May 262011

Check out our reviews of the May 2011 Echo Bridge Home Entertainment Blu-ray catalouge titles. Movies include: The Crow: City of Angels, Equilibrium starring Christian Bale and Emily Watson; Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers; Hellraiser: Bloodline; Texas Rangers with James Van Der Beek, Dylan McDermott and Ashton Kutcher; Duplex/My Boss’s Daughter Double Feature with Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Kutcher and Tara Reid and The Yards/The Lookout Double Feature starring Mark Wahlberg, Joaquin Phoenix, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jeff Daniels.


Here are the reviews for each of the 7 titles (9 movies total). Here is the breakdown by page:

Page 1: The Crow: City of Angels
Page 2: Equilibrium
Page 3: Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers
Page 4: Hellraiser: Bloodline
Page 5: Texas Rangers
Page 6: Duplex/My Boss’s Daughter
Page 7: The Yards/The Lookout

The Crow: City of Angels (1996)

Genre(s): Fantasy, Crime
Echo Bridge | R – 86 min. – $19.99 | May 10, 2011

Directed by:
Tim Pope
James O’Barr (comic book); David S. Goyer (written by)
Vincent Perez, Mia Kirshner, Richard Brooks, Iggy Pop

Theatrical Release Date: August 30, 1996

Number of Discs:

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)


After a brutal attack by an evil drug cartel, the murder victim (VINCENT PEREZ) is brought back to life by a mysterious crow. With the help of a beautiful woman named Sarah (MIA KIRSHNER), he exacts revenge on his killers one by one…only to realize his enemy, the lethal Judah (RICHARD BROOKS), has discovered the one weakness that can destroy him forever.


Unless you count “Smart Menu Technology” as a feature, then this disc has nothing; so none of the features (cast/crew commentary, featurettes, stills gallery) from the Collector’s Edition was ported over.

VIDEO – 3.25/5

The Crow: City of Angels is presented in its original 1.85 aspect ratio (back cover says 1.78) and in 1080p high definition. It’s not the best looking video transfer but given this is a budget title and probably little work was put into the transfer, it’s not too bad but there are dust and scratches present throughout.

AUDIO – 2.25/5

The 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio track isn’t great with all of the audio coming from the center channel so obviously everything sounds muffled including the effects. It probably doesn’t help that this wasn’t a highly budgeted film.

OVERALL – 2.25/5

Overall, The Crow: City of Angels is a bad sequel but one notorious for following up to an original whose star had fallen. It’s a cheap film with, at best, average visual effects (for its time) and a bad story and even perhaps worse acting. The Blu-ray offers no features despite its DVD counterpart having a few things while the video transfer is acceptable and the audio is much to be desired.


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