"The Crow: City of Angels (1996/Echo Bridge/Blu-ray)" Review

Synopsis: Some time ago, Ashe Corven and his son Danny were killed when they stumbled across a pack of drug dealers murdering a fellow dealer. The dealers work for Los Angeles drug kingpin Judah Earl. Local tattoo artist Sarah, who has great knowledge of the crow legend because of what happened with her late friend Eric Draven, has been having dreams about Ashe and Danny. One night when a crow leads her to the scene of the murders of Ashe and Danny, Ashe appears before her. The crow has resurrected Ashe, so Ashe can go after Judah and his right hand man Curve. With the guidance of the crow, Ashe starts killing off Judah's men one by one, on his way to Judah.
Review: As we all know by the title the film I have for review is the sequel to the 1994 cult classic "The Crow" and just so everyone knows this is not supposed to be a sequel in the normal sense of a sequel. Instead you get a new story following another pair of people who are killed in a very violent way and a year later one of them by the name of Ashe Croven comes back to revenge his and his son Danny's deaths. The only returning character from the first film is Sarah who is much older and now instead of living in Detroit she lives in a very dank and run down Los Angeles. With that being said I must say that I have always loved this sequel because it takes the crow mythos into a different place and time.
Now I will not say that it is anyway better than the original because it simply isn't, but I thought it did make for a good companion film to the original. The only downsides I found to the film was that the dialogue was very lack luster for most of the picture and that they could of made some of the colors not so drab. As far as this blu-ray release goes well they did do a pretty decent job at this release even though it has absolutely no special features and is in 1080i instead of 1080p. You do get some of the fine details and the overall look of this release looks not too bad, but at the same time it could of been a bit better. Now I can only recommend this to true fans of the film because it's not a big leap in quality from the older DVD release.
The audio quality could of been better as well because it is just like some of the other releases that Echo Bridge has put onto blu-ray and only given it a English 2.0 Stereo sountrack which is alright for what it is but I would much rather had a DTS-HD Master Audio instead. Overall this is a good film with a pretty cool cast and an overall fairly decent blu-ray release, but nothing to necessarily write home about!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: Tim Pope
Genre: Action/Thriller
Blu-Ray Release Year: 2011
Theatrical Release Year: 1996
Time Length: 86 mins.
Company: Echo Bridge Home Entertainment
Website: www.echobridgehe.com