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The first disc of Criterion's Armageddon DVD features Michael Bay's director's cut of the film, which adds about ten minutes of character development. The 2.35:1 non-anamorphic widescreen and Dolby Digital soundtrack are equally impressive, the 5.1 channel Dolby track an ideal test for any surround system. The two commentary tracks on the disc complement each other nicely and together provide a balanced analysis of the film. Bay's insistence on his film's factual authenticity on the first track is offset by asteroid consultant Ivan Bekey and NASA consultant Dr. Joe Allen's more scientific insight on the second track. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Bruce Willis, and Ben Affleck are also on the first track, Affleck's joking and questioning of the film's logic on the track making it immensely more entertaining. The second track also features cinematographer Joe Schwartzman. The second disc is entirely made up of supplements for the film. Michael Bay's personally edited gag reel is funny and the compilation of additional deleted scenes not included in the director's cut solves at least one gap in the film's logic. Visual effects supervisors Richard Hoover, Pat McClung, and Hoyt Yeatman and production designer Michael White have individual featurettes focusing on their work for the film, ranging from compiled effects footage with commentary to on-set interviews. Storyboards, trailers, television spots, and an Aerosmith music video are also included. Armageddon can be exhausting, but the incredibly balanced look inside the film is well worth it.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/1999
UPC: 0715515010023
Rating: PG-13
Source: Touchstone / Disney
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 2:33:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The exclusive director's cut, containing previously unseen footage, in a new digital transfer personally supervised by Michael Bay; Discrete 5.1 Channel Dolby Digital soundtrack; Two commentary tracks: one featuring Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, Bruce Willis, and Ben Affleck; the second featuring cinematographer John Schwartzman, NASA consultant Dr. Joe Allen, and asteroid consultant Ivan Bekey; Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition; Michael Bay's gag reel; Deleted scenes compiled by Michael Bay; Storyboards and production design drawings; Analyses of the special effects by visual effects supervisors Richard Hoover, Pat McClung, and Hoyt Yeatman; Production designer Michael White on the look of Armageddon; Trailer, teaser, and television spots; The Aerosmith music video "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," plus interviews with band members

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Armageddon
1. Prologue [2:11]
2. Opening Sequences [4:07]
3. Meteor Showers [:04]
4. "Dottie" [3:22]
5. Harry Stamper Oil [2:07]
6. World's Best Deep Core Driller [2:18]
7. "Why'd You Guys Call Me?" [2:43]
8. The Men: "A Bunch of Retards" [5:07]
9. The Wrong Stuff [1:04]
10. Basic Training [5:32]
11. The Flight Plan [6:43]
12. Space Cowboy [3:16]
13. A Night Off [4:07]
14. Shanghai Surprise [5:05]
15. Armageddon [:39]
16. "A Kickass Ride" [2:36]
17. The Russian Space Station [6:25]
18. Emergency Breakaway [:22]
19. Slingshot [4:47]
20. Segment 202, Grid 9 [2:32]
21. "You Had Your Shot!" [3:00]
22. Secondary Protocol [4:50]
23. Evel Knievel [5:21]
24. Space Dementia [1:20]
25. "Embrace the Horor' [3:11]
26. Rock Storm [3:29]
27. "Let's Draw" [3:28]
28. A Promise Broken [3:22]
29. "He Doesn't Know How to Fail" [4:05]
30. Homecoming [2:48]
31. End Credits [3:19]

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Armageddon 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Khuearrah More than 1 year ago
A heart-warming movie with a painful yet reasonable twist showing a father's seemingly selfish love for his daughter, which in the end turned into a selfless love. An act of sacrifice that any daughter will not dream of having.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great movie that has action, suspense, drama, and is heartwarming. I watch it almost every week.