Blu-ray Review: THE SEVENTH SIGN

THE SEVENTH SIGN was directed by Carl Schultz from a screenplay by W.W. Wicket and George Kaplan and stars Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Peter Friedman, Manny Jacobs, John Heard, Hugo Stanger and Jürgen Prochnow.

The time is coming. The seals are breaking. Judgment is at hand. As the signs of the apocalypse come to pass, only one woman can stop the impending supernatural doom. Demi Moore stars as Abby Quinn, a young woman who discovers that she and her unborn child play a terrifying part in the chain of events destined to end the world. Already troubled with a difficult pregnancy, Abby grows more distraught once she and her husband (Michael Biehn) rent their studio apartment to David (Jürgen Prochnow), an enigmatic drifter. As Abby becomes ensnared in a series of otherworldly experiences, it becomes apparent that David is carrying out the mythical prophecies of Judgment Day … and that she has been chosen as the instrument of the Seventh Sign. But can Abby — or anyone — stand between the wrath of God and the future of humanity?

This 1988 supernatural thriller follows Abby, an expecting mother who gets caught up in the middle of the battle of good versus evil. What happens is, she and her husband Russell rent out an apartment to David, a mysterious drifter who is keeping a close eye on Abby and for very important reasons. Things get really weird for the expecting mother who ends up finding out that the apocalypse is about to happen and she’s going to be an unwilling participant in it. We find out through flashbacks that David is actually Jesus Christ and there’s a link between him and Abby that took place just prior to his death of the crucifix.

There’s also Father Lucci (Peter Friedman) who is linked to this past event but he and David have completely different plans for Abby and her unborn child in present day. Abby is the key to bringing in the apocalypse but she also finds out that she can prevent it from happening if she can do one thing – perform a selfless act of love. David is there to guide her in the right direction and Father Lucci is on the other side trying to ring in the eve of destruction. Ultimately, Abby makes her choice and it’s the right decision because she saves the entire world from doom.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I enjoyed revisiting The Seventh Sign and it had been a long time since I’d watched it. This is one of those end of the world supernatural thrillers that stays with you over the years because of its strong cast as well as the religious/biblical element it featured. I liked the story about this looming apocalypse that was about to happen but it could be stopped with just a small selfless act of love. The thing is, this act of love had to come from a damaged person who’d already tried to take her own life so the big question was if she had enough love for life left in her to save the world. Needless to say, the odds were against her but she came through and paid the ultimate price so her baby could have a chance to live. I thought the cast did a great job with their characters plus we get to see a very young Demi Moore play this expecting mother who ends up being the key to salvation aka a third chance for humanity. Carl Schultz captured everything he needed to make this character driven chiller an eerie watch and something a little different as far as end of the world movies go. It gets a little weird as it plays out but it’s still a really cool watch. The Seventh Sign will be available for the first time ever on Blu-ray in the U.S. on September 11th and is worth adding to your Scream Factory collection.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 97 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Feature: Scream Factory has included five new interviews with some of the cast and crew and two TV spots.

  • NEW Interview with Actor Michael Biehn (11:10)
  • NEW Interview with Director Carl Schultz (20:21)
  • NEW Interview with Actor Peter Friedman (20:13)
  • NEW Interview with Actor John Taylor (10:52)
  • NEW Interviews with Screenwriters W.W. Wicket and George Kaplan (30:01)
  • TV Spots (01:04)

 

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