Plot: What’s it about?
He was once the most beloved angel in all of Heaven, but his fall from grace would become the stuff of legend. Once booted from Heaven, the fallen angel would become known by countless monikers, the best known of which is Satan. In the Christian faith, he is all that is evil in the world, the source and cause of suffering, torment, and destruction. With a sole purpose to rob, kill, and destroy God’s creation, mankind, Satan plagues the Earth with his wrath. But even to those outside of that faith, Satan holds an important cultural place, a concept known world wide. He has been written about countless times, depicted in paintings for centuries, and featured in motion pictures since the art form’s inception. In this episode of Biography, you’ll be taken into the heart of darkness, as Satan: Prince of Darkness is profiled.
If anyone deserves an episode of Biography, Satan would have to be close to the top of the list. After all, he is the very essence of evil to millions of people, history’s most infamous villain. The episode handles the subject matter well, so whether you believe in the Prince of Darkness or not, the show is worthwhile. The piece examines not only the religious side of Satan, but also the secular side and the overall cultural impact. As usual for Biography, a wealth of sources are interviewed, from scholars to historical experts, so all sides have been covered here. You’ll even hear from people who claim to have had experiences with Satan himself and whether you believe these people or not, the stories are powerful. I don’t want to waste space on the production itself, as Biography has proven to be consistently excellent in that regard. The content is excellent also, a well crafted examination of an intangible subject, not always a simple feat.
Video: How does it look?
Satan: Prince of Darkness is presented in full frame, as intended. This program used various sources, so some of the visuals are in better condition than others. Some elements look slick, while archival material is a little more worn, but in any case, the entire show is in solid shape. The image is clean and sharp for the most part, with good detail and no serious flaws. If you’ve seen an episode of the Biography series on television, then you know about what to expect here. Not a knockout visual transfer, but as good as this show can look, so no complaints.
Audio: How does it sound?
The stereo soundtrack is basic, but gets the job done. Aside from some infrequent music, the audio is driven by dialogue, via narration and interviews. The vocals are clear and at a proper volume, there is no need to adjust volume as you watch and you shouldn’t have any trouble hearing all the elements. Not much else to discuss here, as the dialogue sounds good and in this case, that is about all that matters.
Supplements: What are the extras?
A lone supplement is included, but at least it is a substantial one. Hell: The Devil’s Domain is a feature length documentary on the same scale as the main feature here. A great companion piece and as I said, the production values and information levels are the same as Satan: Prince of Darkness. I was pleased to find this included, as it is a well made documentary and it adds a lot of value to this release.