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THE SEVENTH SIGN ($30) is an interesting supernatural thriller that doesn't over rely on special effects to tell the tale of an approaching apocalypse. I don't want to give too much of the plot away, however THE SEVENTH SIGN involves the Second Coming and the Book of Revelation. As prophesized, the seals are broken, one by one, bringing the world closer to final judgement.

THE SEVENTH SIGN stars Demi Moore as Abby, a happily married mother-to-be nearing the end of her pregnancy. Abby and her husband rent their garage apartment to a mysterious boarder named David (Jürgen Prochnow). Abby naturally finds herself curious about the new boarder and like any nosy landlady, she does a little bit of snooping. As you might expect, Abby discovers evidence that leads her to believe that she and her unborn child are destined to play key roles in an approaching apocalypse. THE SEVENTH SIGN unfolds slowly, without all of the hoopla that one generally finds in this type of film. The actors bring off the story effectively, with Jürgen Prochnow performance being a standout. Prochnow is a charismatic actor who definitely does not appear in enough American films. The cast of THE SEVENTH SIGN also includes Michael Biehn, Peter Friedman, Manny Jacobs and John Taylor.

Columbia TriStar Home Video has made THE SEVENTH SIGN available on DVD in both wide screen and full screen presentations on opposite sides of the disc. The 16:9 anamorphic enhanced wide screen presentation is superior to its full screen counterpart, so do yourself a favor and stick with it. THE SEVENTH SIGN is presented with almost every bit of its 2.35:1 theatrical framing intact. The transfer looks very nice and offers good detail, but it isn't exactly demonstration quality. Still, you can see everything and no one should be disappointed by this nice looking presentation. Colors reproduce with good saturation and natural looking flesh tones. Digital compression artifacts are fairly well concealed, but they can be spotted if one is looking for them, instead of paying attention to the movie.

The Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack decodes to standard surround and sounds pretty good. No, you won’t find the sweep or power of a fully discrete soundtrack, but there are some pleasing channel separations. Dialogue reproduces very well and the surrounds provide the requisite ambience and fill. A French language soundtrack has also been encoded onto the DVD along with English and French subtitles.

The interactive menus are very simplistic, providing only the standard scene and language selection features.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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