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

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  • Actors: Larry Drake, Colin Friels, Liam Neeson
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (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: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,692 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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3 of 3 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Darkman (DVD).

DVD Info.
Region 2
Languages in Dolby Digital Surround: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Languages in Dolby Mono: Polish
Languages in Dolby Stereo: Czech
Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, German, Dutch, Swedish.
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Audio 5.1 Dolby Digital
Running time 91 minutes
Extras: Trailer

Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake / Darkman
Frances McDormand as Julie Hastings
Colin Friels as Louis Strack Jr
Larry Drake as Robert G. Durant
Nelson Mashita as Yakatito
Jessie Lawrence Ferguson as Eddie Black
Rafael H. Robledo as Rudy Guzman
Ted Raimi as Ricky
Nicholas Worth as Pauly
Dan Bell as Smiley
Dan Hicks as Skip
Bridget Hoffman as Computer Voice
Bruce Campbell - Payton Westlake (in disguise)

1)Bill Paxton was frontrunner to be cast as Payton Westlake/Darkman but told his friend Liam Neeson about the role, When Neeson got cast Paxton refused to talk to Neeson for months.
2)Julia Robert's was almost cast as Julie Hasting but her role in Pretty Woman precluded her involvement.
3)Gary Oldman was also considered to play the part of Payton Westlake/Darkman.
4)Two back to back made for video movie's were made in 1995 with The Mummys Arnold Vosloo starring as Darkman.
5)Spot the cameos, Bruce Campbell, American Werewolf In London Director John Landis, Jenny Agutter & brother of director Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi.
6)This was Sam Raimi first attempt at a comic book movie, it would be 12 year's later he would become more synonymous with the original Spider-Man movie trilogy.
7)Demi Moore & Bridget Fonda tested for the Julie Hastings role.
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14 of 16 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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