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Director: Mark Steven Johnson

Cast: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Colin Farrell


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Director Mark Steven Johnson's adaptation of Marvel Comic's Daredevil comes to DVD from 20th Century Fox in quite a feature-packed release. In this edition, image quality comes cropped with a pan-and-scan picture, while audio options include separate 5.1 Dolby and DTS tracks, along with a standard Surround track for French and Spanish languages. Also included


Director Mark Steven Johnson's adaptation of Marvel Comic's Daredevil comes to DVD from 20th Century Fox in quite a feature-packed release. In this edition, image quality comes cropped with a pan-and-scan picture, while audio options include separate 5.1 Dolby and DTS tracks, along with a standard Surround track for French and Spanish languages. Also included is the appropriate Visual Impaired track, which when selected supplies the film with a running commentary describing the action in the film (up to this point, a rare feature which Artisan also used for their Basic Instinct disc). Another audio track and the first real supplement of the disc comes with Johnson and producer Gary Foster's running commentary during the film. Full of pats on the back and grueling behind-the-scenes stories, the two sound more than happy with the final result of the film. Disc one also sports an enhanced viewing mode, which uses branching technology to play scene-specific making-of clips for you during the film, in addition to a fun onscreen text commentary which you can also select. Disc two is split into two different sections -- The Film and The Comic Book. On the film side, the first and most prominent extra comes in "Beyond Hell's Kitchen: The Making of Daredevil." This 60-minute documentary covers most aspects of the production, most notably test footage of some of the earlier costume designs (something the early Spider-Man and X-Men discs were sadly lacking). Other extras include Jennifer Garner's screen test, multi-angle dailies, a featured villain Kingpin music video-type clip, and an HBO: First Look special on the film. Also included is "Moving Through Space: A Day With Tom Sullivan", an inspiring look at the sight-impaired consultant on Daredevil. Four music videos and all three original trailers are featured as well, with extra trailers for Danny Boyle's zombie update 28 Days Later and another comic book adaptation, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, thrown in too. The film section ends with a still gallery that includes galleries of various set designs, production stills, props, and a thorough costumes section, giving viewers added insight on the adaptation process from book to film. In the comic book section, you'll find the other gem of this release in the 60-minute "Men Without Fear: Creating Daredevil" documentary, which focuses on the main comic creators who've helped shape the character from its inception in 1964. Various artists and writers voice their opinions on the horned-one, including Stan Lee, Frank Miller, and Kevin Smith, among a slew of other famous creators. Offering up witty and all-too-human stories about the industry and the Daredevil comic, the documentary actually stands as one of the best representations of comic books made as of this release. If you're a comic fan, whether you liked the film or not, this extra alone makes adding this DVD to your collection completely worth it. Also available for viewing is a small featurette on the translation of Daredevil's hyper senses from comic to film, plus some modeling sheets of all the main characters (taken from the Marvel Encyclopedia featuring mostly Frank Miller artwork). While the menu presentation leaves little to be desired (likewise the obvious heightened red color added to Daredevil on the cover), it's evident that this disc was put together with care for the fans of the movie and comic combined. It's nice to see the first DVD release of a film be the definitive one, as any future discs will have a hard time beating this one.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
In the contradictory comic-book-movie tradition of Tim Burton’s Batman, director Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil is decidedly dark and dominated by a tragic, vengeful hero, effectively replicating the odd insouciance of its four-color inspiration. Daredevil, like Batman, is a relentless crime fighter who preys on evildoers to avenge the murder of his father. But that’s where the similarity ends, because Daredevil -- lawyer Matt Murdock by day -- is blind. Fortunately, a childhood accident has attuned his other four senses to an incredible degree, and he can "see" adversaries by the way sound waves register in his brain. Matt finds an unlikely comrade-in-arms in the exotic Elektra (played with leathery verve by Jennifer Garner), who’s also looking for revenge. Their common enemy is a veteran crime lord known as the Kingpin (Michael Clarke Duncan), who orders his psychopathic henchman, Bullseye (Colin Farrell), to remove these threats to his dominance of the underworld. Ben Affleck is appropriately stoic as the tormented Murdock and looks great in the form-fitting red rubber suit that is Daredevil’s trademark. He’s also very effective in expansively choreographed fight sequences that rely more on good, old-fashioned stunt work than computer-generated imagery. Performancewise, though, Affleck is nearly upstaged by both Garner and Farrell, whose intriguing characters are sufficiently colorful to warrant movies of their own. Broadly faithful to its Marvel Comics namesake and lavishly mounted, Daredevil is dazzling, dynamic, and delightful.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
[Full Frame]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length director and producer commentary; Enhanced viewing mode (takes you behind the scenes as you watch the film); Onscreen trivia track; DVD-ROM content: comic book chronology, web links; 2 all-new 60-minute documentaries; 6 production featurettes; Multi-angle scene studies; Jennifer Garner screen test; Kingpin featurette; 3 music videos

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Affleck Matt Murdock/Daredevil
Jennifer Garner Elektra
Colin Farrell Bullseye
Michael Clarke Duncan Kingpin
Jon Favreau Franklin Nelson
Joe Pantoliano Ben Ulrich
Ellen Pompeo Karen Page
David Keith Jack Murdock
Erick Avari Natchios
Paul Ben-Victor Jose Quesada
Derrick O'Connor Father Everett
Leland Orser Wesley
Scott Terra Young Matt
Greg "Christopher" Smith SWAT Leader
Luke Strode Little Boy
Chad Christopher Tucker Bully
Levett M. Washington Kid
Daniel B. Wing Quesada's Friend
Jorn H. Winther Stavros' Friend
Chic Daniel Conductor
Les Zoeller Conductor

Technical Credits
Mark Steven Johnson Director,Screenwriter
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Tom Allain Animator
Colin Anderson Camera Operator
Pete Antico Stunts
Ben Apley Producer
Avi Arad Producer
Professional Visioncare Associates Special Effects
Steve Battaglia Asst. Director
Eyde Belasco Casting
Greg Berry Set Decoration/Design
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Malcolm Brown Camera Operator
Keith Bryant Producer
Lorrie Campbell Set Decoration/Design
Brian Castleforte Art Director
Yuen Cheung-Yan Action Director
Barry Chusid Production Designer
Ericson Core Cinematographer
Kathleen Courtney Producer
Peter Devlin Sound Mixer
Michael E. Edmonson Special Effects Supervisor
Kevin Feige Co-producer
Karin Fong Art Director
Gary Foster Producer
Joyce Gallie Consultant/advisor
Morton Greenspoon Special Effects
James M. Halty Stunts
Doug Hemphill Sound Mixer
Donna Isaacson Casting
Dave Jordan Musical Direction/Supervision
Jacques Jouffret Camera Operator
Grant Lau Animator
Stan Lee Executive Producer
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Paul Massey Sound Mixer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Armen Minasian Editor
Hector Morales Consultant/advisor
Matthew Mungle Makeup Special Effects
Sally Osoba Consultant/advisor
Richard Oswald Asst. Director
Greg Raynard Art Director
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Richard Silver Special Effects
Tom Sullivan Consultant/advisor
Stacey Sumner Special Effects
James Tocci Art Director
Becki Cross Trujillo Co-producer
Dennis Virkler Editor
Phyllis Weisband Producer
Sam Wick Musical Direction/Supervision
Bernie Williams Executive Producer
Kim Winther Asst. Director
Darrell Wright Set Decoration/Design
Daxing Zhang Action Director
Victor Zolfo Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. Main Titles
2. Fallen Devil
3. Jack's Son
4. The Accident
5. To Be Fearless
6. Death of a Fighter
7. A Promise Kept
8. Blind Justice
9. Urich's Daredevil
10. A Man Alone
11. Vengeance Is a Sin
12. Nelson & Murdock
13. The Scent of a Woman
14. Pas de Duel
15. The Kingpin of Crime
16. Bullseye
17. I'm Not the Bad Guy
18. Up on the Roof
19. The Black & White Ball
20. Bullseye's Target
21. Stay With Me
22. Something Really Cool
23. The Devil Is Mine
24. Elektra the Avenger
25. Alone Against Bullseye
26. To the Death
27. Bring on the Noise
28. The Devil's Mercy
29. Justice Is Served
30. Faith Is All You Need
31. The Guardian Devil
32. End Titles
Side #2 -- Disc Two
1. Stan Lee [8:18]
2. John Romita [6:51]
3. Gene Colan [1:11]
4. Frank Miller [3:43]
5. John Romita Jr. [4:48]
6. Joe Quesada [6:02]
7. David Mack [2:32]
8. Brian Michael Bendis [2:57]
9. Kevin Smith [6:07]


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