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Black Rain - Blu-ray
on 26 July 2016
It's one of those handful of Ridley Scott films that has passed me by somehow, but I recently caught it and was pleasantly surprised.
Despite a couple of flourishes which serve to date it (Greg Allman's rather overdone end ballad for example), this is an effective and enjoyable thriller featuring Micheal Douglas as a New York cop who ends up, with his partner (Andy Garcia), transporting a Japanese criminal back to Japan only to be tricked into letting him go. Remaining in Japan to help catch him, the two are drawn into the darker side of Yakuza gang, counterfeiting and cultural divides with an engaging local cop and an American woman living in the city.
In some ways the plot doesn't entirely re-write the rulebook, but it's given a sophisticated edge by the supremely talented visualist Scott, who takes the story and drapes it in gorgeous set design and cinematography. It looks pretty good on Blu-ray (especially when you see the non HD trailer provided as an extra). As far as extras go, there's a solid commentary by Ridley Scott and about an hour's worth of interviews and 'making of' material. It all adds up to a solid package for a well made film.