Director Sam Raimi brings to life a comic book-like superhero and frantic camera work in the action-adventure comedy Darkman. Universal has done a great job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. While the image sometimes suffers from some small amounts of grain and dirt, overall, this picture looks very crisp with vivid colors and even black levels. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English and French, sounding much better than expected. While the mix is limited to only the front and center speakers, the bulk of this soundtrack has a very bombastic and explosive feel to it. Also included on this disc are subtitles in Spanish and English captions. Extra features are relatively scant -- the only supplements available on this disc are some thin production notes, a few bios on the cast and crew, and a single theatrical trailer for the movie.
Liam NeesonPeyton Westlake/Darkman
Frances McDormandJulie Hastings
Colin FrielsLouis Strack, Jr.
Larry DrakeRobert G. Durant
Jesse Lawrence FergusonEddie Black
Rafael RobledoRudy Guzman
Bruce CampbellShemp, Final
William DearLimo Driver
Aaron LustigMartin Katz
Arsenio "Sonny" TrinidadHung Fat
Said FarajConvenience Store Clerk
Nathan JungChinese Warrior
Professor Toru TanakaChinese Warrior
John Lisbon WoodCarnival Booth Attendant
Frank NoonSide Show Barker
Carrie HallScreaming Woman
Craig HoskingHelicopter Pilot
Karl WickmanPolice Helicopter Pilot
Cliff FlemingPolice Helicopter Pilot
Charles W. YoungDockworker with Bullet in Forehead
Sequels may come and go, but this original DARKMAN is a terrific dark, gory superhero blast before R rated super hero movies were a thing. Shout Factory did a great job with the bonus features, but the transfer is lacking (not really any better than the original Universal disc). Still, this is easily the version most worth adding ti your collection. Get it now!