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Prince Of Darkness (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (1987)

Donald Pleasence , Jameson Parker , John Carpenter  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D7AM5XU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,874 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Audio Commentary with John Carpenter

Sympathy For The Devil: An all-new Interview with Writer/Director John Carpenter

Alice at the Apocalypse: An all-new interview with Actor & Rock Legend Alice Cooper

The Messenger: All-new interview with Actor & Special Visual Effects Supervisor Robert Grasmere

Hell On Earth: A look at the film’s score with Co-Composer Alan Howarth

Horror’s Hallowed Grounds with host Sean Clark

Alternate Opening from TV Version

Original Theatrical Trailer

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Product Description

Master of horror John Carpenter (Halloween, The Thing) directs this terrifying battle between mankind and the ultimate evil.

A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open it, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all of humanity. As the liquid turns their co-workers into zombies, the remaining members realize they have released the most unspeakable horror of them all. Terror mounts as the team must fight to save the world from a devilish fury that has been contained for over seven million years.

Starring Donald Pleasence (Halloween), Jameson Parker (Simon & Simon), Lisa Blount (Needful Things), rock icon Alice Cooper (Roadie) and Victor Wong and Dennis Dun (both from Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China), this ingenious twist on classical occultism (Science Fiction, Horror And Fantasy Film Review) will scare you witless!

Though regarded by many as one of writer-director John Carpenter's lesser efforts, Scream Factory gives Prince of Darkness the deluxe treatment with this Blu-ray presentation. As with previous releases from the Shout! Factory imprint, the supplemental features on Prince of Darkness are a mix of new material recorded specifically for the disc and extras from previous DVD releases. Chief among the latter is a commentary track featuring Carpenter and veteran character actor Peter Jason (Deadwood), who made his first of seven eventual collaborations with the director on this picture. Carpenter is typically phlegmatic if informative, discussing in detail the initial concepts for the film, as well as its locations, special effects, and his score with Alan Howarth. Carpenter is also quite frank in his opinion of Darkness, which he seems to regard (like many viewers) as somewhat incomprehensible (despite the fact that he wrote it as Martin Quatermass). But his rapport with Jason is enjoyable, and Carpenter provides even more detail on the film's inception and execution in the ten-plus-minute interview segment Sympathy for the Devil, which features, among other comments, the scientific and philosophical origins of the project, as well as his interest in retaining greater control over his work. Rocker Alice Cooper, whose involvement with the film came through his manager, executive producer Shep Gordon (whose company, Alive Films, co-funded the picture as well as Carpenter's They Live and Village of the Damned), is front and center in a lively nine-minute interview piece that focuses on his love for horror movies and his brief acting turn in the picture. Co-composer Alan Howarth gets the spotlight in a ten-minute interview that provides some insight into his musical collaborations with Carpenter, while actor/special effects supervisor Robert Grasmere, who played the doubtful member of the investigative team while also wrangling the massive canister, which apparently leaked on a regular basis, earns his own interview. A segment of Horror's Hallowed Grounds has host Sean Clark revisiting many of the film's locations, including the church and control center (now a movie theater).

The rest of the extras are an interesting mixed bag of promotional material--numerous advertisements and promotional stills, as well as a radio spot and theatrical trailer--and a pair of rare items: the alternate opening from the TV broadcast version, which intimates (in a very obtuse manner) that the events in the film might be a dream, and an Easter Egg (easily found on the bonus menu) that reveals a Q&A session with Carpenter about the picture at a 2012 screening at Screamfest. --Paul Gaita

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74 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Masterpiece! June 30, 2004
By CreepyT
An ancient evil has awakened, and it is in liquid form! Father Loomis (Donald Pleasance) receives a key from another, now deceased, priest, and with this key opens himself up to a whole new realm of knowledge that the Roman Catholic church has kept secret for quite some time now. Father Loomis enlists the aid of a brilliant physicist, Prof. Howard Birack (Victor Wong), and some of his graduate students to help him unravel this archaic mystery. Without knowing exactly what they are getting themselves into, several experts in the fields of chemistry, biology, and ancient texts set out to investigate the undisclosed enigma.
Deep within the sanctuary of a run down church lies a dirty little secret few know about. The Prince of Darkness, son of the devil himself, is being held captive in liquid form, and is guarded by only a few lucky priests and nuns. However, the time has come for the Prince to awaken and bring forth his father to wreak havoc. As the Prince, and thus his father, gains his strength, many of the more weak-minded are turned to do the biding of the dark lord. The zombie and bug counts rise as the plot thickens, and this group of science professors and students are in a race against time to stop the forces of evil from inflicting their ill will on the unsuspecting public.
Unfortunately, this film tends to be hidden in the shadows behind Carpenter's more famous "Halloween" and "The Thing." However, that does make this film all that much more of a gem. This is truly one of his great cinematic accomplishments, complete with his own score, a great cast, and stellar effects for the time. The characters are fairly well developed, yet Carpenter manages to accomplish this without dwelling on this aspect of the film.
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51 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Q: Is Evil Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral? A: Liquid! October 21, 2003
John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness" is vintage Carpenter and one of the Master's greatest and most underrated outings, serving up a masterfully ghoulish, take-no-prisoners, heavy on the red sauce and liquefied pure green Evil little howler of a horror movie.
Consider "Prince of Darkness" as a fine Carpenterian wine (a merlot, of course---a deep *red* merlot), well aged---after all, 1987 was a good year, and this film is a fine vintage. The bouquet? Rich and heady, a fine distillation of "Assault on Precinct 13" and "The Thing." With that in mind, let's pop the cork on "Prince of Darkness".
When the last, venerable priest of an ancient and mysterious Catholic order dies, Father Loomis (played with aplomb by the great Donald Pleasence---possibly playing the brother of Mike Myer's shrink?), sent to gather the priest's effects and secure his crumbling parish church, discovers something green, liquid and nasty bottled up in the church basement, and it's not detergent.
Father Loomis calls in a team of physics students and linguistic researchers, who begin to suspect something Evil is afoot in the church basement, and It has plans of its own. Let the Smackdown commence!
In this corner: A team of physics grad students led by Parker Jameson (A.J. Simon from the TV series "Simon and Simon, of course!) and veteran character actor Victor Wong (from Carpenter's other camp classic "Big Trouble in Little China", here hamming it up and chewing scenery with furious abandon and with the help of a spooky eye), and of course with Pleasence bringing in the ecclesiastical heavy weapons.

AND in this Corner: Evil, incarnate as puke-green liquid encased in a translucent cylinder in the base of a decrepit L.A.
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119 of 143 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary as Hell December 18, 1999
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One of John Carpenter's last truly great movies, made before he lost his touch and began cranking out dreck like "In the Mouth of Madness" and "Vampires."
Not surprisingly this film tanked at the box office when released way back in 1987. It's script, a heady mix of quantum physics, religious doctrine, and questions about the origins of Christ and Satan, challenges everything viewers think they know about God, the Devil, and Man. But true horror film fans will appreciate it's intelligent script about Satan's return to earth and his attempts to bring along something even worse than him.
What could possibly be worse than Satan? Buy the movie and find out. You won't be dissappointed.
At its core, "Prince" is an old-fashioned horror film. A group of people, in this case, college grad students, their professor, and an emotionally shattered priest, are trapped in an old spooky place(a church) with something horrible. But the script's deft mix of science and secret scripture lifts it above cliche. Carpenter's skillfull direction creates a sense of claustrophobic tension that makes you feel as if you're in the movie.
There are few directors who can create this sense of menace even in daylight scenes but Carpenter pulls it off. The film's first scene establishes a sense of escalating dread that spirals into full blown terror by the movie's final moments.
You'll also be thinking about the film's bone-chilling last scene long after you've hit the rewind button.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very creative plot for its time and I enjoy playing it over and
always was a sucker for Carpenter... very creative plot for its time and I enjoy playing it over and over
Published 6 days ago by Migaluchi
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 9 days ago by Mark Naidoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a John Carpenter Classic....need I say more?
Published 14 days ago by Eddie Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Release!
Just more Scream Factory greatness! Donald Pleasance + Alice Cooper + John Carpenter = A great thrill ride through horror-ville! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Steven Mathias
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Carpenter's underrated
Strange things have been happening even at an LA Catholic Church where something ancient has been buried there for thousands of years, the death of a head priest with a major sect... Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Lindsey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Creepy Carpenter flick
You can call it whatever you want. You can point out that it's got Alice Cooper and the guy from the SIMON & SIMON TV show. You can question it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scottland in Cleveland
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
Although Alice Cooper doesn't talk in this movie, he is still pretty awesome. The movie itself is fantastic.
Published 2 months ago by Emily Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars True Occult
For me, the finest Carpenter excursion into the occult. He utilizes good actors, not well known for the group of students and researchers and in this way enables the audience to be... Read more
Published 2 months ago by RICHARD
4.0 out of 5 stars Hahaha....wait, what?
This movie has a split personality. There are actually some "kinda funny" elements to it, but there are also some pretty significant scary ones. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Catmandu
5.0 out of 5 stars Donald Pleasence + Alice Cooper + Anti-Christ = awesome!
This movie is so good it's difficult to understand why it flies under the radar for so many people. Then again I'm a huge fan of obscure horror so maybe it's just me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jim Deth
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