Review: The Raven Blu-ray Combo Pack – it's about Edgar Allan Poe

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The Raven Blu-ray Combo Pack ~ Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment sent me a copy of The Raven Blu-ray Combo Pack for review on my dad blog. The movie is about Edgar Allan Poe’s attempts to stop a killer who is inspired by his stories. The acting is good and I found the story interesting. However, I didn’t expect the film to be so gory. The Raven is available now on Blu-ray and DVD — just in time for Halloween. It features John Cusack and Luke Evans. The Blu-ray Combo Pack retails for $39.99, but you can currently purchase it for $22.99 on Amazon.

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The story A serial killer is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s stories
Appropriateness for children It’s probably OK for older kids, but the movie is bloody and gory. There’s also some profanity.
Positives
  • Interesting story
  • Keeps you guessing
  • Good acting
Negative
  • A little too gory
Release date October 9, 2012
Rating Rated R for bloody violence and grisly images
Runtime 110 minutes
Genre Mystery, thriller, drama

The only one who can stop a serial killer is the man who inspired him
The Raven starts off with Edgar Allan Poe babbling incoherently on a park bench. Then the story flashes back to a series of murders. The manner of the murders mirrors some of Poe’s stories. At first, the police suspect Poe is the killer. But later they realize he is not the killer. That’s when Poe starts to help the police find the serial killer. The movie story is actually fiction, but it seems very plausible and somewhat realistic. I had to google the movie to be certain it’s a fictional story.

Keeps you guessing
This is one of those movie that keeps you guessing. It even has an unexpected ending. I’m going to have to watch The Raven again to see if there were clues to support identity of the mysterious killer.

It’s gory
I don’t think there is a lot of violence in The Raven. But it is gory. I expect blood in a movie like Resident Evil, but the bloody gore in The Raven caught me off guard. This is not a film you should watch with young kids. I guess that’s why the movie is rated R.

Good acting by John Cusack and Luke Evans
Both John Cusack (Edgar Allan Poe) and Luke Evans (Detective Fields) are excellent in this movie. The Raven also features Alice Eve (Emily Hamilton), Brendan Gleeson (Captain Hamilton), Kevin McNally (Maddux), Oliver Jackson-Cohen (John Cantrell), Jimmy Yuill (Captain Eldridge), Sam Hazeldine (Ivan), Pam Ferris (Mrs. Bradley), Brendan Coyle (Reagan), Adrian Rawlins (Doc Clements), Aidan Feore (Stage Manager), Dave Legeno (Percy), Michael Cronin (Old Gentleman), and Michael Poole (Professor). The film was directed by James McTeigue.

The Raven Blu-ray Special Features

  • The Raven Guts: Bringing Death to Life
  • The Madness, Misery, and Mystery of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Behind the Beauty and Horror
  • The Raven Presents John Cusack and James McTeigue
  • Music for the Raven: The Team
  • Audio Commentary by Director James McTeigue, Producers Marc D. Evans, Trevor Macy and Aaron Ryder
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
    • Poetry Reading
    • The Red Mask
    • Emily’s Recital
    • Fields Check on Poe
    • Poe Brings Carl to Field’s Home
    • Doctor Clements and Fields

More info: The Raven

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