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Crow, The

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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted February 17, 2000 | E-mail the Author
The Movie:

In 1994, director Alex Proyas made a stunning debut with "The Crow", which is really one of the best comic book adaptations to film I've seen. The picture is stunning in the way it presents a universe of dark alleys and stunning visuals. The unfortunate part though, is that the film's star (Brandon Lee) was accidently killed during the production. Lee's performance is nothing short of outstanding and he was obviously a performer that had a bright future ahead of him.

Lee stars as Eric Draven, a young guitar player who was killed along with his wife before their wedding by a group of criminals. Although he died, he is brought back to the world to have his revenge on the the group of criminals who caused his death. Joined by a crow, he begins going after the gang, one by one.

The film's world of dark streets and moody visuals is nothing that hasn't been done before, or after for that matter( "Strange Days" ), but "The Crow" is almost stunning in the detail of the look that it tries to accomplish. Performances are especially good for a film like this, with Lee's performance being especially intense. All in all a very enjoyable thriller with impressive production design.

The DVD

VIDEO: Suprisingly decent effort, seeing as it's an early Buena Vista release. Nothing that's going to impress hugely, but it does do a number of things right. The entire movie takes place almost entirely on dark city streets, and the picture still manages a good amount of detail during these sequences. Although the picture is not razor sharp, it still manages to be consistently above average. Not much in the way of colors during the film. Flesh tones are accurate throughout, as well.

Really nothing much in the way of problems at all - no shimmering or pixelation and the print used is in excellent condition. Although this isn't as good as it could possibly look, this isn't bad at all compared to some of the other early works from Disney. A good presentation of the outstanding cinematography by Dariusz Wolski("Crimson Tide", "Dark City", "A Perfect Murder").

SOUND: The audio on this film impressed me as well, with sound that completely envelops the viewer during some of the more intense action sequences. Surrounds are put to effective and creative use, and again, there are a number of action sequences that really do a good job of putting the viewer in the middle of the action with some gunfire and explosions. The hard rock soundtrack also comes through very nicely, filling the room. No problems with dialogue in what's overall a very strong film in terms of sound. Supervising sound editor on this film was David McMoyler, who has gone on to be the supervising sound editor for both "The Mask Of Zorro" (for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Effects and Sound Effects Editing) and "the 13th Floor".

MENUS:: Very basic main menus that simply use photos from the film.

EXTRAS: Nothing. Not even a trailer.




Final Thoughts: A good movie and not a bad effort in terms of audio or image quality, but no extras.

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