The Prophecy (1995)

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Released 2-Sep-2004

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Horror None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 1995
Running Time 93:26
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Gregory Widen
Studio
Distributor

Walt Disney Studios Home Ent.
Starring Christopher Walken
Elias Koteas
Virginia Madsen
Eric Stoltz
Viggo Mortensen
Amanda Plummer
Moriah Shining Dove Snyder
Adam Goldberg
Steve Hytner
J.C. Quinn
Emma Shenah
Albert Nelson
Shawn Nelson
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $19.95 Music Sebastian Bach
Dennis Michael Tenney
David C. Williams


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    During a routine murder investigation, ex-Clergyman turned Homicide Detective Thomas Dagget (Elias Koteas) stumbles upon an apocalyptic religious prophecy that could ultimately destroy mankind. For thousands of years, the Arch Angel Gabriel (Christopher Walken), unhappy with God's love of man has rebelled against Heaven and has waged war with the Divine Order to restore his place in God's grace. To achieve this end, Gabriel must find an evil soul that could decide the outcome of the war. The soul in question resides in a recently deceased military man, who committed vile war atrocities during his service. Thomas Dagget, with the help of a Primary School Teacher (Virginia Madsen), must prevent Gabriel from possessing the deceased soul and fulfilling the prophecy.

    The Prophecy is a well made thriller from director and writer Gregory Widen. This film marks the directorial debut of Widen, a successful screen writer whose previous work includes Highlander (1986) and Backdraft (1991). As a director, Widen proves that armed with a very small budget you can deliver an intriguing, visually polished film that delivers on its concept. The story does lack pace in several areas, notably the first third of the film, but delivers enough thrills towards the end to make the journey worthwhile. The acting from the leads is first rate, with Christopher Walken as Gabriel stealing the show. Elias Koteas and Virginia Madsen are engaging as man's would-be saviours. A cameo from Eric Stoltz as Angel Simon rounds out the cast nicely and adds further class to the film.

    The Prophecy was financially successful when released theatrically in 1995 and has spawned two direct to video sequels that are very poor cousins to the entertaining original.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The Prophecy has been given a pretty flawless transfer in its original aspect ratio of 2:35:1. It is 16x9 enhanced.

    Sharpness levels are excellent with no obtrusive edge enhancement problems. Shadow details are also superb, with a wonderful depth of field and strong black levels. There are no grain or low level noise interference problems.

   Cinematographers Bruce Johnson and Richard Clabaugh make great use of the desert locations and fill the film with a wonderful colour palette, both moody and rich in texture.

    Film artefacts are at an absolute minimum.

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Audio

    The film has been given a solitary English Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track.

    Dialogue is always clear and is never lost during the more destructive scenes. There were no audio sync problems, except for post changes in ADR.

    The film's music is fairly non-descript, but carries the film well enough and doesn't intrude.

    Surround channel usage is well orchestrated, with the rear channels utilising directional effects appropriately when required. Gun fights and vehicle chases are the most obvious examples of directional sound placement.

    The subwoofer adds the necessary reverberation when needed.

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Extras

     There are no extras on this DVD.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The R4 version of this DVD misses out on;

    The R1 version of this DVD misses out on;

    The clear winner is the R4 version.

Summary

   The Prophecy is an entertaining thriller with a great performance from Christopher Walken. The disc has a wonderful transfer with absolutely no extras.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Greg Morfoot (if interested here is my bio)
Friday, December 26, 2003
Review Equipment
DVDPioneer DV-535, using S-Video output
DisplayLG 76cm Widescreen Flatron Television. Calibrated with Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable.
Audio DecoderSony HT-K215. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
AmplificationSony HT-K215
Speakers fronts-paradigm titans, centre &rear Sony - radio parts subbie

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