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Volcano [Blu-ray] [1997]


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  • Actors: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche, Gaby Hoffmann, Don Cheadle, Jacqueline Kim
  • Directors: Mick Jackson
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006DD0HNI

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Quakes. Riots. Mudslides. Los Angeles has seen it all… almost. Get set for non-stop action, searing suspense and explosive special effects with Oscar® winner Tommy Lee Jones. Something unspeakably chilling is heating up the City of Angels. Beneath the famed La Brea Tar Pits, a raging volcano has formed, raining a storm of deadly fire bombs and an endless tide of white-hot lava upon the stunned city. Experience the pulse-pounding thrills as the dream capital of the world erupts into the stuff nightmares are made of.

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Get mindless for awhile with this 1997 disaster flick, starring the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles as a funky place for lava to spew, plus Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche as the brave souls who know how to shut off the spout. Director Mick Jackson (The Bodyguard) wastes no time getting to the good stuff--it's happening in Volcano even before opening credits are over--and neither should anyone in the mood for technical efficiency without the burden of art. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 31 Dec 2002
Format: DVD
I have always suspected the tar pits of being a hot bed of adversity. And who knows what those nasty faults are planning for us. All in all this is as good as any other disaster movie with the exception that it brings the disaster home to you and not in some remote location. The acting is as good as any disaster movie. Tommy Lee Jones is a good selection and carries of his character to a tee. With the lava creeping around you have plenty of time to say "watch out" and "stay in the car."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jun 2000
Format: DVD
Hot to the trop action movie in which Tommy Lee Jones once again saves the world from disaster. It's the film you'll love to hate which is pack full with on the edge of your seat action. In all honesty its a Family movie that is good to watch on a Sunday whilst eating your roast pork and potatoes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By BPR on 18 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
I'm a fan of the disaster genre, and the more realistic the better. Unfortunately, this attempt from director Mike White does seem to suffer at the hands of poor research into the science of the effects of volcanoes, such as when the firehose combusts from the heat, but the main characters come away with little more than a bit of smoke from their shoes, despite being closer to the lava than the firehose. However, if you can overlook these niggly annoyances, there is some fun to be had. Tommy Lee Jones and Anne Heche are supported by a cast including Michael Rispoli and Don Cheadle and although nobody puts in great performances, they are all passable. Some of the effects are excellent (the tower block demolition for one) and I enjoyed the score by Alan Silvestri, but this alone cannot put Volcano above average. It's fun, but not as good as Dante's Peak which came out at the same time. Rent it. 3/5
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Format: DVD
A catastrophe film has a simple formula. A perfectly beautiful situation. Los Angeles. With a hint of a problem. Earthquakes. Then some small elements that could lead to something else and a few geologists to prove it with theories that prove nothing but create anxiety. The geologists are women and that adds a touch of male-chauvinism when all the men (and they are only men, firemen, policemen, all kind of city workers and underground operators and security people, men, men and men again, and if you can find women they are geologists, doctors, nurses, news journalists, but not security personnel, though there might be one or two on the fringes but not in the middle of the action) of the security services don't believe her. Add to that a few simple but strongly emotional personal situations like a "single" father and his 13 year old daughter caught in the mess, and a couple more elements like that, even a couple of dogs, and you have what you need to create an emotional and fascinating catastrophe film. The rest is just special effects and there no one is better than catastrophe film makers to get these special effects right. So the catastrophe that has one chance in a million years to happen can be imagined in Los Angeles, but not too hard though like the volcanic eruptions that created Japan or those that submerged northern India with an immense basaltic plateau a couple of miles thick. Just a small little thing but right in the middle of LA with the underground as one of the main in-going avenues, along with Wilshire boulevard or whatever, for the lava to seize the city from underground. Spectacular. The heroes are set in extremely dangerous situations and miraculously saved by fate. The film you need in order to imagine the end of the world on a largo pianissimo level of intensity.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Wray on 31 Dec 2008
Format: DVD
I feel this movie was just copied from Dante's Peak, And they thought they could get away with it by putting it in a City! Erm, hello, have they gone utterly blind? We dont go watching movies if we're blind.

It's as if they didnt want to actually think of any ideas of their own except the Volcano inside the City.

Despite the bad things about it, it is worth to watch atleast once to see for your self and to decide if you like it or not.

Acting is ok, could have been better. Above all, this movie only deserves a 3 star rating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raylec on 12 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Plenty of action and good effects,however, film spoilt by poor dialogue,and excessive noise, so its no good trying to follow whats being said, I would not keep this film or want to see it again, but if you like action and noise then this may be for you.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Mar 2004
Format: DVD
Yes whatever, this film might be "factually incorrect" but you really shouldn't let that ruin it. The special effects are excellent, the acting is great from tommy lee jones and it is full of suspense. However, after watching this, you wont remember any of that. You will be too busy coming to terms with the fact that you just watched a man attempt to jump off a train and end up melting in lava (ah, lovely!). Yes, that is an amazing scene that will not only leave you in awe (if you can bare to look) but will give you nightmares for months and is gauranteed to give you a phobia of trains.
This film has been compared a lot to Dante's Peak. I've ben trying to decide which one i prefer but they're both just as good as each other. Go on, just buy this, it's cheap enough (oh, unless a scientist!)
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By stephen nicholson on 30 Jun 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
great
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