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Supervolcano [DVD] [2005]

Michael Riley , Gary Lewis , Tony Mitchell    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Riley, Gary Lewis, Shaun Johnston, Adrian Holmes, Jennifer Copping
  • Directors: Tony Mitchell
  • Writers: Edward Canfor-Dumas, Julian Simpson
  • Producers: Ailsa Orr, Deboragh Gabler, Fiona Scott, Mark Johnston, Michael J. Mosley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GVKC0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,319 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

This BBC docu-drama explores the possible consequences of the eruption of a giant supervolcano that is actually simmering beneath America's Yellowstone Park. Set in the near-future, the factually-based drama portrays one of nature's most potentially cataclysmic events, encompassing the run-up to the eruption and the ten days after the volcano explodes. CGI technology is used to recreate a pyroclastic cloud with a 100-mile fallout radius.


The year is 2020 and the world faces the ultimate threat. Not nuclear war or a terrorist attack, but the eruption of a gigantic 'supervolcano' simmering beneath Yellowstone Park. The last eruption of this kind plunged the world into darkness for six years, triggered the last Ice Age and reduced the human population to just 2,000 people. Scientists know that the molten lava bulging against the Earth's crust in Yellowstone will explode; it's just a question of when.

This powerful, reality-based thriller explores the environmental, political, economic and social impact of such a cataclysmic event. After witnessing the build-up and devastating climax, viewers are projected into the aftermath: a post-apocalyptic world. Can the human species ever recover? Local news feeds, diary footage, CCTV, family camcorder and real archive footage are simulated in gritty detail, while human drama overlays the factual scenario, shaping events into a compelling experience.

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Dante's Peak - Only Better. 26 Mar 2005
For a BBC TV Movie, this ain't half bad. The story is simple. Based on scientific fact, this movie shows us what could happen, if we suffered from a Super volcanic eruption today.
Deep underground in YellowStone national park, something is brewing. Thousands and thousands of cubic feet of Magma is bursting to get out. And it does, in a SuperVolcano. The United States is thrown into complete chaos, as thick clouds of ash, pumice and sulphur dioxide begin to snake their way around the globe. Utilising state of the art graphics, documentary style story telling, and the movie itself, you have yourself a geeks dream. The special effects are pretty good. Almost believable. The acting is consistent and strong through out, and it has enough edge-of-your seat moments to keep hardcore disaster movie fans happy. It's nice to see the BBC put a lot of time, effort and money into something. I would recommend this to anyone who saw "Volcano" and was disappointed.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and gripping 24 Dec 2007
We seem to have an insatiable appetite for disaster movies, an appetite whetted by the prospect of the disaster in question being something that could affect us directly. There have been several made-for-TV drama documentaries tapping into this - in my opinion this one is the best of them.
Supervolcanoes are occasional but massive phenomena with dramatic implications for the human race: it's not so much a matter of "if" we will encounter one (the last took place 75,000) years ago) but "when". As regards the "where", Yellowstone Park in the USA is a likely candidate, it is now known that the park itself sits in the caldera (volcanic crater) of previous huge eruptions, and another one is due... sometime.
That, then, is the basis for this film. The run-up to the eruption is well-done, and the tension expertly built as the scientific team move from scoffing at the very idea to a fearful realisation of what is happening. The acting is uniformly good, and the team-leader conveys very well the picture of a naturally cautious man so afraid of sparking a panic (and subjected to political pressure) that he is virtually in denial of what is happening.
Minimal liberties have been taken with the science, and while there are the inevitable coincidences and fortunate events that move the plot along, the general air is one of great realism (strengthened by the way the film is shot). It is a tribute to how far the technology has come that a TV programme can now boast special effects that a big-screen movie would have struggled for even a few years ago, and that effects technology is very well used here.
All in all an excellent piece of work, impressive and gripping.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering view of an inevitable eruption 21 Jan 2007
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The trick with these types of documentary programmes is to have the balance between entertainment and scientific accuracy. This film has these qualities in my opinion for the following reasons.

* The scientific side is explored in 2 documentaries each of 30 minutes length. Eventually the scientific balance tames the initial `shock' claims and put it in context of likelihood.

* In the main feature, the one scene I found stunning is the conversation between characters explaining in terms of the levels of possible damage by an eruption. It is a shock in its bold simplicity of predicted damage to the whole USA and the rest of the globe.

* Summary

For the sheer spectacle, the main feature -spread over 2, one hour programmes of the Volcano becoming more active and eruptions are breathtaking & awe-inspiring. You see the world differently after this DVD.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Consequences of a super volcano 10 Jan 2006
I am not sure whether one can classify this DVD as a movie or a documentary as it explains in movie format what happens when a super volcano erupts. Maybe a better classification would be docu-drama or perhaps a futuristic documentary – I don’t know. As the focus of the video is to explain the consequences of this type of volcano, this DVD is more of the documentary side of the divide albeit in movie format.
Based upon Yellowstone in Wyoming USA, this DVD takes one through the consequences of this type of volcano erupting. Apparently volcanoes come in two varieties viz the normal one with the familiar cone shaped mountain like Kilimanjaro and the second being underground volcanoes with no structure protruding above ground. This type is potentially more dangerous is that they are largely unknown due to their lack of visual structure.
The DVD takes one through the consequences day by day. The killing is done by the ash which is lethal. In spite of its benign appearance and being as fluffy as snow but grey instead of white in appearance, it comprises microscopic chucks of rocks which have lethal consequences if inhaled.
Not only dangerous to human but devastating to machinery & power lines, due to quantity of ejecta being spewed into the atmosphere, an ice age is induced.
Accompanying this excellent DVD, are two equally excellent documentaries which even if one is not a connoisseur of this genre one will find them fascinating.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-see 1 Nov 2007
By arbiter
This docudrama illustrates the effects of a supervolcano eruption in mind-boggling detail, effects that may sound far-fetched to the uninitiated, but are all too probable. The producers rather softened the blow by omitting the coming ice-age, or the unhealthy nature of sulphur fumes. The clarity of the presentation is a credit to the BBC and should be standard stuff for geography students. The depressing part is that understanding the phenomenon won't help you much trying to run away from this global killer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting to watch !
Very interesting !
Published 14 days ago by Princess Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Volcano erupting - disaster movie worth watching
Great film, quite realistic my husband loves a good disaster movie and this fit the bill.
Published 21 days ago by Busy Mother of Three
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Educational but a bit long.
Published 2 months ago by Jairzinho
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary projection well played out
I'm fascinated by volcanoes, and was looking for something that took the magnitude of a volcano and offered a real life look at its repercussions. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark Palfreeman
5.0 out of 5 stars really highly recommend this DVD
I really highly recommend this DVD if you've never seen it I think you should Israel for provoking what could happen if the Yellowstone Park Eveready blows apart forget global... Read more
Published 8 months ago by william
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable TV drama
This kept our attention fairly well. It's a bit predictable, but tries to make a disaster flick a bit more scientific and political than normal which adds some realism. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Miss Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining. A very good film.
This film is worth watching. And besides entertaining you might learn something about volcanoes and geology. I hope within the next years to visit Yellowstone national park.
Published 10 months ago by Tom Lauridsen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Docudrama
I live in Wyoming, USA, roughly 400 km from the Yellowstone caldera, and could find this DVD only at Amazon UK. It was well worth the price and then some. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Sylvia
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
This is a great DVD, however not for the faint hearted as based on what may well happen in the future
Published 14 months ago by Mrs C Garfirth
5.0 out of 5 stars ...and this is but one of them
A few years back, I had no inkling that Yellostone National Park was a Supervolcano. Well, now I know. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jean-Marie Vacchiani
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