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The Prophet Blu-ray Review



Check out Lee Weber's review of The Prophet, the animated feature from Roger Allers, Director of The Lion King that is based on the book that has sold over 100 million copies.



The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

Extras:

Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

96



Details:

Studio and Year: Universal Studios - 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 85 minutes
Genre: Drama, Animation

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French
Starring: John Krasinski, Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek, Quvenzhané Wallis, Frank Langella, Alfred Molina
Directed By by: Roger Allers
Written By by: Roger Allers (screenplay), Kahlil Gibran (based on the novel by)
Music by: Gabriel Yared
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 2nd, 2015




"Based on the book by Kahlil Gibran"


My Take:

Based on the 1923 book of poetry The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran, director Roger Allers and producer Salma Hayek transform this work onto the screen through animation from nine international animators. Each take on one of his tales including "On Work", "On Love", “On Marriage,”, "On Eating & Drinking", "On Good & Evil", “On Religion”, and “On Money”. A new "wrap around" story was written to give the film a consistent narrative. It's the tale of exiled poet Mustafa (Liam Neeson), his house keeper Kamila (Salma Hayek) and her daughter Almitra (Quvenzhané Wallis). They go on a journey to return to Mustafa's home, trying to evade authorities who believe that the truth in Mustafa's words will bring an uprising.

The film is a strange piece, indeed, as it combines long and beautiful passages of different animators animation styles, different artists music (Damien Rice, Glen Hansard, Gabriel Yared, and Yo-Yo Ma), philosophy and a serious yet at times kiddie tone. I am not sure who it was aimed at as it is not as a kids film, can be a bit long-winded and childish for adults, yet it is a beautiful piece that has a lot to say on the human condition and freedom of expression. I found this film was worth a viewing but never settles on what it is trying to be. Regardless, it is a beautiful piece of art with a timeless message.


Parental Guide:
Rated PG for thematic elements including some violence and sensual images.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA



Video: 100
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)


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The Prophet comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Home Entertainment featuring 1.78:1 1080p AVC video with an average bitrate of 28.2 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD MA Master 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 4.0 Mbps.

I could not find a thing wrong The Prophet and I was often giddy seeing how gorgeous it looked on my JVC projector. The foreground animations vivid colors popped off the screen in stark comparison to the often dark and dry background. This offered up a nice depth of field and often gave it an almost on screen 3D appearance. Black levels were always spot-on and many scenes were a nice benchmark for contrast. Delineation and animated details were easily rendered rounding off this reference presentation. The Lossless audio track was enveloping with its precisely mixed music and surrounding atmospherics. Dialogue never gets lost even when the soundtrack is loud, and low end adds a strong foundation to the films nice dynamic range. I was impressed on all aspects of this transfer, making the film even more enjoyable.



Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Animating Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet
  • (HD) An Interview with the Filmmakers
  • (HD) Animatic
  • (HD) Ultraviolet Digital Copy
  • (HD) iTunes Digital Copy
  • DVD Copy


Final Thoughts:

Don't be fooled by The Prophet being an animated feature as this is not for younger kids. It will bore the youngest and challenge the older with its message and philosophy, however, adults will find more enjoyment. Superlative A/V coupled with a deep and enjoyable narrative make universals release of The Prophet well worth a viewing.







Lee Weber
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One of my favorite books. ...I'll get the Blu too, thx Lee.
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Thanks Lee! I'll be adding this right away
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Greetings,

Nice job Lee! Thanks for the review..



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Lee thanks for the heads up on this film. I admit I almost never watch modern animated feature films but your review gathered my interest. If anything, I'll be curious about the treatment of the book content and as you pointed out - the animation styles. Should be fun. My rental queue never seems to empty after reading yours and Ralph's excellent reviews.
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The book, I admit, was quite intriguing. The approach they took to make this movie is compelling. Thanks for the review, Lee!
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I found this film was worth a viewing but never settles on what it is trying to be. Regardless, it is a beautiful piece of art with a timeless message.
Well said Lee, those were my feelings too after I saw the movie. I did find Liam's voice a little distracting as I've known it from so many shoot'em up movies, but I'm sure it's just me.

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Well said Lee, those were my feelings too after I saw the movie. I did find Liam's voice a little distracting as I've known it from so many shoot'em up movies, but I'm sure it's just me.
Could you compare it to anything else? I love artistic animation that's not cg, disney or anime (nothing wrong with anime, I just like more options than anime all the time) as long as the story/plot/dialogue isn't so bad it drags down the art.
Would you compare it to anything like Studio Ghibli or Persepolis or Secret of Kells or something?
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Could you compare it to anything else? I love artistic animation that's not cg, disney or anime (nothing wrong with anime, I just like more options than anime all the time) as long as the story/plot/dialogue isn't so bad it drags down the art.
Would you compare it to anything like Studio Ghibli or Persepolis or Secret of Kells or something?
I think it's closer to Persepolis, with brighter colors, than Studio Ghibli, or Secret of Kells.
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Hi Lee

Thanks for the heads up on "The Prophet" I loved what it brought as a cinematic experience and the deeper meaning of its message. They did a fantastic job with the various artist to get to the heart of the message and displayed it with colorfulness and exuberance! I might add that DTS Nerual X was a perfect companion that only helped to sweep one up into the story and on screen content.

Thanks again
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Hi Lee

Thanks for the heads up on "The Prophet" I loved what it brought as a cinematic experience and the deeper meaning of its message. They did a fantastic job with the various artist to get to the heart of the message and displayed it with colorfulness and exuberance! I might add that DTS Nerual X was a perfect companion that only helped to sweep one up into the story and on screen content.

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