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Armageddon: Special Edition (2 Discs)

Released on 20 August 2001

Featuring: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton & Ben Affleck

Format: DVD | Rating: 15 years & over

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When NASA's executive director, Dan Truman (Billy Bob Thornton), makes the terrifying realisation that the Earth has just 18 days before it's obliterated by a meteor the size of Texas, he has only one option - land a ragtag team of roughneck oil drillers, led by their boss Harry Stamper (Bruce Willis), on the asteroid and drop a nuclear warhead into its core.

Entirely re-mastered with bonus special features, spectacular special effects, laugh-out-loud humour, great characters, riveting storytelling and heartfelt emotion make Armageddon an exhilarating thrill ride you'll want to experience like there's no tomorrow!
  • Audio Commentary from Director Michael Bay, Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Stars Bruce Willis & Ben Affleck
  • Audio Commentary Featuring Contributions From The Film's Cinematographer, NASA Consultant and Asteroid Consultant
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Storyboards and Production Design Drawings
  • Special Effects Analysis
  • Featurette from Production Designer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Aerosmith Music Video - 'Don't Wanna Miss A Thing
  • Interactive Menu
  • Scene Access

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 Average rating (38 reviews)

 Great picked seat to see the end of the world

| | See all Freerider349's reviews (53)

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The plot for this movie is the best plot i have ever seen. The film is great, the characters are great played by the well chosen actors and the film is just gripping. Ive seen it many times now, but the ending always gets me crying :P
Great fatherly love :D

 All that is wrong with modern film making.

| | See all jimfish's reviews (3)

I'm not into calling movies "the greatest ever made." I leave that up to the lazy marketing people who throw the term around whenever a film comes their way. Equally, I'm not one of these high-brow, jumped up wannabe critics who proclaim everything to be the "worst film ever made." That doesn't excuse Armageddon from getting a right good thrashing, as it is so full of American jingoism, plotholes and stupidity...That is, of course, if you can actually see what is happening in the movie, since the rather energetic director not only has an average shot length of roughly two seconds, but seems to enjoy employing shaky-cam to really confuse the hell out of the audience.

Some of the other reviewers seem to hail the film's plot as somehow original or amazingly new. Quite honestly, it falls into the same mould as all those other big-budget "Holy ****! Mankind is doomed!" films during the 90s like "Volcano", "Godzilla", "Dante's Peak", "Twister" and "Independence Day." It's the further thing imaginable from original, since another "space impact" movie was released just two months before "Armageddon", and whilst it's not much better, "Deep Impact" comes in just a step above this film. However, this review is for "Armageddon" so let's get back to it. The plot involves a group of deep-core oil drillers trained up by NASA to land upon the surface of an incoming asteroid, drill a hole, plant a nuke and destroy it before it hits Earth, killing everything where "not even bacteria would survive." It sounds reasonable enough on paper, but on film it's a horrendous. For a film that seems to bring up a lot of tears and heart-felt emotion from my fellow reviewers, not one second did I ever feel the Earth was in danger. Not once. Movies are supposed to make us suspend our disbelief and take us into a new world, but thanks to the over-stylised direction by Michael Bay, I felt like I was in a 2 and a half hour music video, not a gripping piece of cinema about the end of mankind.

Believe me, I honestly do want to be positive about this film, but everything in it is so ludicrously bad it amazes me how people could possibly enjoy it. It throws all logic and scientific accuracy out of the window nearly enough every minute - people can fire chain-guns in space and gravity only comes into effect whenever it'd be most dramatic. Okay, so science is not the movie's strong point.

What about its script? You've heard the saying "two's company", right? Well this movie redefines that saying, considering there is no less than 9 credited writers. Each of them seems to have written their own movie, come together at the end and stuck them together however they could, creating all manner of subplots that never go anywhere and characters who we never actually care about. To learn that people cry over their fate is hard to believe, considering how little we know of them, and even then they're no more than stock characters.

Special effects? Is that what people like? Again, thanks to the ADD direction by Michael Bay, the effects are nothing more than cut after cut after cut of blur, smoke and sparks. The only time I saw things clearly was during the meteor shower on New York. I saw things very clearly. Too clearly, in fact, as people fall screaming to their deaths from burning buildings and the World Trade Center stands ablaze.

Sadly I'm running out of word space to describe everything else that is wrong with this movie, such as Affleck's hammy performance, but that I'll leave you to decide. Do you want to watch a giant mess of a film that offends your ears, eyes and brain with a barrage of stupidity? I hope not, but please, buy the film by all means. I'm not stopping you. I just hope common sense does.

 Bona Fide Blockbuster Popcorn Entertainment.

| | See all Rambo456's reviews (1259)

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Armageddon is the movie that has Producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Director Michael Bay firing on all cylinders.
The movies is a highly enjoyable Sci Fi Action extravaganza.
The story is obviously not scientifically accurate, but credit to Michael Bay and his team for making it plausable when you are watching it.
The Director is there with full Trademark Fast cuts, Pumping Music, Orange Tints and OTT action.
And what a cast of actors, some of the Actors were not Big names when the movie came out, so watching the movie now, makes it seem like an all star affair.
With Bruce Willis at his smirking best. Ben Affleck in a brash cocky role that he did well. Billy Bob Thornton brought some class to proceedings. Will Patton's character brings the emotion, Live Tyler is very good, Michael Clarke Duncan, Owen Wilson, Peter Stomare and Steve Bucemi bring the Laughs.
The film also boasts if a pretty good soundtrack. A must for any Action collection

 Brilliant !!

| | See all Sean86's reviews (17)

This film always got a lot of bad reviews in everything i read, but i can't understand why, its fab !! keeps you thrilled right to the end, and the plot is'nt cheesy, its as real as it could be !! emotional, sad, and action packed. Willis is spot on !


| | See all doghunter1's reviews (128)

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This is a great disaster film. What more could you ask for in a disaster film than the earth being destroyed by a massive asteroid in 18 days. I'm no scientist but I think putting rough necks in space and planting a bomb in the asteroid is a tad far fetched.
That is not a negative comment though because the film is a classic. It is a film of mass magnitude. Huge special effects, scene's of mass destruction. You get a bit of a love story as well which can get in the way of the great effects but then this also add's to the story of the film and get's you in touch with the fear and emotion the characters are feeling. Not Bruce Willis's best performance but we still love him in this film. A must buy.
Slightly better than DEEP IMPACT which is also good.

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ActorsBruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Will Patton, Steve Buscemi, William Fichtner, Owen Wilson, Michael Clarke Duncan, Peter Stormare, Keith David, Jason Isaacs & Udo Kier
DirectorMichael Bay
Certificate15 years and over
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish ; English for the hearing impaired
Duration2 hours and 27 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.