For all his accolades John Carpenter is still the most underrated director of all time. He is a master and by far my favorite filmmaker of all time and I think this is his masterpiece.
Prince is a sci-fi, apocalyptic horror film that transcends all known reality. It's premise is not a simple one but is put together in way that the higher concepts can be more easily understood by those with only a passing knowledge of quantum physics. It's not a simple film, it contains many nuances and sub-levels that repeated viewings can unlock. It's horror elements are diverse, creative and really help accept the idea of evil as an actual, physical entity with a telepathic link to humans and the ability to control them.
The characters are well fleshed out and believable. They are , for the most part, the epitome of good and that truly helps one see this as a true battle against evil. Donald Pleasence rules the roost as always giving depth to his character and dramatic presence to everything he does. I also enjoyed Victor Wong who did a brilliant job as a counterpart to Pleasence both being the ultimate spokesperson for Science Vs Religion.
The new special edition is exquisite. The colors are vibrant and the sound is crisp with a special nod going to the spinning-devil-goo which has a a most lustrous shade of darkish green and low hum that was not as easily heard in earlier editions. The interviews are top notch. I learned things about story, effects and characters that I really had no clue about and I've been very vigilant from an early age in reading everything I could about the making of this masterpiece .
In closing if you have never seen this triumph of moviemaking there is no better time than now to grab a copy and if you have enjoyed this film before please give this spectacular new edition a try...you will not be disappointed.