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The Crow (1994/Miramax/Lionsgate Blu-ray)

 

Picture: B     Sound: B+     Extras: A     Film: A

 

 

One year after the death Eric Draven and his fiancée, Eric finds himself resurrected on the eve of Halloween.  Endowed with the spirit and power of The Crow (1992), he now seeks the gangsters who were responsible for their deaths and to pay for their crimes.  Now a beat street cop and young girl watches as this angel of death bring death to those who would cause it.
 
It is said that the crow ferries spirits to the land of the dead, but sometimes something so awful has happens that the spirits aren't able to rest and they are brought back to the land of the living to right what was wrong.  Eric was tossed off his loft and Shelly was brutally raped then murdered by the local street vermin under orders of a crime lord.  Now back from the dead the Crow (Eric) hunts them down one by one and anyone else who dares stands in his way.  In a city full of sin and vice, the day before Halloween is 'Devil's Night', a night when cops are outnumbered, arsonists go wild and crime has overrun the city, truly a night of the devil, but from darkness a spirit of vengeance has come back from beyond the grave, that judgment from the grave demands blood in turn.
 
This is one of the greatest dark gothic movie is now on Blu-ray and with fine digital high definition quality, The Crow was Brandon Lee’s last film and it still looks like a huge career ended way too soon.  The 1080p 1.85 X 1 image and DTS HD-MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix could even be a little better, but are pretty good here and better than the many (and now many out of print) DVD copies previously issued.

 

Universal Pictures originally backed Director Alex Proyas on this film, but bailed when Lee died.  Miramax took over, worked with Lee’s mother and finished the film, which has been a hit and favorite ever since.  Looks like Universal made a huge mistake.  Extras include digital copy, commentary with director, behind the scenes, extended and deleted scenes, original poster concepts, storyboards, and trailer.

 

 

-   Ricky Chiang


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