Witchcraft, Part II: The Temptress (NTSC)

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Details At A Glance

Category Horror (chuckle) Theatrical Trailer(s) None
Rating Other Trailer(s) None
Year Released 1989 Commentary Tracks None
Running Time 87:30 Minutes  Other Extras None
RSDL/Flipper No/No
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Director Mark Woods
Vista Street Entertainment
Simitar Entertainment
Starring Charles Solomon
Mia Ruiz
Delia Sheppard
Case Jewel
RRP $14.95 Music Mirium Cutler

Pan & Scan/Full Frame Full Frame MPEG None
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None Dolby Digital None
16x9 Enhancement No Soundtrack Languages English (Linear PCM 48/16 2.0, 1536 Kb/s)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio None
Macrovision ? Smoking No
Subtitles None Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No, thankfully

Plot Synopsis

    After reviewing The Blair Witch Project, I had one thought on my mind when I saw the dire cover artwork of this film: at least it cannot be much worse. I'm sad to tell you that while I wasn't completely wrong, the connotation of this statement that would lead you to believe this film is any better is also quite false. Sadly, the only improvement in Witchcraft II: The Temptress is that there is at least a pretense of production values contained in this dire effort, and I do place a lot of stress upon the word pretense. Instead of boring you to death with a summary of the plot (which comes off as being barely long enough to make an eight-minute short film, let alone an eighty-eight minute one), I'll quote the blurb on the back of the cover (without correcting the grammar just so you can see how bad it is): "The search for Satan's kidnapped heir draws close... from the depths of hell Satan unleashes his angel of seduction, the sultry 'Delores'. Seduction is the key to his return, until then, anyone who gets in her way will cast themselves into eternal hell... The final confrontation against the devil's angel must be fought alone..."

    Believe me, it is even worse than it sounds. You know that a format has truly gained universal acceptance when something as dire as this is allowed to stain it. From this, we can ascertain that DVD has officially "made it" as a format.

Transfer Quality


    It would not surprise me to learn that this film was sourced from a NTSC video cassette source, it looks that bad. While it is nowhere near as dire as Dune or The Blair Witch Project, the fuzziness of the transfer is highly reflective of the non-existent production values. As it is, the transfer is presented in the aspect ratio of 1.33:1, or Full Frame, which suggests that this film was originally shot using home camcorders. The sharpness of this transfer is basically non-existent, and I have seen old video cassettes from the weekly rental section look slightly better than this. Shadow detail was distinctly average, with little or no details discernable in the darker parts of the transfer. Low-level noise may have been present in the transfer, but the film was shot with such a soft focus that it is impossible to tell the difference between film grain and noise. The colour saturation was unbelievably dull, reflecting the limitations presented by having been shot with NTSC cameras that probably cost less to put together than the still cameras I own.

    MPEG artefacts didn't appear in any obvious areas like the foreground, although some nighttime scenes appeared to exhibit some minor macro-blocking in the backgrounds. Some vertical lines occasionally appeared in the film that may have been the result of MPEG compression, but they were simply too variable in their appearance to determine the cause. There was an occasional multi-coloured mark upon the picture that appeared to be the result of poor compression or a digital drop-out. Film-to-video artefacts didn't appear in the film simply because there wasn't any process of transferring this made-for-video effort between a film and a video stage. Film artefacts consisted of some lens flare, and a nice display of white marks showing up on the picture every couple of minutes to remind the viewer that the DVD was sourced from an analogue tape.

    There are no subtitles present on the disc, which is probably just as well.


    Matching the dire video transfer is a really horrid audio transfer - not because of any lack of clarity in the dialogue or the sound effects, mind you, but because the source material is so bad that it really should never have made it to our beloved format. The audio transfer is presented in Linear PCM, with no MPEG or Dolby Digital tracks present. The end result of the English dialogue being encoded in Linear PCM 48/16 with a bitrate of 1536 Kb/s is that the cheesy dialogue and music are very clear and easy to make out. The dialogue is utterly dire, not because of the transfer, but because it is so utterly ridiculous and poorly spoken that it makes The Blair Witch Project look like The Godfather. The dialogue could have been written by a ten-year-old, it was so stupid and incoherent. Surprisingly, audio sync was never a problem at any point in the transfer, although it was hard to discern lip movements due to the shocking state of the video. It was somewhat like listening to the Three Stooges arguing on your desktop through the limited frequency response of the PC speaker. Finally, an appalling amount of background hiss poured out during the presentation.

    The score music by Mirium Cutter was basically a long stretch of often-repeated synthesiser phrases that were more distracting from the film than anything else. They were a very major irritation, as they often made it difficult to understand the speech, although I suppose that this is a blessing in disguise when you think about how insulting the dialogue is.

    The surround presence of this DVD was non-existent, with all sounds coming out of the stereo speakers to intrude upon one another. The surrounds did little more than sit around, yawn, and twiddle their thumbs for eighty-eight minutes. The subwoofer had some signal directed to it in order to support the lower end of the soundtrack, but this was little more than an annoying, indistinct rumble than anything else. It got so bad that I turned the subwoofer off and allowed it to go and play cards with the surround channels.



    A dire, counter-intuitive, and 4:3 menu. Not the worst of its kind that I have ever seen, but it comes close.

R4 vs R1

    This disc is identical the world over, right down to the pathetic dialogue. I suppose that if you're going to inflict a load of garbage upon an audience, you have to do it right and inflict it on the maximum number of people possible. Another disc that would fit right in with the Hall Of Shame if not for the fact that the source material is probably just as dire.


    Witchcraft II: The Temptress: hideously bad film, poor disc.

    The video quality is on par with that of a home video.

    The audio quality sounds like it was sourced from a reel-to-reel tape.

    The extras are non-existent.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Dean McIntosh (my bio sucks... read it anyway)
April 12, 2000. 

Review Equipment
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)
Amplification Sony STR-DE835
Speakers Panasonic S-J1500D Front Speakers, Sharp CP-303A Back Speakers, Philips FB206WC Centre Speaker, JBL Digital 10 Subwoofer