The Ninth Gate
Roman Polanski flirts with Satan once again, but utterly fails to recapture the dark magic of his devillish Hollywood debut, Rosemary's Baby. Johnny Depp stars as a rare book hunter who journeys into the blackness of his soul searching for a book allegedly penned by the Evil Prince himself. Depp is watchable, but his character never develops, and the script written by Polanski and two others from novel source material disregards simple concepts like motivation. Set to an incongruously whimsical score by Wojciech Kilar. Not bad enough to equal the ludicrous fun of End of Days, just dull. This is a handsome disc, in both 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen and pan and scan, and 5.1 Dolby Digital. Includes a commentary by Polanski, a making-of featurette, stills, and a "gallery of Satanic Drawings," which are really just the fake pictures made for this movie. Keep case.