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Unable to feel physical pain but constantly assailed by emotional and mental anguish. Enhanced strength due to the maximum adrenaline now coursing unchecked through his system constantly, 24 hours a day. Serious rage problems. Severely altered, scarred physical appearance. Westlake/Darkman can create perfect masks of any human being (and mimic their vocal patterns precisely) but the masks break down after a finite period in sunlight, and thus he most frequently appears in his new identity's trademark garb of bandages and black trenchcoat and hat. I realize typing that that it sounds like a dopey outfit but it's actually a striking and intimidating look onscreen thanks to the great effects and costuming. Hellbent on a path of revenge against Drake's crime empire, and on protecting his love Julie from the shadows, the violent and vengeful reign of the Darkman begins. A movie that possibly could only have been made by a man capable of directing such diverse films as the "Spider-Man" epics, the "Evil Dead" trilogy and "The Gift". Highest recommendation.
As soon as the clips began to roll behind the menu I knew they'd done the job right here. This film was largely missed in theaters and the home video and DVD versions where grainy, washed-out presentations that greatly diminished the style of director Sam Rami.
This is a must for HD DVD players. The pitcture is fully restored, crisp, clear, vibrant and devoid of all film flaws such as dust and scratches. Where some HD DVD versions are nothing more than the original DVD digital masters transfered to the new format (much the way many early DVD's where really Laser-disk copied to the then new format) this is not!
Darkman is a great, twisted peice that blends the ultra-violent comic-book styles seen in now in films like Sin City with the breakneck actions sequences of films like Spiderman.
See it again for the first time on HD DVD! This is the sound and fury of Home Theater and one of the best restorations I've ever seen!
BTW, if you have a smaller HD set (1280X720p max)that only accepts up to 1080i, then set your HD DVD player only to output 720p, it reduces the pixelation in the dark grays and blacks and reduces motion blure. I use this with my Toshiba Player and 42" sony grand wega through HDMI and the picture is flawless. Remember, if your set is 46" or under, 720p is mostly likely it's native resolution and outputing at that resolution can cause major improvement.
Director Sam Raimi, future commander of the "Spider-Man" blockbuster, shows us his talents by writing the screenplay of a dark tale that goes like this: an attorney named Julie (Frances McDormand) stumbles upon cover-up real estate dealings, then hoodlums brutally attack her scientist beau, Peyton Westlake(Liam Neeson) and leave him for dead. But Peyton miraculously lives, and is taken as a John Doe at a hospital. The obscure patient is yielded to breakthough, but extreme therapy which insenates his nerves to feelings and enhances his strength and emotions. Then Peyton unexpectedly awakens and escapes the hospital. He builds a dilapidated lab in an abandoned industrial plant. His terribly burned skin from the lab accident prompts him to develop synthetic skin in order to impersonate the thugs who horribly disfigured him. His revenge gives him a sign of life when he visits his love, Julie, who thought he died.
I thought it was an intriging plot, and the cinematography and fantastic score by Danny Elfman are highlights. I also loved the character Peyton, aka Darkman. He's a haunted soul and the ultimate anti-hero who can't view himself in the world because of his horribly scared skin. There's also great directing by Raimi, who balances suspense, action and moments of humor.
I'll always cherish "Darkman" because I never get sick of it. It will always be one of my favorite movies because it was a bear in memory from my childhood.
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It's Darkman. If you haven't seen it then you probably don't want to. It's a bit dated, but generally fun.Published 1 month ago by Pat Pugh
Darkman, the brainchild of Sam Raimi who couldn't acquire rights to Batman or The Shadow, puts legendary director/producer Sam Raimi together with - you thought I was going to say... Read morePublished 1 month ago by By CJs Pirate
Sam Raimi broke into feature length films with "Evil Dead" because, as he said, they're inexpensive to make and you can get some mileage out of them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Eric Sanber
This is sort of a mix of Batman and the Joker's origin story, while not really either. Lots of action, but so thin on the glossed-over plot, nothing really matters here. Read morePublished 2 months ago by A.Trendl HungarianBookstore.com
This is a cult classic. Long before Liam was LIAM! A fun flick if you are into the genre.Published 4 months ago by Allen Bays
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darkman 2 has those actors, jenny agutter has done quite alot of tv and movies , she was in 'logans run' etc. this was a low budget movie , they don't have the money to go back and fix effects from that long ago usually. I just want a good print.
Apr 12, 2011 by Michael Dobey | See all 2 posts
little in the way of extras, a documentary and such. no deleted scenes.
Apr 12, 2011 by Michael Dobey | See all 2 posts
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