DVD: “Evil Dead,” “Damages: The Final Season,” “White Frog,” And More!


What goes around, comes around in this week’s home entertainment, whether it be remakes, revenge or a souped-up Criterion release of a classic.

The Evil Dead remake will swallow your soul with gruesome gore, while devious lawyer Patty Hewes reaches the end of the line in Damages: The Final Season.

An autistic teen learns his deceased older brother’s secrets in director Quentin Lee’s latest, White Frog, and Peter Brook’s original and totally screwed-up game of survivor, 1963’s Lord of the Flies, gets a Criterion Blu-ray edition.

Evil Dead

($35.99 Blu-ray, $30.99 DVD; Sony)

Director Fede Alvarez’s remake of the classic 80s cabin-in-the-woods flick about demon forces unleashed by unwitting young folk is gleefully gory, brutal, and with a couple of interesting new twists. Extras include a handful of behind-the-scenes featurettes, a commentary track, and more.

Damages: The Final Season

($45.99 DVD; Sony)

Glenn Close and Rose Byrne fire on full throttle in the fifth and final season of the twist-filled series about a conniving power litigator who knows no bounds to get what she wants and her protege-cum-nemesis. The final arc features Ryan Philippe as founder of a Wikileaks-style website. If you haven’t taken in this series yet, get thee to Netflix and binge-watch seasons 1-4 ASAP and pick this up. An amazing series — it will be missed.

White Frog

($24.95 DVD; Wolfe)

When the older brother he loved and idolized is killed, a teenage boy with Aspberger syndrome (played by Twilight‘s Booboo Stewart) gets a look inside his sibling’s circle of friends… and secrets. The DVD includes a making-of featurette.

Lord of the Flies

($39.95 Blu-ray; Criterion Collection)


Director Peter Brook’s 1963 take on author William Golding’s novel about a group of schoolchildren left to their own devices on an island is still as disturbing and compelling a statement on society, and certainly addresses the issue of youthful bullying. This classic still gets referenced in modern film reviews and marketing material (eg “Hunger Games is the new Lord of the Flies!”) so what better way to see it than sparkling 4K digital transfer on Blu-ray? The extras are plentiful: commentary track, deleted scene, audio of Golding reading from the book, TV show and documentary excerpts, and much more.





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