my favourite movies of my early 20's, I was super excited when asked to
review this edition of The Crow on Bluray. Immediately upon putting the
disc into the player we are subjected to the Roadshow logo, then it
immediately goes to a very sparse menu with black background and a
flaming crow atop it. Looks sweet.
For those of you who don't know, The Crow is romantic tragedy that deals
with rock star Eric Draven and his fiance Shelley who are murdered on
the day before their wedding. The story goes that such love cannot go
unavenged, and Eric is brought back from the grave a year later by a
mysterious crow, to take the lives of those who destroyed his.
This is a gritty film directed by Alex Proyas and starring the late
Brandon Lee, who died during the production of the film. This was, and
is a brilliant movie, the likes of which really have not been reproduced
since. Based on a comic series by the same name, The Crow quite
rightfully gathered a cult following that still remains to this day. The
movie also spawned a couple of sequels, some good, some not so good.
This is one of those releases where sadly the movie hasn't been given a
chance to fully shine and shows the flaws in the source which admittedly
was from 1994. There is a lot of grain in the video, some of which
needed to be left there and a lot that could have been done to help with
stabilising some of the shuddering that is present. For example:
During one of the opening sequences when we are panning down the side of
a church, there is the most awful dragging effect that actually hurt my
eyes. This happened a number of times during the movie. For the record,
my television is a Samsung Series 9 LED running at 100hz. It just
shouldn't have happened. That said, the movie does look nice enough for
the most part with shadows and shades well defined
Audio is letdown on this release with what could have been a spectacular
remastering simply not attended to. The sound on this feature rarely hit
the rear speakers, in fact I am not even confident that it did at all
other than when the movie's menu played. Volumes were low in most cases
and explosions lacked the punch that they could have contained. It
simply did no justice to the movie at all.
Extras on this disc include profiles, behind the scenes features,
extended sequences and making of. There is also a profile on the creator
of The Crow James O'Barr.
The Crow is one of those movies that I do think that everyone should
watch at least once. It is a great story of revenge and redemption that
should appeal to all viewers. It looks amazing from a visual viewpoint
and would still stand tall as one of director Proyas' finest