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Director: Paul Schrader     Starring: Stellan Skarsgaard
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40723739
UPC: 012569736061
UPC 14: 00012569736061
Sales Rank: 10860
Category Keywords: Horror Classic  Series  Theatrical Release
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The original prequel to the exorcist.
Editor's Note
Hollywood is littered with stories of aborted attempts at moviemaking, with many directors finding themselves unceremoniously ousted from a project when a studio gets cold feet and rejects their work. Writer-director Paul Schrader (AUTO FOCUS) found himself in this position when he completed filming on a prequel to 1973's THE EXORCIST in 2004. With Renny Harlin replacing Schrader in the director's chair, then reshooting the movie in its entirety, it seemed Schrader's vision would be forever shelved alongside countless other terminated projects. However, 2005 saw a remarkable turn of events, as Warner Bros allowed Schrader's version of the film to be released under the name DOMINION: PREQUEL TO THE EXORCIST.

Like Harlin's film, Stellan Skarsgard plays a young Father Lankester Merrin. Traveling to East Africa, Merrin hopes to forget the horrific events of World War II, and repair his tattered beliefs, which have significantly lapsed following the gruesome battles he unfortunately witnessed. Once there, the dejected priest runs into a team of archaeologists, who are unearthing a buried church which appears to have been concealed under the African landscape for several centuries. As Merrin helps the team with their discoveries, some brutal and bloody events break out, leading to his first encounter with the powerful demon who would return to haunt him in the original EXORCIST movie. While the plot is essentially the same as Harlin's film, Schrader's movie eschews Grand Guignol-esque gore, choosing to build up a dark, creepy atmosphere instead. Fans looking for gross-out delights will find themselves better-served by Harlin's version of events, but for anyone looking for a subtle counterpoint to the brutal butchery and violent profanity of the other films in the series, look no further than DOMINION.

Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/2/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 116 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 73606
Video UPC UPC: 00012569736061
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Gabriel Mann
Video Cast Info Ralph Brown
Video Cast Info Clara Bellar
Video Cast Info Stellan Skarsgaard
Video Cast Info James G. Robinson - Producer
Video Cast Info Paul Schrader - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Angelo Badalamenti - Composer
Video Cast Info Vittorio Storaro - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Guy McElwaine - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Trevor Rabin - Composer
Video Cast Info Caleb Carr - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Paul Schrader - Director

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"This is as much a meditation on the nature of evil as a conventional horror picture. It is anchored by Stellan Skarsgard's performance..." 01/01/2006 p.88
Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Skarsgard,Stellan
Product attributeLabel:   Warner Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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