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The Seventh Sign - Blu-ray Review

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Demi Moore is apparently the world’s LAST best hope at surviving the end of days.  At least, according to screenwriters W. W. Wicket and George Kaplan, Abby - the character she portrays (and she is quite good here) - possesses the only womb that can deliver the child responsible for halting God’s wrath.  And she’s a bored housewife with an apartment to rent…which is how her awareness

As ludicrous as all this sounds, The Seventh Sign offers some solid moments of horrid and supernatural beats.  The beginning moments of the movie, involving a broken seal and a whole bunch of dead fish is damn eerie.  And then, in the Middle East, an entire town is left frozen.  Wow. 

"The film is now a footnote in Demi Moore’s career, known as that one weird movie in which she appeared topless in while pregnant"


The apocalypse as outlined in the Holy Bible seems upon us.  But this is not THAT kind of end of the world movie.  While there is a huge storm, the end of the world events are rather low key.  Los Angeles doesn’t burn. The White House remains standing.  And there is no appearance from Jeff Goldblum acting all scientific-like with his apocalyptic theories.

This horror film, eclipses and floods and all, is mainly about a lesson that Abby, who believes herself to be a reincarnated Seraphia, the woman who offered Jesus one final gulp of high quality H20, must learn: sacrifice. Would you die for him? It is a line of dialogue that is shouted over and over again.

If only director Carl Schultz could maintain the atmosphere, though.  The script certainly has the theology nailed down, even if liberties are taken with the New Testament’s closing chapter.  But, outside of the opening events, there’s little in the way of longstanding suspense and emotion.  The special effects, as evident by Scream Factory’s new HD transfer, still hold up and so does the look of the flick.  Unfortunately, not much else does. 

Co-starring Das Boot’s Jürgen Prochnow as the mysterious man who rents their extra apartment and Terminator’s Michael Biehn as Moore’s husband who has his own storyline defending a mentally handicapped man named Jimmy Szaragosa (John Taylor), also known as the Word of God Killer.  You can see how a connective thread can be fastened between that story and the possibility of renting out a room to a traveling man who reveals himself to be Jesus Christ 2.0

The Seventh Sign - Blu-ray Review

Suddenly, Abby’s nights are full of nightmares about the crucifixion and Prochnow is growing more and more concerned about the child inside her and someplace identified in Jewish mysticism as the Chamber of Guf. With appearances by Peter Friedman, Lee Garlington, and John Heard, The Seventh Sign appears to have been designed for something greater than it ever was.  All its hope and glory died in a box office bomb. 

The film is now a footnote in Demi Moore’s career, known as that one weird movie in which she appeared topless in while pregnant.  Fact check: she wasn’t pregnant.  However, she is topless and the scene, in which she considers slashing her wrists (again) is a disturbing one.  Good luck with that, Boner Police.

The Seventh Sign comes with a warning.  It’s the end of the world and I feel … bored.

The Seventh Sign - Blu-ray Review

MPAA Rating: R.
Runtime:
97 mins
Director
: Carl Schultz
Writer:
George Kaplan, W.W. Wicket
Cast:
Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Jürgen Prochnow
Genre
: Horror | Fantasy
Tagline:
The seals have been broken. The prophecies have begun. Now only one woman can halt the end of our world.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Will you die for him? WILL YOU DIE FOR HIM?"
Theatrical Distributor:
TriStar Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
April 1, 1988
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
September 11, 2018
Synopsis: The time is coming. The seals are breaking. Judgment is at hand. As the signs of the apocalypse come to pass, only one woman can stop the impending supernatural doom in this taut and riveting thriller. Demi Moore stars as Abby Quinn, a young woman who discovers that she and her unborn child play a terrifying part in the chain of events destined to end the world. Already troubled with a difficult pregnancy, Abby grows more distraught once she and her husband (Michael Biehn, The Terminator) rent their studio apartment to David (Jürgen Prochnow, In The Mouth Of Madness), an enigmatic drifter. As Abby becomes ensnared in a series of otherworldly experiences, it becomes apparent that David is carrying out the mythical prophecies of Judgment Day ... and that she has been chosen as the instrument of the Seventh Sign. But can Abby — or anyone — stand between the wrath of God and the future of humanity?

The Seventh Sign - Blu-ray Review

Blu-ray

Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: Shout Factory
Available on Blu-ray
- September 11, 2018
Screen Formats: 2.40:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

Shout Factory presents The Seventh Sign on 1080p with solid results.  The images are crisp and detailed and retain their edges throughout the rain and the earthquakes.  Framed in a tight 2.35:1 aspect ratio, this 1080p transfer is good, good stuff.  Colors are bold.  Shadows run deep and the crisp textures in the walls and in the backgrounds of this slasher are focused.  The DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 is perfectly suited for this production.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

Fans get brand new interviews from everyone BUT Demi Moore.  Unfortunate because she really is key to the movie and turns out a solid performance.

  • NEW Interview with Actor Michael Biehn
  • NEW Interview with Director Carl Schultz
  • NEW Interview with Actor Peter Friedman
  • NEW Interview with Actor John Taylor
  • NEW Interviews with Screenwriters Clifford And Ellen Green
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