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10.5/Category 6: Day of Destruction

4.5 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews

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10.5 - Seattle, Washington: dawn. An earthquake trembles with a 7.9 magnitude. It's the biggest natural disaster to hit the West Coast in over a century. The aftershock hits Northern California, reaching 8.4, splitting the earth and swallowing a train as it cruises along the landscape. The chance of an aftershock being greater than the quake is virtually unprecedented. Dr. Samantha Hill (Kim Delaney), an expert on hidden fault lines, and the President of the United States (Beau Bridges) must race against time to save the lives of millions. CATEGORY 6 - Nature strikes out with unfathomable fury as the unimaginable becomes a terrifying reality. Three twisters descend upon Las Vegas leaving a neon wasteland in their wake. Hurricanes tear through the Gulf Coast without warning. Record-high temperatures scorch the northeast. One-hundred-mile-an-hour winds tear across the south. Lightning storms ignite the sky. Wildfires blaze out of control. For Amy Harkin, a budding Chicago anchorwoman looking for her big break, the fear of these weather anomalies is second only to the dread of the inevitable repercussions: rolling coast-to-coast blackouts and the dwindling sources needed to revive them. With the worse power breakdown on record looming, an overload could cripple the nation and leave the entire population in the dark, without communication and vulnerable to unthinkable dangers.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 339 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LC3IOM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,682 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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What can I say? Do you love disaster flicks? This is the double combo that you've been looking for, almost. Since there are 2 movies on this disc I'll take each one separately.

10.5 - This is the weaker of the two disaster movies on this disc, this originally aired as a mini-series on TV. It has some "real" footage mixed in with the CGI destruction but the one thing that is really annoying about this particular movie is the constant zooming in and out of the camera. It can create some tension in some scenes but the entire thing is shot like this which actually becomes a little distracting. I wouldn't say it ruins the movie. Some of the CGI effects are horrible but c'mon it's a made for TV disaster flick. The pacing is a little strange and they really try to build the stories in the first part of this movie while the second part really focuses on the destruction of the upcoming 10.5.

The story is about a series of earthquakes that threaten the entire west coast. The film starts in Seattle where a 7.1 destroys the Space Needle and other structures nearby which sets off a series of larger and larger earthquakes. While the science behind this movie is probably false, that doesn't matter when you are watching a disaster movie! Suspend your intelligence and just get some popcorn and enjoy the destruction.

The acting is passable, neither terrific or horrible but I personally thought Beau Bridges really comes off well as the President.

This was directed by John Lafia of Child's Play fame so there is some good pacing and some tension building up to the climax. I would give it *** stars out of 5. Not bad but not great.

Category 6 - Day of Destruction - This was also a mini-series on TV but boy does this one deliver.
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There is a separate disc for each movie. Both of these started as a two part mini-series on the major networks in 2004. This helps explain why neither is in wide screen format. Both have very good casts for a TV movie. And both have a lot of pretty good special effects, mostly CGI effects though. I saw them both on TV during the original run. And I saw them both on cable... SciFi channel probably. And finally I just watched them again. Since I was able to watch them multple times I give them both 3 stars.

10.5 was from NBC and follows the story of an earthquake measuring 10.5 on the Richter scale. It is the better of the two movies. The science is very implausible, but two things are a little unique... first, no villain is named, the earthquake is simply presented as an act of God. (The second unique thing involves the ending and I would rather not give it away.) 10.5 is not great art, but it is worth watching. And it had an easy time being the better of these two movies.

Category 6: Day of Destruction was from CBS. The "Category 6" refers both to the Fujita scale for tornadoes and to the Saffir-Simpson scale for hurricanes although I doubt that the writers realize there is a difference. In any event, a category 6 hurricane comes down from the north pole (!) while several category 6 tornadoes travel north. The hurricane and the tornadoes join up somehow to become a super storm which pounds Chicago. And Chicago was already suffering from a power outage. The movie quickly glosses over the screwball science and wisely makes no effect to explain what might cause it. Instead the focus is on subplots involving the affected people, which is a positive, but it names all the usual villians and has all the usual heroes.
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Okay, I'll admit my secret pleasure is watching films that destroy the world. The combo of 'Day of Destruction: Category 6' and '10.5' follow the usual plots of these types of movie. However, I love how in '10.5', despite everyone's best efforts, the earthquake happens and the US loses most of southern California. I find that a far more realistic approach than the norm of : humans win out over nature. It adds to the delusion we can do anything about climate change. We can't. in the sequel to '10.5' the best line is : 'The Earth will do what it wants'.
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By Cyndi on September 2, 2011
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I had the DVDs of 10.5 APOCOLYPSE and Catagory 7 and they are AWESOME 2 of our favorite DVDs, but now that I got these and we have both it is so much better!!!!! They tie with the second one to explain so much and makes the viewing experience much nicer A MUST HAVE if you own the second set...you won't be sorry PROMISE!!! =)
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I have been trying to find these movies for ages without having to sign up for cable television. Now I can watch them whenever I want.
Quality of movies is top notch.
Amazon has delivered what they promised.

Lisa Peroff
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I love 10.5. For some reason, Category 6: Day of Destruction would not play. I did receive my money back for it which I'm real happy about. It looks like they had put the label on the wrong side and the DVD wouldn't play at all.
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LOVE LOVE LOVE these movies.
The action, the FX and the acting is excellent.
Good to see the FX is these movies getting better and better. And the stories are awesome too.
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