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review added: 1/22/99

John Carpenter's
Prince of Darkness

1987 (1998) - Universal Home Video (Image Entertainment)

review by Todd Doogan, special to The Digital Bits

Enhanced for 16x9 TVs

Film Rating: B+
Carpenter's creepiest movie. Projectile vomiting, cracked and gooey skin, and Donald Pleasance, all come together to give Carpenter fans a psuedo-Exorcist for the 80s.

Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): B+/B+/C
I'm giving it points for being 16x9 enhanced, but outside of that, there's nothing special to it. The widescreen greatly suits the film, and it looks wonderful. The sound field is good. All in all, it's a fine disc, and one of the better looking Carpenter films on disc.

Overall Rating: B+
The movie freaks me out, especially the ending sequence. What does it all mean? Not to give anything away, but the dream sequence going on throughout the film, coming full circle, gives me the willies.

Specs and Features

101 mins, R, letterboxed widescreen (2.35:1), 16x9 enhanced, single-sided, singled-layered, Snapper case packaging, film-themed menu, scene access (12 chapters), languages: English (DD 2.0), subtitles: English, Close Captioned

Bottom line

It's a good paranoid Carpenter film, filled with icky special effects, good acting, and an ending that still bothers me. The disc is all around good. I enjoyed watching it on Halloween with my buds -- and they got a kick out of it being on DVD. I'm so jaded.

Todd Doogan
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