End of Days (1999) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Action / Fantasy / Thriller
Universal || R - 121 minutes - $29.98 || August 26, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-08-10


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Peter Hyams
Writer(s): Andrew W. Marlowe (written by)
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak


Theatrical Release Date: November 24, 1999


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • MyScenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (DTS MA 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

Aahhh, Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Governor of my state and movie star bad ass. While I'm not a huge fan of Arnold's acting career, he always seems to have the coolest names possible. John Matrix (Commando), Dutch (Predator), Gordy Brewer (Collateral Damage) and for this film, Jericho Cane. With a name like that you know he is here to kick ass and take names.

End of Days is a film that came out at the perfect time. Its release was timed with the fear that the world had that the new Millennium would bring us to a point where computers would simply not work (or that they would suddenly grow legs and kill us - I'm not really sure anymore). The film stars Arnold as Jericho Cane, an ex-cop who contemplates suicide on a daily basis because his family was killed by a group of people he testified against. After being attacked by a crazy priest with no tongue, Jericho seeks out the reason why and finds out that a young girl is set to be killed by Satan on New Years Even that will bring the Apocalypse...or something like that. We get some classic Arnold moments in this film with is trademark "aaaahahaaaahhaa" screams and Arnold being, well, Arnold.

The film has many comedic moments which I believe were meant to be taken seriously, but once you see them you can't help but laugh. At one point Satan decided to pee on a stoop and, well, his pee is actually gasoline used to light several cars on fire and cause a huge explosion. The point of this was to kill Arnolds B.F.F. and use him as a pawn later in the story. But why couldn't Satan just walk through the door and leave the other guy alone? Did he need to cause a huge explosion just so we could see him walk through fire and have Arnold realize he's not human?

Then of course we have the mother-daughter three way which is just... amazing. Satan, for some unknown reason, convinces the mother and daughter (using his Satan magic I'm sure) to have sex with him while they make out together and...melt into his body? I don't know if this was a dream sequence or not... but what the hell? Was this just an excuse to show some boobies?

There is just not many good things I can say about this film. The special effects were probably really cool for 1999, but in today's standard, especially in HD, they are very very weak. At one point a character breaks into pieces as if they were a porcelain doll and it just looks so fake and cheesy.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All Special Features are... well, not here!

Commentary by Director Peter Hyams - Boring is the best way to describe this. He would rather talk technical aspects of the film than anything else and is often a bit too quiet.

My Scenes - This allows you to bookmark your favorite scenes to watch later. Wonderful. Blu-ray Exclusive

Ugh. You would think Universal switching from HD DVD to Blu-ray they would port all titles over 100%, right? Well that's not the case for End of Days. For whatever reason they decided to exclude the following special features present on both the HD DVD and DVD versions: Spotlight on Location (25 Minutes), Special Effects (40 Minutes), Soundtrack Presentation (10 Minutes), Book of Revelations and the Theatrical Trailer. All of which take up no more than 1GB of space (since they were in SD) yet for some reason (even after cutting the DD+ track) there was either no room left on the disc or Universal was just being lazy.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

End of Days is presented in 2.35:1 (VC-1) on a 25GB disc. Talk about disappointing. While I understand that the director wanted a very dark feel to the film, there is simply no excuse for the amount of dirt and speckles that plague this transfer. One occasion right before we meet Jericho for the first time is a shot of New York, bright blue skies and... dirt - everywhere. What could have been an amazing shot is littered with junk. This continues on through the film in the form of white speckles that I noticed way too many times. Poor work here Universal. Comparing it to the HD DVD version I found both to be identical.

Universal has decided to mix things up for Blu-ray and dropped the previous TrueHD and Dolby Digital Plus tracks in favor of a DTS MA. My personal stance is that DTS MA, TrueHD and PCM all sound identical and my testing between both the HD DVD and Blu-ray versions proved this to be correct (DTS MA does however always sound louder as I've noted several times before comparing past releases). End of Days does have an amazing mix with a good sense of bass that will make your windows shake more than once. Shame though that they dropped the Dolby Digital Plus track as that would be a better performance than the DTS MA "core" for those that cannot decode DTS MA yet. Also included are a French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks and English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.



.::OVERALL::.

End of Days is not a movie most will want to see. Sure, it has a few great action scenes, but for the most part itís a boring film that has zero replay value. The Blu-ray has incredibly poor picture quality, a decent audio mix, but to top it off it lacks nearly all the special features found on the previous HD DVD and DVD version making this a definite SKIP and a DO NOT REPLACE if you own the previous HD DVD.