A series of disturbing signs near the approach of the end of the millennium seem to indicate that the End Of Days is near. Former New York City cop Jericho Cane (Schwarzenegger) is assigned to ensure the security of a mysterious stranger (Byrne) who just may turn out to be satan. He's in town looking for a few laughs and someone to bear the anti-christ.
Special features include audio commentary with Director Peter Hyams, a 25-minute Spotlight On Location featurette, nine special effects segments, The Book Of Revelation, soundtrack presentation with Everlast and Rob Zombie, and the theatrical trailer.
The VC-1-encoded 2.32:1 HD DVD exhibits good contrast and shadow delineation, which is necessary for such a dark film. Images are exceptionally detailed and edge enhancement is not a problem. Differences between this and the MPEG-2-encoded D-VHS release are extremely minute, although the HD DVD version seems to have slightly improved dynamic range. (Danny Richelieu)
The lossy Dolby® Digital Plus and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel encodings are top notch, with well-placed images around the soundfield and fantastic fidelity. They are both improvements over the D-VHS release, but the TrueHD encoding has slightly more refined sonics than the Digital Plus counterpart. The surround channels' encoded levels are back in line with the original DVD release, as opposed to the slightly lower levels found in the D-VHS release. (Danny Richelieu)