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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Armageddon Blu-Ray Review

Armageddon Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: From the mega-hitmakers who produced and directed The Rock and Pearl Harbor comes Armageddon. And now, these mind-blowing action-adventure explodes on Blu-ray for the first time ever! Bruce Willis (Surrogates, Sin City) and Academy Award winners Ben Affleck (1997, Best Original Screenplay, Good Will Hunting) and Billy Bob Thornton (1996, Best Adapted Screenplay, Sling Blade) head an all-star cast that incudes Liv Tyler (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Steve Buscemi (Con Air) and Will Patton (Gone in 60 Seconds). When NASA's director (Thornton) realizes the Earth has 18 days before it's destroyed by a metor the size of Texas, he has only one option; land a ragtag team of roughneck oil drillers on the asteroid and drop a nuke into its core. With spectacular special effects, laugh out loud humor, a riveting story and a rockin' soundtrack featuring Aerosmith and Bon Jovi, this adrenaline-pumping thrill ride now boasts the staggeringly intense picture and incomparable theater quality sound of Blu-ray high definitition.  

Bonus Features include: Aerosmith's music video I Don't Want To Miss A Thing, theatrical trailer, teaser trailer.

Review: I remember when Armageddon came out back in '97.  I was newly dating my now wife and McDonald's had a tie-in promotion.  I won an Armageddon poster off of some french fries.  I don't think we ever went and picked it up....thats how unexcited we were about this big-budget summer film.   Now, its on blu-ray and I've actually watched it in the subsequent years, and my outlook has least a little.

Firstly, I love Aerosmith, but this movie had the most annoying theme song of all-time.  Ok, not the worst, but 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' was overplayed and extremely obnoxious.   Beyond that, the film was pretty good.  It featured a young Ben Affleck who, at the time, had a promising acting career.  Bruce Willis had really stalled out and needed a hit, so this film did good things for him.  The movie was admittedly a bit cliche and completely predictable, but its still fun.  One highlight is actress Liv Tyler (Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler's daughter...we smell a coincidence..) in the romantic lead as Willis's daughter.  She is not only gorgeous but a great screen presence.

The blu-ray transfer of this film is pretty good.  There are some cool effects shots where the grain shows up and the high-definition could be better, but when films weren't filmed in high-def, only so much can be done!  We recommend this for anyone that enjoyed the film, its a nice addition to your library.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars