- Written by John E. Johnson, Jr.
- Published on 01 June 2010
- Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2010
- From Paris with Love (Blu-ray)
- The Edge (Blu-ray)
- Marked For Death (Blu-ray)
- Armageddon (Blu-ray)
- Do The Right Thing (Blu-ray)
- Invictus (Blu-ray)
- Alice in Wonderland (Blu-ray)
- Carlito's Way (Blu-ray)
- Edge of Darkness (Blu-ray)
- Saving Private Ryan (Blu-ray)
- Daybreakers (Blu-ray)
- Robin Hood: Men In Tights (Blu-ray)
- Tetro (Blu-ray)
- High Anxiety (Blu-ray)
- Dirty Dancing (Blu-ray)
- Elektra (Blu-ray)
- History of the World- Part 1
- Wolverine and the X-Men (DVD)
- Heroes: Season 3 (Blu-ray)
- Battlestar Galactica- Season 2.0 (Blu-ray)
- Dune (Blu-ray)
- All Pages
"Armageddon" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko
After the destruction of an orbiting US space shuttle and a devastating meteor attack on New York City, astronomers discover that the mother of all meteors is on a collision course with the Earth. With only 18 days until the massive rock obliterates all life on the planet, a hail-Mary plan is pierced together to destroy the wayward meteor. A hand-picked team of the best oil-drilling men on Earth will be transported to the surface of the meteor and will plant a nuclear charge deep beneath the meteorâ€™s surface. The resulting explosion should be enough to veer any remaining fragments safely away from Earth.
- Touchstone Home Entertainment
- 1998, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 31 min
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Codec: AVC @ 26 Mbps
- English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
- Starring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thorton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler
- Directed by Michael Bay
- Violence: Mild
- Sex: None
- Language: Yes
â€œArmageddonâ€ is a stereotypical Michael Bay/Jerry Bruckheimer film. This is not a bad thing by any means. The movie is pure fun from beginning to end with a simple (yet effective) plot, generally solid acting, entertaining dialogue, lots of fast-paced action, very good special effects, and a great soundtrack. Best of all, there are lots of really big explosions and massive amounts of destruction. This is the type of movie home theaters were invented for.
I was pleasantly surprised with the overall quality of this disc. For a 12-year old catalog title, Touchstone did a very good job with the transfer. The Blu-ray retains all of the original grain from the source film but still manages to exhibit a sharp picture with good detail. It doesnâ€™t look like much, if any, digital noise reduction or edge enhancement was used. Colors retain Bayâ€™s signature yellow-toned bias but are still fairly vibrant. The blacks of space are deep, without crushing shadow detail. The original DVD soundtrack was a frequent demo piece, and the Blu-ray definitely continues that tradition. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is a real powerhouse, with fantastic bass and a highly enveloping sound field. The surrounds are used to great effect and dialog is always clear. â€œArmageddonâ€ doesnâ€™t have quite the sense of effortless dynamics and clarity as some of the more recent blockbusters so I canâ€™t give this a perfect 5 for audio, but it is darn close.
Sadly, extras are very thin on this disc. The only bonuses are Aerosmithâ€™s video for â€œI Donâ€™t Want To Miss A Thingâ€ and some original trailers for the movie, all in standard-definition.