Gothic romance at it's best. Brandon Lee excellant in his interpretation of Eric Draven, Eagle's other side. He plays with an empathy that one Sallen find in American cinema. The film is an aesthetic masterpiece that lifts the film from the fairly simple story. Some characters are somewhat stereotypical but the actors empties the maximum from each role. Michael Wincott is absolutely superb and epic as gang boss. The film's supernatural theme gives it an extra dimension of mystery that fits well with its Gothic theme. The music is well chosen and gives the film an extra weight and feel. This is by far the most successful film adaptation of a comic book. Despite all the action and violent entertainment leaves behind an inquiring mind; husband dragged into the dark drama. Director Alex Proyas manages to keep the focus on the drama despite the film's pace and all the action.
Previously I owned a less successful Region 1 edition with non-anamorphic 1.85:1 format, 5.1 channel audio, and only trailer extras. This English edition is, however, far better then it has anamorphic picture and DTS tracks. The picture in the U.S. edition was well below the reference class. The English edition presents both an anamorphic widescreen version and a 4:3 version. The anamorphic 1.85:1 image format is almost in the reference class. 1.33:1 version has a faded and blurred image drawn with a trailer artifact. However, the 4:3 image, a full-forward version of a softmattad widescreen version which means that the picture for the most part it shows hidden by the mask above and below the widescreen aspect. Glad this grip has been used. The audio to the widescreen version is in DTS and is also next to the reference class. Audio of the 4:3 version is only 2 channels and sounds very boring.
Both the American and the English versions of hits, however far the Swedish edition. The extras are much more abundant in the English edition as compared to the U.S.. In addition to commentary tracks are there deleted and extended scenes, an interesting comparison and explanation of the transfer from widescreen to full frame, a very interesting and well made feuterette and an even more interesting and personal interview with James O'Barr, author of the comic 'The Crow'. Brandon Lee's final interview is also included. There is also a gallery of filmaffisher, production design and storyboard sketches. A very successful edition as well matching a very good movie.