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Overview

Director Sam Raimi brings to life a comic book-like superhero and frantic camera work in the action-adventure comedy Darkman. Universal has done a great job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. While the image sometimes suffers from some small amounts of grain and dirt, overall, this picture looks very crisp with vivid colors and even black levels. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and French, sounding much better than expected. While the mix is limited to only the front ...
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Overview

Director Sam Raimi brings to life a comic book-like superhero and frantic camera work in the action-adventure comedy Darkman. Universal has done a great job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. While the image sometimes suffers from some small amounts of grain and dirt, overall, this picture looks very crisp with vivid colors and even black levels. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and French, sounding much better than expected. While the mix is limited to only the front and center speakers, the bulk of this soundtrack has a very bombastic and explosive feel to it. Also included on this disc are subtitles in Spanish and English captions. Extra features are relatively scant -- the only supplements available on this disc are some thin production notes, a few bios on the cast and crew, and a single theatrical trailer for the movie.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Sam Raimi's fourth directorial effort and his first with major studio backing doesn't depart too far from the thrills-and-special-effects approach that made his first couple of films so ingeneously entertaining. But this pulpy action flick does suffer a bit from the strings that come attached to Hollywood money. The long list of screenwriting credits may include the director's brother, Ivan, and his friends, Joel and Ethan Coen, but the script that emerges is still somewhat scattered. The plot seems rather convoluted for such superheroic subject matter, giving us too much setup and too little of the shadowy protagonist's exploits. After all, in a real golden-age comic book -- the obvious literary precursor to this sort of movie -- the hero's origin is usually dashed off as a prologue to the central action. Here we have to wait for the two inferior, straight-to-video sequels for Darkman's continued adventures. When the film does connect, though, it's good, adolescent fun, from Liam Neeson's broodingly archetypal scientist/avenger to the colorful line-up of villians both corporate and underworld. Frances McDormand seems to have wandered in from another, more realistic drama, but she makes a refreshingly believable vigilante girlfriend; she's no Vickie Vale, thank heaven. The real test of any action flick is the influence of its special effects, and Darkman's signature move -- the illusion of one human face being peeled away to reveal another, equally realistic one -- has been ripped off everywhere from Mission: Impossible to Charlie's Angels. Not exactly Terminator 2 territory, but a measure of Darkman's niche appeal nonetheless.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/1998
  • UPC: 025192017926
  • Original Release: 1990
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 28,993

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Liam Neeson Peyton Westlake/Darkman
Frances McDormand Julie Hastings
Colin Friels Louis Strack, Jr.
Larry Drake Robert G. Durant
Nelson Mashita Yakitito
Jesse Lawrence Ferguson Eddie Black
Jenny Agutter Doctor
Rafael Robledo Rudy Guzman
Dan Hicks Skip
Theodore Raimi Rick
Dan Bell Smiley
Nicholas Worth Pauly
Bruce Campbell Shemp, Final
William Dear Limo Driver
Phillip A. Gillis Priest
Aaron Lustig Martin Katz
Arsenio "Sonny" Trinidad Hung Fat
Said Faraj Convenience Store Clerk
Nathan Jung Chinese Warrior
Prof. Toru Tanaka Chinese Warrior
John Lisbon Wood Carnival Booth Attendant
Frank Noon Side Show Barker
Julius Harris Gravedigger
Bridget Hoffman Voice Only
Maggie Moore Nurse
Carl Bresk Policeman
Sean Daniel Policeman
John Landis Physician
Carrie Hall Screaming Woman
John Cameron Bartender
Craig Hosking Helicopter Pilot
Karl Wickman Police Helicopter Pilot
Cliff Fleming Police Helicopter Pilot
Andy Bale Dockworker
Neal McDonough Dockworker
Stuart Cornfield Dockworker
William Lustig Dockworker
Scott Spiegel Dockworker
Cary Tyler Dockworker
Charles W. Young Dockworker with Bullet in Forehead
Technical Credits
Sam Raimi Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Ginni Barr Set Decoration/Design
Chuck Borden Stunts
John Cade Stunts
John Cameron Asst. Director
John Casino Stunts
Christopher Doyle Stunts
Ethan Coen Screenwriter
Joel Coen Screenwriter
Phil Dagort Art Director
B.J. Davis Stunts
Peter Deming Cinematographer
Dave Efron Stunts
Danny Elfman Score Composer
John Escobar Stunts
Jammie Friday Animator
Tony Gardner Makeup Special Effects
Daniel Goldin Screenwriter
Joshua Goldin Screenwriter
Carl Goldstein Asst. Director
Larry Hamlin Makeup Special Effects
Rick Hannigan Camera Operator
Paul Hellerman Production Manager
Introvision Systems International Special Effects
Scott Javine Asst. Director
Daryl Kass Producer
Hubie Kerns Jr. Stunts
Peter Kuran Special Effects
Kevin Kutchaver Animator
Karen Laine Stunts
Deborah Larsen Makeup
Lane Leavitt Stunts
Gene Lebell Stunts
Dennis Madalone Stunts
Wild Bill Mock Stunts
Sherry Peterson Stunts
Chuck Pfarrer Screenwriter
Rex Pierson Stunts
Bill Pope Cinematographer
Grania Preston Costumes/Costume Designer
FourWard Productions Special Effects
Chiodo Brothers Productions Animator
Ivan Raimi Screenwriter
Randy Ser Production Designer
Jonathan Sheffer Score Composer
Bud Smith Editor
Scott Smith Editor
David Stiven Editor
George Suhayda Set Decoration/Design
Donald Summer Musical Direction/Supervision, Sound Mixer
Robert Tapert Producer
Tim Trella Stunts
Patricia Whitcher Production Designer, Production Manager
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter List
1. Just Another Tough Guy [5:34]
2. Main Titles [4:02]
3. Peyt And Jules [5:14]
4. What Is It About The Dark? [4:45]
5. Blown To Pieces [2:11]
6. The Hospital [6:34]
7. Setting Up Shop [6:20]
8. Rick Retires [1:46]
9. Playing Pauly [13:48]
10. The Duplicate Durant [7:35]
11. The Pink Elephant [4:19]
12. War At The Warehouse [6:48]
13. Darkman Gets Some [2:16]
14. The Enemies In The Air [3:02]
15. On The Edge [6:01]
16. End Titles: Call Me Darkman [8:43]
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Menu

Side #1
   Bonus Materials
      Production Notes
      Cast And Filmmakers
         Liam Neeson as Peyton Westlake/Darkman
         Frances McDormand as Julie Hastings
         Colin Friels as Louis Strack, Jr.
         Larry Drake as Robert G. Durant
         Directed by Sam Raimi
      Theatrical Trailer
   Language Selection
      Spoken Language
      Captions And Subtitles
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted February 25, 2014

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    A prediction come true for 3D Printing. Organs are now printed

    A prediction come true for 3D Printing. Organs are now printed. Guns too. The sequels are not as great. This one IS Great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A blast

    Sam Raimi and Danny Elfman. Yay! Same guys who worked on the Spiderman films among others. There is a couple of corny scenes that are just fun but I really liked how the emotional pain of the character was portrayed. I love the scene where the carnie tries to stiff Dr Peyton Westlake and you are presented with the consequences. The images used to present how cracked his psyche is - is a thrill. Definitely a good movie, the best of the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Give it 3 stars because of Liam Neeson

    There is nothing great about this movie. It is one of hundreds of the "vigilante justice" films of the 1990's, that most benign looking decade in which hid many facades. Liam Neeson, I may forgive for this part and your beautiful partner, Frances McDormand. I am glad the bad guys got what they got in the end.

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