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Mothman Prophecies [DVD]

Richard Gere , Laura Linney , Mark Pellington    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Gere, Laura Linney
  • Directors: Mark Pellington
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UYBOVU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,405 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Described by director Mark Pellington as "a psychological mystery with naturally surreal overtones", The Mothman Prophecies begins like an ambitious episode of The X-Files. Richard Gere brings adequate torment, portent, and ambiguity to his role as a Washington Post reporter and grieving widower plagued by a mysterious, unseen urban legend known as the Mothman. Pellington develops subtle doom and gloom that's as effective as the paranoid streak he brought to Arlington Road. As the Mothman terrifies a West Virginia town, he remains an enigma, glimpsed almost subliminally. This--along with a magnificently creepy soundtrack--amplifies the movie's surreal overtones while keeping everything else (unsettling phone calls, prophesied disasters, suggestions of the afterlife) completely unexplained. With Laura Linney and Debra Messing in underdeveloped roles, The Mothman Prophecies feels a bit underdeveloped itself (and ends in desperate need of Mulder and Scully). But if you like your weirdness open-ended, this moody thriller's worth a look. --Jeff Shannon

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After his wife dies in mysterious circumstances, journalist John Klein (Richard Gere) finds some strange sketchings of a moth-like creature in her notebook. Years later, after an unusual encounter in the town of Point Pleasant, Klein begins to find further evidence of this creature. With the help of local police officer Connie Mills (Laura Linney), he soon discovers that the appearance of the 'mothman' has been previously associated with impending disasters. But what particular fate could be threatening Point Pleasance, and can Klein find out before it's too late?

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy, suspensful chiller. 19 Sep 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This is a fabulous film. It's based on the true story of a "moth-man" creature seen in various sightings around the world, as a pre-cursor to disaster events. This moth-man appears before the disaster, presenting rather clouded and confusing messages to those he visits. It transpires that these messages are in fact prophecies of the impending disaster.
Richard Gere is very well cast here as the innocent guy caught up in the mystery after his wife dies after a car crash. In the seconds before the crash, his wife "sees" this awful creature lundge at the car. She dies some days later, after doctors discover a brain tumour - which would not have been discovered had it not have been for the crash caused by the moth-man.
Two years later, Richard's character is drawn into the mystery when he takes a drive in his car, only to end up hundreds of miles away from his intended destination in about a quarter of the time it should have taken to get there! He soon learns of sightings of this wierd being whom he recognises as that seen by his wife before her death.
What follows is Richard's attempts to quantify his experiences which are interlinked with an increasing number of sightings in a small American town he is drawn to.
I won't say any more as it will ruin the many twists and turns.
Suffice it to say it's a very well made film with some chilling moments (similar in effect to that famous twist at the end of Sixth Sense). It keeps you on your seat's edge guessing at precisely what is going on and why.
You are still left with questions at the end, but they retain the mystery surrounding what is a true phenomenan.
The final scenes on a river bridge are superb and just when you think you know where the film's going, it takes yet another twist.
Fine acting, a deep and fascinating story line and cleverly directed suspense scenes make this one NOT to miss.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars be afraid - the mothman cometh 4 Sep 2002
Format:DVD
mark pellington's film has many strengths - a surreal atmosphere evoked by sound and light, strong performances from the cast, superb editing and a spine tingling score... but perhaps its strongest point is the films restraint. the film scares well but it doesn't use sudden loud noises, cats jumping into frame or quick editing to do so. instead, pellington builds a sense of dread from the off - something in this world isn't quite right.
richard gere is quite effective in a stoic role - indeed he reigns in a performance free of his usual facial ticks. laura linney is as good as she ever is (which is fine by me) even if her role is a little under written. in a tiny role as gere's wife, debra messing is surprisingly good and will patton gives a strong reading of a man tortured by visions of disaster.
a terrificly subtle movie that lingers in the mind - perhaps one of the best horror movies of the last few years.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A psychological thriller 27 Feb 2004
Format:DVD
Richard Gere stars as a reporter, who following the death of his wife a couple of years earlier finds himself inexplicably in a small town having travelled much farther that is realistically possible in the time he'd been on the road. His car appears to have broken down so he calls at the nearest house to phone for assistance only to be accused of having called at the same house at the same time on the previous two evenings. He hears of the sightings or visions of this strange creature nicknamed the mothman and recognises it's description as being the same as a number of doodlings his wife made shortly before her death. The film traces his efforts to get to the bottom of what is going on. It works well because by enlarge you're allowed to decide for yourself whether the mothman exists or whether it is collective hysteria or coincidence.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By B BOWEN
Format:DVD
I don't think I've ever been quite so disturbed by a film as I have this one... I'm not sure if it's because I watched it when overtired and late at night, but wow... nothing has ever quite made me feel so paranoid!
The Mothman Prophecies follows Richard Gere as a reporter, who, after his wifes death in a mysterious car accident, suddenly finds himself dragged into the middle of strange goings-on in the town of Point Pleasent, Ohio. Locals are reporting stories of a giant winged man-creature to the police Chief, played by (I think) Laura Linney, their sightings causing ripples of fear throughout the community.
Richard Gere's character recognises the drawing of the creature made by one witness as that of something his wife scrawled in her hospital bed before she died, and before long finds himself communicating with it and being dragged into its insanity.
What's great about this film is that it never really shows you the mysterious Mothman. It's appearance is recounted by Gere's encounters with the locals, most distrubingly with a guy named George who unravels before his eyes as the monster prophecises various disasters.
Some may complain that the film is slow, but I think it drags you in with it's forboding atmosphere, great script and well drawn characters. It does sag a little near the middle-end, but it more than makes up for it in an amazing finalé that is a little too horrific for words.
The editing is incredibly clever, as is the cinematography and use of subliminal images. You do get the feeling that the filmmaker is paying tribute to Kubrick at some points, but it's satisfying to know that he didn't just make some bog-standard creature-feature out of what is a very well crafted plot.
The sound design is also amazingly well done...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
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Published 6 months ago by leslie
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
thought provoking! scary in places and makes you think. Richard gere is lovely and he is not taken in too easily, neither was I!
Published 10 months ago by birthday babe
4.0 out of 5 stars creepy atmospheric film
it ends rather abruptly. otherwise it is a good film with good performances all round and is quite thought provoking and mildly scary at times. Read more
Published 10 months ago by ac
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly dissappointing
I saw this film when I was quite young when it first came out and I got intrigued by the whole "true story" part of the film, and because of that I found it quite creepy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Pen Name
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't!
How this movie could receive so many positive reviews in Amazon? - This keeps me amazed ideed. Typically, with the mean score above 4 stars (and more than 20 raters), I get never... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Radoslaw Spiewak
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
Thank You Zoverstocks My DVD Is Just As Described This Film Is Just Great And Will Entertain All Horror Fans
Published 12 months ago by elizabethagnew
4.0 out of 5 stars marvellous film
A superb film and worthy of everyones viewing as I bought this having enjoyed the film so much. Full of suspense throughout!
Published 18 months ago by JULIE ANNE HARRIS
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie and disturbing
The Mothman Prophecies is based on the book of the same name by paranormal investigator John Keel. In my opinion the director, Mark Pellington, has done a fantastic job of cherry... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Camilla Macaulay
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