This page details the preservation & 2K HD digital transfer of all three of the trilogy's 35mm trailers. As of the date of writing, these transfers up for download here, are the only HD versions of the trailers available anywhere in the world. They're included in standard definition on a plethora of DVD & Blu-Ray releases, but none of these are in high definition.
In May, 2015, an original 1982 35mm trailer for The Evil Dead was listed on Ebay.com by user 'thepaperhut'. Not having seen one listed in recent memory, this was an opportunity not to be missed. After 17 bids it was won for $340.00, which is approximately £216. A few weeks later it arrived and was sent on to a company in London called 'i-dailies' for a digital transfer. The company had a minimum order charge of £100 (£138 including shipping & VAT), and because the whole reel was just 2mins, this minimum charge covered both a 1080p colour-corrected transfer, and a raw 2K scan as well. Why do both? Well the company could only do colour correction on 1080p footage because of the way 2K transfers work. The 2K scan had to be a raw transfer of the film, uncorrected. Knowing that the colours there would be too warm due to the age of the film, getting both transfers just covered myself, and it didn't cost any extra. As it turned out, the personally colour corrected 2k scan did look better than the 1080p 'i-dailies' corrected version.
The 2k transfer still needed some work on it's return, even when the warm colour timing was corrected, some shots still stood out as too red, blue & green, a bit all over the place, so the whole thing needed shot-by-shot correction to give an even look. In comparison with the retail DVD trailer, the 2k scan is in 1.66:1 rather than cropped 4:3 so there is a little more image to the frame on each side, and the quality is obviously a lot better too. It's not as good quality as The Evil Dead (Limited Edition) US Blu-Ray full-film transfer, but it's certainly a step up from the DVD trailer.
A few months later on August 4, 2015, I won an Army Of Darkness 35mm trailer for a total of $128.25 (approximately £89). Given the cost of transferring it, I decided to wait. Then on March 12, 2016 I finally won an Evil Dead II 35mm trailer for a total of 128.89 (approximately £89). One that arrived I had both trailers transferred by the same company costing another £138 including shipping & VAT. The results were far better than The Evil Dead's trailer, and colour correction far more simple. You can see a comparison of the fraiming for all three transfers below.
2015 2K 35mm trailer transfer -Vs- 1999 US R1 Elite SE DVD trailer -Vs- 2010 US AB LE Open Matte movie
2016 2K 35mm trailer transfer -Vs- 2000 US R1 AB LE DVD Open Matte trailer -Vs- 2011 US Lions Gate BR widescreen movie
2016 2K 35mm trailer transfer -Vs- 2015 US Shout Factory BR Open Matte trailer -Vs- 2013 Koch Media UE BR widescreen movie
You can watch each trailer in lower quality, click to see some full size screenshots, and download the actual transfers below, which are all in 1080p 24fps MP4 format. You have two options for each download; 4:3 open matte framing (which shows the full frame of the scan as per the below screenshots), and cropped 16:9 framing (which chops off the top & bottom of the frame to give a 16:9 picture). They're freely available for personal use and fanmade DVD/Blu-Ray projects. Should anyone want access to the untouched 2K DPX transfers, or should any professional media companies wish to include any of these trailers on retail releases, please contact me first. As detailed above, these transfers cost around £680 all told, so by no means a cheap venture.