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Black Rain (Special Collector's Edition) (1989)

Michael Douglas , Andy Garcia , Ridley Scott  |  R |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw, Yűsaku Matsuda
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Craig Bolotin, Warren Lewis
  • Producers: Alan Poul, Craig Bolotin, Julie Kirkham, Sherry Lansing, Stanley R. Jaffe
  • Format: AC-3, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: October 10, 2006
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GG4Y3M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,686 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Rain (Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Theatrical Trailer
  • "Black Rain: The Script, The Cast" featurette
  • "Black Rain: Making the Film Part 1" featurette
  • "Black Rain: Making the Film Part 2" featurette
  • "Black Rain: Post Production" featurette

Editorial Reviews

Director Ridley Scott, who created two of Hollywood's most impactful and stylish adventure thrillers, Alien and Blade Runner, hits the mark again in Black Rain. Academy Award-winner Michael Douglas (Fatal Attraction, Wall Street) and Andy Garcia (Internal Affairs, The Untouchables) play New York cops whose job to escort a vicious assassin back to his native Japan leads the two Americans into Osaka's exotic underworld and straight into the center of a raging, brutal "Yakuza" gangland battle.

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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A guilt-free pleasure December 27, 2003
Format:DVD
I'm not sure why this movie is described as a 'guilty pleasure'. I don't feel at all bad about liking it. And I do like it, a lot.
For one thing, I like Michael Douglas. I liked him thirty years ago in _The Streets of San Francisco_, I liked him even better after he turned _One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest_ from a great book and a great stage play into a great motion picture, and I've kept right on liking him every time he's gotten himself cast in a stylish, well-scripted film.
And this _is_ a stylish, well-scripted film. It's every bit as dark as you expect from Ridley Scott, and although there's a fairly well-defined villain, the 'heroes' are morally ambiguous. I like that in a movie.
The reviewers who say Michael Douglas's character Nick Conklin is an 'ugly American' are right, but they seem to have missed the fact that this is part of the point. This film is a fairly ambitious, though not terribly deep, attempt to bring off an East-meets-West theme in what looks superficially like just another buddy-cop movie. The 'black rain' of the title is one of the aftereffects of the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and it's the symbolic stand-in for the Western 'decadence' bemoaned by the more traditional Nipponese (even the crime bosses).
But that doesn't mean Japan wins the dramatic argument. On the contrary, the Nipponese cop (played with endearing self-effacement by Ken Takakura) learns a few things from his new cowboy friend 'Nick-san' too. (And the karaoke scene with Takakura and Andy Garcia is priceless.)
Kate Capshaw doesn't really need an excuse to appear in a film, and that's good, because here she doesn't really have one. She's an expatriate American who inexplicably keeps turning up at the center of the action.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Paramount hasn't done justice to BLACK RAIN ! April 18, 2006
By ABI ALY
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this when I watched it back at the cinema in 1989.Last year I found out that it was available on dvd and made the purchase without prior knowledge of the picture quality.The film still impresses me but I am very much disappointed with the picture quality,which is grainy and has fading color. It's a pity Paramount has overlooked this film.I am looking forward to seeing a SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION release which includes:an anamorphic widescreen transfer,a Dolby Digital 5.1 EX sound,English subtitle(the current one doesn't even have this standard feature!),audio commentary with Ridley Scott and/or Michael Douglas,interviews,or other featurettes of the film. What do you say PARAMOUNT ?
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie - Insulting visual transfer March 31, 2004
By slider
Format:DVD
Before I review Black Rain, let me tell you that I agree with some of the previous reviewers that the picture quality of this DVD (its better on VHS) is totally unacceptable. When I first watched it, I had to check my cable connections to make sure they weren't at fault. What a let-down. Mr. Scott should be raising hell over this.
With that said, this is one of my favorite action movies. It portrays Detective Nick Conklin (Michael Douglas) as an outgoing, old-school cop who takes moral short-cuts to get the job done. His partner, a relatively new Detective (Andy Garcia) is along for the ride. They have a run-in with a Japanese mobster (Yakuza) named Sato. After arresting Sato for commiting two murders in a New York restaurant, the Detectives are ordered to escort him back to Japan to face charges there. They manage to let Sato escape as he arrives in Japan. A Japanese Detective (Ken Takarara) is assigned to help out the New York Detectives.
Douglas, Garcia and Takarara are excellenty cast in their respective roles. The screenplay is well written. I must say that the cinematography is really good. Japan, the once-conquered nation, is now an industrial powerhouse. But, like the U.S., it suffers from the ills of corruption and violence. Ridley Scott does a great job of showing the tension between the two cultures. The Japanese, "bound by duty and honor", and the Americans, loud and outspoken, are viewed as somewhat obnoxious by their counterparts. The musical score is incredible. Hans Zimmer really brings this movie to life with an array of Japanese and American-themed music that injects just the right amount of tension for the corresponding scene. Brilliantly done.
This movie is 5-Star material, but the DVD version is a huge disapointment. I would wait to see if a special edition DVD comes out (I can only hope) with the video quality this movie deserves.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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REVIEW: The year is 1989 and so far in that decade we had some pretty cheesy action films. However, Ridley Scott took his approach to this story that if handled by anyone else would have ended up probably like any other 80's action flick. The story follows a renegade cop played by Michael Douglas and his partner played by Andy Garcia as they travel to Japan to deliver a convicted Japanese murderer back to the Japanese police to be imprisoned. When they arrive they are met by the police and hand over the prisoner, but things aren't that easy. The seemingly legit police officers were actually in disguise, and now Nick and Charlie clash with the Japanese culture and with their assigned guide from the Japanese police played by Ken Takakura.

The film follows the formula and if you put your head to it then of course this film will seem unoriginal, but that's not the point. I don't think anyone on the film thought they were creating a masterpiece. Ridley Scott is best known for creating worlds and really utilizing the setting of a film to shape the characters. Here he has Japan, a completely foreign land to most Americans, and he utilizes the setting perfectly. The film is very dark, color-wise. Most of the scenes take place at night and that's where we get the film's really vibrant lighting. Jan De Bont's cinematography really brings notice to the concrete jungle that is Japan and most of the scenes are lit by neon and florescent lights. This adds a harsh dark side to Michael Douglas' character, and that's appropriate since he is a flawed hero. Nick (Douglas) is not a likeable character at all, and that is why Charlie (Andy Garcia) is his partner. Charlie brings humor and charm to the film and the first half of the picture is actually carried on that character.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Rain DVD
My husband loves this movie. He kept renting it and I desided to buy this copy for him. Great movie!
Published 6 hours ago by EL
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Rain
Great movie. Micharel Douglas in his toughest role as a NY cop
gone to Japan to bring back a Yakuza wannabee. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Asa Pace
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray must have
The movie is really good. This is a classic! Black Rain is one of those movies that you never get tired of.
Published 1 month ago by Photojorge
5.0 out of 5 stars As "today" as ever...
I've had Black Rain on VHS, then on LD, then DVD and now Blu Ray...this alone speaks volumes, not for the quality of the video or sound, but to have this movie in whichever format... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Humor freak
5.0 out of 5 stars Action story
Very well acted, I've watched this years ago and was very glad to get this DVD. Michael Douglas plays the part well.
Published 3 months ago by Larry Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars The Picture quality was better then DVD
I had the same title in DVD and decided to change into Bluray.
It was 11$ but I made up my mind since this is my second best movie that Ridley Scott made. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Hee Chul Kwon
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Rain DVD
This is one of my favorite movies of all time...It has a great story line, and stars Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Debra R. Younts
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Michael Douglas movie! and must have!
After watching this a million times on Cable, I had to add this to the library. I think this is one of the best Michael Douglas movies. The actors were perfect! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Timer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love the story of this movie, the main actors, music, scenery, everything that makes you want to see it again and again.
Published 6 months ago by Clifford I. Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch production and paranoid script brighten Black Rain
"Black Rain" is a period piece, set during the decline of the Soviet Union and years before 911. So this fish-out-of-water, 'Odd Couple' of cops movie portrays the prevailing... Read more
Published 7 months ago by James Blakley
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