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Mothman Prophecies, The (SE)

Journalist John Klein (Gere) and his wife Mary are happily married and when they’ve signed for their new house, there seems to be no end to their happiness. Until they get in a car crash and Mary gets heavily injured, that is. In the hospital, Mary tells John that right before the crash she saw a something strange coming towards the car. The doctors however claim that there was nothing and that her vision probably is caused by her injuries. When she dies, John tries to get on with his life which is hard, but when he one day accidentally arrives at a town called Point Pleasant he finds there people who also have experienced strange phenomena and saw something that resembles the creature his wife talked about.

Together with officer Connie Parker (Laura Linney) he starts to investigate what is going on and discovers that every time this “Mothman” is seen, something terrible happens. Time is running out when John and Connie realise a major disaster is at hand.

Sound and Vision:
Except for some edge enhancement in a couple of shots and minor compression artefacts, the image quality is above average with nice detail and good color depth. Also the sharpness of the image is good and it’s pretty sad to see that the bitrate is only 5.9Mbit/sec as there’s room to have the movie at a higher rate which would have gotten rid of the compression artefacts and made this movie superb image quality instead of “Very Good”.

The Mothman Prophecies doesn’t have many effects which might use the surround channels so those are mostly used for atmosphere music and sounds of the surroundings. Still, the occasional scare-effects have nice effects which are well-positioned in the rear speakers and also the grand finaly nicely uses all channels. For the rest, the dialogues are positioned at the center speaker which is where they should be.

Extras:
This Special Edition is a two-disc set so you can expect a whole bunch of extras.

We start off with “The Search for Mothman” documentary which gives some insight on the events that happened in Point Pleasant in the sixties. These events are actually the basis for this movie so it’s pretty interesting to watch. The almost obligatory “Making Of” is rather boring with interviews with cast&crew and some minor behind-the-scenes footage. We’ve seen better Making Of’s. Next up are a bunch of short interviews with cast & crew including Mark Pellington, Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Alan Bates and producer Gary Lucchesi. All of them are very short and some of the fragments are literally those that you can see in the “Making Of”.

The 15-minute B-Roll shows how some scenes have been made but without commentary it doesn’t give much insight except for a spoiler on the ending so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, skip this feature. Last we get the normal trailers and a music clip.

Conclusion:
The Mothman Prophecies is loosely based on events that happened in Point Pleasant in the 60’s. Although the “based on real events” can be taken with a grain of salt, the movie is very nice with quite a lot of tension and some very nice scary moments.

Our Score:
7.0

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