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Armageddon [DVD] [1998]

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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Will Patton
  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Writers: J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Hensleigh, Robert Roy Pool, Shane Salerno, Tony Gilroy
  • Producers: Barry H. Waldman, Chad Oman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German, French
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Portuguese, Hebrew, Greek, Icelandic
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Touchstone Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Aug. 2001
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (234 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CY5Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,315 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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DVD Special Features:

Disc 1:
Audio Commentary featuring Michael Bay, Jerry Bruckheimer, Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck
Audio Commentary featuring Cinematographer, NASA Consultant, and Asteroid Consultant

Disc 2:
Deleted Scenes
Storyboard and Production Design Drawings
Analysis of Special Effects
Featurette by Production Designer
Theatrical Trailer
Aerosmith Music Video

Languages: English Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English for the hearing impaired
Widescreen format 2.35:1

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This 1998 testosterone-saturated blow-'em-up from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay (The Rock, Bad Boys) continued Hollywood's millennium-fuelled fascination with the destruction of our planet. There's no arguing that the successful duo understand what mainstream audiences want in their blockbuster movies--loads of loud, eye-popping special effects, rapid-fire pacing, and patriotic flag waving. Bay's protagonists--the eight crude, lewd, oversexed (but, of course, lovable) oil drillers summoned to save the world from a Texas-sized meteor hurling toward the earth--are not flawless heroes, but common men with whom all can relate. In this huge Western-in-space soap opera, they're American cowboys turned astronauts. Sci-fi buffs will appreciate Bay's fetishising of technology, even though it's apparent he doesn't understand it as anything more than flashing lights and shiny gadgets. Smartly, the duo also try to lure the art-house crowd, raiding the local indie acting stable to populate the film with guys like Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson, and Michael Duncan, all adding needed touches of humour and charisma.

When Bay applies his sledgehammer aesthetics to the action portions of the film, it's mindless fun; it's only when Armageddon tackles humanity that it becomes truly offensive. Not since Mississippi Burning have racial and cultural stereotypes been substituted for characters so blatantly--African Americans, Japanese, Chinese, Scottish, Samoans, Muslims, French ... if it's not white and American, Bay simplifies it. Or, make that white male America; the film features only three notable female characters--four if you count the meteor, who's constantly referred to as a "bitch that needs drillin'". Sadly, she's a hell of a lot more developed and unpredictable than all the other women characters combined. Sure, Bay's film creates some tension and contains some visceral moments, but if he can't create any redeemable characters outside of those in space, what's the point of saving the planet? --Dave McCoy

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
NASA discovers a huge meteor simmilar to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs is heading to Earth. Coming up with a plan they recruit a team of oilrig workers to land on the meteor and blow it up before it reaches Earth and destroys all life on the planet. One of director Michael Bay's early films, this is a cheesy, ridiculous film that you can't take seriously for a second yet also a lot of fun with Bruce Willis in good form and a good supporting cast including Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton, Michael Clarke Duncan, Owen Wilson and Will Patton all playing it completely tongue in cheek. Spectacular action and effects and looks stunning on bluray too. One of Michael Bay's best films.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By harpoon guns to 'safe', please on 22 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
OK, I'm holding back a star. This is tosh. But it's great tosh.

There are so many great bits of fun in this slam bang actioner that it's hard to know what to talk about.

So, in no particular order, the acting from a universally hugely enjoyable cast (if no oscars here):

Billy Bob Thornton-brilliantly quiet and understated.

Bruce Willis- huge fun

Ben Affleck, another enjoyable turn.

Steve Buschemi- humiliating the head-shrinkers and other great scenes

The much-missed Michael Clarke Duncan-as he cuts into the singing of "Leaving on a jet plane" with a voice deep enough to shake out your fillings.

Oh, you could keep on, but for this type of film, the perfromances are perfect.

The medical screening- high order slapstick, and MCD's table dance !

Effects- generally good enough. One bad call, I think we see meteorites from the comet coming in at all angles- well, probably they'd all come from the same place. Aside from that, it wasn't supposed to be realistic, but it's good enough.

The story- well, you know it, but it's well done.

A big film, big entertainment, but fun. Great but not GREAT.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 9 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I, as i'm sure apply's to many of you, just love these apocalyptic type movies with bucket loads of special-effects.
The story tells of a giant 'Asteroid' hurtling toward earth with little over a couple of weeks before impact, a 'team' are gathered together, put through a 'crash' course training regime to enable them to travel into space ,along with an experienced crew, land on the Asteroid shifting through space at 22,000 m.p.h., drill a '800 ft deep hole then plant the 'Nuclear Bomb' to separate the Asteroid, then...try to escape before detonation........not a huge task ?
'Bruce Willis' leads the cast list as 'Harry Stamper' - 'Liv Tyler' plays his daughter 'Grace' 'Ben Affleck' plays 'Grace's' suitor and
fellow 'driller' and mission companion to 'Harry'
This is an exciting and tense roller-coaster ride, maybe a bit 'gun-ho' as many of this type of films are, but putting that aside...it's great fun......'great 'Blu-ray' material.
Both picture and Sound quality - very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Kidger on 10 May 2011
Format: DVD
When I give a talk on the subject I always hold up this film as possibly the worst science fiction movie ever made on cosmic impacts. If any scientific fact was right at any stage it was purely an accident. The result is a film that is so bad that it becomes downright entertaining: suspend reality and just sit back and enjoy seeing how it would not be done if you happen to have a musclebound hero that you don't need, when the Earth is in peril. Intended or not, there are some great comic moments. The film was released in direct competition to Deep Impact, which is a far more serious attempt to portray the issues to the public, although both feature a hero and a very big bomb who just happens to die saving the planet!
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A huge Comet is headed for earth. As it does not consist of one big piece, but of a cloud of rather small pieces plus a main rock the size of Texas, little impacts are recorded long before the big one is scheduled for collision with earth.

Harry S. Stamper and his drill team are selected to land on the main comet as they are the only ones who can work the special drill Harry developed.

Their mission is to drill 800 ft. into the comet to place a nuclear explosive device. The explosion of the bomb will break the comet in two, and the two pieces will pass earth on both sides.

This task has to be accomplished before a certain "dead" line, or the comet parts will not fly by, but hit earth....

It's a return to form for the disaster movie, as we get a kooky cast, Michael Bay, Bruckhiemer, Willis, and a big comet hurtling toward earth, what could possibly go wrong.

Well apart from the many plot holes as deep as the hole that gets drilled, there is nothing wrong at all. True, many people will scoff if you say you love this film, but thats because it got a little mauled by the critics.

Whats not to love? this is about Stamper trying to hold his 'family' together at an hour of need, and act as the solid oak everyone can rely on, it's not just about saving the world.

Willsi has to convince his 'family' that this is something they have to do, as well as swallowing his pride and asking his daughters boyfriend to help to (he see's Afflecks character as a younger self, therefore not really liking his daughter dating him).

It's witty and has some wonderful lines, and although it's crammed full of cheese, the soppy ending seems relevant for a film that does cheese, action and laughs by the numbers.
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