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Doomsday [DVD]

Rhona Mitra , Bob Hoskins , Neil Marshall    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester, Malcolm McDowell
  • Directors: Neil Marshall
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • 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: 18
  • Studio: UCA
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sep 2008
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019KBZG8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,391 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Loud, violent, and proudly derivative, the post-apocalyptic action-thriller Doomsday is the latest from UK cult director Neil Marshall, who impressed horror fans with his previous efforts, Dog Soldiers and The Descent. Both pictures established Marshall as a director with a knack for reinventing well-worn genre pictures, but here, he seems more interested in stitching together favorite scenes and elements from established horror and science-fiction films. Escape from New York is the main source for Doomsday, though there are plenty of nods to The Road Warrior and its multitude of Italian-made carbon copies, as well as the zombie/plague subgenre; the lovely but impassive Rhona Mitra is the Snake Plissken-esque loner sent by police (represented by Bob Hoskins) to infiltrate Scotland, which has descended into anarchy following a viral outbreak.

The disease has surfaced in London (now a walled city), and Mitra is dispatched to find a scientist who may possess a cure. Marshall's vision of Scotland in ruins brings together the punk/modern primitive costume design of George Miller's Mad Max trilogy with some eclectic homegrown elements (knights on horseback defending a gang leader's castle), and while these touches are novel, the picture as a whole should ring overly familiar to any viewer who's spent time in the exploitation trenches during the past 25 years. Younger and less discerning audience members will undoubtedly enjoy the plentiful violence and gore, as well as the unbridled performances of the supporting cast, especially stuntwoman/actress Lee-Ann Liebenberg as the heavily tattooed Viper. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

Sci-fi action film from writer/director Neil Marshall ('Dog Soldiers', 'The Descent'). When the deadly 'reaper virus' hits Scotland, the decision is taken to literally wall-off the country from the rest of the British isles. This process of containment proves to be successful until, 27 years later, the virus resurfaces on the streets of London. A group of specialists led by no-nonsense copper, Captain Eden Sinclair (Rhona Mitra), is covertly dispatched into the still quarantined Scotland to seek out a cure. What they find is a nightmarish landscape torn apart by two rival factions - one led by the scientist Dr Marcus Kane (Malcolm McDowell), and the other by his son, Sol (Craig Conway) - and the one thing both factions agree on is that Sinclair and her team have to be eliminated...

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant film! 20 Aug 2013
By vixen
Format:Blu-ray
Seen before on DVD so decided to get the bluray. Brilliant! Great picture and sound quality just make the film more awesome
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fine Salute to the Golden Dawn of Video Rental 24 July 2008
Format:DVD
With Dog Soldiers Neil Marshall created a first - a British writer/director having a damned good crack at the US horror/thriller pick 'em off, Predator style movie, complete with great cheesy one-liners from the cast and done with a very British identity kept well intact. Those who didn't get it, on the whole I think, missed the point.
With Doomsday, Marshall's third feature length movie, I think people are in danger of missing the point again. After the brilliant, and far more serious, psychological horror The Descent, Neil Marshall has returned to the tone of DS, complete with the great one liners and a bit more money in the budget. When I watched this at the cinema I had a big grin on my face for most of the movie and just at the point when I feared that it may become a bit too much of a Mad Max/Escape from New York pastiche, the storyline shifted enough to put it into a different place and give Doomsday its own identity. The cast perform with exactly the right tone for the film - and yes I do include Bob Hoskins' slightly hammy deliveries - I think you can be sure that both the Director and the actors knew exactly what they were trying to achieve.
At the end of the day Doomsday is a slick modern take on a genre that harkens back to the days when your local video shop was keeping the Evil Dead and Driller Killer under the counter while out front the shelves were filled with titles like Deathrace 2000, Rollerball, and Hawk the Slayer. None of them Oscar contenders, but by God they were some entertaining B-Movies. Well, Doomsday would have happily sat out front (taking pride of place) with those films, if it were not for some fantastic little BBFC-bating gore moments that would have probably kept it out the back of the shop, to be rented out on the quiet.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy b movie madness 27 April 2011
By Mr. S. Storey TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This is bonkers beyond belief and I absolutely loved it. Neil Marshall knows his stuff and can pull off a decent action flick. Forget plot plausability, this is one for action fanatics and it makes no apology for crashing head first into the mayhem. The basic premise is that a plague decimates Scotland and a giant wall is erected to contain the victims in and leave them to die. Years later the plague appears beyond the wall and there still isn't a cure. The authorities have long suppressed evidence of survivors in the "hot zone" but since they now need a cure they dispatch a special forces team led by Rhona Mitra to find out how the survivors haven't perished. What follows is a roller-coaster of action and adventure as the intrepid team look for a cure and make their way beyond the wall and into the wasted cities where they encounte flesh eating tribes and medieval warlords. Rhone Mitra looks great, the sets are excellent and fast paced tale is peppered with dark humour and loads of OTT action. This movie gives us echoes of Escape from New York, a pinch of 28 days later and a dose of Mad Max. For me, its a guilty pleasure and almost the perfect B movie.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
An outbreak of the reaper virus in 2008 causes a pandemic in Britain, in an attempt to quell the disease from rapidly spiralling out of control the government quarantine the hot zone located in Scotland leaving the infected to meet their fate. many years later the virus resurfaces in London desperate to find a cure the government send a special ops team into the site of original infection where signs of life have been uncovered, upon arrival the team become tangled up with two warring tribes. pursued the team attempt to locate a cure and get out without getting cooked.

Neil Marshall's follow up film while entertaining ends up falling short of the mark the Descent was a tense serious claustrophobic horror which was eerily effective an Dog soldiers struck a perfect balance between horror and dark humour, which doomsday fails to master as quite as well.
The film at time fails to find its own identity clear connections can be seen between such films as 28 days later, Mad max, Escape from new york etc. because of this the film jumps around going different directions and at times cant seem to decide what it wants to be.

Regardless of this what makes the film so entertaining is its ludicrously over the top actions set pieces which when they kick into gear they are a visceral gory treat for action fans, directed an edited well these scenes are adrenaline fuelled and plentiful in supply the movie boils down to disposable action flick this will satisfy the needs of any action junkie and is well worth a look but don't expect any more than throwaway entertainment.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "..B R I L L I A N T.." 23 April 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is certainly no flop, this movie is an epic sci-fi masterpiece! this is Neil Marshall's best movie yet, dog soldiers and the descent were great but doomsday shows he's capable of a much higher standard! from beginning to end you get a great visual treat of a film full of violence and gore and action, this is one of the best dvd releases of 2008, a MUST own.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blatantly ridiculous, but enjoyable 15 July 2010
By Emma
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The first time I watched this film I found myself becoming bored and uninterested so decided to try it a second time more recently.
The second time I watched this film I really enjoyed it. It was an easy watch, interesting and entertaining. Obviously, there are so many loopholes in plot and the storyline is ridiculous, but it was just easy to watch.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars The immune man is King...
2007. A deadly plague, known as the "Reaper Virus," has broken out, killing hundreds of thousands in its wake. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
This is a futuristic story of a plague like viral infection. Loosely based on the Mad Max and the Thunderdome story. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul Poelstra
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch
Very good movie great cast believable storylines one of the best of this genre very entertaining and highly recommended.Rhona Mitra is quality she makes this film very watchable
Published 9 months ago by Happy chap
3.0 out of 5 stars Slam Bang Violent Fun
Full of stereotypes, nodding in the direction of many other, sometimes better movies, this is entertaining post apocalyse tosh (I can't find a more appropriate word, tosh seems too... Read more
Published 9 months ago by fat man on a bicycle
1.0 out of 5 stars Doomsday is the reason they need minus stars on Amazon!
Well...where the hell do i start?

I first heard about this just prior to release and being a huge fan of Mad Max/Bladerunner/28 days later and ALL things involving a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ben Soden
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect storm of nonsense
Paying `homage' to other films can be touch and go at the best of times. Sometimes it ends up looking like a film's just blatantly copied another (most likely superior) movie and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars film
price so cheap i could hardly belive it first class service deveverd through my door with 2 days or order
packing first class sealed like new
Published 13 months ago by robin carrick
3.0 out of 5 stars Buena peli
Totalmente recomendado.
No te arrepentirás de la compra.
El envío rápido y seguro por, solo tardo 3 días en llegar.
Published 13 months ago by Jolibud
3.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly violent and mostly not serious cocktail mixing "Escape...
After watching all the four Neil Marshall's films I can say that without any doubt this one is the most violent but also the less successful. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Maciej
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quirky fun!
A strange mash up of Mad Max and 28 days later this movie presents a certain charm, even after several play through's it continues to entertain, great picture on blu ray as well. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Nimph
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