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review added: 1/22/99
Prince of Darkness
1987 (1998) - Universal
Home Video (Image Entertainment)
review by Todd Doogan,
special to The Digital Bits
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):
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
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.
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
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.