Lee, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott
Director: Alex Proyas
Draven, a young rock guitarist, and his fiancée, are brutally
killed by a ruthless gang of criminals. Exactly one year after
his death, Eric returns from the grave to seek out his
attackers. His task is simple, avenge his death and that of his
beloved Shelly by taking out each of the four killers. Helping
him along the way is a mystical black crow, his guardian through
the land of the living, and police officer Albreck (Ernie
Hudson). In the end our ruthless gang of criminals meet poetic
justice, vigilante style, from the dark angel himself.
Crow pulls the "knife shoulder" move that only Blade
was able to copy professionally.
Crow is based on the comic book series by James O'Barr; who
created the character to release some of his rage after his own
fiancée was brutally murdered. The
Crow has a basic revenge style premise that is enlivened by
great production designs and cinematography. As viewers we are
plunged into an ugly, grim society where criminals do as they
please and the police are all but helpless to put an end to the
no question that The Crow will be remembered for the sudden death of star Brandon
Lee. Director Alex Proyas halted production for a month, after
the death of Brendan Lee, but Lee's mother and fiancée who
convinced Proyas to complete the film. Reworking the film added
an additional $8 million to the $15 million budget, (thanks to
CGI enhancements). Paramount, the original distributor of the
movie, dropped it. Miramax, the new distributor, consulted the
family and carefully marketed the film without exploiting the
tragedy. Knowing its history makes this dark gothic film a
haunting and unforgettable experience.
new 2-disc release of The
Crow marks the film’s second appearance on DVD, as this
package replaces the old movie only edition.
appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, dual-layered DVD; the image has been
enhanced for 16X9
televisions. This re-mastered version of The
Crow came to it’s out most perfection, the movie looked
it was YOU who let one slip!"
was fantastic from start to finish. There were no signs of soft
or fuzzy images, as the entire film appeared crisp and well
defined. No concerns with effects and jagged edges, a couple of
print flaws cropped up occasionally, but they stayed modest
throughout the film. I saw a few signs of speckles and a little
grit, and some light grain cropped up, but otherwise the movie
featured a very stylized color palette, this was the sort of
movie that wasn’t actually shot in black and white, but much
of the effect strongly resembled that kind of image. However,
when colors did appear, they were solid and vivid, and I saw no
problems related to bleeding or noise.
to the film’s dark nature, black levels became especially
important for this film. The dark tones of The
Crow seemed deep and rich, and contrast levels were
excellent. Shadow detail looked heavy but never excessively
thick. Overall, The Crow
provided a breath taking/visual experience.
included both Dolby
Digital 5.1 and DTS
5.1 mixes (thank you!). I thought the two tracks sounded
virtually identical, but of course I’m going to plug the DTS
version. The film’s sound field offered an engaging
experience. Many scenes provided more specific audio and
didn’t suffer from this minor failing. The audio used all five
channels to a solid degree, sounds moved reasonably well between
channels, and at times panning sounded realistic.
me in the jimmy and see what happens!"
seemed mildly edgy and rough. However, most of the dialogue were
acceptably natural and distinct. The film’s musical soundtrack
seemed acceptably clean and crisp. I found that bass levels were
fairly high and the low end seemed strong.
from producer Jeff Most and screenwriter John Shirley. A variety
of production issues were discussed, the emphasis stuck with
character development and story points, plus we learned about
how the whole “Crow” legend fit into this movie.
this program is about16 minutes; the show combines the usual mix
of footage from the set, movie clips, and interviews.
featurette is pretty interesting, as is A
Profile of James O’Barr. This 33 minute program offers an
interview with the creator of the Crow
comic, this dude has major issues, it’s clear that O’Barr
has led a messed-up life, and his discussion of these
events was brutally honest.
area provides three lengthened segments. For the most part the
extra footage essentially just made the pieces more violent than
they previously shot.
and Production Design
Stills: this segment shows 24 alternative advertising looks,
13 drawings that informed the appearance of the film.
Brandon Lee on the
other end of the gun, fortunately.
This five minute and 25 second section offers a variety of trims
from scenes, some unused footage.
Drawings per scene; still-frame material appears as well.
Enhanced Playback Track, Screenplay View, Devil’s Night
Retribution Trivia Game, and the weblink.
Crow trailer! We do however have other trailers, Scream
boxed set, From Dusk Till Dawn boxed set, The
Faculty, Break Up,
is one of my favorite films. So to ask the question, Should you
buy or rent? Well it should be obvious. This disc was well
anticipated for everyone who felt cheated prior to the first
disc release of The Crow.
DVD offered excellent picture positive audio and a nice mixture
of extras. A solid DVD! Highly recommended!