The Crow: Stairway to Heaven was a 1998 Canadian television series created by Bryce Zabel based on The Crow comic by James O'Barr starring Mark Dacascos in the lead role as Eric Draven, reprising the role originally played by Brandon Lee in the 1994 film The Crow.
Daryl Albrecht (Marc Gomes)
Albrecht was the detective heading up the Draven-Webster murder investigation, and initially thinks Eric may have been responsible for Shelly's death, and then faked his own to escape justice. As the series progresses he begins to trust and befriend Eric, until he becomes an ally in his quest for redemption - even at the risk of damaging his own career.
Shelly Webster (Sabine Karsenti)
Shelly was a photographer, murdered by T-Bird's crew after getting caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. After Eric is sent back to the Land of the Living, she waits for him, unwilling to move on to the Land of the Dead without him.
Sarah Mohr (Katie Stuart)
Argumentative and headstrong, Sarah is a 13 year-old kid with a rough upbringing. She befriends Eric and Shelly, who became parent-like figures to her before their murders. She becomes Eric's closest friend after his return, helping him in any way she can.
Darla Mohr (Lynda Boyd)
Darla is Sarah's mother, and works the front desk at Albrecht's precinct. A recovering alcoholic, her relationship with her daughter is sometimes strained.
Lieutenant David Vincennes (Jon Cuthbert)
Vincennes is Albrecht's boss. They share a close friendship, although Vicennes "plays by the rules" and is suspicious of Albrecht's relationship with Draven.
Jessica Capshaw (Christina Cox)
When Albrecht's relationship with Draven starts to raise eyebrows amongst his superiors, Capshaw is brought in as his new partner. Young and inexperienced, she often finds herself left out of the loop by Albrecht.
Top Dollar/Jason Danko (John Pyper-Ferguson)
The manager of the Blackout nightclub, Top Dollar ran contract killings for Mace Reyes using T-Bird and his crew as muscle before Draven returned and shut them down. After Draven's return Top Dollar becomes obsessed with gaining the power of a crow.
India Reyes (Julie Dreyfus)
India was the manager of the Blackout before it was bought by Mace Reyes, who she married. She later resumes her old role, hoping to bring the club back from its dark past.
Shea Marino (Gaetana Korbin)
Shea is an employee at the Blackout, who harbours at least a physical attraction to Draven - if not more. It is in the course of helping her escape the attentions of her abusive ex-husband that truly brings Draven to the attention of the law.
Cordelia Warren (Suleka Mathew)
Albrecht's girlfriend, and Port Columbia's District Attorney, Cordelia is strong-willed and intolerant of the kind of vigilante-style tactics Draven utilizes. Albrecht's friendship with Draven ultimately causes problems between him and Cordelia.
Funboy/George Jamieson (Ty Olsson)
One of T-Bird's crew, Funboy was Darla's boyfriend until Draven's return. Even after finding religion and repenting for his sins he finds himself as a pawn working against Draven.
Skull Cowboy (Kadeem Hardison)
Cryptic with a black sense of humour, the Skull Cowboy is a guide in the Land of the Living for all the "poor souls" like Draven who find themselves in the limbo between life and death. Although he is a bystander for the most part, allowing each course of action to play itself out, he is willing to get involved in certain situations.
Hannah Foster/Talon (Bobbie Phillips)
Like Draven, Hannah has returned from death to put the wrong things right. Unlike Draven however, she constantly struggles between the need for redemption and her lust for vengeance on the men who murdered her and her daughter. Even afterwards, her methods are far more vicious than Draven's.
2005 also saw a bare-bones episode-only release of the series in Australia on six discs across two volumes via Warner Bros, this release was proceeded in 2001 by an even more basic single disc through Manga Pacific which featured the pilot and two "bonus" episodes.
In March 2007, Bryce Zabel announced on his blog that the series would get a Region 1 release in July 2007 as a four- or five-disc set by Hart Sharp Entertainment under their TV Guide Presents banner. Exclusive special features are also to be produced.
I've been talking to Marylou Bono of Hart Sharp and the great news is how seriously they take the job of making this a first class release. The incredible lead actor of The Crow: Stairway to Heaven Mark Dacascos and I will be doing an audio commentary track during the first two hours of the series. We're also on the hunt for some other goodies to include. The one I'm trying to track down is Mark's screen test which I'm sure the fans will get a kick out of.
On July 24, 2007, Arts Alliance America released The Crow: Stairway to Heaven- The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time. The 5-disc set features an extensive array of special features including commentaries, photo gallery and a gag reel.
The series was cancelled after the first season in June 1999, when Polygram was sold to Universal, which decided not to continue Stairway to Heaven, despite positive fan reactions and decent ratings. The producers tried to make a TV movie to wrap up the major loose ends from the season one cliffhanger, but were not successful.
The beta website Hulu now host all 22 episodes of the show.