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on 20 September 2012
Often compared, wrongly, ARMAGEDDON, THE CORE remains an exceptional disaster movie, with an ultra-dramatic story (reactivate the core of the earth with atomic bombs, delirium total!) and special-effects sometimes unbelievable.

Of course it does not avoid certain clichés of the genre, some shortcuts scriptwriting easy and good feelings.

But at least this feature film has the distinction of taking the subject seriously. There never dark in parody, action overdose, crappy humor or stupid. In short, the opposite of the ultra-enjoyable ARMAGEDDON.

In addition, THE CORE has action scenes original anthology (the Space Shuttle in perdition, the geode, the "climax" final in the core...), a excellent cast (AARON ECKHART "DARK KNIGHT", Hilary SWANK "MILLION DOLLAR BABY" Stanley Tucci "HUNGER GAMES" and Tcheky KARYO "THE PATRIOT") doped with a realization mastered by Jon Amiel (COPYCAT, ENTRAPMENT)

He previously enjoyed a very good quality DVD from 2004 (very good definition, brilliant colors and perfect contrast).

But here I draw your attention to the fact that Blu-ray UK was released in September 2012.

Let me explain:

- The image is just beautiful and ultra contrast (the "climax" final at the heart of core melt is amazing!) With vivid colors. This film was a real HD remastering. The definition sometimes reaches levels of detail exceptional but has absolutely no pity for the SFX. But nothing really alarming, I assure you. This is often impressive!

- The sound he has restored explosive VO DTS HD 5.1 which provides an unprecedented scale to the beautiful music of the film and various "impressive" sound effects of the film (the chain explosion of atomic bombs in the heart of the core, to shake walls!). Exceptional!

- Bonus: absolutely nothing. Not even a trailer. Disappointing. Especially since the dvd was full, so keep it.

The HD is not even out yet in the United States or even announced yet, amazing!? European exclusive!

In short, this edition remains a safe and secure shopping for all fans who want to have the best picture and the best sound available for this movie.

See for yourself.

Technical Specifications:
Blu-ray "All Zones" - IMPORT UK / SPAIN / GERMANY - Time : 135mn.
Image: Widescreen 2.35 - 16/9 / HD 1080P
Sound: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 / French Dolby Digital 5.1 / German Dolby Digital 5.1 / Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1.
Subtitles: English, English for the hearing impaired, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish.
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on 20 August 2017
it's a good enjoyable movie, can't stand people who have to dissect it whether it's "impossible", can't be done, mumbo jumbo, and all the other crap they have to write, i like watching movies, they are either rubbish or good and enjoyable to watch, let a film be a film and you either enjoy or you don't, i have watched this a few times and still like it, a good fun film.
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on 1 February 2018
As a sort of ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ for the 21st century this film succeeds on many levels, not least the script which only has a few cringe-making moments! An excellent cast cope ably with some breathtaking and physically demanding scenes...
Altogether a thrilling ride....
I enjoyed it immensely, other reviewers maybe more technically nit-picking but it is after all entertainment, and should be viewed as such.
Good value-for-money.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 2 December 2014
Released in 2003, the Core is a disaster movie. Which sees strange events happening round the world. Which are swiftly discovered to be the result of problems with the Earth's inner core. It's no longer rotating. Which is destroying the Earth's electromagnetic field.

And without that, life on Earth will be gone within months thanks to solar radiation. Among other things.

This we find out about via hotshot scientist Dr. Josh Keyes [Aaron Eckhart], extremely smart and extremely arrogant Dr. Conrad Zimsky [Stanley Tucci], talented pilot Beck [Hilary Swank], and military man Gen. Thomas Purcell [Richard Jenkins].

Getting the core to rotate again is seemingly impossible. Given that nobody has ever drilled more than seven miles into the Earth. And the conditions and the pressure wouldn't support human life. But an old colleague of Zimsky's might just have the answer.

An incredible mission, with very high stakes, is on...

This is not a movie you will enjoy if you want scientific accuracy first and foremost, so you have to just treat it as a piece of escapism. It tries to hark back to disaster movies of old, and films such as fantastic voyage as well. The latter in that we have a group of very smart characters who have to come together, learn how to work together, and what to do when things don't go according to plan.

The main cast are all very good. There is some humour arising from character interaction. And it follows a usual pattern of set up, introduce characters, introduce method of saving the day, train, set off, and deal with what comes next.

Everything before the latter passes nicely but then it does take a while for the mission sections to really get going. Since the only jeopardy can come from natural phenomenon and since some characters have made more of an impression than others by then, it takes a bit to click.

But click it does, as things go wrong and the stakes get ever higher. There is an interesting theme of people who have never failed having to learn how to, which it doesn't touch on quite as much as it could. And if you've seen a certain South Park episode, you will know what happens to at least one character.

But it does what it needs to, keeping the thing going and leaving you wondering who will make it. All of which makes for a perfectly paced and decent conclusion.

A movie of pure escapism and spectacle, but with some decent performances and characters as well. For that, it's a fun watch.

The dvd has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English, Czech.

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish.

Extras are: A commentary from the director.

A making of documentary. Which is one of those promotional pieces that doesn't show much of the production just those involved enthusing about it. It runs for ten minutes.

Five features about how certain visual effects moments were done. These run from three to five minutes each.

Fourteen minutes of deleted/extended scenes. Which can only be watched all in a row rather than individually. And with or without a directors commentary on why they were cut. A lot of these are character moments that were lost for time and pacing reasons, and some are pretty good. Especially the very first. So they're worth a watch.
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on 12 August 2014
I like this film, on Amazon's scoring system that means I should give it four but I can't because it will always be a three star movie. I love three star movies. To quote Tom Waits they are 'the heart of Saturday night'. Big screen, loud noises, rousing score, explosions, corny dialogue, belief not so much suspended as catapulted into orbit. In fact everything that sets movies apart from theatre. Except this one has the cheek to get some very actorly actors in, and a director who understands the English language, or at least doesn't bear it a grudge. Enjoy yourself, and for those of you averse to guilty pleasures, let yourself go, and tell yourself the script is amazing (it's not but it's way better than usual for an FX-fest). Great fun.
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on 3 March 2018
More plot holes than swiss cheese, as it started the wife and I predicted the order or those who had to die, and the rough reason, and ta da! a true-to-the-formula doomsday movie with cheap CGI and lousy acting.
So it's okay if you want a movie you don't have to think about and can quickly forget.
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on 17 September 2007
The Earth's electromagnetic field is crumbling, a top secret U.S govt project may or may not be responsible and it falls to a ragbag group of scientists led by Aaron Eckhart and Stanley Tucci to journey to the centre of the planet and kickstart it back into life by detonating five nuclear devices.
Directed by Jon Amiel(The Singing Detective)this is top notch entertainment with a sharp sense of humour,colourful characters,pretty good special effects(the bird attack in Trafalgar Square is nicely judged) and a strong and believable emotional bond between the main players.
Some people seem hard to please, the science while being outlandish is played out persuasively by an excellent cast and of it's type this movie does everything it sets out to do and more.
Highly Recommended.
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on 6 January 2016
THE CORE
Aaron Eckhart. If you like journey to the center of the earth well this is the modern type of journey. It's about the Earth's rotation , a crew who have only their egos to fit in their drill ship and a very hot time trying to solve the problem. Is it good? yes & the CGI is reasonable. Far fetched story line well told. Enjoy.
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on 23 January 2016
The scientific premise of this film has some grounds to lead the viewer to really think - what would we do if this happened? The film itself has all the key elements needed for an adventure - with some stereotypical characters, set backs and moments of despair - and it is definitely worth a watch.
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on 27 October 2017
Totally fine gripping well made film from start to finish with amazing effects throughout My daughter was well pleased
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