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THE CROW

Director Alex Proyas film version of THE CROW ($30) is something of a modern visual masterwork and is already a genre classic. Based upon the James O'Barr’s comic book of the same name, THE CROW is a tale of romance, resurrection and revenge. The late Brandon Lee stars as Eric Draven, a young musician whose existence is brought to a tragic end by a group of street punks. One year after his death, a crow guides Eric back to the mortal world where he can avenge his death and that of his fiancee Shelly. Through the power of the crow, Eric discovers himself to be impervious to injury and sets off to dispatch his murderers like a sleek modern angel of death. The story is simplistic, but Alex Proyas’ execution is brilliant. Cinematographer Dariusz Wolski brings Proyas’ dark vision to life by using the darkness to its full advantage to create a world where images flow with a nightmare like quality. Making things even more intense are Alex McDowell’s production designs, which give THE CROW a kind of hellish otherworldliness. The cast of THE CROW also features Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, David Patrick Kelly, Angel David, Rochelle Davis, Bai Ling, Laurence Mason, Michael Massee, Sofia Shinas, Anna Levine, Jon Polito and Tony Todd.

Miramax/Dimension Home Entertainment offers THE CROW in a Letterboxed presentation that restores the film to its proper 1.85:1 theatrical framing. For the most part the transfer appears quite good, with the numerous dark sequences appearing detailed without film grain being bothersome. There are times that the colors run a bit too hot and the contrast is intense, but these brief moments are in the film for effect. Usually, the colors are saturated, but remain natural looking. There is, however, one sequence early in the film where film grain is uncommonly high and the black level gets pumped up to gray causing the image to become somewhat washed out. This problem lasts for several minutes. MPEG-2 compression artifacts were just about undetectable.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 channel soundtrack has a rich, layered mix that offers good separation and deep bass. Other soundtrack options include a matrixed Dolby Surround and French language tracks.

The interactive menus offer the standard scene and language selection options.

All reviews are Copyright 1998 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.

 
THE CROW 



 

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DVD reviews are Copyright 1998 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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