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From the director of The Descent comes an action-packed thrill-ride through the beating heart of hell! To save humanity from an epidemic, an elite fighting unit must battle to find a cure in a post-apocalyptic zone controlled by a society of murderous renegades. Loaded with ferocious fights and high-octane chases, Doomsday grabs you right from the start, and doesn't let go till its explosive end!

Loud, violent, and proudly derivative, the post-apocalyptic action-thriller Doomsday is the latest from UK cult director Neil Marshall, who impressed horror fans with his previous efforts, Dog Soldiers and The Descent. Both pictures established Marshall as a director with a knack for reinventing well-worn genre pictures, but here, he seems more interested in stitching together favorite scenes and elements from established horror and science-fiction films. Escape from New York is the main source for Doomsday, though there are plenty of nods to The Road Warrior and its multitude of Italian-made carbon copies, as well as the zombie/plague subgenre; the lovely but impassive Rhona Mitra is the Snake Plissken-esque loner sent by police (represented by Bob Hoskins) to infiltrate Scotland, which has descended into anarchy following a viral outbreak. The disease has surfaced in London (now a walled city), and Mitra is dispatched to find a scientist who may possess a cure. Marshall's vision of Scotland in ruins brings together the punk/modern primitive costume design of George Miller's Mad Max trilogy with some eclectic homegrown elements (knights on horseback defending a gang leader's castle), and while these touches are novel, the picture as a whole should ring overly familiar to any viewer who's spent time in the exploitation trenches during the past 25 years. Younger and less discerning audience members will undoubtedly enjoy the plentiful violence and gore, as well as the unbridled performances of the supporting cast, especially stuntwoman/actress Lee-Ann Liebenberg as the heavily tattooed Viper. --Paul Gaita

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  • Feature Commentary with Director Neil Marshall and Cast Members Sean Pertwee, Darren Morfitt, Rick Warden and Les Simpson
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  • Product Details

    • Actors: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester, Alexander Siddig, David O'Hara
    • Directors: Neil Marshall
    • Writers: Neil Marshall
    • Producers: Steven Paul, Benedict Carver
    • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
    • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
    • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
    • Region: All Regions
    • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
    • Number of discs: 1
    • Rated: Unrated
    • Studio: Universal Studios
    • DVD Release Date: July 29, 2008
    • Run Time: 113 minutes
    • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
    • ASIN: B00195FUDW
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,781 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
    • Learn more about "Doomsday [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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    82 of 93 people found the following review helpful By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 15, 2008
    You've seen all the pieces before. The country has fallen into lawlessness, where warlords with bad haircuts rule their fiefdoms (as in Mad Max, to name just one of many). There are the government officials trying desperately to save his bu... I mean, career (My Fellow Americans). There's the insanely contagious and deadly virus (28 Days Later). And there's the way-cool babe with a gun and an attitude (Resident Evil) leading her small but brave band through it all. Oh, and a little comedic banter (any Bond film), but not enough to change the tone of the film. If you want novelty, or even plausibility, you probably ended up in the wrong theater by mistake.

    So just take it for what it is: commodity entertainment, a bit bloodier than some but not off the charts, and where people keep their clothes on. Some days, I just want an adventure flick with nothing much to think about, except maybe how good Maj. Sinclair looks in that tight outfit. If that's what you're after, then "mission accomplished."

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    35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By P. Booth on May 19, 2008
    Format: DVD
    What a gloriously stupidly great film. Yes it stitches up bits from Escape From New York, The Mad Max trilogy, a number of Zombie flicks and throws in a bit of medieval nonsense, but it's entertaining, silly, bloody, ridiculous FUN. It's one of those movies that if you `'get it'' and are willing to forgive it a multitude of sins, not least some woeful acting from Bob Hoskins and Darren Morfitt you'll have a whole lot of old fashioned exploitation fun.

    I mean in what other movie do you have a gleaming black Bently Coupe being chased by a rag tag band of evil punks in the cars from The Road Warrior all set to Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Two Tribes. Great.

    Americans have not taken to Doomsday for some reason, maybe the audiences where expecting something serious and in the vein of Marshall's last film, The Descent, but Europeans who appreciate that Neil Marshall's tongue is firmly planted in his cheek are lapping it up. Enjoy
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    32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jenny J.J.I. VINE VOICE on October 1, 2008
    Format: DVD
    Yes, this writer/director has been responsible for two of the best low budget horror movies of recent years. In Dog Soldiers, he melded the combat film with the werewolf movie and came out with something startlingly good. In The Descent, he crafted what was quite simply one of the scariest films of all time. So what then are we to make of Doomsday? This futuristic shocker features an amalgam of scenes lifted wholesale from other (frankly better) films -to be specific, 28 Days Later, Aliens, Escape From New York, Army of Darkness and Mad Max 2;The Road Warrior. They're all here and all of them are instantly recognizable, so much so that you cannot pass it off as coincidence. Some viewers will utter the word 'homage,' but the less charitable among us will prefer to say 'rip-off.'

    As you watch Doomsday unfold, you can't stop asking yourself what Marshall hoped to accomplish here. The film must have had a decent budget and it looks great. Furthermore, he has an undeniable flair for action sequences. But though the film can never be accused of being dull, neither does it feature anything that is remotely surprising, largely because you've seen it all before. In the case of the climactic car chase, it is quite simply, Mad Max 2, down to the last detail. It's as though Marshall decided to recreate key scenes from all his favorite movies and while you grudgingly admit, he's done a fair job of copying them, you can't help yearning for a bit of originality, something that his last two films had in abundance.

    The star of the movie Rhona Mitra plays it straight as tough as nails warrior who leads the charge from segment to segment. I have never seen a woman take so much pain and only have few scratches.
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    11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dellamorte on July 29, 2010
    Format: Blu-ray
    If you've never seen Doomsday, it's great. Extremely violent, gory, post apocalypse movie packed with amazing action sequences that combine elements of other better known films such as Escape from New York, and The Road Warrior. Throw in graphic cannabalism, awesome 80's music, a strong female hero and Malcolm McDowell, and you've got pure mindless entertainment! A quick jab at all the critics of this movie - What did you expect out of a movie called 'Doomsday', anyways?

    Aside from my opinion of the movie itself, this is a shining example of what blu-ray should be! The picture is consistently sharp, colors are vivid, and I did not see a SINGLE artifact or bit of digital noise. The audio is perfect - one of the better examples of dynamic surround sound I have experienced. And no matter how loud the background sound is, the speech is perfectly balanced. The only area lacking are the extras - they are ok, but it doesn't really matter when the picture and sound are this great.

    This level of quality is what I expect from blu-ray. If you are looking for a disc to show off your tv and system, this is it. Kudos to Universal for setting the standard.
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    19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Monkdude on March 14, 2008
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    A great debut with Dog Soldiers, then the even better second film The Descent, and now the cherry on top called Doomsday. I just got back from seeing this film and it was a wild and crazy ride from start to finish. Sure it borrows quite a bit from Escape from New York and Road Warrior, but it is still unique enough to seperate itself from those movies. Rhona Mitra makes one sexy, tough and believable action chick. I didn't know if she could pull this kind of role off, but it worked for me.

    Doomsday isn't going to win any awards and it's not better than The Descent or Dog Soldiers, but if you like your movies with plenty of action and gore, check it out and prepare to have a blast.

    3 and 1/2 out of 5 stars
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