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If you have to have them all, this is a good way to go.
on January 29, 2013
First, I will address the blu ray quality. Since I had Prophecy and Prophecy III on separate blu ray discs, already, I can say that I did not notice any difference between them and the single disc that contains 1,3,4 and 5. (2 is on a separate disc).
To save on typing, I'll refer to the movies as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5..
1 is arguably the best of the series, due in part to its having a better cast, and in part, to having a better story line. It covers some serious issues, but done with a somewhat tongue-in-cheek attitude, at times. Christopher Walken has fun as Gabriel. While he's the "bad" angel, you just have to like him. BTW, no matter which blu ray version you get of this movie, it is slightly grainy at times.
2 was done on a lower budget. The angels are a bit grittier, as is the scenery. You have to get used to the fact that while Lucifer killed Gabriel in the first movie, he made him alive again for this one. The story line is a continuation of the first movie and they throw in an angel who is here to produce a nephilim and Gabriel's former boss, Michael is there to punish Gabriel. This movie is not quite as good as 1 was.
3 Is a continuation and deals with a nephilim having to destroy another bad angel. The budget for this movie was slightly higher than 2 and it isn't quite as gritty. The part I liked is that Gabriel gets a shot at redemption and the film ends on a happier not.
4 and 5 contains none of the original cast, was filmed in some dreary areas of Romania and it appears both films were shot within a week. The acting and direction of these two movies, was not terribly bad, considering they couldn't have been paid much. What hampers them is the writing. It was like they wanted to carry on with the first three movies, but couldn't quite come up with where they wanted to go. Despite, there were some twists and turns that were interesting for those who enjoy this genre. The ending even left the door open to a sixth movie, though I doubt the Weinstein brothers who funded these movies do that.