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DVD Review: “Black Rain (Special Collector’s Edition)”

(Paramount Home Video, 1989/2006. 125 minutes. Rated R.) Directed by Ridley Scott. With Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Kate Capshaw, Yusaku Matsuda.

Douglas and Garcia are cops who escort a yakuza (gangster) back to Japan…and promptly lose him at the Tokyo airport. I had seen this on video once before (a poor-quality 1999 release)…the new special collector’s edition is far superior. I like Michael Douglas in pretty much anything, and Ridley Scott serves up a good action movie, reminiscent in many ways of his (earlier and admittedly better) Blade Runner. But what’s really outstanding here are the performances by the two Japanese actors, and the work of cinematographer (now director) Jan De Bont (well-served in this new edition). The score is one of Hans Zimmer’s better efforts.

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