After witnessing a violent murder involving a hit by the Yakuza in New York, Cops Michael Douglas and Andy Garcia, are enlisted to transport the murderer back to Japan. Upon arrival in Japan, the duo quickly realize they've been duped in a scheme that was at least sometime in past Hollywood, a clever maneuver involving disguise, and now they're prisoner has escaped. The cops must contend with politics, corruption and a violent underworld as cultures clash, as well as guns and "even" swords, while they embark on their mission to recapture a really evil gangster.
There's a lot to like about "BLACK RAIN". Douglas is terrific as a cop with plenty of secrets(he's corrupt and under investigation), but he makes his character have depth and one the audience roots for. Andy Garcia gives what may very well be his finest performance, offering an instantly likeable persona as the necessary victim for Douglas to become even more emboldened to wreak his vengeance.
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this release. Previously released in non-anamorphic widescreen, this remastering offers an outstanding transfer! Colors are rich and vibrant! The blacks and grays are extremely deep. The image is sharp and there's much better detail in virtually every scene in comparison to the older dvd release.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX mix. The mix is aggressive, offering a wide range of discrete and surround effects. There's great use of bass and the score from Hans Zimmer, kicks the film's atmosphere into an almost epic atmosphere, with all speakers kicking in to maximum effect. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
Director Ridley Scott provides a new commentary, and fans of this director will appreciate his in-depth reflections, covering almost every scene. There are no lulls here.
There are three featurettes, equaling almost an hour in length and all worth-while! GET THIS!!!