The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Complete Series Review

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Reviewed by David Savage

Starring: Mark Dacascos, Marc Gomes, Sabine Karsenti, Katie Stuart
Certificate: 15
Running Time: 1005 minutes
Format: DVD
Number of Discs: 5
Number of Episodes: 22
Release Date: 6 October 2014
RRP: £39.99

The Crow is based on the graphic novel by James O’Barr and the 1994 film of the same name starring Brandon Lee who famously died on set when he was accidently shot. The filming of the TV show was also no stranger to tragedy when a special effects explosion went wrong and killed stuntman Marc Akerstream. This 5 DVD box set features all 22 episodes of this sensational TV series which was originally shown on the The Sci-Fi Channel.

People once believed that when someone dies, a crow carries their soul to the Land of the Dead. But sometimes, something so bad happens that a terrible sadness is carried with it and the soul can’t rest. But sometimes, just sometimes, the crow can bring that soul back to put the wrong things right.

One year, to the day, after the brutal murder of rock musician Eric Draven (Mark Dacascos) and his fiancée, Shelly Webster (Sabine Karsenti), Eric is returned from the Land of the Dead to Earth by guided by a mystical crow. He has to right what has been wronged to be reunited with his soul-mate Shelly and move on. He is now either dead or alive but lives among the living in his search to find his murderers.

He soon discovers that he has strange new powers and cannot be killed and any damage his body receives from being beaten, stabbed or shot heals very quickly. He also possesses knowledge of martial arts skills that he never had before. With the help of the tough, skateboarding, street-wise 13 year old Sarah (Katie Stuart), Detective Darryl Albrecht (Marc Gomes) and the spiritual guidance of his crow and the spirit of Shelly he sets of on his quest to right the wrong things done to innocents.

Overall, I loved this show. I had only ever seen the film before and expected it to be just as dark as I remembered but enjoyed this much more. It has its dark moments mixed with light-hearted humour at times. The stories and entertaining, well written and performed very well, especially Mark Dacascos when he transforms into The Crow – his facial expressions are brilliant, and the young Katie Stuart is great as the tough but caring Sarah who tries not only to look out for her friend but also look after her alcoholic mother.

Although it originally aired 16 years ago I think it would do well today and this box set is definitely one to own.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £39.99

Available to buy from Amazon here.

5Star

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