Michael Bay's sci-fi action film Armageddon comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. The English track gives every speaker in the system a real workout. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include theatrical trailers and the music video for Aerosmith's "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing." This disc will please casual fans of the film, but those looking for a deeper understanding of the film will want to look at the Criterion DVD release.
Dolby Digital 5.1 audio
Aerosmith music video, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
Bruce WillisHarry S. Stamper
Billy Bob ThorntonDan Truman
Liv TylerGrace Stamper
Ben AffleckA.J. Frost
Will PattonCharles (Chick) Chapple
Peter StormareLev Andropov
Keith DavidGen. Kimsey
Owen WilsonOscar Choi
William FichtnerCol. William Sharp
Jessica SteenCo-Pilot Jennifer Watts
Jason IsaacsRonald Quincy
Kenneth Hudson CampbellMax Lennert
Clark Heathcliffe BrollyFreddy Noonan
Marshall TeagueColonel Davis
Chris EllisWalter Clark
Eddie GriffinLittle Guy
Michael Clarke DuncanJayotis (Bear) Kurleenbear
Seiko MatsudaAsian Tourist (Female)
Lawrence TierneyHollis Vernon (Grap) Stamper
Ellen CleghorneHelga (the Nurse)
Anthony GuideraTucker, Shuttle Independence Co-Pilot
Armageddon is full of action, comedy and star power. It is still holds up as a classic summer blockbuster from the 1990s. The plot isn't the greatest (saving the Earth from an asteroid) but the special effects were on point for that era. The actors had good chemistry with the likes of Bruce Willis and a young Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler. The rest of the crew were held their own as well. Even after all these years, I still enjoyed watching this film from start to finish.
Take elements from Grumpy Old Men, Die Hard, The Abyss and Asteroid to get a feeling for this film. A bunch of older, non-astronaut guys are recruited to help save the Earth by drilling a hole in a huge asteroid so the bomb can split the rock in two (instead of just creating a lot of smaller yet still deadly chunks). You get adventure, danger, and laughs as the unique personalities express themselves.
If you like Bonus Features, you'll be disappointed as this film has only its own trailers and a music video. I'm limiting my review to 4 stars because of this dearth.
I don't know why but I love this movie. I've watched it atleast once a month since it came out on dvd oh so many years ago. I had it on regular dvd and decided to get it on bluray. The enhancement is very clear to me or my old dvd was just worn out because bluray displays much better.
I'm super bummed when I find out my old copy of this movie won't play in my DVD player any more I toss it in the trash. I go to best buy.com, find this and I have it shipped. It gets here, I watch it and its just as awesome as I remember. And me be I'll do a better job not scratching this one up,