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The Crow (Collector's Series Boxed Set) (1994)

Brandon Lee , Michael Wincott , Alex Proyas , Bharat Nalluri  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Brandon Lee, Michael Wincott, Vincent Perez, Mia Kirshner, Rochelle Davis
  • Directors: Alex Proyas, Bharat Nalluri, Tim Pope
  • Writers: Chip Johannessen, David J. Schow, David S. Goyer, James O'Barr, John Shirley
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Dimension
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 294 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (600 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000524EM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Crow (Collector's Series Boxed Set)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes Featurette
  • The Crow Chronicles
  • Profile of James O'Barr
  • Extended Scenes: -The Arcade Bombing, -The Fun Boy Fight, and -The Shoot-Out at Top Dollar's
  • Deleted Footage Montage
  • Original Poster Concepts
  • Production Design Stills
  • Storyboards: "The Skull Cowboy Scenes," "The Arcade Bombing," "Fun Boy's Last Stand," "The Liquor Store Robbery," and "The Shoot-Out at Top Dollar's"
  • DVD ROM: Devil's Night Retribution Trivia Game, Enhanced Playback Track, Screenplay Viewer and Weblinks

Editorial Reviews

The collection includes THE CROW: Legendary Brandon Lee plays Eric Draven, a rock guitarist who, along with his finacee, is killed by a ruthless gang of criminals. One year after his death, Eric returns -- watched over by a hypnotic crow -- to seek revenge. THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS: The murder victim (Vincent Perez) of an evil drug cartel is brought back to life by a mysterious crow to exact revenge on his killers one by one! THE CROW: SALVATION: Wrongly executed for the murder of his girlfriend, Alex Corvis (Eric Mabius) returns to find the real killer -- aided by his girlfriend’s sister (Kirsten Dunst) ... and the mysterious crow!

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160 of 166 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This has it all April 14, 2002
Format:DVD
This DVD has it all, and is well worth the extra price. First of all there is a great movie. The Crow is a cult classic, but I don't mean to demean it at all by calling it one. Based on the comic book of the same name, The Crow has a great premise (a man comes back from the dead to avenge the death of the woman he loves) and is made well. It's a dark film made in muted, dark colors, almost black and white. The action sequences are great (after all, Brandon Lee is Bruce Lee's son). This would have been Brandon's break-out role if he hadn't died. It also has one of my favorite fight scenes, the shoot out at Top Dollar's. And Ernie Hudson is surprisingly good in his role in the film. And a great soundtrack.
The DVD is loaded with extras. There is commentary by Jeff Most (producer and executive music producer of the Crow movies) and John Shirley (co-writer of The Crow). Their commentary is almost as good as the film. You get a lot of insight into the movie, how it was made, and why certain choices were made. This is what DVD commentaries should be like. (It is a shame that Brandon Lee was unable to do a commentary, it would have been very interesting to see what he had to say about the film). Most's commentary is very informative and very entertaining. My only fault with the commentary is that there wasn't much on Brandon's death. I really expected to hear more about it, since it is such a huge part of the mythos of the film. Also on disc one is the DVD-ROM extras. There is the script that you read the same time the film is playing. There is a trivia game (which really isn't that great and is about the entire Crow franchise and not just this movie). You can also watch the "enhanced playback track" which has trivia and other features as the film plays.
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85 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic is an understatement. June 7, 2000
Format:DVD
For those of you don't know this movie is Brandon Lee's last. Tragically, he died during the last days of filming. This film would have catapulted Brandon Lee into major-stardom.
Knowing this only makes the movie darker, sadder, and more heart-wrenching.
Based on the comic book series of the same name by James O'Barr, the movie stays close to its comic book roots. Dark imagery, up-close shots, and stark contrasts add to the comic book feel and gothic look of the movie. The music in the film, both soundtrack and songs, convey thoughts and imagery.
The Crow is a story of love and revenge, loss and retribution. It is a portrait of the struggle between the pain of seeing the past, and the peace of gaining closure. Director Alex Proyas did a wonderful job of capturing this struggle on film.
While the bulk of the supporting cast is at the very least believable, Michael Wincott is disturbingly creepy as the main antagonist "Top Dollar." Ernie Hudson, here playing a cop who thinks he's seeing a ghost, delivers an even performance.
But the movie is ALL Brandon Lee. He brought his martial arts background and talent to this film and gave 200%. He was also the movie's fight choreographer. This means: sit up and watch!
This movie is 80% action, 5% comedy, and 15% heart-wrenching, tear-jerking tragedy. Be prepared to sit on the edge of your seat, and use up a box of kleenex.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For now.....close enough. April 30, 2001
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Format:DVD
Fans have not been able to see and hear THE CROW movies like this before (in the case of Salvation, this is its intro). The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound & DTS 5.1 Digital Surround Sound further enhance the impact on the senses (the movies are viewable in Widescreen 1.85:1 or full screen Enhanced 16x9). The picture is flawless and the soundtracks gloriously spring from the speakers with added power. The quality of the video and audio alone make owning the re-issue DVDs a must.
Miramax was forced to issue the first movie's DVD without Proyas' commentary, or any other supplementals that had his image, which include the advertised Schow 90min "chronicles", a stills presentation taken from pics Schow took, and appx 6mins of the "making of" featurette that featured Proyas. An unfortunate circumstance for sure, but one that dealt with unknown agendas and legal issues not a thumbs down of the disk by Proyas as a previous reviewer has tried to insinuate.
The first movie's disk still contains plenty of supplementals to satisfy the fan pallet. The James O'Barr interview is a fantastic look inside the man who created this great story. Deleted scene montage & extended scenes are fantastic looks into things that many fan chat sites have discussed and debated for years. A highly informative "making of" feature that was shot during production; original poster conception art, production design stills, and storyboards. And a highly informative commentary track by Jeff Most (producer) and co-script writer John Shirley .
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I never saw this originally in '94 because I dismissed it as A. a martial arts film (and I hate those) and B. adapted from a comic (and I just can't get into those) and C. aimed at a teen/goth/punk audience (and I am way too old for that). What a mistake! Finally almost ten years on, a friend heard me say I really liked Alex Proyas' DARK CITY -- a neat sci fi film with a very different story but the same kind of dark fantasy look -- and couldn't believe I had never seen THE CROW and made me watch it.
I have to say that I really think this is a fine, well made movie and none of my preconceptions were remotely correct. The art direction is brilliant, with a wonderful and creepy gothic fantasy look, almost but not quite black-and-white, set in a mysteriously surreal "Detroit" that is in some kind of alternate universe from the real Motown. Brandon Lee is really charismatic and haunting in the role of Eric Draven, and not merely because of the tragic incident surrounding the film. He was real star material and just totally inhabits this part.
After seeing the film, I did read the O'Barr comic, which is very sincere and heartfelt, but I think the filmakers -- in what is a pretty rare event -- IMPROVED the plot and characters while keeping all of the angst and atmosphere. They totally honored the character of Eric and the basic idea of the avenger, the memories of his beautiful girlfriend, and sense of overwhelming grief that inhabits the graphic novel. Where they impoved the storyline in cinematic terms is in the treatment of the minor characters and villians. They really fleshed them out, and it enriches the movie and balances the storyline well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies.
I really like this movie. I don't know what it is about it, but great price for a great movie
Published 4 days ago by Jimenez
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Amazing Movie
So this movie arrived in good time, (only three business days as promised) I have had this movie for about a week and already I have watched it twice. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Rich B.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
Brandon Lee played the lead character, what should have been an odd if not outlandish person (given the occult story line) SO mundanely that it didn't fit for me. Read more
Published 13 days ago by ionei
4.0 out of 5 stars Great popcorn movie!
This is by no means an Oscar winner. But if you are looking for an entertaining way to spend 90 minutes, this will not disappoint.
Published 16 days ago by Joseph Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Young Man.
Great motion picture. This young man had such an incredible career before him. He was about to inherit the mantle of worldwide success and stardom from his bigger-than-life father. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Angular Velocity
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, violent and must-see
Probably the 3rd or 4th time I've seen this movie. It's a dark story which like other heroes begin with tragedy. Plot is well paced and keeps you interested. Read more
Published 22 days ago by SteveCap
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
Was surprised how good it was with a name like the crow. a really good revenge movie. good job brandon lee.
Published 23 days ago by brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Comic Book Movie AntiHero
It's an f'ing shame that Brandon Lee died so young. Dude had major star power and more acting potential than his old man. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Alex RR
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst movie ever.
This movie can win the award to #1 time-waster ever. I can't believe someone actually enjoyed this thing. Terrible acting, terrible lighting, horrible music and even worse editing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Eduardo Angel
2.0 out of 5 stars The image quality is not much better than DVD
The image quality is not much better than a DVD. This is like owning a DVD in bluray format. I'm disappointed.
Published 1 month ago by Indiana Gividen
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