Perhaps the most reissued movie ever to grace a DVD, Evil Dead, Sam Raimi’s 1981 debut, gets a revamped release, this time in a three-disc collection. If you haven’t already been suckered in with previous releases, this is the one to get. The dedicated fan might consider hocking the old one). Picture and audio look and sound better than they probably ever have, and the extras are excellent.

This movie is required viewing for horror aficionados as well as aspiring filmmakers of any genre. See what fun Raimi used to have with a couple hundred thousand dollars, as opposed to the mega-budgeted bore that was Spider-Man 3.

Made with a cast and crew of less than 10 people, every moment is bursting with creativity and low-budget ingenuity. Sure, a lot of the make-up effects aren’t quite there, but effects are irrelevant, what with 85 minutes of gore, genuine suspense and stylistic flare from one of the most visually inventive filmmakers today.

Included in the set are: widescreen and full screen versions, commentary tracks by Raimi, producer Robert Tapert and star Bruce Campbell, hours of bonus materials, including an hour-long making-of featurette with input from the cast (Raimi and Campbell are curiously absent), cult cinema aficionado Joe Bob Briggs, Hostel director Eli Roth and various crew, deleted scenes, make-up tests and a “ladies of Evil Dead” reunion.

Grade: A

The Evil Dead (Ultimate Edition) is currently available.