While it’s nice to see four of these Prophecy movies in high-def, albeit they aren’t a significant upgrade over an upconverted DVD transfer, Echo Bridge failed to port over the second movie of the series and instead give fans an incomplete collection where two movies are acceptable thanks in large part to Christopher Walken and two where the vet actor doesn’t make an appearance which makes them less than thrilling viewing.
Genre(s): Horror, Thriller
Echo Bridge | R – 344 min. – $39.99 | April 3, 2012
Directed by: The Prophecy – Gregory Widen; The Prophecy 3 – Patrick Lussier; The Prophecy: Uprising – Joel Soisson; The Prophecy: Forsaken – Joel Soisson
Writer(s): Gregory Widen (written by/characters by)
Cast: Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, Brad Dourif, Jason London, Kari Wuhrer, Jason Scott Lee
Number of Discs: 1
Slip Cover? No
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78/1.85
Disc Size: 44.0 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
The Prophecy (1995)
In his fight to stop the forces of evil, an L.A. homicide detective (ELIAS KOTEAS) finds an unlikely ally in an elementary school teacher (VIRGINIA MADSEN). Together they race against time and terror to save the world as we know it.
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000)
As fearsome armies of rebel angels wage war in heaven and on Earth, Pyriel (SCOTT CLEVERDON), the brutal Angel of Genocide, rises to power and intends to destroy mankind. The only one on Earth with the ability to stop the bloodshed is Danyael (DVAE BUZZOTTA), who was born of an angel and a woman.
The Prophecy: Uprising (2005)
When an ancient religious manuscript lands in the hands of an unsuspecting young woman (KARI WUHRER), she is suddenly thrust into the center of an epic battle between ruthless fallen angels.
The Prophecy: Forsaken (2005)
Fighting for control of the Lexicon—an ancient religious text that reveals the arrival of the Antichrist—a group of fallen angels will stop at nothing to capture it and the young woman who possesses it.
It should be noted that for some odd reason Echo Bridge Home Entertainment did not included The Prophecy II in this set even though they previously released a 5-movie set in October 2011. Exactly why couldn’t they include it in this set you might ask? I would assume because it’s the only entry in the series that was in non-anamorphic widescreen and thus might’ve required a bit more work for an HD transfer…
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5
Unfortunately this release does not contain any features even though, from my research, the Uprising DVD has a cast/crew commentary, deleted scenes and a featurette or two.
VIDEO – 3.0/5
The Prophecy (1995) – 2.5/5
The first movie in this set is probably the worst looking as it’s littered with dust marks and, especially, pixilation during many scenes. Now, having not owned the DVD version of this movie (as well as the others), I can’t compare and tell you whether or not it’s an upgrade, but I would assume it’s marginal at best. Even so, the black levels are OK while the color array seems to be spot on with what the filmmakers intended.
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000) – 3.0/5
The transfer for the second movie, presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio (and 1080i high-definition), comes across somewhat better than the previous entry as black levels are pretty good and, especially, the detail levels are probably a slight improvement over its DVD counterpart. Now, this isn’t to say it’s the perfect transfer as it still has some noticeable dust marks and noticeable interlacing.
The Prophecy: Uprising (2005) – 3.0/5
The fourth movie in the series is a modest improvement over part 3 with a fair amount of pixilation especially during the darker scenes. The 1080p high-definition transfer is acceptable but still not great because some scenes also look a tad soft rather than well detailed.
The Prophecy: Forsaken (2005) – 3.25/5
The final entry into The Prophecy franchise look fine in its 1080p HD transfer but still isn’t great. The detail levels seem to be alright and while there’s some noticeable pixilation during darker scenes, I didn’t notice as much dust marks and it doesn’t seem the transfer was tampered with (i.e. using an abundant amount of DNR).
AUDIO – 3.25/5
All four movies, despite what the back cover states, contain 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio tracks. The first movie is probably the worst of the bunch with flat audio throughout allowing little to no depth, all of which mainly coming through the center channel. The other movies come out a bit better, especially the third movie, which utilizes the bass from the beginning. The dialogue levels for movies 3-5 are OK and understandable while the front and rear channels get some use during the suspense-action sequences.
OVERALL – 2.0/5
Overall, while it’s nice to see four of these Prophecy movies in high-def, albeit they aren’t a significant upgrade over an upconverted DVD transfer, Echo Bridge failed to port over the second movie of the series and instead give fans an incomplete collection where two movies are acceptable thanks in large part to Christopher Walken and two where the vet actor doesn’t make an appearance which makes them less than thrilling viewing. Also missing are some features, especially for Uprising where the DVD apparently included deleted scenes, featurettes and even a cast/crew commentary. If you can grab this at a cheap price (i.e. $5), then maybe it’d be worth picking up, but that’s a big maybe because of not including the second entry.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman
Check out some more screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.