Region: 2


Director:  Sam Raimi
Writers: Chuck Pfarrer, Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Daniel Goldin, Joshua Goldin
Stars: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Larry Drake, Colin Friels
Length: 91 minutes 
Distributor:  Columbia TriStar Home Video 

DVD/Region: 2
Ratio: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0

Extra Features: Scene selection, production notes, cast and crew biographies and filmographies, trailer, multiple languages, subtitles, English for the hearing impaired.

Darkman is the Last 'Eighties Movie: it takes the darkness of Tim Burton's Batman movies and adds to it the ultra-violence of the original Robocop. Its hero (of sorts) is a scientist played by pre-Phantom Menace Liam Neeson. After a misunderstanding, he is left for dead in a lab explosion by a group of viscous thugs led for some reason by the retard from the 1980s LA Law TV show. The explosion leaves him horribly mutilated and unable to feel any physical pain. Like DC Comics' Unknown Soldier (decked out in the Phantom of the Opera's wardrobe) he becomes a master of disguise and infiltrates the group of thugs to exact his revenge.

Interestingly enough the movie is directed by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness) who would score a huge hit a decade or so later with another superhero character, the more recent Spider-man movies. Needless to say the two movies couldn't be more different: Darkman is, well, dark. And violent. It is quite visceral, fast-paced with typical swirling Raimi camera movements and features some over-the-top action sequences.

WORTH IT? The movie is presented in its original aspect ratio, but the transfer is very mediocre: colors seem drab and at times there is a bit of grain. Not bad, just mediocre. Despite the trailer, it has cast and production notes. So not much in the extras department then.

RECOMMENDATION: Worth a rental if you feel like a bit of late 1980s mayhem. Back then they knew how to do violent. Not really suitable for kids if you haven't caught on yet . . .



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