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Release: Nov 27, 2009 - Author: Eiskaltes Grab - Translator: Zuernling - external link: IMDB
A comparison between the US DVD by Anchor Bay (theatrical version / R-rated) and the US DVD by Anchor Bay (Director's Cut / Not Rated).

There are 117 differences taking up 15 minutes and 19 seconds.


97 cuts in the theatrical version = 15 minutes and 12 seconds.
2 cuts in the Director's Cut: = +10 seconds.
14 alternative cuts = theatrical version: +105.5 sec. / DC: 93.5 Sek = +12 sec.
3 recuts = +13 seconds.
alternative ending = theatrical version: +155 sec / DC: 197 sec = 42 seconds.


The last part of the Evil Dead trilogy was released simultaneously as a longer Director's Cut and a shorter R-rated version in the US and the R-rated one was the one shown in theaters. There are about 115 differences between the Director's Cut and the R-rated version and it's about 15 minutes shorter. Missing shots shorter than one second weren't listed in this article.


The image quality of the US DVD is at times quite bad, so please pardon the blurriness of some of the pictures.

6 min
The exterior shot of the knights walking towards the castle with the prisoners is missing.
7 sec



14 min
When ash cuts up the zombie in the pit, a splash of blood hits the wall.
1 sec



16 min
A shot of Ash pointing his finger at the knight.
3 sec



18 min
The monster stands a little longer at the edge of the pit, swaying.
1 sec



18 min
Ditto. This time a close up.
1 sec




24 min
The complete "sex scene" between Ash and Sheila is missing. Afterwards you see Ash on top of the watchtower. He's looking into the distance, while Sheila approaches and snuggles up to him.
54 sec



26 min
Another shot of Ash riding away.
7 sec



26 min
Ash carefully crosses the foggy forested area with his horse.
13 sec



26 min
The shot of the fog at the beginning is longer.
1 sec



27 min
The beginning is missing, where you see the ominous power rushing through the woods from its point of view in order to look for Ash. Also, the next shot of Ash and his nervous horse is missing.
8 sec



27 min
Ash rides away from the dark power that persues him.
3 sec



27 min
Another shot of him.
6 sec




27 min
Ash keeps on riding while the ominous power is directly behind him.
4 sec



R-rated:
A scene shown before, with the ominous power rushing through the woods, is reinserted here.
+2.5 sec

Director's Cut:
Here, you see a different shot of the ominous power and the beginning of Ash surfacing from the waterhole he fell into.
3.5 sec

R-ratedDirector's Cut



27 min
Ash, who could free himself from the waterhole, crawls towards the camera a little bit longer. The next shot, in which the power pursues him, is also longer.
3 sec



27 min
Again, a part where the power is pursuing Ash is shortened.
18 sec




27 min

R-rated:
Part of the chase was reinserted into the R-rated version.
+11 sec


Director's Cut:
Longer shot of Ash running towards the mill.
3 Sek


R-ratedDirector's Cut




28 min
After the ominous power's retreat outside you can see Ash standing in front of the door inside the mill for a little longer. He puts down his chainsaw and sits down on the floor. He looks around the mill sceptically but doesn't notice anything remarkable. When he's looking up to the gears that propel the mill wheel, they stop turning. The R-rated version starts again outside, where the mill wheel stops turning.
68 min



29 min
The Mini-Ashs are still happy after firing the shotgun at Ash. Then you see Ash pulling the fork out of his butt and looking at the Mini-Ashs vengefully.
14 sec



29 min
Ash: "Ha! Yeah! Iím gonna hunt down all you!"
The shot at the biginning, with Ash running towards the Mini-Ashs' tripping hazard is a little longer.
4 sec

30 min
After Ash got his face off of the hot stove top, he threatens to crush the Mini-Ashs with a hammer, while the camera pans upwards to a bucket full of a distgusting liquid. One of the Mini-Ashs tips the bucket over, which lands directly on Ash's head. The liquid spreads all over the floor and Ash keeps on slipping on it. The Mini-Ashs set up a trap and get closer to him, holding a broom, which he of course trips over and falls backwards, landing with his but on the stove top, the pain of which makes him scream loudly. When trying to get up, he hits his head against a pipe and collapses on the floor. Now, he takes the bucket off of his head and discovers a Mini-Ash near the fire place and knocks him into the fire by knocking against the block of wood. When he sees another Mini-Ash sneaking away, he gets up suddenly and hits his head again against the pipe. Enraged, he hits the pipe and gets a face full of soot, while the Mini-Ashs are having a blast because of this.
81 sec




30 min
Here, a scene is missing in the DC, which is to be found in the R-rated version: After Ash stepped on the nail, the Mini-Ashs are cheering for a longer time. You also see Ash's face, twisted in pain, a little longer.
+2 sec



31 min
The Mini-Ashs stand around Ash, who's lying on the floor, all tied up. Then, two Mini-Ashs grab him and hold him up headlong, while two other Mini-Ashs hold his nose shut.
9 sec



31 min

R-rated:
A part of the scene above, where Ash's nose is hold shut, is reinserted here.
+2 sec

Director's Cut:
Ash tries to breathe, while the Mini-Ashs keep his nose shut.
2 sec


R-ratedDirector's Cut



31 min
You can see Ash struggling for air in the R-rated version also, shortly befor a Mini-Ash falls into his mouth.
+1 sec



32 min
The eye looking out of Ash's shoulder is see a little longer.
1 sec




32 min
Ash punches his twin in the face, then you see the two running around.
14 sec



32 min
Both of them crawling on all fours is shown a little longer.
10 sec



33 min
Ash and his twin face each other a little longer.
3 sec



33 min
The twin Ash jokes around a little after Ash asks him, whether he's really his actual match.
10 sec




33 min
The fake Ash is shown dancing for a little longer.
1 sec



33 Min

R-rated:
Ash: God! Bad! I'm a Guy with a Gun!
+10 sec

Director's Cut:
Ash: I'm good God!
The shot face of twin Ash can be seen longer.
8 sec


R-ratedDirector's Cut



34 min
A shot of Ash chaining up his twin.
4 sec



34 min
Ash mounts the chain to the hook. Then he turns on his chainsaw.
9 sec



34 min
Only in the R-rated version you can see the chainsaw buzzing above the chained up twin.
+8 sec



34 min
Ash digging a hole is shown longer.
11 sec



35 min
Ash throws another shovel full of dirt on the severed head of his twin.
7 sec



35 min
A longer shot of the landscape after Ash rode off screen. Also, the shot of Ash riding through the woods is longer.
6 sec



35 min
Another shot of Ash riding away.
6 sec



35 min
After arriving at the graveyard, Ash walks off screen.
3 sec



36 min
Longer shot of Ash walking towards the Necronomicon.
7 sec



36 min
When he arrives, the scene of him being angry at the fact that there are three instead of one Necronomicon is longer.
10 sec



37 min
With a swinging motion of his face, Ash tries to get his normal face back. This is shorter in the R-rated version.
6 sec



38 min
A longer shot of Ash trying to get the Necronomicon off of him.
4 sec



38 min
Ditto.
2 sec



40 min
Various tombstones shooting out of the ground and a cut to Ash.
2 sec



40 min
Ash runs through the graveyard, while everything around him falls apart.
6 sec



42 min
After Ash got attacked by the skeleton army, he grabs one of them and breaks it into pieces.
10 sec



42 min
Longer shot of Ash riding away.
2 sec



42 min
Exterior shot of the mill.
3 sec



45 min
The old man is shown again, as is Ash, trying to talk his way out of his botched attempt.
7 sec



46 min
The conversation between Ash and Sheila is longer. Ash says, that he doesn't belong here and the book is the only possibility for him to escape. Sheila asks him, what will happens to all the beautiful things they shared.
9 sec



48 min

R-rated:
Supervillain to Sheila: You sweet little thing!
+3 sec

Director's Cut:
Sheila spits the supervillain in his face.
6 sec

R-ratedDirector's Cut



48 min
The supervillain gropes Sheila and has an expression of arousal on his face.
5 sec



48 min
The supervillain kisses Sheila, which she doesn't exactly like. Also, the next shot, of a skeleton walking through the frame with ha slavegirl, is a little longer.
9.5 sec



51 min
Ash tells his army that they can defeat the Army of Darkness despite their fear, with progress.
24 sec



52 min
Ash gets an item out of his trunk, but throws it back in, while the blacksmith closes the trunk.
6 sec



52 min
Ash fishes out a book about structural design, then they fix up Ash's car following a blueprint.
9 sec




52 min
More fixing up of Ash's car.
14 sec




53 min
Two guards blow their trumpets, then a shot of Ash charging up the watchtower.
18 sec




54 min
A longer shot of the skeleton army.
7 sec




55 min
The shot of the skeleton army standing in front of the castle is minimally longer.
1 sec



55 min
A tracking shot of various skeleton warriors.
6 sec



55 min
Again, part of the tracking shot of some skeleton warriors is missing and the next shot is shorter in the R-rated version.
6 sec



55 min
The supervillain demands a mirror to look at himself. Then he tells Zombie-Sheila that he will be the king of the country and she the queen, as soon as he gets the Necronomicon.
31 sec



55 min
The supervillain says, that nothing is going to stop him from getting the Necronomicon.
5 sec



56 min
Supervillain: Excellent!
3 sec



56 min
At Lord Arthur's command, the archers get ready for battle, while the Army of Darkness is charging towards the castle.
16.5 sec




56 min
R-rated:
A shot of the Army of Darkness charging towards the castle was reinserted here.
+6 sec

Director's Cut:
An explosive arrow is lit. Then you see another shot of the Army of Darkness charging towards the castle.
7 sec


R-ratedDirector's Cut



56 min


R-rated:
The shot of the army charging towards the castle that was seen before, is reinserted here.
+3 sec

Director's Cut:
Here you see Lord Arthur instead, who's waiting for Ash's sign to attack.
5 sec

R-ratedDirector's Cut




56 min

R-rated:
The shot of Lord Arthur and Ash shown in the Director's Cut is now inserted here.
+5 sec

Director's Cut:
The shot of the charging army is longer.
2 sec

R-ratedDirector's Cut



56 min
Longer shot of Lord Arthur.
1 sec



56 min
Another shot, that's longer in the DC.
1 sec




57 min
A skeleton warrior is hit by a burning arrow and blows up. Also the beginning of the shot of Ash is longer.
5 sec



R-rated:
The aforementioned scene was reinserted here.
+5 sec

Director's Cut:
A burning skeleton runs around, loses its head and falls down.
8 sec


R-ratedDirector's Cut



57 min

R-rated:
Part of the scene with the burning skeleton was reinserted here. Only the beginning is missing, where it's running around, and the end, where it fals down without its head.
+3 sec

Director's Cut:
Shots of the fleeing skeletons, the cheering crowd including Ash and Lord Arthur, plus the supervillain and Zombie-Sheila.
21 sec

R-ratedDirector's Cut



57 min
In the R-rated version, the beginning of the shot, where various knights are running around, is missing.
2.5 sec



58 min
The skeleton army charges towards the castle.
6.5 sec



58 min
The camera pans towards Ash.
4 sec




58 min
A bunch of explosive projectiles is shot, which hit the ground after a while and blow some enemies up.
9 sec




58 min

R-rated:
The scene with the explosive projectile and Ash cheering, standing next to Lord Arthur, is reinserted here. The scene appeared earlier in the DC.
+12 sec


Director's Cut:
Another explosive projectile is shot in the air and hits some enemies after exploding on the ground.
6 sec

R-ratedDirector's Cut




59 ,in
The battering ram hits the gate once more. Meanwhile, the supervillain orders his henchman to shoot and he obeys and hits a knight, who shortly thereafter falls off the tower, with many arrows stuck in him and hits the ground. Then, the camera pans to Lord Arthur, who gives orders to his men. Then he runs towards Ash and tells him, that he knew that Henry the Red and his army wouldn't come to help them. Ash then says that he's sure that Henry the Red will come. Lord Arthur says that he still has his doubts and that no matter how the battle ends, it was wrong of him to call Ash a coward.
32 sec




60 min
When the Army of Darkness succeeds in storming the castle, Lord Arthur says that they broke their first line of defense. He asks Ash what they should do, but he flees panick-stricken into a building. Lord Arthur is desperate and says to himself that they lost now.
14 sec



60 min
An exterior shot of the castle and the battle in front of it follows. Also, there's a cross-fade to inside the castle, where a knight is being stabbed by a skeleton.
10 sec



61 min

R-Rated:
Shots of Ash in the car and some remains of bones he runs over.
+5 sec

Director's Cut:
The scene, where the remains are run over starts earlier here. A skeleton lying on the floor is scared because Ash's car comes dangerously close.
6 sec

R-ratedDirector's Cut



61 min
A longer shot of Ash driving through the yard with his rebuilt car and killing some more skeletons.
23.5 sec




62 min
The supervillain orders his army to charge at the castle's walls and they march there carrying ladders. A knight knocks a climbing skeleton to the ground, by pushing the ladder that's leaning on the wall back. Another skeleton, that has arrived at the top, gets decapitated.
29 sec



63 min
A creature fights with a knight and he stabs it, then it falls off the wall.
6 sec



63 min

R-rated:
A knight announces from the top of the tower, that Henry the Red and his army have arrived. Meanwhile you see Henry and his army riding towards the castle while killing some skeleton warriors. This scene appears later in the DC.
+31 sec

Director's Cut:
Longer shot of Lord Arthur fighting the headless skeleton and hacking off its arm. Shortly thereafter he grabs the skeleton and lifts it in the air.
8 sec

R-ratedDirector's Cut




64 min
When Ash is running towards the ladder, he knocks down an enemy. There's a cut to the supervillain who tells Ash, that the Necronomicon is now his. Then another cut to Ash, who's running outside of the frame to stop the supervillain. Part of this scene starts a little later in the theatrical version.
10 sec



64 min
Part of the previously shown shot of Ash and the villain was reinserted in the R-rated version.
+5 sec



64 min
A skeleton with his severed head can be seen in the background.
2 sec



65 min
Longer shot of Ash, trying to get Zombie-Sheila away from himself.
5.5 sec



65 min
The following scene, in which Ash turns around and the villain rips out the grilled gate, in order to get to the Necrinomicon that's lying in front of him, is different in both versions. Also, Ash is shown longer from behind in the DC, shortly before he turns around.
Theatrical version: +7 sec
Director's Cut: 8 sec

R-ratedDirector's Cut



66 min
Longer shot of Ash pushing the supervillain's sword away from his face.
2 sec



66 min
Ash rams his hilt against the supervillain's head once more.
1.5 sec



66 min
Longer shot of the supervillain, shortly before he draws his sword.
1 sec



66 min
Ash runs into an enemy on the stairs, grabs him and throws him at the supervillain.
5 sec



66 min
Ash and the supervillain are fighting longer with their swords on the stairs.
2 sec



67 min
Longer shot of the supervillain blocking Ash's attacks.
1 sec



67 min
Ash pushes both enemies' swords away from himself longer.
1 sec



67 min
The sword fight between Ash and the supervillain is longer.
4 sec




67 min
Ash, who's lying on the ground, looks up to the supervillain.
1 sec



67 min
The supervillain prepares to jump.
1 sec



67 min
The burning supervillain is shown longer.
3.5 sec



68 min
Longer shot of the supervillain burning.
0.5 sec




68 min
After Ash has kicked the supervillain from the castle's walls, he swings back with a rope and runs out of frame.
3 sec



68 min
A fighting knight is hit in his throat by an arrow. The camera pans to Lord Arthur, who is defending himself with his sword. Now, you see Ash, who's running down the stairs and knocks down an enemy. He continues running and then stops, while there's a dissolve to the battle in the yard.
17 sec



68 min
The shot of Ash attacking the supervillain with the burning stick is longer
1 sec



68 min
Ash jumps onto the wall and has to avoid the supervillain's attacks. Then he loses his balance and falls off the wall, but manages to grab onto it. The supervillain tries to hit Ash with his sword, but he misses. After a while, Ash can get a hold of the supervillain's sword and manages to pull himself back up onto the wall.
28 sec



69 min
In the DC, there follows a scene with Henry the Red and his army, charging towards the castle and killing some skeleton warriors on their way. Also, there are some shots of Ash on the ground, the supervillain and cheering knights.
42 sec



69 min
Now, the scene with the cheering crowd and the fleeing skeletons appears in the theatrical version.
+7 sec



70 min
A shot of Lord Arthur and Henry.
6.5 sec



72 min
Sheila is looking at Ash.
3.5 sec



72 min
Sheila gazes after Ash, who's riding away. The next shot of Sheila starts a little earlier in the DC.
5 sec



Alternative Ending:

72 min

R-rated:

The Ash vs Zombie - Ending: Ash is back in his store and tells his bored colleague (Ted Raimi) about his adventurous experience. Then, you see Ash tagging home appliances, when he suddenly notices a young woman standing next to him. The woman tells him, that she overheard the story about his time travel back into the past and thinks it's totally hot. Suddenly, a dark atmosphere creeps through the store and a female zombie appears behind Ash and the woman, who knocks Ash down with one punch. When the zombie wants to attack the woman, Ash intervenes and kills the zombie with punches, kicks and some shots from his shotgun. Proudly, Ash puts away his shotgun and pulls the young woman towards him to kiss her. The End.
+155 sec



Director's Cut:

The Ash is sleeping too long - Ending: Ash walks into a cave, while some knights push his car into it. He blasts the entrance shut with some dynamite and gets comfortable in his car and takes some of the sleeping tonic. Whilst taking it, he is distracted by a noise and thus takes more drops than advised. After he falls into a deep sleep, many years pass. When it's over, Ash awakens and runs toward the entrance of the cave. He puts away the rocks one by one and goes outside, as soon as the exit is clear. But he is shocked to find out, that his hometown isn't what it used to be and that he slept far too long because of the additional drops he took. Stunned, he collapses screaming. The End.
197 sec

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