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Prince of Darkness [DVD] [1987]

  • SKU: 5997585
  • Release Date: 10/07/2003
  • Rating: R
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:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (36 out of 36)

    Special Features


    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    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



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 36 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      prince of darkness is other classic horror film

      Posted
      tooshort74
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      prince of darkness is another classic film from the master of horror and it is a good horror film with good story and good cast so if you are a fan of john carpenter films than i would watch this movie bc it is pretty good film to bad it was not a hit at the box office bc it was left open for a sequel like all john carpenter other films bc almost every film he has done is left open for a sequel so if you are a fan of his films than check this movie out and the blu-ray is well worth owning bc it looks and sound amazing and it has extras on it to and i have own it on dvd back when it was release in the 90's and all i can say is the blu-ray is ten times better than the dvd that was release back in the late 90's so check it out

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An underrated John Carpenter piece.

      Posted
      Andrew
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      While many people associate the name John Carpenter with the likes of Halloween and The Thing, both rightly so, there are a number of other films under his belt worthy of such recognition, Prince Of Darkness notwithstanding. As usual with this company's releases, the transfer of the film is excellent and I doubt it will get any better than this anytime soon, if ever. As such, if you're a John Carpenter fan or simply enjoy horror cinema at large, Prince Of Darkness is a worthy addition to your collection that explores the darker depths of both science and belief.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Carpenter horror

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      MoeMoe
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      A decent film from the great John Carpenter. I'm a huge fan of Halloween, The Thing, and Escape from NY, but this one is just average to me. I think I had too high of expectations. I'm a big Donald Pleasence fan, so I gave it a try. The Blu Ray quality is great and special features make it worth it. Commentary from Carpenter and interviews

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent horror movie!!!

      Posted
      redandblack6s

      This is among my personal favorites from John Carpenter. My wife and I love it! This is a must own for any true horror movie collector. This is a one of a kind classic! Alice Cooper even has a cameo in it. I highly recommend it! Also, some more of my personal John Carpenter favorites are The Thing, In the Mouth of Madness, and Cigarette Burns.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Remembered it being better

      Posted
      Gannicus25
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      I don't know but i couldn't get it into this movie again. It was well written and the actors are great, it might be the barrage of religious horror movies i have seen since that has made me numb to them. Since i now own it, i will try rewatching it a few months and hope for the best.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great Transfer

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      Brick
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      This is the best I've seen this film look, great transfer by SHOUT. One of the overlooked Carpenter movie that deserves a viewing for fans of Halloween, Escape from New York or The Thing. Nice steelbook to add to my collection of Carpenter steelbooks.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A truly underrated Carpenter film gets new life

      Posted
      loki2112
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      Having watched the film in Standard Definition I remember thinking how boring and flat this movie was. Fast forward a few years and enter Blu Ray and I can truly say that this film has truly benefited being in HD. The film now holds your attention. Partly due to John Carpenter's excellent eye for Cinematography.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Another great edition to the library

      Posted
      jjm56
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      Kudos to Scream Factory for giving this release the attention to detail it deserves. The DVD extras are lackluster due to Carpenter's comatose personality. I also applaud Scream for making some stand-alone DVD releases that are at a reasonable price point (many of their releases are quite costly).

      I would recommend this to a friend



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