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5.0 out of 5 stars This has it all, April 14, 2002
This review is from: The Crow (Miramax/Dimension Collector's Series) (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.
In addition to the usual production stills, posters, and (five) story boards (one of those is the story board for the Shoot Out at Top Dollar's and it is very interesting to see), Disc 2 contains a Behind the Scenes featurette that runs about 15 minutes. It is not a making of, rather those involved with the movie (including Brandon Lee) discuss the movie and concept. There is a 30 minute Portrait of James O'Barr (creator of The Crow comic book) which is O'Barr in his basement talking to someone holding a video camcorder. You get a lot of insight into his life, his work, the movie, Hollywood, and where many of his ideas for The Crow came from. There is something called the Deleted Footage Montage, but it really isn't deleted footage. There is some deleted footage in the montage, but most of it is outtakes, alternate takes, behind the scenes footage, and what looks like scenes that weren't deleted from the movie. It's a touching `tribute' to Brandon Lee, but not what it should have been. And finally there are three extended scenes (The Arcade Bombing; Fun Boy Fight; Shoot Out at Top Dollar's). What makes these so interesting is that you see what the original footage was and how they edited the scene to make it move so fast paced. You see the decision process in removing unessential footage to keep the movie from bogging down.
So you have a great movie and some really good extras on this DVD. Definitely one that should be in your library.
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Initial post: Aug 20, 2008 6:54:42 PM PDT
Genji says:
Still waiting for this to come out on Blu-ray.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 10, 2008 9:48:23 PM PDT
L. Ellis says:
I am debating if there will be much of a difference if it was in Blu-ray since the film was made to look more artistic with its muted colors. Plus with the dvd upscaler, dvds look awfully good compared to just being played in a regular dvd player. I am still debating though, any advice?

Posted on Aug 11, 2011 2:37:26 AM PDT
I can't wait for this to come on blue-ray,I am definitely picking this up.Now if we can get a legitimate Blade trilogy on blue-ray I would be really happy.

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 8:10:47 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 5, 2011 8:11:11 PM PST
MariaJose says:
Can someone tell me if this has spanish subtitles??
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