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Armageddon (The Criterion Collection) (1998)

Bruce Willis , Billy Bob Thornton , Michael Bay  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,468 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Will Patton
  • Directors: Michael Bay
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Touchstone / Disney
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2008
  • Run Time: 151 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,468 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305311463
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Armageddon (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Michael Bay's gag reel
  • Deleted scenes, compiled by Michael Bay
  • Storyboards and production design drawings
  • Analysis of the special effects by visual effects supervisors 'Richard Hoover' , Pat McClung and Hoyt Yeatman
  • Music video "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith, plus interviews with the band

Editorial Reviews

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The latest testosterone-saturated blow-'em-up from producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay (The Rock, Bad Boys) continues Hollywood's millennium-fueled fascination with the destruction of our planet. There's no arguing that the successful duo understands what mainstream American audiences want in their blockbuster movies--loads of loud, eye-popping special effects, rapid-fire pacing, and patriotic flag waving. Bay's protagonists--the eight crude, lewd, oversexed (but lovable, of course) oil drillers summoned to save the world from a Texas-sized meteor hurling toward the earth--are not flawless heroes, but common men with whom all can relate. In this huge Western-in-space soap opera, they're American cowboys turned astronauts. Sci-fi buffs will appreciate Bay's fetishizing of technology, even though it's apparent he doesn't understand it as anything more than flashing lights and shiny gadgets. Smartly, the duo also tries to lure the art-house crowd, raiding the local indie acting stable and populating the film with guys like Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson, and Michael Duncan, all adding needed touches of humor and charisma. When Bay applies his sledgehammer aesthetics to the action portions of the film, it's mindless fun; it's only when Armageddon tackles humanity that it becomes truly offensive. Not since Mississippi Burning have racial and cultural stereotypes been substituted for characters so blatantly--African Americans, Japanese, Chinese, Scottish, Samoans, Muslims, French ... if it's not white and American, Bay simplifies it. Or, make that white male America; the film features only three notable females--four if you count the meteor, who's constantly referred to as a "bitch that needs drillin'," but she's a hell of a lot more developed and unpredictable than the other women characters combined. Sure, Bay's film creates some tension and contains some visceral moments, but if he can't create any redeemable characters outside of those in space, what's the point of saving the planet? --Dave McCoy

Product Description

Bruce Willis and and an all-star cast of roughneck oil drillers blast off on a mission to save the planet in Michael Bay's doomsday space epic.

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86 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection of material October 2, 2000
Format:DVD
The Criterion Collection release of Armageddon is a treat. It offers 2 commentary tracks, one featuring the director Michael Bay, actors Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer has comments on several interesting things. Affleck's commentary is sometimes very funny. The other commentary track features the Director of Photography and special effects people.
The commentary includes interesting details, including background information on the characters and filming locations. Note: The commentary is raw and sometimes laced with profanity, although the movie itself is rated PG-13, for reasons explained in the commentary.
Although it's not much, this collection is also a Director's Cut and has a couple scenes added, notable of which is Harry Stamper's character visiting his father before launch. Some other scenes are cut slightly differently, adding some depth to the story.
The Gag reel on the second disk is extremely funny, raw, and not your typical "behind-the-scenes" documentary.
The second disk also features a tremendous amount of information on the special effects and includes many different trailers and promo material. The Aerosmith song video is also included.
While the story can be nit-picked, it's still very exciting and enjoyable.
Overall, if you liked the movie, the Criterion Collection release is the DVD to have.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax and enjoy one of the best films of 1998 February 10, 2006
Format:DVD
I don't belong to the apparent elitists who despise Michael Bay's filmmaking because he's entertaining for it's own sake. Michael Bay is what he is the same as Hitchcock directed psychological thrillers or George Lucas directs science fiction. He makes films that are loud, fast, action-packed and quite frankly, fun to watch. Isn't that what movies are supposed to be about?

Armageddon was probably the most (other than maybe Saving Private Ryan) anticipated movie of 1998. I'd rank it in my top two or three of 1998 (The others being Saving Private Ryan and American History X). It's not the next Schindler's List and it doesn't strive to be. It stars Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler in the main roles. The supporting cast is underrated, well-balanced and fun to watch, from Michael Clarke Duncan and Steve Buscemi down to lesser know actors Marshall R. Teague and Jessica Steen.

Yes, the plot and premise may not be the most believable. But neither is King Kong, Lord of The Rings, Star Wars or whatever. These pseudo-critics on Amazon.com whine about "poor science" behind the movie, or the poor plot or the stereotypical cast. You know what? Who friggin' cares? It's a movie that's made for sheer fun, for entertainment, for bringing your family to enjoy a couple of hours of action, thundering explosions, fast vehicles and a little romance. Armageddon, despite what the Ebert and Roeper apprentices in here think, is entertainment at its best. Stop whining and enjoy yourself.

We are all familiar with the story by now. An asteroid the size of Texas is on path to impact with Earth, which would destroy all forms of life on it. The world only has 18 days until impact. The only way to stop it is to blow it up from the inside by drilling to its core.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Can be good fun November 10, 1999
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Format:DVD
Lighten up, pop open a bubbly, suspend all belief and have a good time. This is the sort of movie you watch just to have some mindless good fun. Sure the 'science' is laughable. Sure the characters are two-dimensional cardboard cutouts. Sure the dialogue is sophomoric. So what? Enjoy yourself.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I believe this movie to be well directed and scripted. It had the right amount of humor, drama, and "feel good" ending. They knew when to be funny and when to be serious. It had a great cast and overall it was a very enjoyable movie. From what I've read, this was one of those "hate it or love it" movies and I really liked the movie.

As for realism, yeah most of that stuff probably wouldn't fly realistically but if the only way to save our planet was to drill a hole in the sucker, would I prefer astronauts be given last minute instructions on how to drill or would I prefer some guy who has done it for years? I guess it sounds kinda funny/stupid at first but...I would prefer the experienced driller.

In any case, if realism is what you wanted, this isn't for you. If you want a to watch an entertaining movie, this is one of the best I've seen.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an incredible release by Criterion April 14, 2004
Format:DVD
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
This is the largest packed special features release by criterion to date at the time of release. Being the case, both the film and the special features will be reviewed.
The film is about Earth being threatened by an asteroid that would cause the end of every life on Earth. There are some opening scenes of a metoer shower over New York City.
Chapter 3 on the DVD is one that some may want to skip. There are two scenes that may hit too close to home for some people. In one scene, a meteor is shown hitting the World Trade Center, and in another scene shows the World Trade Center with the top ¼ of one of the towers destroyed and the rest of it on fire.
The film has good acting with an all-star cast. The movie has some excellent special effects. The film has many errors though. there are too many to mention in less than 1,000 words.
The Criterion edition is a director's cut with scenes not shown in theaters.
The special features are really good. There are 2 discs in this set one of which only has special features. Disc 1 has TWO aduio commentaries. One is with director Michael Bay, actors Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The other is with cinematographer John Schwartzman and two scientific consultants. one from Nasa and the other an asteroid expert.
On disc two, there are deleted scenes, outtakes and blooper reel, (You may want to note that the blooper reel contains profanity rarely heard even in some R rated films and will offend some people.), Storyboard images, analysis of Visual effects and production design, Trailers and TV spots, and the music video of the song "Don't want to miss a thing" by Diane Warren and performed by Aerosmith.
Overall this is high quality and is one of the more well-known films that have been given the Criterion treatment.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Plot, and Jerks a tear
Fun plot, and is a tear jerker ...you can't lose with Bruce Willis and a cast of silly screw-ups showing up NASA
Published 1 day ago by Alan Dorward
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE THIS MOVIE!
Here's a movie with suspense, drama, ACTION, and humor! Would you expect any less from a Bruce Willis movie? I laughed and cried!
Published 6 days ago by Bob Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Brucie Saves the Day (Again)
I can think of only one movie in which Willis doesn't save the day. Mind you, it doesn't help that he's DEAD in that movie...

This is an action movie, pure and simple. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Happy Camper
5.0 out of 5 stars love the movie
I like all the characters but I like the big black guy a lot he is my favorite actor good
Published 8 days ago by Amy Hubbell
1.0 out of 5 stars ????
I chose this rating because the movie never finished downloading. So I never watched it. It would have been faster buying the DVD
Published 9 days ago by Frank johns
5.0 out of 5 stars Armageddon dvd
NASA discovers an Earth killing meteor about to destroy the planet. It's only hope is a crazed group of oil drillers going up with a nuclear bomb. Read more
Published 13 days ago by vincewest75
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This is a great movie gift. I purchased it for a Christmas Present, along with Armageddon and Twister. It arrived in excellent condition.
Published 18 days ago by gwtw
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
quality perfect,audio perfect would recommend this dvd to everyone. fast delivery. loved watching the movie right away on my big screen tv
Published 20 days ago by sara chamberlain
5.0 out of 5 stars Women of today still melt for this title. In accessory thanks alot...
Personally one of better version's of this nature. More defined visually in high definition. Apart from the leads, Steve Buscemi is as entertaining as ever.
Published 21 days ago by Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars Oy. We're all going to die (or maybe not).
This is a very good science fiction story about a meteor that may or may not kill all life on the planet. You'll have to watch it for yourself. Lot of good actors as well
Published 21 days ago by A. Lamas
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Difference between the Criterion version and regular one?
While I haven't seen this movie at all and can't speak specifically about it, I do have a substantial number of Criterion Collection movies. Generally, you can't go wrong with a Criterion edition because they have more extras and special features as well as always presenting the movie in its... Read more
Nov 26, 2007 by T. Williamson |  See all 4 posts
Is there a version of this movie with Anamorphic format"
The Blu ray is 2:35 aspect ratio and this is the first time it has been anamorphic. All US dvd's have been non before this.
Apr 28, 2010 by Damon |  See all 4 posts
Definately not worth 20 bucks please
agreed. I'm in for $15.
Apr 27, 2010 by Michael J. Russo |  See all 4 posts
Why no in Spanish (Subtitles or Audio)?
Isn't there enough things in Spanish? Learn English, please. This is American.
Jan 19, 2012 by John Scotto |  See all 5 posts
Blu-Ray Special Features?
Nothing much in the way of Special Features, just the following:

Aerosmith's music video "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing", Theatrical Trailer, Teaser Trailer
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