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THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS ($30) pales in comparison to the original film. With the untimely death of Brandon Lee, the series needed a new leading man to carry it forward if Miramax/Dimension was to turn it into a franchise. Vincent Pérez stars as Ashe Corven, a man who is murdered along with his son, by a group of gang members working for a drug lord. The crow guides Ashe back to this life to exact his revenge on those responsible for murdering him and his son. The only character that carries over from the first film is an adult version of Sarah, the young girl who was a close friend of Brandon Lee’s character. THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS rehashes many of the same elements found in the first film, but isn’t nearly as stylish or inventive as its forebearer. The visuals are more like those of a music video with a lot of rapid editing. The violence seems more intense in the sequel and the soundtrack louder. The cast of THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS includes Mia Kirshner, Richard Brooks and Iggy Pop.

Miramax/Dimension Home Video has released THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS in a fine looking Letterboxed transfer. The Letterboxed presentation frames the film very close to its proper theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Everything appears properly balanced in the Letterboxed transfer. The image is finely detailed and the colors have good saturation without any bleeding in the hot colors. Digital compression artifacts were completely in check.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack has a solid mix, which favors its pulsing rock music and should be played very loud to get the full effect. Other soundtrack options include a matrixed Dolby Surround track. Subtitles are available in Spanish.

The interactive menus offer the standard scene selection feature.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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