The Mothman Prophecies is a nice little thriller. This Richard Gere film is quite dark and mysterious. The story and film are both hit and miss, but overall, it’s a good view.
“Distraught by the sudden, tragic death of his wife (Debra Messing), John Klein (Richard Gere), a journalist for The Washington Post, finds himself mysteriously drawn to a small West Virginia town when his car inexplicably strands him. Rescued by the sympathetic but skeptical local police sergeant…(Laura Linney), he soon learns that many of the town’s residents have been beset by bizarre events, including sightings of a eerie “moth-like” entity, similar to the one seen by his late wife. Investigating further and having his own terrifying encounters with the creature, he becomes obsessed with the idea that this supernatural being can predict impending calamities and is trying to warn the town of one. Is this psychic delusion brought on by his grief or can he convince the police sergeant the there’s a tragedy that must be averted? His life, and potentially others’ lives, depending on his making the right choice before time runs out.” – CTHE
This film sounds very good on DVD. The front channels are powerful and accurate, and the surrounds are used nicely for vibrant effects. The sound fills the soundstage, and the dialog is precise and clean. No complaints here.
In regards to video quality, this disc was not bad. The skin tones were quite natural and the darks were nicely rendered; the reds, on the other hand, were a little over saturated at times. The 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer was quite clear of defect (as was the 1.33:1 Fullscreen version), and there were only minimal noticeable edge enhancements.
Unfortunately, this disc is quite bare in regards to features. The only extras to speak of are a music video and the theatrical trailer. The menus are still and silent, but are nicely theme oriented and easy to navigate.
The Mothman Prophecies has been given a decent DVD treatment. The audio, video and film are good, but the features are lacking. This DVD does not deserve a blind purchase, but if you have seen the film and enjoyed it, you should enjoy this DVD.
Special Features List
- Theatrical Trailer
- Music Video