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Directed by Alberto De Martino
UK / Italy 1977

 

The world will be destroyed ... It is written. Kirk Douglas (The Fury) stars as industrialist Robert Caine, who with his son Angel (Simon Ward, Supergirl) is finally about to realize his biggest dream: a massive nuclear power plant in the Holy Land. But soon, Caine's dream becomes a horrific nightmare as person after person associated with the project meets a violent, gruesome death. When clues to this inexplicable turn of events point to the devil, Caine comes to the terrible realization that he might be linked to the Antichrist ... perhaps even through his unborn child. Also known as Holocaust 2000 and Rain Of Fire, this riveting thriller in the vein of The Omen "is probably the best made and best budgeted of the Italian occult films of the 1970s" (The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review) and was directed by cult filmmaker Alberto De Martino (The Antichrist, Blood Link and Strange Shadows In An Empty Room).

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Robert Caine (Kirk Douglas) is a wealthy and powerful industrialist, an engineer who develops nuclear power plants. A true believer in nuclear energy, he plans to make nuclear generation commonplace around the world. He is about to retire and turn over the running of his corporations to his son, Angel Caine (Simon Ward) when he begins having disturbing dreams. In one of these, the vision of the Apocalypse as spoken of in the Biblical book of Revelations comes to life in a horrifying way. After this, he begins to notice that his son is behaving in ways which identify him with the Antichrist.

Excerpt from B+N located HERE

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Theatrical Release: November 25th, 29177

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Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Holocaust 2000 The Chosen
Runtime 1:42:10.791         1:42:13.252
Video

2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,375,487,781 bytes

Feature: 25,702,938,624 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,375,487,781 bytes

Feature: 22,765,701,120 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.53 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate European Blu-ray:

Bitrate US Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1790 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1790 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
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2.35:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,375,487,781 bytes

Feature: 25,702,938,624 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 49,375,487,781 bytes

Feature: 22,765,701,120 bytes

Video Bitrate: 26.53 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

Original International Cut Of The Film, Known As Holocaust 2000 (HD)
Rare U.S. Cut Of The Film With Alternate Ending, Known As The Chosen (HD)
Theatrical Trailers (02:21) (01:13)


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 14th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Shout! Factory Blu-ray (May 2019): Scream Factory show us 2 cuts of the film "The Chosen", also known as "Holocaust 2000" and "Rain of Fire". The two cuts are both held on a dual-layered Blu-ray. The alternate US cut is presented in 1.85:1, while the original European version is shown in the 2.35:1 theatrical release aspect ratio. The US cut has a supportive bitrate whereas the the EU cut has a higher one. That is not where the differences end. The EU cut shows finer details, looking sharper and more defined than the US cut. The EU cut is also drastically brighter, with stronger blacks as well. Colors are also very different, notice the shot of Kirk Douglas and his son's character at the funeral, the US version shows grey skies, whereas the EU has an eerie blue-ish hue. Also see that screen capture of Kirk Douglas in front of the bulldozer? There are these moments that look like a bad print, though they are not frequent. If it's not already clear, the EU cut is certainly my preferred transfer, though the US cut doesn't just feature a different ending, as certain scenes are edited differently. So fans still may have a good reason for checking out the US' cut as well. Both versions seem to have similar damage marks (notice the shot with the helicopter, pay particular attention to the rear of the camel) though they are few and far between.

Both the EU and US cuts of the film feature a 24-bit 2.0 DTS-HD Master audio track. Dialogue is clear and audible, though the quality can sound a little flat at times. The suspenseful score is courtesy of the iconic Ennio Morricone (The Black Belly of the Tarantula,
The Fifth Cord, Luna, A Bullet for the General, Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, U Turn, Stay As You Are etc. etc.) and really helps build tension throughout the film. There are optional English subtitles on this Region 'A' Blu-ray from Scream Factory (Shout! Factory).

The sole extra on Scream Factory's
Blu-ray is the film's theatrical trailer. The US cut is also listed as an extra, though I have discussed this above.

Scream Factory bring the truly bizarre Italian occult film, "The Chosen (Holocaust 2000)" to
Blu-ray. The European cut of the film features a darker, more ambiguous ending. In the alternate US version, a new ending was added that wraps things up (I'll avoid spoilers). Worth checking out this film, for all its eccentricities and over-the-top performances (including from Kirk Douglas). 

Colin Zavitz

 


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