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.
Great movie. I added this to my collection of movie. It can be watched over and over again without boredom. Fast action and entertaining.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Owned for 7 months when reviewed.
I hadn't seen this movie since I saw it in the theaters as a child. I really enjoyed it then which is why I purchased it. If you are willing to suspend disbelief on the plot the movie is a great movie. The acting performances are good, great special effects, and a great sound track.
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.