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Magma: Volcanic Disaster (2006)

Xander Berkeley , Amy Jo Johnson , Ian Gilmore  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Xander Berkeley, Amy Jo Johnson, David O'Donnell, George R. Sheffey, Michael Durrell
  • Directors: Ian Gilmore
  • Writers: Rebecca Rian
  • Producers: Jeffery Beach, John Cappilla, Jörg Westerkamp, Michael Braun, Phillip J. Roth
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JJ4W3I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,315 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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An action-filled sci-fi disaster film in the vein of Dante's Peak, Magma: Volcanic Disaster centers around unexplainable volcanic activity which threatens the world's population. A team of scientists set out to gather the evidence needed to convince government officials that the end is near and devise a plan to potentially prevent Armageddon.

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing January 21, 2007
Format:DVD
I am notorious for liking bad natural disaster movies... but this is awful, even for me. The effects were awful (the opening sequence is just ridiculous), the acting very poor, the overall effect is not very interesting. The best acting was done by Xander, but this performance was mediocre for him. I just wasn't impressed at all. I'd rent this before thinking of buying it. I'm sure glad I did.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars MUSHY MAGMA December 31, 2006
Format:DVD
Originally airing on the Sci-Fi channel, this is another one of those disaster movies with a wholly illogical scientific basis and mediocre special effects. As a disaster movie, it also fails to deliver any real scenes of personal crisis or danger, leaving us with a talky treatise on governmental incompetence.

Xander Berkeley is quite good as the heroic scientist whose theory of cataclysmic disaster is rejected by other scientists; Reyko Aylesworth is very good as his estranged wife whose own life may be in peril; and Amy Jo Johnson is the oh so bright graduate student.

While certainly not a classic disaster flick, it's an okay timepasser.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magma:Volcano disaster March 4, 2013
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It was good the cast excellent the story starts volcanos are blowing up all over the planet which could mean another ice age or much worse.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a B-Grade movie February 24, 2009
Format:DVD
Obviously done on the cheap. For example; In a scene where there were supposed to be multiple explosions, was really one explosion done at different angles. Would have worked fine if they had bothered to check the background, and noticed that the extra that got hit in the first explosion, was the same extra that got hit in the second and third explosions.
It's like this throughout the entire movie. Very poor film continuation, weak plot and cornier than a bowl of popcorn. And it's so obvious.
Good for a laugh at the special effects, which again were definitely done on the cheap.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice July 10, 2010
Format:DVD
I'll start by admitting that the story may not be the best ever, but it wasn't that bad either. And the main reason I watched it, other than the natural disaster story,....Amy. Jo. Johnson. That's right the original Pink Ranger. My first tv crush, and she's still a crush of mine. I'd watch most anything she's in. I really enjoy this movie over and over again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Too Bad. February 22, 2011
By Dufus
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This is a low budget film with low budget, mostly unknown actors. Still, they do an acceptable job dealing with a sorta-bad script. The effects are what you would expect for a film like this, but still it's fun to watch. I don't expect much when I buy films like this as most all of them are low budget affairs. So "you get what you pay for" applies here. Just be aware and enjoy what you get!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Made for TV Disaster Movie December 14, 2006
Format:DVD
I won't spoil this movie for anyone who hasn't seen it so this review will be short. Having seen this movie on the Sci Fi Channel, I can say it is about average for a made for TV disaster movie. It starts off good with an interesting premise and quickly goes downhill as the plot become cheesier and cheesier.

The only bright spots in the entire movie are the characters played by Xander Berkeley and Reiko Aylesworth who most people probably know from the Fox show "24." Despite the mediocre script and ridiculous plotline, both manage to shine in their roles. If you're a fan of either Xander or Reiko, the movie is worth purchasing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Rotten at the Core March 10, 2010
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Magma: Volcanic Disaster: 5 out of 10: The always watchable Xander Berkley (24) and the impish Amy Jo Johnson (Pink Power Ranger) lead a surprisingly solid cast down made for television disaster movie hell.

With Made for TV disaster movies the questions are not how good are certain elements but how mind numbingly awful will these elements be. Stack the deck with the terrifying fact this is a made for Sci-fi Channel Disaster movie (Only PAX is worse) and anything above pure pain is a feat of cinematic luck. This is not pure pain.

As I said the leads were watchable and the screenplay liked to actually kill off characters on screen which is a nice touch. In addition Amy Jo Johnson's attempts to simultaneously bed Xander Berkley and save his marriage were more entertaining than anything else in the movie. (Usually in disaster movies these subplots put the "T" in tedium.) Alas the rest of the movie is a true disaster and both the screenwriter and the effects/sets departments share blame. First off all most natural disasters are not caused by man. Perhaps a look near a dictionary for the definition of natural might clear this up.

The idea that nuclear testing and chemical waste is polluting the core of the earth (it's solid by the way and starts about 400 miles below the surface) causing it to expand is not the most ridiculous premise for a movie (that is shared by this film's bigger sister The Core, The Day After Tomorrow and Sixteen Candles) but it is close.

As for the special effects guys I know the CGI lava looks bad and the model subs are wanting but if you're going to put the characters in a lava tunnel perhaps one without actual lights attached on the walls would be better. And what kind of underground mine was that anyway?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE THIS MOVIE
Published 8 days ago by Sexy fairy tail36
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Great movie. Loved the characters, the plot, the filming, and the ending. I own it and have viewed it several times. It is that good.
Published 2 months ago by Nancy Eckel
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie. but have seen better.
Published 2 months ago by kittykatz
4.0 out of 5 stars The acting was pretty good. It's the usual problem that one scientist...
The story was OK. The acting was pretty good. It's the usual problem that one scientist knows there's going to be a huge eruption to affect many thousands of people but no one... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bonnie Thiem
3.0 out of 5 stars "Atlas has shrugged gentlemen, now what are we going to do about it?"
I'm always looking for disaster flicks, good or bad, that I can add to my collection. This one falls into the middling category of `just okay'. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Einsatz
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent flick.
I have a warm place in my heart for movies made for the ScyFy channel, as they are known now. I especially love the disaster flicks, with their wildy improbable scenarios, and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sara Klaren
4.0 out of 5 stars Some kind of movie.
I must love disaster movies, because I loved this one and Xander Berkeley is pretty darn good,too, you can't go wrong.
Published 7 months ago by Jolene Shelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelllent Movie
Arrived very quickly in excellent condition. Has lots of action, if you like disaster films. I would recommend this to others.
Published 10 months ago by Avis Collins Goines
4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie
I enjoyed this movie it was alright not super,It could've been a lot more believable. I have seen other movies that have more substance.
Published 13 months ago by Gregory C. Thibeau
3.0 out of 5 stars Another blame it on us move
I guess they have to program us one way or another. I like it only for the fact that things and people get destroyed.
Published 23 months ago by Kevin Williamson
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