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Raven [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]


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  • Actors: John Cusack, Alice Eve, Luke Evans, Brendan Gleeson, Kevin McNally
  • Directors: James McTeigue
  • Writers: Ben Livingston, Hannah Shakespeare
  • Producers: Aaron Ryder, Andjelija Vlaisavljevic, Carolyn Harris, Glen Basner, Ildiko Kemeny
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Oct 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005S9EJGO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,716 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 2 Aug 2012
Format: DVD
The director of V for Vendetta returns to direct yet another gothic horror tale, this time round based on the mysterious life of the american horror writer Edgar Allen Poe. The story follows a series of grizzly crimes carried out by a serial killer adapting them from the stories of Poe. But when Poe's love is taken he must work with the police and solve a series of cryptic clues in order to save her. At first glance the story is intriguing, but it never reaches its full potential. Its decidedly straight forward and is never twisty or shocking enough to be truly gripping. The script is also somewhat poorly written, the dialogue seems clunky and inconsistent and at times too modern for its setting.
However, John Cusack is a great Poe, looking both haunted and eccentric and delivering a decent performance considering the script he's been saddled with. Other cast members are less memorable, Brendan Gleeson and Luke Evans are given decent parts but again the dialogue is never polished enough. Alice Eve delivers a good performance as Poe's love but isn't given very much to do.
As for the direction, it is effective, there are some well staged set pieces, both disturbing and fast paced but its not sweeping and subtle enough. The period setting could have been used to greater effect to achieve a more gritty, realistic atmosphere, but is instead a bit too polished and hollywood to achieve the gothic, spooky setting this film needed. The soundtrack, too, is not effectively scary or jumpy enough and does nothing to heighten the tense occasions dotted sporadically throughout the film.
Overall, the Raven needed a whole new script, a grittier atmosphere and more twists in the story.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zaroff on 22 Aug 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Cusack is a pleasant actor to watch, seems natural with a hint that he might be about to perform a Vincent Price wink to camera.

However, though this Poe is acceptably modernised in performance, there is a persistent name-dropping of key people from Poe's real history blended less than seamlessly with a graphic-novel stylised version of Poe'ness; there seems to be a distinct lack of the true gothic to the whole atmosphere. Fog & a thinned out forest of thin trees does not make for gothicism. And the blood was hardly super-abundant, indeed, dwelling on death as a motif or telling theme seems to gone by the way-side, becoming background shade.

The overall effect was similar to a blend of From Hell and one of the Conan Doyle based tales that was under the monicker of Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes, it had that 'lets hunt a serial killer in period costume' feel. There was more a sense of Gaston Leroux to the proceedings too, which could have again made it more gothic in the crime arena. But it did not. Perhaps it was a little over-polished.

Clean, clinical with a fine series of performances. Lacking emotional details, or a sense of overt passion, perhaps there was an attempt to avoid the camp or gothic hysteria which could have made it less money but more rewarding. It will probably grow on people, benefit from further watching, but i fear the clinician that made it is driven to a youthful bent, that has limited the sense of pervading dread and sheer gravity of age, that Poe encapsulated & felt. I could have done with a few trappings or cliches just to add a little pepper, say a cobweb or a stage-hand peeling what might be a grape...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Mar 2014
Format: Blu-ray
A modern spin on the Vincent Price-Roger Corman Poe films of the Sixties, 2012's The Raven is far from the turkey critics made it out to be but would have been more impressive had it been directed by someone with a bit more panache than James McTeigue can summon and with a better cinematographer than Danny Ruhlman, who renders much of a film that often relies on darkness and shadows for atmosphere into a flat desaturated greyish fog devoid of essential details. It's certainly the kind of pulp premise that should have made for something much better, reimagining the last few days of Edgar Allen Poe's life as a race to find a serial killer who is recreating his most grisly killings and leaving him a trail of clues to the location of his fiancé before her premature burial becomes permanent. But although CGi allows filmmakers to show exactly what happens in pits with pendulums, there's not much grandeur to the guignol in display here, while the early literary gamesmanship never fulfils its early promise despite being occasionally effectively underpinned by Poe's fatalism and depression and the notion of the killer as muse for the burned out author. The 110-minute running time also allows the film to drag in the home stretch when it should be picking up momentum en route to its finale influenced as much by Georges Sluizer's The Vanishing as Poe, while the film's postscript just feels like something clumsily tacked on as an afterthought after poor previews.Read more ›
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