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The Crow: Stairway To Heaven - The Complete Series

4.1 out of 5 stars 78 customer reviews

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Exactly one year after being brutally murdered, rock musician Eric Draven returns to Earth, searching for a way to right what has been wronged and to reunite with his missing soulmate, Shelly Webster. Guided by a mystical Spirit Crow, he is neither living nor dead, possessing strange new powers to aid him in his search for revenge, which ultimately must become a quest for redemption. All 22 hours of the original episodes have been collected for this 4 DVD set.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mark Dacascos
  • Directors: Bryce Zabel
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arts Alliance America
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 968 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCY7OO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,418 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
Stairway to Heaven is often unfavorably compared to the original Crow movie, in part because it uses the same characters and in part because, let's face it, that movie is a masterpiece. That said, you can't do the same things in a TV series that you can in a movie. For instance, at the end of the first two hours, there still has to be a plot left and characters still have to have room to grow. In that, Stairway more than succeeds. It creates a whole new world in the Crow mythos, a kind of "what might have been" that just gets better with every episode. The music in this series is great, too. And it's about time it got released on DVD.
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The short-lived television series `The Crow - Stairway To Heaven' is yet another incarnation of the popular movies chronicling the exploits of the tormented Eric Draven on his unending battle against the forces of darkness and his quest to join his beloved Shelly waiting on the Otherside. Building on the foundation established by the '94 cult classic `The Crow' starring the late Brandon Lee, this serialized retelling and extension of the Crow's ongoing saga stars Mark Dacascos in the role of the black garbed, supernatural avenger.

Mark is perfect for the part, succeeding in both emulating and expanding on the role and persona so vividly portrayed by Brandon. The television series also did an admirable job at duplicating the overall gothic atmosphere and morose melancholy that permeated the original film. Someone definitely did their homework before going into production of the series.

In my opinion the glue that holds the saga together while adding depth and dimension to the storyline is the tragic love story between Eric and Shelly. It's their ethereal, intermittent meetings between this world and the next that constitute the soul of the Crow mythos and validates his reasoning for battling on. This romantic, gothic essence is beautifully recaptured in this television series and should help to draw more female interest to an otherwise male dominated audience.
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This is the opening two episodes for the Crow television series. As such it is a remake of the original Crow movie but it has been changed so that it is better suited to an ongoing series, i.e. Eric doesn't return to the grave at the end. It also introduces the Snakes, who are supernatural enemies of Crows, setting things up for future confrontations.
On the plus side, the series featured an exceptional cast. Mark Dacascos, who plays Eric, is a real find as he not only bears some resemblance to Brandon Lee but also has some exceptional martial arts moves and can act as well. It's a shame that he seems relegated to making B movies while Jean-Claude van Damme and Stephan Seagal get the high profile martial arts flicks. It's almost worth watching this video just to see him. Sabine Karsenti is lovely as Shelley and she and Dacascos have some real chemistry in their scenes together. And John Pyper-Ferguson does his usual good job as the villainous Top Dollar.
On the negative side, production values are lower since this was made for a straight-to-syndication television series. As is typical of this sort of effort, things didn't really start falling into place until several episodes into the series when everyone started getting really settled into their roles and the scriptwriters became more comfortable writing the different characters. At this early point, everything still felt a little stilted.
Something that you may or may not consider a bad thing is that it's also not as gloomy as the original movie. While not exactly upbeat, its not depressing either. There is an ongoing theme of hope, redemption, and rebirth in the series and it shows in this episode.
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Format: DVD
I'm amazed it took them this long to release this series on DVD, but better late than never. I'm surprised how many people in the reviews seem to be divided on its quality. It's based on the first films characters, but also you have to think of it in terms of a series, they couldn't just keep reenacting the movie. They added new ideas and some worked really well I thought, while others weren't as clear, but it's hard to tell as the show only got one season. Basically, if you liked the movie and are really into the premise itself, you'll find an interesting take on it in the show. I personally liked the sequels, although I agree they aren't nearly as well done as the first, and some have been much better than others, but if you really enjoy all things Crow, this will provide a lot to like, if nothing more than Mark Dacascos who does a great job despite having the enormous task of living up to Brandon Lee.
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"...my soul will never rest until we are together again."

Who could forget those opening words. I was so shocked and happy to see that this series is finally being released on dvd. I had actually looked for it last year, because my tapes (taped from the tv, not a release) of the season were getting run down and basically in bad condition. Normally, I wouldn't flip through the TV Guide, but I did and found the little insert about The Crow: Stairway to Heaven being brought to dvd! I was amazed that it took so long because of the loyal cult following that the Crow movies started. They knew they would have buyers, so I really didn't get why it took as long as it did.

The show of course revolves around Eric Draven, very much like the movie, and his many friends. The show only lasted for a season and a half, being abruptly taken off after only five episodes into season two, I believe it was that many. Anyways, if you liked the movie, you are sure to like this series. Its got martial arts, drama, danger, intrigue, and all that good stuff. Also the dvd includes many bonus features including commentary from Marc Dacascos(?), and creator Bryce Zabel. There are outtakes as well it seems, and behind the scenes of at least one or two episodes. All in all, I think they are giving fans what they want with this five-disc set.

**Update**

I just recieved my copy in the mail today and right now I'm watching the first episode. The quality of the dvds is excellent, and the picture is crisp and clear.
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