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The Crow

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Catch the explosive hit that thrilled movie-goers and critics everywhere! Brandon Lee (Rapid Fire) plays Eric Draven, a young rock guitarist who, along with his fiancee, is brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals. Exactly one year after his death, Eric returns-watched over by a hypnotic crow, to seek revenge, battling the evil crime lord and his band of thugs, who must answer for their crimes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark gothic fantasy Jan. 3 2004
In the history of screen adaptations of comic books, Alex Proyas's adaptation of James O'Barr's underground comic _The Crow_ is one of the finest. I like Marvel Comics a lot and I've enjoyed most of the recent adaptations of the Marvel catalogue. But in comics-to-screen-land, I have _three_ favorite Lees: Stan, Ang, and the late Brandon.
(Brandon Lee, as most visitors to this page will already know, died tragically as this film was being produced. That's a terrible loss and it adds an even darker edge to an already dark film.)
Alex Proyas, who would later give us the haunting noir-SF _Dark City_, here turns his directorial hand to bringing _The Crow_ to (heh heh) life. The film recalls all the best elements of Tim Burton's first _Batman_ film and, I think, outdoes its predecessor by quite a bit.
You probably already know the plot here. Rock musician Eric Draven (d'Raven; get it?) and his fiancee Shelly Webster are brutally murdered on Devil's Night (the night before Halloween). Exactly one year later, Draven returns temporarily to life in order to exact revenge on the thugs who murdered them. Which he does, very stylishly.
Dressed in Goth black and with his face painted white, he comes across as something like a vampire, something like a one-man combination of Batman and the Joker, and something like the old comic book hero the Spectre (remember? murdered policeman Jim Corrigan returned from the dead?). The whole thing is calculated, in the old Batman phrase, to strike terror into the hearts of evildoers, and so is Draven's remarkable healing ability: since his wounds close over just about as fast as they're formed, he's all but unstoppable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Crow- A Comic Book Treasure Brought to Life June 28 2004
The Crow is based on the dark comic series by James O'Barr. The film was directed by Alex Proyas who later made Dark City and the upcoming feature I, Robot, which is due out July 16, 2004. The Crow is a stunning film, its visuals are dazzling. This film of course is always remembered for the sad and unfortunate death of Brandon Lee, son of martial arts legend Bruce Lee. Brandon Lee had emerged and stunned us with this great performance and if he had lived he could have had a promising and grand career as an action star.
Brandon Lee plays Eric Draven, a rock musician who is brutally murdered along with his fiancee. A year later he comes back to life by the powers of a crow and the crow guides him as he seeks revenge for those who took away his life. The movie does turn simply into a revenge flick, but it is a quite stunning one. This film features some great action sequences and Lee as I stated earlier gives a great performance. The film was released in 1994 and spawned two sequels, neither were as good as the original, infact the third went straight to video. Due to Lee's unfortunate death, the filmmakers were able to finish the film using digital technology by what they had filmed of Lee's performance so the film could be released. Proyas released the film to honor and in tribute of his death, some where upset by this but others think it was good of him. This is a great film and I'm pleased to say it is a part of my DVD collection.
The Crow is rated R for A Great Amount of Strong Violence, Language, Drug Use and Some Sexuality. The violence is pretty intense and some might be offended or upset by it, after it one can expect that considering this is a dark and gritty film. The violence includes the use of guns, knives, swords as well as fisticuffs. There's also use of profanity, most of which is strong, and some drug use. Overall a great movie and one which should be seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly dark masterpiece! June 26 2004
Brandon Lee plays Eric Draven in this story of revenge and justice. Eric Draven and his fiancee are alone on "Devil's Night" which has been named that because of the crime and arson that goes on in the city. Devil's Night takes place on the night before Halloween. Eric and his fiancee are interrupted by a group of thugs that rape and kill Eric's fiancee in front of him, and then proceed to kill him. Now the idea of The Crow is this; when a person dies, a crow carries their soul to the afterlife, but sometimes the crow will bring the person back for unfinished business. Guided by the crow, Draven returns to exact revenge on those responsible for the rape and murders, and he targets each and every person involved. He returns as a tortured soul, bent on revenge for taking the life that he and his fiancee Shelly wanted to live, a life that was taken from them for no reason.Along the way Eric is helped by Sargeant Albrecht, who is the only one who truly cared about bringing the killers to justice. Every time Eric kills one, the task at hand gets harder as he gets to the source of the evil.
This is a superb film, perfect in every way in my opinion. It is dark, graphic and I would even go so far to call this a true masterpiece of American cinema. Brandon Lee plays his role with a passion, truly giving the dark feel of this film and the message behind it. It really is a shame that he died, I think he would have been a great actor. But this is his legacy, and it is a great legacy to leave behind. I have not seen the 2 sequels yet, but I am fairly certain this is the best one. I encourage you to see this movie if you haven't already.
The dvd itself is packed with extras that take an interesting behind-the-scenes look at the film as well as other things.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
love the mythology and the movie, the cast and dark to it. I love this movie and i always will.
Published 7 months ago by Gonzalo Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult classic
One of the best movies I've seen in a while, full of action and characterization from a bygone age when that was key to entertainment instead of more explosions and less clothing. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Voc
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic!
Even better on Blu-Ray! Brandon Lee at his very best before his premature passing. His father would have been very proud!
Published 15 months ago by C. Whitmore
4.0 out of 5 stars origonal gothic comic
i thought it all looked and felt very cool kind of like a gothic take on the comic book genre of movies. Read more
Published on May 6 2012 by Sorpse
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent DVD played it both on my laptop and DVD player
If you believe, truly believe that spirits will carry a sole back when something so wrong has happened it needs to be corrected, then this is a film for you. Read more
Published on April 19 2012 by Jimm4469
4.0 out of 5 stars sadly brandon lee's last film
A great movie made even better by Brandon Lee's brilliant ( and ultimitely heart -breaking ) performance, this
Blu - ray looks much better then it did on DVD. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2012 by smitzoid
5.0 out of 5 stars There is only one Crow............,
I haven't read the comic... and when they made the movie I really didn't know it was based on a comic. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Crow: The Originator
This movie, starring Brandon Lee in his final role and adapted from James O'Barr's classic comics is the oringinator of two competant sequels (City of Angels and Salvation) and one... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2005 by Damien Thorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Kill the crow and destroy the man.
This is a Halloween story. It was just a year ago on all hollows eve that an unscrupulous group of routies did untold things to a nice coupe, resulting in the couple's death. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2005 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing film
This film was truly great. Very dark and very graphic. It had a very interesting outlook on things.
Published on Dec 15 2004
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