Disc was delivered yesterday, and I watched it last night. It was not pretty.
Gregory Widen fashioned a snappy little theological thriller that succeeds on the strength of the story and the above average cast. The Prophecy is one of those rare "B" movies that exceeds its own limitations. Unfortunately, Miramax and Echo Bridge are have made their limitations far too obvious.
The Blu-ray edition of The Prophecy is about as cheap an effort as one will find. For those that complain about discs such as Jurassic Park or Star Wars using older transfers, take a look at The Prophecy to see just how bad it could be. Not only is this not a new transfer, it has every appearance of being a standard definition transfer that has been given an AVC encode and slapped on a Blu-ray disc. Resolution is barely above DVD, if at all. The image lacks any of the extended dynamic range a true HD transfer can offer. Here we get pretty much the same dull, muddy image from the DVD. The only improvement I can see is less video noise due to the higher bit rate AVC compared to the low bit rate MPEG on the DVD.
The audio is encoded as DTS-HD MA 5.1, and is not bad. Overall level is very low, you will have to crank the volume rather more than usual, but there is acceptible clarity and detail.
This disc is a step up from the non-anamorphic DVD from years ago, albeit a small step up. Most places are selling for under $14. For that price, it is worth replacing the DVD, but only just.
Huge disappointment for a fan of this film.