End of Days

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Overview

The devil's in the details, they say, and that's certainly the case with End of Days, which did little to further the careers of either Arnold Schwarzenegger or Gabriel Byrne (or that of director Peter Hyams, perhaps the most proficient hack in Hollywood.) The DVD pads out the movie with a fair bit in the way of extras, the majority of which has to do with the details. Lots of them. More specifically, aside from a commentary by Hyams, a text piece on the Book of Revelations, and a "Spotlight on Location" piece, ...
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Overview

The devil's in the details, they say, and that's certainly the case with End of Days, which did little to further the careers of either Arnold Schwarzenegger or Gabriel Byrne (or that of director Peter Hyams, perhaps the most proficient hack in Hollywood.) The DVD pads out the movie with a fair bit in the way of extras, the majority of which has to do with the details. Lots of them. More specifically, aside from a commentary by Hyams, a text piece on the Book of Revelations, and a "Spotlight on Location" piece, there is a section called "Special Effects: The Devil's Playground," which delves at length into various special effects sequences ranging from a spectacular subway crash to a sex scene featuring Gabriel Byrne and two women (Fight Club used similar technology for similar effect, curiously enough). Getting through these supplements takes some time. The movie has been transferred with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, anamorphically enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions. The source print is excellent, and the transfer shows off rich, deep colors despite an overall dark production design (a few minutes in, there is a fly-over shot of Manhattan that has wonderful patches of vivid color on the buildings.) There is no evidence of compression artifacts. The Dolby 5.1 Audio is excellent, with nice Surround work, great dialogue clarity, and a deep, clear bass that does a terrific job with both rumbles and thumps. The music is served very well by the mix, with elements woven into all corners of the Surround image, rather than being focused to the front. The French 2.0 mix is clear and nicely done, though with less separation between elements; the voice cast and dubbing seem to be uniformly good. Finally, the Hyams commentary is generally low-key, with regular pauses and a fair bit of rambling around -- as director's commentaries go, this isn't the worst, but it does tend to be on the boring side.
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Special Features

Spotlight on location; Feature commentary with director Peter Hyams; Special effects: The Devil's Playground; Soundtrack presentation featuring Rob Zombie's rarely seen music video; Book of Revelation; Theatrical trailer; Universal showcase; Special DVD-ROM features
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2000
  • UPC: 025192072123
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 33,146

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arnold Schwarzenegger Jericho Cane
Gabriel Byrne The Man
Robin Tunney Christine York
Kevin Pollak Chicago
CCH Pounder Det. Margie Francis
Rod Steiger Father Kovak
David Weisenberg OB/GYN
Rainer Judd Christine's Mother
Miriam Margolyes Mabel
Udo Kier Head Priest
Luciano Miele Pope's Advisor
Michael O'Hagan Cardinal
Mark Margolis Pope
Jack Shearer Kellogg
Derrick O'Connor Thomas Aquinas
Eve Sigall Old Woman
Victor Varnado Albino
Robert Lesser Carson
Lloyd Garroway Utility Worker #1
Gary Anthony Williams Utility Worker #2
John Neilson Hospital Worker
Ioannis Bogris Skateboarder
Elliott Goldwag Thomas' Doctor
Elaine Corral Anchor
Denise D. Lewis Emily
Renee Olstead Amy
Technical Credits
Peter Hyams Director, Cinematographer
Marc Abraham Executive Producer
Armyan Bernstein Producer
Greg Berry Set Decoration/Design
Thomas A. Bliss Executive Producer
Bill Borden Producer
Stephen Campanelli Camera Operator
Gene S. Cantamessa Sound/Sound Designer
Theresa Carriker-Thayer Art Director
The Chandler Group Special Effects
Charles Daboub Jr. Art Director
Jeff Dawn Makeup
Paul Deason Co-producer
John Debney Score Composer
William M. Elvin Asst. Director
Gary Fettis Set Decoration/Design
Thomas Fisher Special Effects
Scott R. Fisher Special Effects
James M. Halty Stunts
Al Hobbs Set Decoration/Design
Richard Holland Production Designer
Hunter-Gratzner Industries Special Effects
Maryellen James Makeup
Steven Kemper Editor
Louis Lazzara Makeup
Julia Levine Set Decoration/Design
Carlane Passman Little Costumes/Costume Designer
Billy Lucas Stunts
Bobbie Mannix Costumes/Costume Designer
Andrew W. Marlowe Co-producer, Screenwriter
Stirber Visual Network Special Effects
Nicotero Kurtzman & Berger EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Kelly Oxford Sound Editor
Chuck Picerni Jr. Stunts
Rhythm & Hues Studios Special Effects
G. Marq Roswell Musical Direction/Supervision
Maya Shimoguchi Set Decoration/Design
Mike Stassi Set Decoration/Design
David A. Ticotin Asst. Director
Michael Wilhoit Sound Editor
Stan Winston Special Effects
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Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 21 chapter(s) covering 02:02:07
1. Main Titles. [3:05]
2. The Chosen One. [:37]
3. The Dark Angel. [4:32]
4. Jericho. [2:00]
5. To Kill A Devil. [2:28]
6. The Priest's Secret. [2:30]
7. He's Coming For You... . [1:44]
8. Another World. [3:17]
9. The Devil's Revenge. [:12]
10. Last Rites. [2:53]
11. Hell Breaks Loose. [5:48]
12. The Number Of The Beast. [1:07]
13. The Devil's Offer. [:30]
14. I've Come For My Bride. [2:17]
15. The Last Day. [1:49]
16. The Ceremony. [4:16]
17. Subway To Hell. [1:57]
18. The Devil Inside. [:17]
19. The Ultimate Sacrifice. [:23]
20. End Titles. [5:19]
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Menu

Side #1
Menu Group #1 with 21 chapter(s) covering 02:02:07
Spotlight On Location.
Feature Commentary.
The Special Effects.
The Book Of Revelation.
Soundtrack Presentation.
Theatrical Trailer.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Overdone and overrated

    Those are the 2 best words I can use to describe this movie. The only reason I give it a 2 is it had cool special effects towards the end.

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