodier and a bit gooier. There are only two notable differences -- the nosebleed scene and the sacrifice scene. Everything else is pretty much the same, and even at PG-13 it's still damned good.

Suffice it to say that the Blu-ray both looks and sounds better than its DVD cousin, but that's really where the diversities end. Other than being BD-Live enabled and sporting a digital copy, the Blu shares the exact same special features as the DVD. We get a few video production diaries that clock in above the thirty-minute mark, and that's about it. While each one of these short featurettes is great for what it is, both of these packages come off as needlessly skimpy. Come on, Universal, this is a Sam Raimi movie! I'm willing to bet there was tons of materials out there to choose from. At the very least give us a commentary or some deleted scenes to go along with said featurettes.

Maybe they skimped because the film underperformed at the box office. Some horror fans had issues with the movie being PG-13 so skipped it. See how things end up biting us in the ass in the end? A good movie is a good movie regardless of its rating. Now that the flick is here for you to watch in the comfort of your own home, you have no more excuses. Buy this. Watch this. Love this. Drag Me to Hell delivers on just about every count.

Special Features

  • Theatrical and unrated cuts of the film
  • Production video diaries
  • Secrets and Surprises featurette
  • BD-LIVE (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Digital copy (Blu-ray exclusive)
  • Universal ticker (Blu-ray exclusive)

    Film:

    4 1/2 out of 5

    Special Features:

    3 out of 5

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    MagusMaleficus's picture

    I dug the...wait for it...hell out of this movie. I think the reason so many people came away from it unsatisfied is that they didn't watch it with the correct frame of mind. You really need to turn your brain off and just enjoy the ride. That's not to say the movie is stupid; it isn't. Its brilliance lies in its ability to be fucking insane without resorting to the usual PG-13 horror bullshit to hook its audience. This isn't a CW train wreck (thank bloody Christ).

    One last note: did anybody else nearly bust an internal organ due to excessive laughter during the unrated kitty death scene? I had to rewind it and watch it again. I don't know what that says about me--probably nothing good--but I fucking loved that bit.


    Submitted by MagusMaleficus on Sat, 10/17/2009 - 7:47am.
    Barfneck's picture

    Great movie that's only flaw is that it was released on blu-ray only a week after Trick 'r Treat, so it suffers a bit just because it kind of gets put on the back burner with the excessive viewing of Trick r Treat. Probably the best PG-13 movie that I can remember seeing since I was young enough where that actually meant something.


    Submitted by Barfneck on Fri, 10/16/2009 - 12:16am.

    But Raimi said a zillion times - this was never meant to be anything but a PG-13 horror...........I understand people hating on good films diluted to grab the tweener market in theaters...but you have to learn to tell the diff...otherwise, you are a dogmantic tool that only supports marketing schemes like films with 12 seconds of addition footage called "Unrated Editions".  Too bad, because this was actually a horror film to support and no one did.....Secondly, congrats to all the super geniuses who figured out the ending "a mile away".  Funny, I don't remember this being billed as a suspense film with a twist ending. Again, the fun was always intended to be the ride.......man, horror nerds suck at supporting things.


    Submitted by Zeddex on Tue, 10/13/2009 - 8:14pm.
    kiddcapone's picture

    I fully understand why people skip movies rated PG-13, hell, I'm usually one of them. Horror fans enjoy balls-to-the-wall gross out gore fests packed with scares and horrific imagery. We prefer films without a glass ceiling. Anything that the uptight MPAA pricks deem timid enough to allow 13 year old children to watch isn't exactly something that peaks our horror craving interests.

    With all that being said, Drag Me To Hell is one of those uber-rare exceptions. It's a feature length Tales from the Crypt-esque flick. It's simple. It's cartoonish. It's corny. You can see the ending coming from a mile away. But it's pure Sam Raimi mayhem and it's a fun trip. It's packed with gross out gags, dark humor, and evil dead like deadites.

    I won't go as far as recommending BUYING the DVD/Blu Ray, but I certainly recommend renting it and kicking back to enjoy the ride. It's an entertaining way to waste 90 minutes...just pretend you can't figure out how it's going to end.


    Submitted by kiddcapone on Mon, 10/12/2009 - 12:22am.

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