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"Armageddon" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

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 meteor’s surface. The resulting explosion should be enough to veer any remaining fragments safely away from Earth.

 

Specifications

  • Touchstone Home Entertainment
  • 1998, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 31 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • 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
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: None
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

“Armageddon” 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.

Technical

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 doesn’t look like much, if any, digital noise reduction or edge enhancement was used. Colors retain Bay’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. “Armageddon” doesn’t have quite the sense of effortless dynamics and clarity as some of the more recent blockbusters so I can’t give this a perfect 5 for audio, but it is darn close.

Extras

Sadly, extras are very thin on this disc. The only bonuses are Aerosmith’s video for “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” and some original trailers for the movie, all in standard-definition.