'The Crow: Stairway To Heaven - Complete Series'
(Mark Dacascos, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1998) 2007 / Arts Alliance - TV Guide)
Overview: Eric Draven, a musician, and his girlfriend are killed. Draven returns to life as an undead mime, with psychic powers and a spirit guide (a crow). He first avenges his and his girlfriend's deaths, but finds that he must remain on Earth, separate from her, until he restores the balance between good and evil.
DVD Verdict: Exactly one year after his death, rock musician, Eric Draven, returns to earth in a symbolic and literal leap from the bridge that joins the Land of the Dead and the land of the living. Possessing the mystic powers of The Crow, he is neither living nor dead, searching for a way to right what has been wronged.
'The Crow: Stairway to Heaven' continues the legacy of Eric Draven and expands on the mythology of the successful feature film franchise. Joined as soulmates, Draven and his girlfriend Shelly were inseparable — until they were brutally and senselessly murdered.
Now, their souls cannot rest. Their romance endures through time and death, creating an incredible longing between the young lovers. Draven seeks redemption by helping others, fighting for those who cannot fight for themselves. Through each act of justice, he is taken one step closer to his own salvation.
A foot soldier on the side of good, at Draven's core is a powerful force that transforms him into The Crow — his alter ego.
Draven's return to Earth arouses both suspicion and curiosity from Daryl Albrecht, the police lieutenant who has never given up his crusade to solve the vicious crime that cost Eric and Shelly their lives.
Eric also has other earthly allies. He and Shelly remain connected to Sarah, a 13-year-old kid who is streetwise beyond her years and who regarded the dead lovers as family. While her rebellious nature can be her worst enemy, she is the grounded voice of reality for Eric.
Even a dead man needs to get a life. Although Eric Draven has been changed forever, he must exist, at least for now, in the world of the living.
Basically, 'The Crow: Stairway to Heaven' takes its place on the "Canceled-Too-Soon" list! It really was a wonderful story that put a new perspective on the "Crow" mythos. In this show, Eric Draven's story became one of redemption and Mark Dacascos played him beautifully. The show also featured wonderful performances by Marc Gomez (as Albrecht), Katie Stuart (as Sarah), and Sabine Karsenti (as Shelly). People have been waiting for this show to come out on DVD for a long time (the show ran for one season from 1998 to 1999), so it's great that it's finally here. I looked forward to revisiting the episodes and watching all the extras before I received this to review ... and I was not let down; and nor will you be either. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Commentary on Episodes 1 & 2 by Mark Dacascos and Writer/Director Bryce Zabel
The Show's Gag Reel
The Production Dailies for Death Wish, Dead To Rights, A Gathering Storm
The Original Score
Mark Decascos Biography
Inside Kung-Fu Magazine Articles
The Pilot Script
All 22 Episode Scripts
The Original Episode Descriptions
The Show's Bible
TV Guide Crossword Puzzles