Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist

Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist

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Director: Paul Schrader, Stellan Skarsgård, Gabriel Mann, Clara Bellar

Cast: Paul Schrader, Stellan Skarsgård, Gabriel Mann, Clara Bellar

     
 
After languishing in post-production hell after Morgan Creek shelved it in favor of dramatic reshoots, Paul Schrader's Exorcist prequel finally makes it to the masses with this DVD release from Warner Bros. Amazingly, the disc comes complete so with a commentary track from the director along with a collection of deleted scenes for viewers to dive into. While

Overview

After languishing in post-production hell after Morgan Creek shelved it in favor of dramatic reshoots, Paul Schrader's Exorcist prequel finally makes it to the masses with this DVD release from Warner Bros. Amazingly, the disc comes complete so with a commentary track from the director along with a collection of deleted scenes for viewers to dive into. While the commentary curiously glides over the rift between the revered writer/director and the production company (or more to the point, the head of the production company), the track is an encompassing listen and goes a long way to explain the production's history and the choice of filmmaking techniques. Most interesting are Schrader's thoughts regarding master cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, who came out of retirement for the film only to premiere a theatrical complicated lighting scheme that was more than a bit overwhelming at first, though it does pay off in the end. Speaking of picture, the audio and video transfers are quite stunning, making for an extraordinary viewing experience with its 5.1 Dolby Digital sound and anamorphic 2.35:1 widescreen picture. This DVD is worth a look for anyone who has followed the interesting tale behind the production, which is by all means a far superior film to Renny Harlin's scare-a-minute redo that landed in theaters with a heavy dud.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Paul Schrader finally gets his due with the release of his far superior Exorcist prequel, Dominion. A brooding tale of lost faith that skillfully inverts the horror of William Friedkin's masterpiece, Schrader's cut is a devilish drama that satisfies the need for a serious look into Father Merrin's past. And while producers Morgan Creek were unhappy with the end result, Dominion succeeds simply because it does not fall prey to the stereotypical shocks that littered Renny Harlin's shameless schlock-fest, Exorcist: The Beginning. Both films cover enough familiar ground to make it an interesting case of déjà vu, though there's no denying that Schrader's film is a cut above your average fright flick. Dominion might not have pea-soup pukes, but that's not quite the story it has to tell. The simple idea of a possessed child evolving instead of becoming gruesomely disfigured doesn't quite afford one that much grisly horror, which is why most of the evil in the film comes from Schrader's knack for human frailty and not silly CG hyenas or Linda Blair knock-offs. The look of the film is superb, with the great Vittorio Storaro coming out of retirement to deliver a pic glowing in the warm African sun and near operatic at the end. Through it all, Stellan Skarsgård grounds the production with a solid performance made even better by the fine appearance by Gabriel Mann as Father Francis. Sadly, the picture is hindered by some spotty moments of effects that don't quite make the tale as timeless as it should be.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/2005
UPC:
0012569736061
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:56:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Paul Schrader; Additional scenes; Stills gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stellan Skarsgård Father Lankester Merrin
Gabriel Mann Father Francis
Clara Bellar Rachel Lesno
Ralph Brown Sergeant-Major
Israel Adurama Jomo
Andrew French Chuma
Antonie Kamerling Kessel
Julian Wadham Major Granville
Eddie Osei Emekwi
Ilario Bisi-Pedro Sebituana
Billy Crawford Cheche

Technical Credits
Paul Schrader Director
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Aaron Barsky Asst. Director
Danilo Bollettini Special Effects Supervisor
Caleb Carr Screenwriter
Pam Dixon Casting
Dog Fashion Disco Score Composer
John Graysmark Production Designer
Guy McElwaine Executive Producer
Wayne Morris Co-producer
Andy Nicholson Art Director
Trevor Rabin Score Composer
Luke Reichle Costumes/Costume Designer
James G. Robinson Producer
David C. Robinson Executive Producer
Marco Scotti Costumes/Costume Designer
Art Shaeffer Co-producer
Tim Silano Editor
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer
Marco Tretini Art Director
Mathew Waters Sound/Sound Designer
William Wisher Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
1. God is Not Here Today [5:28]
2. An Exploration of Significance [3:58]
3. The Village of Derati [3:11]
4. Deliberately Buried [4:20]
5. Helpless Victim [6:36]
6. I Chose Good, Evil Happened [3:22]
7. Saint Michael's Church [5:08]
8. Sacrificial Temple [4:02]
9. We are All in Guilt [2:18]
10. Military Involvement [1:49]
11. Spirit Unleashed [4:09]
12. Who is in Charge Here? [1:54]
13. Choose a Side [3:08]
14. Evil Wakes [5:29]
15. All You Have to do is Ask [4:15]
16. School Massacre [2:43]
17. God Bless This Child [4:32]
18. Crisis of Faith [5:22]
19. Rise of Evil [3:06]
20. Baptism [8:17]
21. He's in the Boy [3:48]
22. The Great Deceiver [5:35]
23. Purify Me for This Task [1:54]
24. Pray for Us [1:22]
25. Go Back [4:22]
26. Exorcism [2:44]
27. Father Merrin [4:45]
28. End Credits [3:44]

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Dominion: A Prequel to the Exorcist 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While this movie is not quite as good as the original exorcist is far superior to any of the other sequels/ prequels. The reason the story is the same as exorcist the beginning is because the studio made this one, didn't like it as much and made the other one using the same actors and same storyline. That being said though they are not the same movie, where exorcist the beginning is a more straight forward horror story dominion is more psychological. It's more artsy, it plays more on the idea of good and evil with in man insead of completely devil did it. And while the stories of the two films are similar they are not the same, for one thing the endings are very different. The ending of exorcist the beginning was obviously tacted on to surprise the audience even if it did leave plot holes. The ending of this film however works, and makes sense.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When buying this I didn't know that this would be the same thing as "Exorcist: The Beginning". Like everything that happens in that movie happens in this one. I was disappointed that this movie didn't have a different story line because I love any Exoricist movie, but not really this one.