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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Dante's Peak - Only Better.
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...
Published on 26 Mar. 2005 by davyboyuk

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good science, but a "BOOH!" movie
The DVD is divided into 4 parts, two movie parts (a mini-serial of 2 parts) and two extras, detailing the science behind the movie. When you get the DVD, don't start at the movie - but look first at the extras and see the science part. THAT is value for money. You'll get a good load of science facts that are solid (I have checked some of them) and the presentation is...
Published on 5 April 2005 by Normann Aaboe Nielsen


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like Dante's Peak - Only Better., 26 Mar. 2005
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This review is from: Supervolcano [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive and gripping, 24 Dec. 2007
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Iain S. Palin (Northern Ireland) - See all my reviews
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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
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DF McCleland (Johannesburg, South Africa) - See all my reviews
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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
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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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good science, but a "BOOH!" movie, 5 April 2005
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Normann Aaboe Nielsen (Odder Denmark) - See all my reviews
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The DVD is divided into 4 parts, two movie parts (a mini-serial of 2 parts) and two extras, detailing the science behind the movie. When you get the DVD, don't start at the movie - but look first at the extras and see the science part. THAT is value for money. You'll get a good load of science facts that are solid (I have checked some of them) and the presentation is nice, if you do not mind to watch the same movie-clip of melting magma again and again...
Then the movie: The acting is OK, in the sense that it is a typical class B catastrophic movie. The script seems to have been written by an English person (not American), so the pathetic scenes are omitted, thank you very much!
Still, the movie part is "thin" and is only trying to illustrate the science by shouting "BOOH! - It's coming!!".
The premises for the movie is that there is a HotSpot beneath Yellowstone Park and that this eventually will explode into a Super Erruption. If it comes to that, so be it - but we do not know when it will happen, as it may happen "tomorrow or next year - or maybe 100 years from now" - yeah, and maybe 10.000 years from now. Fact is, we don't know, and thus we shouldn't care. The movie (and to some degree the science parts) will very much like to scare me by saying "ah, but it may happen tomorrow" (we're all gonna die!).
Actually, the movie does not even open up for the full effect of a Super Eruption. It completely ignores that the changes may start a full-blown Ice Age, that the sulphic fumes may kill many more people that the pyroclastic ash and that also Europe will be affected (sea-levels and all that).
... But the movie is not bad, when you compare to the normal standard of disaster movies like "Burning inferno" or "Day after Tomorrow" - and that is mainly because the science is sound.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical disaster-blockbuster! Nice for a change!, 4 Mar. 2011
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Brilliantly mastered and realistically implemented. A bunch of relatively unknown actors deliver excellent performances - really great cast. The title of the movie suggests that this is a piece of silly and resounding project, but do not panic! The film is a very delicate work of art and manages to present a technically realistic scenario with firm precision and elegance. Furthermore, it is very informative! You learn a lot.

So don't for a second believe that this apocalyptic action-thriller will scare you off with stupid catch-phrases or ludicrously unlikely scenes. On the contrary!: Great effects, superb acting and last, but not least, a very reasonable plot and storyline ... What more can one ask for?! And if you're the sort of type who loves disaster movies, then this is almost a "must-have" for you and your collection. Supervolcano ... For once, A classy disaster movie! 5 / 5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, 4 Jan. 2007
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Watched it on TV and bought the DVD. The film is amazing and terrifying, as it is true. The effects are unbeleivable and the acting is superb. A few problems with reality (aircraft security issues - passenegers just walk in and out of the cockpit)

The 2 part documentry is a really interesting part, and for both the drama and the documentary on one disk makes it very good value.

Excellent buy, would recomend it to anyone.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Effective science infused thriller, 19 Nov. 2007
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They probably have to come up with a new category for movies like this. It's clearly an exercise in getting some science across to the viewer, and yet it has the trappings of a Hollywood blockbuster. And yet somehow it melds the two into a new style of entertainment!
This is a BBC TV movie (in two one hour parts) which shows the build up to, and subsequent global effects of, a super-eruption. Although sensationalised - (it's overdue! It will plunge us back into the stone age!) it is actually almost documentary like in its unfolding, with the drama unfolding interspersed with faux interviews with the characters, as if looking back on the events - providing an effective opportunity for exposition of the science, in counterpoint to the action unfolding in the drama.
As a drama, it works pretty well - character is not so important as keeping the pace licking along - which it does. And although the faces are often a little earnest in movie-of-the-day style, the actors are convincing enough to keep an interest in who lives and who dies. As a documentary, it succeeds in getting across the scale of what could happen and how, in its geological context. Effects are passable for the small screen and sound is a satisfyingly rumbly 5.1 mix.
Extras include two half hour documentaries which were linked to the movie and share some of the graphics, positing the science behind the thriller. A little too glossy and sensationalist to be first class documentaries, but interesting enough.
All in all, a well intentioned science based thriller, with decent talent and enough cash and science thrown at it to make it gel. It's somehow satisfying to find a thriller that does not have politics or terrorists as the driver, and done more believably than several high profile Hollywood stabs at the subject of volcanoes.
Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars could this happen?, 8 April 2009
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Supervolcano [DVD] [2005].Thit is more like a documentary than a film,it as some educational quality and also drama as well.If you've watched any documentaries on volcanoes on Discovery you will not be disappointed with this.It poses the question of what would really happen if a super eruption really happened and the damaged it would do.
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