Film, 1994, USA, d. Alex Proyas. Language: English.
Starring: Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Bai Ling.
A vicious gang murders a young Goth couple and one year later the man rises from his grave to avenge his beloved.
Fuck me, it's already been 25 years since The Crow came out! And it shows: the movie feels very 90s (thanks especially to the grungey soundtrack) and, for me, hasn't aged as well as some of other early 90s movies I've watched recently. The whole premise feels very much a goth teenage male wish-fulfillment fantasy. (The fiancée was also murdered, and raped too. And watched her fiancé be murdered to boot. Why doesn't she come back from the dead to exact vengeance?)
While I liked The Crow a lot the first time I saw it, now it's just "OK". Good action; so-so story and characters (although an order of magnitude better than Lee's other films Rapid Fire and Showdown in Little Tokyo, which work only for hardcore action fans).
And yes, this was the movie where Brandon Lee died; the scene in which his character Eric Draven was shot and killed was the same scene where Brandon Lee was shot and killed in real life, when a piece of a fake bullet stuck in the gun from a previous take was pushed out by a blank charge and hit Lee in the abdomen. That's what happens when you try to save money by shooting in a non-union state, working people around the clock and then sending the (expensive) arms master home before shooting a weapons scene to avoid paying him overtime.
(Despite Draven's death happening at the beginning of the movie, it was one of the last bits to be filmed. As most of Lee's scenes had already been shot, The Crow doesn't have the obvious & terrible fakery employed to hide the star's absence that was in Game of Death, the film his father Bruce was in the middle of when he died.)
Who knows how far Brandon could have gone had he lived?
I watched a 720p, high-resolution-small-file size encode from YTS / YIFY. I tend to prefer getting these types of encode because I can keep the smaller files for longer on my hard drive and and share more of them.
But, while their video quality is good enough most of the time, it can be problematic with certain kinds of scenes:
And The Crow is all dark, rainy, night-time scenes. I was getting artifacts all over the place for most of the film. (I wasn't able to capture them in my screenshots though; but it's really noticeable when the images are moving.) So I would recommend you go for some other version.