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Darkman [Blu-ray] [1990] [US Import]

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  • Actors: Larry Drake, Dan Hicks, Nelson Mashita, Liam Neeson
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003CRM6QE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,107 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



When attorney Julie Hastings (Frances McDormand) uncovers corrupt city real estate dealings, evil thugs attack her scientist boyfriend, Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson). Left for dead after his lab is detonated, he miraculously survives when the ensuing blast hurls him into the nearby harbour. Treated as a John Doe at a city hospital, he is unknowingly submitted to radical therapy that numbs his nerves to feeling--but which heightens his strength and his emotions. Once conscious, Peyton escapes from the hospital and builds a ramshackle lab in an abandoned industrial plant. Horribly burned and scarred by the lab explosion, he uses synthetic skin to impersonate his would-be murderers and seek retribution for their evil deeds. Peyton also tries to reunite with Julie, who believes him to be dead. While the film has an average script, it is overcome by the flashy cinematography of Bill Pope, the bombastic score by Danny Elfman and the well-choreographed direction of Sam Raimi. The director confidently walks the line between suspense, action, comedy and romance as he examines a bitter, victimized antihero who risks becoming as monstrous on the inside as he appears on the outside. --Bryan Reesman,

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By on 12 Oct 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Sam Raimi has always been an amazing director, marking his territory as a stylish director with the insane Evil Dead films, which managed to scare and delight audiences while being made on a miniscule budget. Usually when a director is given a bigger budget they tend to overdo things because they have the budget to. But not Raimi. His first big budget Hollywood film Darkman has a far better storyline and isn't a film that relies on fx to get peoples attention. The story of a scientist, Dr Peyton Westlake (Liam Neeson) who is slain by an evil mob killer (deliciously played by Larry Drake, and as unlike his LA Law character as you could possibly get) and seeks revenge while trying to save the girl he loves (Frances McDormand) could be your usual B movie fodder. But Raimi adds so much more to it. Neeson plays the dual roles of Darkman and Westlake well, especially when he is trying to control the rage that is inside him as Westlake, and destroy the evil that surrounds him as Darkman. Frances McDormand (in one of her only mainstream movie appearances) isn't your usual damsel in distress, and you see more of a relationship between them than in most films of the genre where the woman is just the bait for the evil killer. In many ways this film is like David Cronenbergs The Fly focusing on what happens to a man who is thrown into a situation he cannot control, and Raimi's visual flair is reminiscent of the dark gothic feel of the first (and best) Batman film. All in all a classic of the horror genre with some dark humour and great action set-pieces (the demolition site finale is great) plus a lovely Raimi afficiando in joke at the end makes this more than just an expensive B movie. I can't wait to see what Raimi does with Spiderman!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jay on 6 July 2007
Format: DVD
In "Darkman," director Sam Raimi's first mainstream studio effort after the runaway success of "The Evil Dead" (1982) and its sequel "Evil Dead II" (1987), the audience sees double. Well, not always, but it does feature a hero who is able to assume the physical identities of his enemies in an effort to cause confusion amongst their ranks in his quest of bloody vengeance.

How does he do it, you ask? Through science, of course. Raimi has a wild imagination (which showed itself throughout the rampant mania of his "Evil Dead" movies) and his reputation precedes him everywhere he goes. Such is the case with "Darkman," his ode to the superhero genre after attempts to obtain the rights to "The Shadow" failed. With a legion of screenwriters at his disposal including brother Ivan, Chuck Pfarrer, Daniel Goldin and Joshua Goldin, the end result is "Darkman," the blood kin of all the wronged superheroes out there who leave behind their old lives and loved ones to dedicate themselves to fighting crime.

In 1990, after the success of the comic book adaptation "Batman" (1989) and other then-recent works like "Dick Tracy" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," it was a revolution to see a completely original hero take the movies by storm that year. Albeit a somewhat typical revenge/sci-fi action-adventure with placings of horror and dark comedy, "Darkman" still has its fair share of flaws, mostly in the script department, plus a few misjudgments on the part of the filmmakers.

As the film opens, Dr.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ante-hero on 7 Mar 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Was nice to roll back the years watching this again and seeing a younger Liam Neeson in good form. This will work on UK Blu-ray players, so it is certainly worth importing rather than waiting for a UK release
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Jun 2014
Format: Blu-ray
It’s perhaps fitting that Darkman was released in Universal’s 75th anniversary year since Sam Raimi’s film is a playful reworking of the studio’s mad scientist films of the 40s that throws in bits of the Mummy (the bandages) and the Phantom of the Opera (the cape and hat) into the hero’s unwanted makeover, with a bit of the Hulk’s anger management issues thrown into the mix. Liam Neeson’s the researcher working on synthetic skin (how Dr X would have approved) who finds himself needing the stuff when his lab is destroyed, his face disfigured and his nerves severed courtesy of self-congratulatory crooked property developer Colin Friels and gay gangster Larry Drake. The only problem is that his invention is highly unstable in daylight and only lasts 99 minutes and the surgery that kept him alive makes him prone to violent outburst when he doesn’t win pink elephants at fairgrounds. But it is particularly useful when he wants to sow confusion among his enemies and set them against each other…

The tone is somewhere between a real comic book feel and an old 40s movie serial with gothic horror overtones and the odd nod to Hitchcock, with fiendishly inventive and occasionally appropriately operatic direction. It keeps the violence just cartoonish enough for the outrageousness to feel entirely appropriate and the mix of sight gags and daring stunt work from jarring. And some of the stunt work is very impressive indeed - for my money the helicopter sequence is more impressive than anything in Raimi’s Spider-Man films because instead of CGi it’s very obviously a real person hanging hundreds of feet above the air and what seems like yards from a pursuing helicopter as they weave through skyscrapers and along the freeway.
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