End of Days [DVD] [1999]

  • SKU: 3859872
  • Release Date: 04/18/2000
  • Rating: R
The devil's in the details, they say, and that's certainly the case with End of Days, which did little to further the careers of either Arnold Schwarzenegger or Gabriel Byrne (or that of director Peter Hyams, perhaps the most proficient hack in Hollywood.) The DVD pads out the movie with a fair bit in the way of extras, the majority of which has to do with the details. Lots of them. More specifically, aside from a commentary by Hyams, a text piece on the Book of Revelations, and a "Spotlight on Location" piece, there is a section called "Special Effects: The Devil's Playground," which delves at length into various special effects sequences ranging from a spectacular subway crash to a sex scene featuring Gabriel Byrne and two women (Fight Club used similar technology for similar effect, curiously enough). Getting through these supplements takes some time. The movie has been transferred with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, anamorphically enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. The source print is excellent, and the transfer shows off rich, deep colors despite an overall dark production design (a few minutes in, there is a fly-over shot of Manhattan that has wonderful patches of vivid color on the buildings.) There is no evidence of compression artifacts. The Dolby 5.1 Audio is excellent, with nice Surround work, great dialogue clarity, and a deep, clear bass that does a terrific job with both rumbles and thumps. The music is served very well by the mix, with elements woven into all corners of the Surround image, rather than being focused to the front. The French 2.0 mix is clear and nicely done, though with less separation between elements; the voice cast and dubbing seem to be uniformly good. Finally, the Hyams commentary is generally low-key, with regular pauses and a fair bit of rambling around -- as director's commentaries go, this isn't the worst, but it does tend to be on the boring side.
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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
89% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (8 out of 9)

Special Features


  • Spotlight on location
  • Feature commentary with director Peter Hyams
  • Special effects: The Devil's Playground
  • Soundtrack presentation featuring Rob Zombie's rarely seen music video
  • Book of Revelation
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Universal showcase
  • Special DVD-ROM features

Synopsis


End of Days
1999 proved a banner year for screen portrayals of Satan's love life: first his relationship with Saddam Hussein went under the microscope in South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, and a few months later his search for a girl to settle down with became the basis of this thriller. With the millennium approaching, a series of disturbing signs suggests that Satan (here played by Gabriel Byrne) has returned to Earth and is walking the streets of New York City. It seems that Satan needs to find a woman who will bear his child, as the time for the arrival of the anti-Christ draws near. A woman named Christine (Robin Tunney) believes that she has seen the Devil and felt his presence, and it's up to Jericho Cane (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a former policeman turned elite bodyguard, to keep her safe from The Dark Lord. End of Days was both directed and photographed by Peter Hyams; Kevin Pollak, Renee Olstead, and Udo Kier are among the supporting cast. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Arnold Schwarzenegger - Jericho Cane
  • Gabriel Byrne
    Gabriel Byrne - The Man
  • Robin Tunney
    Robin Tunney - Christine York
  • Kevin Pollak
    Kevin Pollak - Chicago
  • CCH Pounder
    CCH Pounder - Det. Margie Francis



Overall customer rating

4
89%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Arnold vs. the devil, what more could you ask for?

    Posted
    Tony1980

    Arnold plays a vulnerable portrayal of good in this film, while Gabriel Byrne plays the ultimate entity of evil. In this film's story-in 1999, the devil is released from his prison, and Arnold must use every weapon at his disposal to stop him from claiming the world. As you may expect, the devil's got some tricks up his sleeve too, the music is creepy, fitting the many moods of a good story of good vs. evil. take a look!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent Movie

    Posted
    setupman

    This was a decent movie to watch. It has lots of action scenes and will not bore you. The Blu-ray video is decent and surround sound is pretty decent too. If you are a Arnold Schwarzenegger fan you will love this movie. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes action/horror movies.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    One the most Underrated films made

    Posted
    Someoneyouwillnevermeet

    This movie is basically about the Devil coming to the world from you know where to take over and he has a girl that was born to be his queen to control Earth with him. And the only thing in the way from the Devil having his way is Arnold Schwarzennegger. Its basically Terminator vs. Lucifer. Enjoy !

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Worthless when it came out, and even more on BD

    Posted
    MasterDecker

    I saw this movie in the theaters, and found that it was a piece of junk then, and even more when they let it out on dvd, and NOW they want it on BD, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good movie

    Posted
    bugs

    The plot is interesting and the movie keeps the viewer interested throughout. The acting is good and it is suspenseful and keeps the audience engaged.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    End of the World

    Posted
    Horrorman

    I enjoyed the troubled character Arnold plays in this movie. He tries to stop the bearing of Satans child and to stop the world from ending. Good stuff here.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Arnold vs The Devil

    Posted
    Carlos
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    Supernatural Thriller of a New York Cop that has lost his faith but will save the world

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great picture quality

    Posted
    yankee860
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    This film looks incredible on blu ray! The sound was awesome too!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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