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Fantastic presentation on Blu-Ray.,
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This review is from: Prince of Darkness: Collector's Edition [Blu-ray] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
*******THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE SCREAM FACTORY BLU-RAY!!!**********
John Carpenter's Prince of Darkness is a slow-burning gem of a movie where a group of physics students go to an old derelict church in down town LA at the behest of an unnamed priest to investigate a mysterious canister of green goo that has been kept secret by the church for 2000 years. Soon the students face a desperate race against time to stop an ancient evil from awakening and destroying mankind.
Prince of darkness was written by John Carpenter using the pseudonym Martin Quatermass. This is a pointed reference to the character created by Knigel kneale for British TV and cinema. It also gives a strong hint for those familiar with the character and the stories an idea of how Carpenter is going to approach the material. Perhaps the most famous of the Quatermass tales was Quatermass and the Pit that took the irrational superstitions and folklore of Britain and added modern scientific plausibility. Carpenter takes the same approach with Prince, offering outlandish but well thought through ideas for Judaeo-christian folklore surrounding the oldest of evils, The Devil.
Like a lot of people, I discovered Prince of Darkness on home video in the late eighties. The film was poorly reviewed on release in the states and dropped out of theaters fairly quickly. Fortunately thanks to the huge market for horror on home video the film found it's second wind and has built up a solid fan base who really appreciate this hugely underrated effort from Carpenter. It boasts one of his more impressive scores, plenty of great actors and a wonderful location. Most importantly it has a great script that deals with its ideas intelligently and philosophically. Carpenter builds the film up brilliantly rather than jumping in with the scares too early. The film carefully generates a sense of dread with its audience, slowly revealing more about the evil underneath the church so that by the time things do kick off, the audience is really rooting for the protagonists to succeed. It's a rare, intelligent horror film that deserves the appreciation from fans it has gained over the years and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Scream Factory's disc is region locked. A real shame as there is no sign yet of either this, The Fog or They Live coming out in the UK on HD anytime soon. If however your lucky enough to have scored a multi-region capable player then this is another worthy purchase for fans and newcomers alike. The transfer is superb and people who were impressed with the wonderful job done on THE FOG should be equally impressed by this excellent transfer. Extras wise we get the commentary from the earlier UK release. We get interviews from both John Carpenter and Alice Cooper as well as the co-composer of the score. There's another interesting Horrors hallowed grounds and an easter egg of a Q&A session with Carpenter at a 25th anniversary screening.
All in all its a great package for fans, if your a newcomer and you can play region A discs I would urge you to pick this up as well. If you can't then I would urge you to source the film from the decent UK release or pester Arrow on Facebook to pick this up for a UK release.