Liam Neeson (Taken) and Oscar winner Frances McDormand (Fargo) star in Darkman: the explosive, action-packed thriller from director Sam Raimi (The Spider-Man trilogy).

Dr. Peyton Westlake (Neeson) is on the verge of realizing a major breakthrough in the creation of synthetic skin when his laboratory is blown up by gangsters. Having been burned beyond recognition and forever altered by an experimental medical procedure, Westlake becomes known as Darkman, assuming alternate identities in his quest for revenge and a new life with his former love (McDormand).


“Darkman” was Sam Raimi’s first aggressive major studio jaunt, after he left the comfort of Bruce Campbell’s deadite killing arms. There’s something to be said for creating an original hero instead of going for the lame early 90s comic book adaptations. That being said, there’s so much weird in the film that the good will from that crushes a lot of qualms. Hell, I could listen to Liam Neeson screaming Julie for ages. I kid, but I love the fact that Dr. Giggles got to play a convincing villain.

Sam Raimi created something with “Darkman” that was truly ahead of its time. The powers were explained in a realistic way, alongside his ability not to feel pain. If anything, I’d say this was a grimmer precursor to Nolan’s later work on the Batman films. That being said, the Nolanverse was never as much fun as Larry Drake getting set up for a crime by a pizza faced Liam Neeson. There’s just something about this movie that makes me feel like I’m 9 years old all over again.

The Blu-Ray comes with interviews, commentary, featurettes, trailers, TV spots and still galleries. The 1080p transfer is the best I’ve seen the film look since I watched this back-to-back on the upper level of the Oxmoor Cinemas. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track pops in a way that I’ve never heard before. Hell, I just wish we could’ve got the lesser sequels just to be a completist. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 02/18/2014

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