A Prayer Before Dawn is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated for three years in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, Billy realises that this is his only hope for survival, taking him on an incredible journey to redemption.

Studio: Anchor Bay
Year: 2018
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Run time: 123 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50
Region: A

‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ is little dialogue in the film, and yes the film as long odd stretched of the narrative not really moving forward, but I found it fascinating and riveting. The filmmaker does a lot of interesting things. This does not quite flow like any film that I have ever seen. It is almost like snippets of Billy’s memory being filmed where long portions are cut out and we go from a an odd confrontation in a group cell to a quick cut of being in the middle of the fourth round of a fight. A combination of one giant dream and a documentary style that may be unique but that I found truly enjoyable though very depressing.

Movie Content: 8/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. This is yet another release from Lionsgate. Colors are vivid and provide impressive depth that pops off of the screen. The use of colors really makes this a visual experience even worth checking out if you are not interested in the film. Black levels are deep and inky. This is a very film like experience that looks fantastic in high definition. With such a wonderful presentation on Blu-ray, the action of ‘A Prayer Before Dawn’ really explodes into your living room.
Print Quality: 9.5/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. Just like the image quality being impressive, the audio is very well done for a film that doesn’t have a lot of dialogue. There are plenty of panning effects that will catch the viewer’s attention from all the scenes in the boxing ring to the score. Dialogue is channeled through the center with no apparent issues as the audio was clean and crisp.
Audio Quality: 9.5/10

Special Features

  • Locked Inside the Walls: Making A Prayer Before Dawn – Featurette
  • Billy Moore: In His Own Words – Featurette

Special Features: 5/10

The Final Word

This movie has proved to be an emotional roller coaster as the audience are able to relate to the emotions of what each character is feeling especially due to the circumstances they are put through.
Overall Rating: 9/10