Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 20th, 2017
Theatrical Release Date: Sweden, 1995
Director: Anders Jacobsson
Writers: Anders Jacobsson, Göran Lundström, Christer Ohlsson
Cast: Johan Rudebeck, Per Löfberg, Olof Rhodin, Camela Leierth, Gert Fylking, Cecilia Ljung, Michael Kallaanvaara
BluRay released: May 29th, 2017 (UK), May 30th, 2017 (USA)
Approximate running times: 99 minutes (Special ED-ition cut), 93 minutes (Original Cut)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC (Both Versions)
Rating: 18 (UK), NR (USA)
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, LPCM Stereo English (Both Versions)
Subtitles: English SDH (Both Versions)
BluRay Release: Arrow Video USA
Region Coding: Region A,B / Region 1,2 NTSC
Retail Price: $39.95 (USA) / £24.99 (UK)
Synopsis: A film editor whose background is working on arthouse films is given the task of editing a series of infamous Slasher films. And what starts off as a routine task, quickly becomes deadly as his mental state of mind deteriorates.
When one thinks of Swedish cinema two things immediately spring to mind, the film of Ingmar Bergman and the exploitation / sexploitation films from the 1970’s. Most notably films like, Exposed (Exponerad) and Thriller: They Call Her One Eye. And though there are many exploitation elements in Evil Ed, it is safe to say that there has not been a Swedish film like it before or since its release.
Content wise, this Evil Ed has all the ingredients one would want or expect from a Slasher film. With one of this film’s greatest assets being its inspired premise that uses violent films as the trigger that sets in motion the carnage that unfolds. The narrative is well executed and pacing is never an issue, as key moments are given an ample amount of time to sink in.
Another strength of this film are the performances and none stand taller than Johan Rudebeck in the role of Edward “Evil Ed” Tor Swenson. He delivers an enthusiastic performance that is deliriously demented. Other performances of note include, Olof Rhodin In the role of Sam Campbell, he is the producer who assigned Edward “Evil Ed” Tor Swenson to work on the gruesome film that pushes him over the edge.
Not to be overlooked are the films visuals, which do a superb job reinforcing the mood. And nowhere is more evident, than when it comes to this film’s gory set pieces. With this film’s blood-soaked finale serving up a very satisfying conclusion.
Each version of this film that have been included as part of this release each come on their own 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The 2k transfers used for this release were sourced from the film’s original 16mm AB negatives. The transfers do a superb job retaining this film’s intended look, details look crisp and there are no issues with compression.
Both versions come with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a LPCM stereo mix in English. Dialog is always clear, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too. Included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras on the first Blu-ray disc that contains Special ED-ition cut include, an image gallery, an introduction before the film (4 minutes 13 seconds, in Swedish with English subtitles), the English language trailer for the film (1 minute 59 seconds), the Swedish language trailer for the film (2 minutes 28 seconds, with English subtitles), Swedish teaser #1 (33 seconds, with English subtitles), Swedish teaser #2 (31 seconds, with English subtitles), “Nutty Professor” teaser (1 minute 43 seconds, in Swedish with English subtitles), “Bergman” teaser (43 seconds, in Swedish with English subtitles), deleted scenes featurette (2 minutes 28 seconds, in Swedish with English subtitles) and a new scenes featurette (6 minutes 10 seconds, in Swedish with English subtitles).
Other extras include, a ‘Making of’ documentary titled Keep ’Em Heads Rollin’ (45 minutes 32 seconds, in Swedish with English subtitles), a featurette titled Before Ed (9 minutes 47 seconds, in Swedish with English subtitles), a featurette tilted Beyond Ed (10 minutes 13 seconds, in Swedish with English subtitles) and a featurette titled Reconstructing Ed (21 minutes 5 seconds, in Swedish with English subtitles).
Topics discussed in the extra titled Keep ’Em Heads Rollin’ include, the origins of Evil Ed, the screenplay, casting Johan Rudebeck in the role of Edward “Evil Ed” Tor Swenson, the creative process, how all but two scenes where shot over the span of four weeks, changes made to the film in post-production and shooting additional scenes, background information about the film, post-production topics, the score, distribution related topics and their thoughts about the films.
The extra titled Before Ed provides an insightful overview of the films that the director and various crew members worked on, while the extra titled Beyond Ed provides information about what the cast & crew have been up to since Evil Ed.
The extra titled Reconstructing Ed is a detailed and informative account of the process that went into making Special ED-ition cut.
Extras on the second Blu-ray disc that contains the original cut include, bloopers (4 minutes 41 seconds) and a lengthy documentary about the film titled Lost in Brainland (186 minutes 39 seconds, in Swedish with English subtitles). Needless to say, that this is an exhaustive recount of the film that leaves no stone unturned.
Rounding out the extras is a reversible cover art and twenty-four-page booklet with cast & crew information, an essay titled Crazy About the Movies: The Story of ‘Evil Ed’ written by Michael Gingold and information about the transfer. Included with this combo release is a DVD that contains the contents that are included as part of the first Blu-ray disc. Overall Evil Ed gets a definitive release from Arrow Video, highly recommended.