WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review


Reviewed In Issue 20 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, Amanda Plummer, Viggo Mortensen

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4.5
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Dimension Home Video
(Catalog Number): 5961 AS
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $39.99
(Running Time In Minutes): 97
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 3/1/96
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Gregory Widen
(Screenplay/Written By): Gregory Widen
(Story): NA
(Music): David C. Williams
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Clark Hunter
(Visual Effects): Special Effects Services, Todd Masters Company, Effects Associates Inc., Digital Magic Co.
(Costume Designer): Dana Allyson
(Editor): Sonny Baskin
(Supervising Sound Editors): NA
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): W.K. Border & Don Philips
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Joel Soisson

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Super 35
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 2.39:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 2.35:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Ultra Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Ultra Stereo
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
The Prophecy is the chilling supernatural thriller about Thomas Dagget, a Los Angeles homicide detective (Elias Koteas) who, while investigating a mysterious murder, stumbles across an ancient Bible containing a lost chapter of the Book Of Revelations. He soon teams up with an elementary school teacher (Virginia Madsen) in a battle against the powerful and evil archangel Gabriel (Christopher Walken) who is searching for the darkest human soul to join him in a war to be waged by angels on the earth out of jealousy of Godís love for humans.

LaserDisc Picture:
The widescreen picture is framed at 2.35:1 and is superb in image quality. Color fidelity is excellent with natural fleshtones and deep, solid blacks. Images are sharp and detailed, and while shadow detail is good, some scenes are a bit too dark. The picture is solid with no noise or artifacts.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is well executed, especially the opening scene in a cathedral in which the priest says Mass against a chorus recorded with aggressive surrounds. Dialogue is naturally presented and surround effects are used effectively to create a sense of surround envelopment.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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