Prey For The Devil 4K UltraHD

Featured In Issue 265, January/February 2023

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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In "Prey For The Devil," Sister Ann (Jacqueline Byers) believes she is answering a calling to be the first female exorcist...but who, or what, called her? In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, Ann seeks out a place at an exorcism school reopened by the Catholic Church. Until now these schools have only trained priests in the Rite of Exorcism––but a professor (Colin Salmon) recognizes Sister Ann's gifts and agrees to train her. Thrust onto the spiritual frontline with fellow student Farther Dante (Christian Navarro), Sister Ann finds herself in a battle for the soul of a young girl, who Sister Ann believes is possessed by the same demon that tormented her own mother years ago. Determined to root out the evil, Sister Ann soon realizes that evil has been expecting her. (Gary Reber)

Special features include five featurettes: "Possessed: Creating Prey For The Devil" (HD 41:52), "A Lullaby Of Terror" (HD 08:41), "The Devil's Tricks: Visual Effects" (HD 03:52), "Prey For The Devil Cast Read: The Original First-Draft Screenplay" (HD 01:59:52) and "Speak No evil: A Real Exorcist And Church Psychologist Discuss Possession" (HD 01:01:12) and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is very natural in appearance and exhibits a filmic quality. The color palette is rich and warm with nicely saturated hues. Flesh tones are perfectly natural. Nuanced hues enhance the realism of the production design and costumes. HDR contrast is excellent with deep blacks, revealing shadow delineation, and beautifully rendered white levels, which are prominent on Sister Ann's habit. Resolution is generally good with fine detail exhibited at times. At other times the imagery is a bit soft. Facial features are generally well defined such as complexions and hair, Costumes exhibit fabric detail. Object textures enhance the realism o the production design. This is a satisfying picture that delivers a horrific experience. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with powerful transient sound effects that heighten the horrific events. Atmospherics are enveloping and realistic sounding. As noted, sound effects are powerful and enhanced with body penetrating deep bass support, which at times extends to sub-25 Hz frequencies. Sound effects such as thunder and rain sound realistic. Nathan Barr's orchestral/choral score is haunting and surround enveloping in both side and rear channels. Surround envelopment extends to atmospherics and sound effects as well. Dialogue sounds generally well integrated spatially.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of a subtle extension of the orchestral/choral score and the occasional sound effect such as rain and thunder, a church bell, electrical disturbances, accentuated foot steps up a wall, atmospheric din, sounds of ruckus, ceiling fan disintegration, subtle dripping water, swoop sounds and other subtle sound effects.

This is a hauntingly will crafted holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that sounds dynamic with dramatic possession and exorcism horror. (Gary Reber)