The Church (1989) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Michele Soavi
Starring: Asia Argento, Tomas Arana, Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
Rated: UR/Region A/1:66/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Scorpion Releasing
A church is built during medieval times on top of a pile of dead bodies that were considered possessed. Hundreds of years later a young librarian unleashes the evil within, by removing a rock in the catacombs. Series of events occur meanwhile, everybody just does not seem to be the same. Father Gus is the only one not possessed, he must save the city from becoming a pandemonium, he must find the ancient secret of the church so it can crumble to pieces.
This film here was originally intended to be Demons 3, but that was changed and maybe that is best. Not that awful films didn’t try to be Demons 3 later, but The Church, like those other films, doesn’t live up to the legacy. I mean I wouldn’t call The Church terrible and it does have some very epic visuals to its credit (maybe what it offers up the most), but all that gets bogged down by a somewhat confusing plot, nobody to really cheer for as we miss any real solid lead, and lots of dragged out wasted time. The film takes about 40 minutes to really get to anything interesting and even with the average running time, you can’t help but notice things that seem rather pointless overall to the plot or silly. Visually stunning? Yes. But there are times when the films feels like it is trying to rest more on the looks of the setting than anything else. I will say this, the movie finishes much better than it starts in my opinion.
It is almost as if this is a one scene film. The movie does pack a scene with a shot that is just outrageous and funny all at the same time. I’m not sure that is entirely what they wanted, but that is what they got with it. For a movie called The Church, I thought some of the most interesting things in the movie take place outside the church setting. Those are also a lot of the moments that overall make the movie watchable, and overall that is about what I’d say about this film, it is watchable. It isn’t anywhere near great, but there are some random cool visuals and at least pack an awesome score. The transfer here, on the other hand, is outstanding. I’m sure if you are already a fan of this one and are now wanting to make the leap to Blu-ray you’ll be happy with how it looks, as you can see in the screenshots I’ve attached. The extras are a little light, but they are saving most of the good stuff for the special edition I’m sure.
– Brand New 2K Scan Of the Original Negative with over 45 Hours of Color Correction
– Brand New Exclusive Interview with Director Michele Soavi
– Brand New Exclusive Interview with Star Asia Argento
Quality of Transfer: 97%
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