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November 17, 1996|Kevin Thomas

The Crow (KTLA Tuesday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 6 p.m.), starring the late Brandon Lee, is like one long fright night. Even though it was photographed in color, the edge-of-darkness atmosphere descends on the audience like a shroud. Director Alex Proyas and his colleagues put across this adaptation of the J. O'Barr "Crow" cult comic books with grim glee. Lee, who has a phenomenal presence, plays a Detroit rock guitarist, Eric Draven, who returns from the dead on Halloween eve.

In the 1994 blockbuster Speed (Fox Tuesday at 8 p.m.) veteran cinematographer Jan De Bont shows he has what it takes to be an action director. A diabolical Dennis Hopper has rigged up deadly explosives that will detonate if a runaway bus on a crowded freeway is allowed to go under 50 mph. It's quite a dilemma for leap-before-you-look hero Keanu Reeves and his SWAT team pals.

Marked for Death (KTLA Thursday at 8 p.m.) is a sleek, topical--and extremely violent-- brainless hard-action picture that finds martial-arts star Steven Seagal taking on a Jamaican drug ring.

Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (KTLA Friday at 8 p.m.) is a compelling story of a trio of household pets who find themselves on a perilous adventure after becoming separated from their youthful masters. Robert Hays and Kim Greist play the humans, while Michael J. Fox, Sally Field and Don Ameche (notably excellent) provide the voices in this 1993 film.

In his fifth outing as Dirty Harry in The Dead Pool (KCOP Saturday at 6 p.m.), Clint Eastwood is rock-solid, his preternatural wariness and wry whispering irony still in full force. But this 1988 film, while diverting, is among the weakest in the series. Liam Neeson co-stars as a nasty goremeister who may have either inspired or committed a string of grisly killings. The original Dirty Harry (KCOP Saturday at 8 p.m.), however, might better make your day.

KCET's Saturday night double feature teams two important Otto Preminger pictures, Advise and Consent (at 9 p.m.) and The Man with the Golden Arm (KCET Saturday at 11:20 p.m.).

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