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An innovative take on the age-old tradition of disaster films, director Jon Amiel's The Core arrives on DVD in fine form courtesy of the folks at Paramount. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen the image truly brings to life the crew's perilous journey to the center of the Earth. From shimmering, underground crystals to an imaginative, effects-driven interpretation of the inner workings of our planet, the clear and vivid colors, as well as solid blacks and accurate skin tones, make for a near flawless visual presentation. Sound is also a key factor in the success of a film such as The Core, and it's obvious that great care was given to presenting this aspect of the film as well as possible. The English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround mix lends impressive directional effects that will not only have viewers ducking from the crazed birds of Trafalgar Square, but shaking in their seats as the monstrous experimental craft winds its way ever deeper into the ground. Extra features on this disc are also well presented, and special effects fanatics will no doubt find themselves drawn to the commentary track and two insightful featurettes. Though director Jon Amiel states early on that he will explain as much technical detail as he can, aside from some minor special effects and storyboarding information, the description of how an apple was turned into a peach is about as insightful as the track gets. Nevertheless, Amiel's enthusiasm shines through and he does have some interesting comments, including a hint on where to watch for a remarkably misplaced fish during the Trafalgar Square sequence. A featurette entitled "Deconstruction of the Visual Effects" goes from storyboarding to final product and discusses the building of the film's impressive CGI effects. Equally informative is "To the Core and Back -- The Making of The Core," in which the director and screenwriters talk about the science of the film and their efforts to make it as character driven as it is CGI driven, and the actors discuss the difficulty in reacting to a blue screen, among other issues. Throughout the commentary track, director Amiel consistently implores viewers to take a look at the deleted scenes, and the ten deleted scenes included on this disc continue his commentary in addition to offering detailed glimpses into much characterization that was left on the cutting room floor.
Commentary by director Jon Amiel
"To the Core and Back - The Making of The Core" featurette
"Deconstruction of the Visual Effects" featurette
Ten deleted/extended scenes with director commentary
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
To the center of Earth to save it!
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
I really enjoy this movie. It's great Sci-Fi and I feel great acting as well. Blu-Ray has much sharper picture and sound than the DVD. The only negative is the price point.
I absolutely loved this movie! Although it was not a box office smash it still was a very enjoyable watch. It had quite amount of movie star power and they all did a wonderful job. It was a believable story line of something that could really happen and the steps to rectify the grim situation were not all that far fetched. Great special effects, great acting and a great story...... what more can I say! I would definitely recommend this movie!
I recently watched this movie on a streaming channel and it was a great science fiction movie. The plot displayed our current space program and also the advances that could still be discovered.I enjoyed the interactions among the actors and actresses.