Deep Impact [Collector's Edition] [DVD] [1998]

Mimi Leder's meteor-headed-for-earth disaster film Deep Impact is revisited on DVD with this special edition that boasts a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and a second English soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Leder and her special effects creator supervisor Scott Farrar, three different featurettes covering various aspects of the production, trailers, and a still photo gallery. This is a first-rate release from Paramount.
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Overall Customer Rating:
Rating 4.25 out of 5 stars.
4.2
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (79 out of 84)

Special Features

  • Commentary with director Mimi Leder & visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar
  • "Preparing for the End"
  • "Making an Impact"
  • "Creating the Perfect Traffic Jam"
  • "Parting Thoughts"
  • Photo gallery
  • Teaser trailer
  • Theatrical trailers
  • Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs
  • Dolby Digital: English 5.1 surround, English Dolby surround, French 5.1 surround
  • English subtitles
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Deep Impact
Mimi Leder (The Peacemaker) directed this science-fiction disaster drama about the possible extinction of human life after a comet is discovered headed toward Earth with the collision only one year away. Ambitious MSNBC reporter Jenny Lerner (Tea Leoni) stumbles onto the story, prompting a White House press conference. United States President Beck (Morgan Freeman) announces the government's solution: a team of astronauts will travel to the comet and destroy it. The team leader aboard the spaceship Messiah is Spurgeon Tanner (Robert Duvall), who was once the last man to walk on the moon. However, the mission fails, splitting off a chunk of the comet, now due to land in the Atlantic with the impact sending a 350-foot tidal wave flooding 650 miles inland, destroying New York and other cities. The larger part of the comet, hitting in Canada, will trigger an E.L.E. (Extinction Level Event), not unlike a "nuclear winter" as dust clouds block out the sun and bring life to an end. President Beck reveals Plan B: a cavernous underground retreat constructed to hold one million Americans, with most to be selected through a national lottery. Since teenage amateur astronomer Leo Biederman (Elijah Wood) discovered the comet, his family gets a pass to enter the cave, but his girlfriend Sarah (Leelee Sobieski) and her parents will be left behind. Meanwhile, still in space, Spurgeon Tanner devises a plan for a kamikaze-styled operation that could possibly save the Earth. Special visual effects by Scott Farrar and Industrial Light & Magic. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robert Duvall
    Robert Duvall - Spurgeon Tanner
  • Téa Leoni
    Téa Leoni - Jenny Lerner
  • Elijah Wood
    Elijah Wood - Leo Biederman
  • Vanessa Redgrave
    Vanessa Redgrave - Robin Lerner
  • Morgan Freeman
    Morgan Freeman - President Beck

Overall Customer Rating

4.2 out of 54.2
84 Reviews
95%of customers recommend this product.

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