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Prince of Darkness [DVD] [1987]

Release Date:10/07/2003
John Carpenter's underrated horror gem Prince of Darkness comes to DVD once again from the folks at Universal, though sadly, it isn't quite the edition fans have been waiting for here in the States. This release boasts the same audio and visual technical specs as the previous disc -- with the 2.35:1 widescreen image perfectly showing off Carpenter's stylistic eye and lone Dolby surround track, which begs to be remastered in this 5.1 day and age. A new inclusion on this disc is the stunning original theatrical trailer, which perfectly fits the film's frightening tone and nightmarish images, though one has to wonder where the commentary track, which graced the Region 2 disc, has gone? Recorded with Carpenter and longtime collaborator Peter Jason, the track is a gold mine for any fan of the director's and one that Region 1 audiences shouldn't have to order through various U.K. distributors just to hear.
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (45 out of 46)

    Special Features

    • Closed Captioned


    Prince of Darkness
    Proving that you can never guess what you'll find when you clean out the basement, a man of the cloth discovers that ultimate evil has made a hiding place in his cellar in this tale of terror. Father Loomis (Donald Pleasance) is a priest who discovers a strange object in a church basement -- a canister filled with a swirling and volatile green substance. With the help of Professor Birack (Victor Wong), Loomis discovers the startling truth about his find -- it seems that Satan, who is actually an alien life form, had a son, and the essence of the devil's spawn is trapped inside the canister. The evil spirit has been guarded by a group calling themselves "The Brotherhood of Sleep," but the spirit has the ability to free itself whenever it decides the time is right...and it seems that time is just around the corner. Prince of Darkness was directed by horror master John Carpenter; he also wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym Martin Quatermass. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Donald Pleasence
      Donald Pleasence - Priest
    • Jameson Parker
      Jameson Parker - Brian
    • Victor Wong
      Victor Wong - Professor Birack
    • Lisa Blount
      Lisa Blount - Catherine
    • Dennis Dun
      Dennis Dun - Walter

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