|Category||Thriller||Theatrical Trailer(s)||Yes, 2:
About Last Night... - 2.35:1, Dolby Digital 2.0 (1:57)
Mortal Thoughts - 1.85:1, Dolby Digital 2.0 (1:51)
|Year Released||1988||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Running Time||93:04 Minutes||Other Extras||Cast & Crew Biographies|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||MPEG||None|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||Dolby Digital||2.0|
||Soundtrack Languages||English (Dolby Digital 2.0 ,
French (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 256Kb/s)
German (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 256Kb/s)
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 256Kb/s)
Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 , 256Kb/s)
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||2.35:1||
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
As Abby's suspicions against David continue to grow, she turns to a young Jewish student by the name of Avi (Manny Jacobs) for helping in translating a note she finds in the apartment. From there, all hell begins to break loose, the signs point to Abby's baby having a significant part to play in the end of the world, and David's mysterious nature is revealed to the groans of the audience.
In a nutshell, the film's premise can be summed up as follows: the seven seals have been broken, and the prophecies in the book of Revelation have begun. I have only seen one example of this sort of film done right, and this is not it. Perhaps I am being too harsh on this film, but this is at best a midday telemovie, and I doubt that Bill Collins would have very many complimentary things to say about this film, either. I think the most complimentary thing I have to say is that Michael Biehn, Demi Moore, and Jürgen Prochnow act out their characters well, and this is qualified by the fact that if you have seen one plot of this variety, you really have seen them all. For the asking price of forty dollars, I am of no other mind but to say "rental only".
The colour saturation in this transfer is muted and drab, reflecting both the vintage of the film and the seemingly independent, television-oriented production. The occasional splash of bright colour occurs in several frames every so often, but simple earth tones predominate the picture for the most part.
MPEG artefacts seemed to be absent from the picture, but there were times when some small amounts of pixelization could be seen in the background of an image, most notably at 58:49, during a quick zoom of the stained glass window behind Manny Jacobs. Film-to-video artefacts consisted of some extremely mild aliasing on such things as car chrome, but this is not a particularly noticeable problem. Film artefacts were not noticed at any point in the transfer, although I am sure there must be at least one small speck of dirt somewhere on the source material.
The score music by Jack Nitzsche combines some orchestral themes with the sounds of men chanting, but is wholly unremarkable. In the last third of the film, it does pick up a little and provide a haunting atmosphere to such scenes as the execution, but this improvement is only kept up for a few minutes. The music at the film's climax just seems too sickly sweet, given the events that take place. I've heard worse pieces of film scoring in my lifetime, but I have also definitely heard many better ones.
The surround channels were used intermittently to support the music and special effects, but the only time they became noticeable was during the scenes in which natural disasters hit. During the dialogue scenes, the sound field pretty much collapses into mono, with little being heard from the surrounds at all except during the scene in which Abby and David converse in front of the television set, with some mild usage of the rears filling out the newscasters. The subwoofer was occasionally called into use to take the burden off the stereo speakers that the lower end of the earthquake scenes presented, but was not used specifically at any point in the transfer. Fundamentally, this is a mono soundtrack with some mixed-in stereo elements, which lends further credence to the idea that this film was produced with television in mind.
The video quality is very good for a twelve-year-old B-movie.
The audio quality is very good for a twelve-year-old B-movie.
The extras are very limited.
|DVD||Grundig GDV 100 D, using composite output; Toshiba SD-2109, using S-video output|
|Display||Panasonic TC-29R20 (68 cm), 4:3 mode, using composite input; Samsung CS-823AMF (80 cm), 16:9 mode/4:3 mode, using composite and S-video inputs|
|Audio Decoder||Built In (Amplifier)|
|Speakers||Panasonic S-J1500D Front Speakers, Philips PH931SSS Rear Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Subwoofer|