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DVD Review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 88 minutes, audio commentary, deleted scenes, featurette, trailers, cast auditions, slide show


RELEASE DATE: 6-7-2005

ANALYSIS: THE PROPHECY: UPRISING is a fantastic thriller. It is good as the first movie in THE PROPHECY series. THE PROPHECY: UPRISING is the first of two sequels (the other sequel- THE PROPHECY: FORSAKEN- comes out on September 6th). Setting the story in Bucharest and filming in Romania sets the tone for this new storyline. Kari Wuhrer is put to better use here than she was in HELLRAISER: DEADER. Other good actors like Sean Pertwee and John Light add to the mix with a good turn by Doug Bradley (who seemed like he was doing the parody of Pinhead in HELLRAISER: DEADER). Despite a lower budget than THE PROPHECY movies before it, this sequel has great production values.

Dani (Sean Pertwee) is a cop who returns to Bucharest after years in exile and he beats up drug dealers for their money in his role as cop ina an attempt to redeem himself for the thing he did when he was a kid. Danis is partnered up with John (John Light) who says he is an Interpol agent who wants Dani's help. Dani finds out John is not who he says he is. John is after a fallen angel called Belial. Belial is after a special bible called the Lexicon that can write the final Revealtions and whoever has it can control the future of the world. An emotional fragile woman, Allison (Kari Wuhrer), ends up with the Lexicon after a priest dies at the church she works at.

The concepts in this sequel which will continue into the next one is full of detail, twists, and interesting ideas. Houses that are haunted by the ghosts of the murdered, a body swapping angel, broken people trying to find their way, and a country filled with terrible events that occurred not too long ago. THE PROPHECY: UPRISING really works as a good way to spend ninety minutes.

VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen)

Colors, skin tones, and blacks are good. Some scenes are very grainy, but it is done on purpose.

AUDIO: English 5.1 Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English (Captions), French, and Spanish

Dialogue is clear. The music and sound effects are good. The 5.1 DD captures them at the right moments and add to this fantastic sequel.

SPECIAL FEATURES: The feature audio commentary is with Writer/Director Joel Soisson, Kari Wuhrer, Georgina, Make Up Effects Gary Tunnicliffe, and Production Exec Nick Philips. It is a very informative track with plenty of details about the country they filmed in and the production itself. Worth a listen. ADAPTING TO MOTHER NATURE: MAKING THE PROPHECY: UPRISING is basically a six minute video commentary on the production with Joel Soisson. THE PROPHECY SLIDE SHOW is a feature I wish was a gallery where you can go through the stills and behind-the-scene photos one by one instead.

Two deleted scenes are included. One is an extended scene of part of the ending called "Belial Pleads His Case". I wish they kept most or all of this in the final cut where the other deleted scene is John asking if they have Twinkies. Next are CAST AUDITIONS with John Light, Doug Bradley, and Sean Pertwee). John Light's audition may contain possible spoilers for THE PROPHECY: FORSAKEN. Rounding out the extras are trailers before the main menu for CURSED and DRACULA III: LEGACY.

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE PROPHECY: UPRISING is a great direct-to-DVD sequel. Definitely worth a rent and PROPHECY fans should see this one despite the lack of Christopher Walken.

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