The Crow: Stairway To Heaven - The Complete Series
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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This series thankfully made a full season, but didnt get another one which is quite a shame. I loved watching it when it aired, and was really mad it didnt get another season. Read morePublished 6 months ago by M. Wong
I loved this show! Can't wait for it to be back available in the US so that I can purchase it!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This tv version extension of the movie The Crow starring the late great Brandon Lee, was an excellent show. Read morePublished 6 months ago by The_Raven
I hope it comes back in stock in the US very soon. I really want to buy the series! :)Published 7 months ago by mason stafford
Great show. Wish it lasted longer than one season. The product itself was great. Nice packaging and the CDs dont skip or anything. Worth a buy.Published 10 months ago by Aaron Gonzalez