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|Black Rain |
Special Collector's Edition
Actors: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw, Yűsaku Matsuda
Director: Ridley Scott
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Director Ridley Scott, who created two of Hollywood's most impactful and stylish adventure thrillers, Alien and Blade Runner, hits the mark again in Black Rain. Academy Award-winner Michael Douglas (Fatal Attraction, Wall ... more »
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Bobby T. from NEWHALL, CA
Reviewed on 9/13/2017...
Best Micheal Douglass movie.
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Very Good Movie - Very Bad DVD Transfer - Do Not Buy It
faheym | London England | 09/20/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I enjoyed this Ridley Scott outing but will not recount the story here. As a potential buyer, the message you must get is that the DVD transfer is a total let down and allows no viewing pleasure. Paramount have messed up with a grainy poor quality transfer with sound below par. I have an average VHS tape copy which is superior on all counts. The only way these guys will learn is if we do not buy such poor quality offerings - do not buy this the Black Rain DVD until Paramount reissue it in a grain free remastered form with decent sound."
A guilt-free pleasure
John S. Ryan | Silver Lake, OH | 12/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm not sure why this movie is described as a 'guilty pleasure'. I don't feel at all bad about liking it. And I do like it, a lot.For one thing, I like Michael Douglas. I liked him thirty years ago in _The Streets of San Francisco_, I liked him even better after he turned _One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest_ from a great book and a great stage play into a great motion picture, and I've kept right on liking him every time he's gotten himself cast in a stylish, well-scripted film.And this _is_ a stylish, well-scripted film. It's every bit as dark as you expect from Ridley Scott, and although there's a fairly well-defined villain, the 'heroes' are morally ambiguous. I like that in a movie.The reviewers who say Michael Douglas's character Nick Conklin is an 'ugly American' are right, but they seem to have missed the fact that this is part of the point. This film is a fairly ambitious, though not terribly deep, attempt to bring off an East-meets-West theme in what looks superficially like just another buddy-cop movie. The 'black rain' of the title is one of the aftereffects of the nuking of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and it's the symbolic stand-in for the Western 'decadence' bemoaned by the more traditional Nipponese (even the crime bosses).But that doesn't mean Japan wins the dramatic argument. On the contrary, the Nipponese cop (played with endearing self-effacement by Ken Takakura) learns a few things from his new cowboy friend 'Nick-san' too. (And the karaoke scene with Takakura and Andy Garcia is priceless.)Kate Capshaw doesn't really need an excuse to appear in a film, and that's good, because here she doesn't really have one. She's an expatriate American who inexplicably keeps turning up at the center of the action. She gives the film a bit of _Casablanca_-like flavor, but it's more a matter of mood than anything else.I won't tell you anything about the plot except that it involves the Japanese underworld and that it zips along at a fast clip. Don't look away or you'll miss something.The whole thing is rendered most atmospherically, with the sort of dark and brooding edge that I like in a film (and at which Ridley Scott excels). In general I'm not the biggest fan of Hans Zimmer's scores, but for the most part he's used pretty effectively here.This is a first-rate action-adventure thriller, and I don't feel the slightest bit 'guilty' for taking a very great deal of pleasure in it."
Paramount hasn't done justice to BLACK RAIN !
ABI ALY | Jakarta,Indonesia | 04/19/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed this when I watched it back at the cinema in 1989.Last year I found out that it was available on dvd and made the purchase without prior knowledge of the picture quality.The film still impresses me but I am very much disappointed with the picture quality,which is grainy and has fading color. It's a pity Paramount has overlooked this film.I am looking forward to seeing a SPECIAL COLLECTOR'S EDITION release which includes:an anamorphic widescreen transfer,a Dolby Digital 5.1 EX sound,English subtitle(the current one doesn't even have this standard feature!),audio commentary with Ridley Scott and/or Michael Douglas,interviews,or other featurettes of the film. What do you say PARAMOUNT ?"