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Dark Angel [Blu-ray] [1990] [US Import]

4.2 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
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By TK-1308 VINE VOICE on 20 Oct. 2007
Format: DVD
An often overlooked cult classic from the 90's, Dark Angel is typical sci-fi fare from the decade but still hugely enjoyable today.
It stars Dolph Lundgren as Jack Caine, a narcotics cop whose partner is killed when a drugs bust to entrap local drug lord Victor Manning goes wrong.
Jack's maverick style clashes with an FBI investiagtion and he is saddled with an uptight by-the-book agent Larry Smith, excellently played by Brian Benben, in order to solve the case.
As their investigation proceeds Jack discovers there are two aliens, perfectly cast with Matthias Hues and Jay Bilas, that are the cause of all the trouble. One of these huge 7 feet tall humanoids is here to collect drugs. He's using heroin to inject humans with it and drain the endorphins from their brains (with a rather cool gadget to do so!) and sell it on their planet as Barsi, a highly addictive narcotic. The other is an officer of the law sent here to stop him.
The show has all the typical hallmarks of an 90's action movie; car chases, fist-fights, gun battles in the streets, slightly corny one-liners, lots of shooting and big explosions.
The aliens are excellent and they have an array of rather cool gadgets and some amazing guns that are used to good effect in many scenes. The best weapon is the disc launcher which is one of the most innovative weapons used in a sci-fi film and you can see where films from later in the decade got their ideas from.
There's some great supporting roles with Jack's wife / county pathologist Diane played by Betsy Brantley, Inspector Schwitzer - the typical shadowy FBI superior, Warren - head of Victor Manning's 'White Boys' played with relish by Sam Anderson (Angel's Holland Manners) and finally Bruce, a friend at a local university with a penchant for very strong coffee!
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Big-muscled star? Check
High kicking marital arts action? Check
Mis-matched buddy-buddy comedy? Check
Police cars doing barrel-rolls down the road while exploding? Check
Bad guys in sharp suits and ties? Check
Rock music synth score? Check
Neon tube lighting? Check
Totally gratuitous side-trip to a topless go-go bar? Check
Permanently wet streets, but bone dry pavements? Check
Big, back-combed hair and shoulder pads on the chicks? Check
Car chase through plate glass shop windows? Check
Throw-away quips when killing bad guys? Check
Explosive denouement in a factory? Check

Yes, this is 80s B movie action at its very best (released in 1990, but pure 80s in style). The lighting and style of film-making (lots of night-time footage, lens flare, neon, rain reflecting off streets etc) is perfect too. The acting is fine: Lundgren is at his best and Brantley looks lovely in every shot and the script keeps the action rolling even if a lot of it makes no sense (FBI boss tries to shoot someone in a public square and doesn't look to see if he is being watched?) But it's the action and explosions that make it. CGI has diluted action to the point of numbness as nothing looks or feels real. The explosions in this are real and you can feel the difference when you watch. Dumb and fun entertainment; the sort of thing to watch when you want a break from Ingmar Bergman and Fellini.

BLU RAY UPDATE: The US Region A locked Blu-Ray is a considerable improvement over the DVD. It's not reference quality of course, and it does reveal some issues such as some inadvertent soft-focus shots, but overall it is much sharper and the colours much punchier. A worthy upgrade if you have a multi-region Blu Ray player. It also features a 30-minute recently-filmed interview with the director, Lundgren and Benben which is worth a watch and the trailer.
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******This review is for the Scream Factory Blu-ray*******

Dolph Lundgren plays a tough streetwise cop who refuses to play by the rules. He's after a gang of yuppies turned drug deals run by the evil Victor Maitland. Unfortunately there is a new player in town. An 8ft tall white-eyed alien drug dealer harvesting adrenaline from human brains. Turns out its the galaxy's number one high of choice! Partnering up with a federal agent the duo begin hunting the alien menace.

Dark Angel (aka I come in peace, though that's a much lamer title)was made at the tail end of the eighties and actually got released 1990. It's a fun, well directed action romp that was a popular rental for me back in my school days. When MGM stuck out that cheap and cheerful DVD release a few years back I rushed out to pick it up and now i've done the same for this Scream Factory edition. The film has always been one of Dolph's best pictures for me. While being low budget it easily holds a candle up to films like Red Scorpion and Universal Soldier.

The disc is almost bare bones features wise. It has a short retrospective featurette that's an interesting watch but that is it really. The main reason to pick it up is it's definitely the best presentation of the film to date. Scream Factory's done a great job with the transfer and I've never seen or heard this film so good in any previous release.

As per usual with Scream Factory releases make sure you can play region locked discs. If you can and you fancy some no-nonsense sci-fi action then I highly recommend picking this up!
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