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The Core (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Aaron Eckhart , Hilary Swank , Jon Amiel  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Delroy Lindo, Bruce Greenwood, Stanley Tucci
  • Directors: Jon Amiel
  • Writers: Cooper Layne, John Rogers
  • Producers: Cooper Layne, David B. Householter, David Foster, Sean Bailey
  • Format: Widescreen, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AKCKM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,703 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Core (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • To The Core And Back - The Making Of The Core
  • 10 Deleted/extended Scenes With Director Commentary

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The Earth has stopped rotating because of a change in the planet's core temperature. To restore the normal temperature, astronauts must travel to the center and detonate a nuclear bomb before the core superheats and destroys all life on the surface.

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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Here's my Kung-Fu! March 29, 2003
By Cutre
So most people didn't like this movie, huh? Too bad. I liked it. A lot. Of course it's not a great movie, but it's entertaining. Who would go to see this movie expecting a great lesson in filmmaking? Anyone who does that is wrong from the start. If you see the trailer, you know this is a movie to watch while eating popcorn and just putting your brain on pause. It's far-fetched, it can get unbelievable at times, but who cares?
If you've seen the trailer, you know what's this about. After a constant use and abuse of a sysmic underground weapon, the core of the earth gets damaged and it just stops spinning. This causes the atmosphere to become thinner and it's easier for the UV rays to hit the earth. Birds lose their sense of navigation and the constant EM pulses stop clocks and pacemakers. In one great sequence, a NASA shuttle re-entering the atmosphere deviates unintenionally and crashes in Los Angeles. And the worst is about to happen.
That's when Dr. Josh Keyes (Aaron Eckhart) and his friend, the sweet, ever loyal Serge Leveque (Tchéky Karyo) are called in by the military. In a mission that requires travelling into the center of the earth, formal Col. Bob Iverson (Bruce Greenwood) and tough-but-beautiful Major Rebecca Childs (Hilary Swank) are recruited to drive the vehicle of choice. Self-serving Conrad Zimsky (Stanley Tucci), the shy geek Ed Brazzleton (Delroy Lindo) and the freaky nerd computer-kid Rat (DJ Qualls) also join the team which is assigned with the mission of detonating several nukes in the core of the earth in order to create a flow of energy in the right direction that will put the core into a spinning mode once again. That's it, you get your mission, there are your characters, now just sit back and enjoy the ride. Mind you, it is an enjoyable one.
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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting to the middle of things March 27, 2004
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I've noticed that a lot of people have blasted this DVD for lacking in scientific veracity. Well, gosh, although I slept through Geology 101 in college, I'll bet there are little more than kernels of truth in what the story contends about the Earth's electromagnetic field. However, I must ask the obvious $60,000 question to the vociferous critics of this movie: WHAT did you expect, exactly?
If you want a natural disaster movie that isn't happy-go-lucky where everyone goes on a suicide mission and miracuously all come back, then this one is worth a look. If you want a film with some eye-candy special effects, then look no further!
There have been a few movies / cartoons in the past where an inventer would create a machine with a giant drill at the front end. This contraption would take he and his crew to the center of the Earth, or at least far down.
In the present story the method of drilling is updated: the ship uses lasers to blow its way through the Earth's mantle. Is it believable? Certainly not. However, it is far more "watchable" than the giant drill-nose machine.
For myself, I did enjoy the allusion to Dante's DIVINE COMEDY. The inventor of the ship names it the VIRGIL, after the Roman poet Publius Vergilius Maro. In the INFERNO it is the dead Virgil who leads Dante the Pilgrim through the lower depths of hell and up to the top of Mount Purgatory. Nice touch.
The acting is decent, although I think they could have done better than the fellow they recruited to play the computer hacker nerd. The highlight of the film is Hilary Swank. She's certainly not hard on the eyes and also lends a nice feminine dynamic as the only non-male member of the crew.
All in all, this one is worth purchasing.
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33 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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If you want to bring hard science to this party, you might as well stay home; The Core is just about the most unrealistic and unscientific Armageddon movie I've ever seen. It is also riddled with all the clichés you would expect to find in a movie of this sort. Despite these faults, however, it can be an exciting ride if you decide to just go along with the storyline. There is just something about this film that drew me in, although I am hard pressed to explain it. Maybe it's the Jules Verne lover in my soul that enjoyed revisiting the center of the earth, although I hate to think what Verne would have thought of The Core. Journey to the Center of the Earth is actually more believable than this special effects-laden thriller.
The opening scenes of this film are just fantastic, as the unusual camera perspectives we first see, when about three dozen people suddenly fall over dead in one localized area, instantly dip your toes into surreality; this scene doesn't even compare to the next one, though, as The Core goes Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds one better. And then, in a scene that is robbed of a little of its power and spectacle by the very real loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia, we witness the most spectacular emergency landing of all time. These opening scenes really grab you by the collar and shake you a little bit. Of course, it's all downhill from here, but in terms of entertainment value I still consider this to be a better than average end of the world story. One great thing about The Core is the fact that the brilliant science guy who has to save the world is someone other than Jeff Goldblum for once. Aaron Eckhart fills the role of Dr. Josh Keyes, humble science professor turned savior of the planet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... this DvD all the time one of my most favorite
I play this DvD all the time one of my most favorite movies
Published 8 days ago by Jimmy L. Stewart
1.0 out of 5 stars Like someone 'erased' a portion of the DVD and then ...
The DVD I received has 24 minutes missing from it's playtime, it plays normally until about an hour into the film and it just goes black with no audio, then it just stalls; you... Read more
Published 10 days ago by andre pine
3.0 out of 5 stars mindless entertainment
Class B movie aficionado - so this works.
Published 10 days ago by Gigi Greer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Replaced my dvd with this one
Published 11 days ago by WLG
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 24 days ago by Frances Maddox
2.0 out of 5 stars Horrible movie. Better off watching something else.
This is a mind-numbing movie. It's been a while since we watched it. But, it's a standing joke around between my wife and I about how bad it was. It's a real waste of time.
Published 25 days ago by C. Andrew Hessler
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. One of my favorite movies.
Great acting. Interesting plot. Fast paced. End-of-the-world type stuff. Excellent. I'm buying the actual DVD to add to my collection.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprised I liked it.
This is one movie I didn't know if I would like or not but was pleasantly surprised. Not bad, I liked it!
Published 1 month ago by terry waldrop
5.0 out of 5 stars good movie
the science behind it gets pretty sketchy after the first half hour, but it's a decent plot. the part where the kid shuts down an electric grid and shifts over to playing Pong is... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Komoroski
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Flick
The science here doesn't quite make it, but the movie is fun, so if, like me, that's what you're after you'll enjoy this flick. I enjoyed it also because I'm a fan of the genre. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael J. Scott
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What subtitles have this edition?
I'm sorry, Hasegawa-san, but the only subtitling on my Paramount DVD edition (2003) is in English.

Perhaps the Blu-ray edition will include more subtitles than just English.
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