- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 01 July 2010
- Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - July, 2010
- The Book of Eli (Blu-ray)
- The Unborn (Blu-ray)
- Ladybugs (Blu-ray)
- The Man With No Name Trilogy - A Fistful of Dollars (Blu-ray)
- Darkman (Blu-ray)
- 12 Monkeys (Blu-ray)
- The Man With No Name Trilogy â€“ For A Few Dollars More (Blu-ray)
- Coach (SD-DVD)
- The Seventh Seal (Blu-ray)
- Dog City: The Movie (DVD)
- The Man With No Name Trilogy â€“ The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Blu-ray)
- Green Zone (Blu-ray)
- The Illusionist (Blu-ray)
- All Pages
"Darkman" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle
Peyton Westlake (Neeson) is a scientist working on a way to create synthetic skin.Â His girlfriend, attorney Julie Hastings (McDormand) accidentally discovers evidence of bribery in the City Commissionerâ€™s Louis Strackâ€™s (Friels) Office.Â Strack sends his henchman, Robert Durant (Drake) in to â€œtake care of things.â€Â In the process, Westlakeâ€™s lab is destroyed and he is permanently disfigured.Â During his treatment in the hospital his nervous system is modified so he canâ€™t feel pain and the resulting adrenaline rush gives him super-human strength.Â He escapes the hospital and sets up a lair in an abandoned factory.Â There he rebuilds his lab and creates synthetic skin so he can assume different identities.Â He goes about exacting revenge on the bad guys and eventually manages to kill Strack and save the city.Â He is reunited with Julie but decides his condition has changed him and he decides to go it alone and disappears.
- 1990, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 36 min
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Codec:Â Not Specified
- English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Starring: Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake
- Directed by Sam Raimi
- Violence: Yes
- Sex: No
- Language: Yes
Though the plot of this film intrigued me, the execution left a lot to be desired.Â I donâ€™t mind the occasional comedic interpretation of violence but this movie seemed more like an episode of the original TV Batman.Â The acting and script were so bad; I had to check the box to be sure I was really seeing Liam Neeson on the screen.Â His performance was terribly overdone and hammy.Â Francis McDormand had me rooting against her female-in-distress character simply because she did so many dumb things.Â My favorite line from her was the gem, â€œIf youâ€™re not going to kill me, I have things to do.â€Â I was quite surprised to see Sam Raimi as the director.Â He did a masterful job with the Spiderman films.Â Darkman was a completely different product.Â Production quality seemed quite low as well with cheesy special effects and very unimaginative action scenes.
Picture quality was about average for a catalog title of this vintage.Â Color was natural and well-saturated most of the time.Â Occasionally, it seemed flat.Â Flesh tones were accurate but actorsâ€™ faces looked very pasty as if they were wearing too much makeup.Â Detail was good with sharp rendering and no apparent edge enhancement.Â Noise and film grain were minimal.Â Contrast was also good with consistently deep blacks and clear shadow detail.Â Special effects were very primitive and it was quite obvious when compositing or green screen work was taking place.
The DTS Master Audio track was clear and free of artifacts.Â Dynamic range was fairly small with action scenes not really having much punch or presence.Â Dialog was clear and easy to understand at all times.Â Surrounds were used minimally and my sub never had much to do.Â The musical score was very Hollywood-esque and did little to improve the low-budget feel of the film.Â Danny Elfman was the composer and Iâ€™ve heard much better music from him in other movies.
There are no bonus features on this disc.