Dante's Peak

Dante's Peak

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Director: Roger Donaldson

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Linda Hamilton, Charles Hallahan

     
 

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One of two competing volcano films in 1997, Dante's Peak proved to be the more explosive at the box office. Now Universal Home Video has released the film in a decent DVD package. The picture is clear and vibrant, presented in an anamorphic widescreen format with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound brings the volcano's rumbles, grumbles, and ultimate…  See more details below

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One of two competing volcano films in 1997, Dante's Peak proved to be the more explosive at the box office. Now Universal Home Video has released the film in a decent DVD package. The picture is clear and vibrant, presented in an anamorphic widescreen format with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound brings the volcano's rumbles, grumbles, and ultimate cataclysm center stage in one's living room. Extras abound as well. Dante's Peak features a commentary from the director, a gaggle of storyboards and concept art, and a rather long-winded, but eye-opening, documentary about the making of the film. For those who've never seen Dante's Peak, this is the format to view it in. Those who already have will also be sufficiently pleased.

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Formulaic disaster movies have endured as a genre because every so often, one of them perfectly captures the sense of normal life supplanted by utter chaos. Dante's Peak is a textbook case of this -- formulaic to a fault, yet exceptionally thrilling. Its de rigueur opening vignette establishes the gravity of a volcanic eruption quite nicely, as Pierce Brosnan's daring seismologist escapes from a native village at ground zero just a tad too late. If the fist-sized chunk of smoldering rock that punches through the roof of his pickup is enough to bring convulsive death to his girlfriend, just imagine the capabilities of the torrent of smoke and magma behind it. The tense opening lurks in the viewer's consciousness as Brosnan shows up in the Pacific Northwest and starts looking around ominously. Director Roger Donaldson has stacked the deck smartly, so when local government starts weighing Brosnan's calculations against lost tourist revenue, it's believably nerve-wracking and frustrating. Once the lava starts flowing, the film gives up some of its authenticity in favor of thrilling escapes and implausible science. But like the opening, and the best parts of every good disaster movie, it's the failed escapes that make for gripping theater. Dante's Peak is far superior to its unexciting rival from the same summer, Volcano, which forgoes the explosive pyrotechnics captured here in favor of (yawn) the effort to barricade a pesky lava flow slowly advancing on Los Angeles.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/1998
UPC:
0025192014925
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:49:00
Sales rank:
2,249

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pierce Brosnan Harry Dalton
Linda Hamilton Rachel Wando
Charles Hallahan Paul Dreyfus
Grant Heslov Greg
Elizabeth Hoffman Ruth
Jamie Renee Smith Lauren Wando
Jeremy Foley Graham Wando
Arabella Field Nancy
James Fox Stan
Brian Reddy Les Worrell
Kirk Trutner Terry Furlong

Technical Credits
Roger Donaldson Director
Andrzej Bartkowiak Cinematographer
Leslie Bohem Screenwriter
Louisa Bonnie Set Decoration/Design
Conrad Buff Editor
Allison Cowitt Casting
Digital Domain Special Effects
Mike Fenton Casting
Mary Finn Set Decoration/Design
John Frizzell Score Composer,Songwriter
David M. Haber Set Decoration/Design
Jim Halty Stunts
Ilona Herzberg Executive Producer
Tina Hirsch Editor
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Gale Anne Hurd Producer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Marvin March Set Decoration/Design
Patrick McClung Special Effects Supervisor
Geoff Murphy Associate Producer
Isis Mussenden Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Pezza Art Director
David Sardi Asst. Director
Marliese Schneider Co-producer
George Simpson Sound Editor
Joseph M. Singer Producer
Howard E. Smith Editor
Raymond Stella Cinematographer
Tom Targownik Taylor Art Director
Dennis Washington Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles [3:29]
2. Too Close To The Show [1:43]
3. Four Years Later [1:35]
4. The Second-Best Place To Live [3:50]
5. A Hot Dip [1:21]
6. The Mayor And Her Kids [2:31]
7. There's Nothing Going On... [4:15]
8. Dead In The Water [1:47]
9. The Council's Concern [5:21]
10. The Town's In Trouble... [1:34]
11. The Mayor's Invitation [1:40]
12. She's Quiet... [1:41]
13. Harry's Game [3:47]
14. The Best-Looking Mayor I've Ever Seen [1:55]
15. Spider-Legs [2:03]
16. The Trouble With Terry [5:55]
17. My Recipe For Disaster [2:21]
18. The Last Night [1:38]
19. Troubled Waters [2:12]
20. The Ticking Bomb [1:22]
21. Grandma Wants To Stay [1:56]
22. The Panic [1:13]
23. The Hard Way To Grandma's [6:05]
24. The Pilot's Error [3:07]
25. Running Out Of Time [1:29]
26. God's Big Show [2:49]
27. Don't Touch The Water! [2:40]
28. Grandma's Choice [3:23]
29. The Last Mile [2:07]
30. Meltdown [1:43]
31. The Bridge [2:09]
32. The Burning Fields [2:06]
33. The Killer Cloud [4:30]
34. Graham's Hideout [2:03]
35. The Big Squeeze [2:52]
36. Thank You, Nasa! [3:18]
37. Out Of The Ashes [2:22]
38. End Titles [2:31]

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Dante's Peak 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The minute this movie started in my science class, it's had action from the start! This movie is very riveting and keeps you at the edge of your seat! I recommend it to everyone! Enjoy!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Forget Brosnan doing the Bond thing. His role in this movie is wonderful and credible. Rent or buy this movie...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is clearly the best movie ever! It is also really educational. It teaches you about volcanoes, as well as supplying an awesome movie!!!!!!!!!!!!! Definetly 5 star quality!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome! It keeps you at the edge of your seat. It is scary at some times, but it is awesome! It is definetly 5 star quality!!!!!!!!! I could tell it when my teacher first popped it into the VCR in my science class! i encourage everyone to see it and buy it!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What an out standing movie it should be rated over just puny 5 *'s The effects are incredible I don't Know anyone that dos'nt like it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is so asome its filled with scenes that draw you into the movie.dantes peak is one of the top movies on my list and i would recommend that you go rent it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite interesting, Um, beginning is a bit creepy but ya, good movie
MovieGrandma More than 1 year ago
I have been a long time lover of Movies and many people say I missed my calling as a Film Critic! This movie has always been one of my favorites. It is an on the "edge of your chair" type of movie! From the first part where the character played by Pierce Brosnan looses his first wife in a volcano that hit before he could get them out to safety, all the way to the end when he is responsible for saving the children of the character played by Linda Hamilton, and her, it keeps you enthralled! The way the story unravels is a true credit to the writers of this script. They, along with Pierce and Linda shows how Mother Nature plays a part in all our lives! It will be sure to be watched for years to come by movie lovers everywhere!
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