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Darkman 3 - Die Darkman Die

Polygram/Universal . R4 . COLOR . 85 mins . M15+ . PAL


It's hard to come up with good ideas for stories involving a crime fighter whose only "powers" are greater than normal strength, and the ability to mimic anyone (for 99 minutes, at any rate) he gain get photos of. This didn't stop them from making a third Darkman film though, and to give the writers some credit, their ideas weren't too bad, if not dealt with as fully as they might have.

Westlake is still attempting to break his 99 minute skin-dissolving barrier, and to do this he needs some hi-tech medical equipment. Of course hi-tech medical gear doesn't just grow on trees, it needs cold hard cash, and where better to acquire cash in a not-so-honourable manner than to rob a criminal.

Thus Darkman gains his nemesis for the film, Peter Booker (Jeff Fahey), the untouchable drug lord.


Video quality on this disc is quite good, with blacks being very solid and dark - and with the amount of black used in this film, it would be easy to notice otherwise. Contrasting the darkness, the few scenes that include a range of colour do so very well, with one scene clearly showing the painstaking work that went into creating the make-up effect of Westlake's burned and scarred face.


Like the previous chapter in the Darkman story, Darkman 3 has a collection of Dolby Stereo soundtracks in selected languages. Effects and score, however, do have a good feel of depth to them, opening up the action on screen, while at the same time locking down the dialogue onto the speaking character. For a stereo soundtrack, it definitely sounds good.


Included on the disc is a two page bio on Arnold Vosloo, one page of which is a brief filmography. Is it an extra? Yes. Is it a good extra? No. Is this the type of film that needs red carpet treatment? Again, no, but a little more detail about Arnold Vosloo could have been provided.


After Darkman 2, it was hard to believe another film in the series would be made. Fortunately, Darkman 3 stands up to be a better film than it's predecessor, due in part to a new villain portrayed by Jeff Fahey.

Put simply, if you like the Darkman films, you'll like this disc. While light on features, it's not the kind of disc you'd expect to see them on. The picture and sound is clean, and looks much better than VHS, but that goes without saying. After all, it is DVD.

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