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THE RAVEN Blu-Ray Review

Edgar Allen Poe was one of the greatest writers in literary history. Many of his works have been adapted for film, but the man himself has never been fictionally portrayed on film. In The Raven, John Cusack plays the famous writer as he has been tasked with helping find a serial killer who is dispatching of his victims using elaborate traps from Poe’s books.

Starring Cusack and Alice Eve, who plays Emily Hamilton, and faced with a brutal killer, Edgar Allen Poe is on the case in a blu-ray edition that is loaded with information about the man, and the mystery that was, Edgar Allen Poe. Among the extras included is a documentary fielded by two experts on Poe, and a thorough behind the scenes featurette, and much more.

The Raven as a film leaves a bit to be desired at times, and not very much of the film feels original, but it cannot be denied that John Cusack is doing his best at playing such an iconic character.

Official Synopsis:

Baltimore, 1849. While investigating a horrific double murder, police detective Emmett Fields (Evans) makes a startling discovery: the killer’s methods mirror the twisted writings of Edgar Allan Poe (Cusack). Suspecting Poe at first, Fields ultimately enlists his help to stop future attacks. But in this deadly game of cat and mouse, the stakes are raised with each gruesome slaying as the pair races to catch a madman before he brings every one of Poe’s shocking stories to chilling life…and death.

Special Features:

  • Deleted & 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

  • 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 & 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

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J.C. De Leon

J.C. De Leon

Hailing from Austin, Tx. J.C. is maybe the biggest fan of sports movies you'll ever see. He's got an affinity for great writing and two of his favorites are Aaron Sorkin and Shane Black. When he's not watching movies at home, he can be found watching movies at the Alamo Drafthouse. He occasionally tries to play video games, but he's not very good at them. Follow him on Twitter for witty tweets and pictures of his cats.