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Supervolcano [Region 2] (2005)

Gary Lewis , Michael Riley  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Lewis, Michael Riley, Shaun Johnston, Adrian Holmes, Jennifer Copping
  • Format: PAL, Import, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BBC
  • Run Time: 118.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GVKC0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,847 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Supervolcano [Region 2]" on IMDb

Editorial Reviews

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Featurette, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Yellowstone is a park, but it's also the deadliest volcano on Earth. Beneath it, a sleeping 'dragon' is stirring. When an earthquake opens a crack for magma to seep through, other warning signs of an eruption start popping up, but they are ignored or dismissed as 'minor'. But when they learn an eruption will happen, panic breaks out through people of the USA and the world. This is a tale told from former Yellowstone scientists, who recall the final days before Yellowstone erupted, and everything changed forever. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Emmy Awards, ...Supervolcano ( Super volcano )

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAUTION! - This movie will scare the HELL out of you August 13, 2006
This is not a documentary. It is a very realistic feeling movie walking you through the expected catalclismic events leading up to and following the eruption of the super volcano under Yellowstone National Park.

I don't believe this movie will ever be telecast because it would cause such a panic. It was disturbing to watch because it was so realistically portrayed. It is a very exciting and dramatic story that may likely affect the world as we know it.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Portrayal of Science! November 21, 2006
Want to get your students talking about geology? Show them this film. It's an excellent study in how geologists study volcanoes, from studies of paleodeposits to supercomputer models. It also very movingly portrays the personal and professional challeges that scientists face when trying to warn the public about an impending disaster. Cry wolf and risk losing your job and credibility. Play it safe and risk human lives. If there is such a thing as a scientific movie, this is it.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Actually... it's pretty good science November 1, 2008
Contrary to what one fellow reviewer avers, the science in Supervolcano is actually pretty accurate... at least that's what the real head of the real Yellowstone Volcano Observatory says: "Scientists from USGS, Yellowstone National Park, the University of Utah and elsewhere in academia were visited by the film's producer and writer, prior to filming. They asked us countless questions during script development, including the following: How do you monitor the volcano? What phenomena imply an eruption? Who is responsible for what tasks? What do you do in the field? Where do you stay? How do you get around? Later, we reviewed a draft script for the drama and provided them with our comments and critiques. Michael Riley, the actor playing the YVO scientist-in-charge, phoned me twice, and we had lengthy conversations about topics ranging from "my typical day" to dress code to the proper pronunciation of place names and geological jargon. In the end, the BBC Science team did an impressive job of addressing the sorts of scientific issues we would grapple with during the start of an eruption. The drama unfolds as a true scientific thriller, both gripping and fact-filled. The characters, though based only loosely on real people, had motivations and interests similar to mine and those of my colleagues. Although we strongly would have preferred portrayal of the effects of a small eruption, their intent was always to provide a worst-case scenario, and the final product did that very well." [Jake Lowenstern, "Truth, fiction and everything in between at Yellowstone" GEOTIMES, June 2005; see [... Read more ›
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best "Documovies" I Have Seen! February 7, 2010
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I have enjoyed watching this "documovie" at least six or seven times since I originally recorded it on my HD-DVR in 2005 from Discovery Channel. It is one that you want to show to others. I am buying the DVD so there won't be as easy a chance of losing it due to accidental erasure. It caused a lot of geological interest within my household, and through our own research, the chance of a Yellowstone National Park Supervolcano is quite real, and the show is full of true facts, along with the skepticism of people saying that the show is sensationalizing the possible event. But, within the show it even addressed that part of this scenario as well.

Don't look for a "Super-Production" disaster movie like "Deep Impact", or "Armageddon" because there are no big Hollywood names, and also to keep the documentary feel, it will have a raw "video tape look" in SOME areas of the production, but thankfully not the whole movie. If you like disaster types of movies, you should really like this. It's entertaining AND educative along with the added side stories of people's personal lives thrown in to give the "humanity" appeal of caring what happens to the characters.

It can scare or bother one from an "impending doom" scenario, and it's one that you can't honestly tell your kids not to be scared because "It's just a movie", so I suggest you keep a PG-13 rating in mind. It is a very good bet (percentage wise) that it will not happen within our lifetimes, but how long can that be said??...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Geology Geeks Love This Movie April 17, 2010
By Kos
My sister and I love geology (we live in Washington State, where we have 5 active volcanoes). We've seen films related to Earth catastrophes, most of which were more like science fantasy than science fiction (eg, "10.5" which was awful). After Discovery Channel's "Supervolcano" aired, my sister and I were stunned. I called her and we agreed we couldn't find a single inaccuracy as far as the science went. The cast was good too; many have been on the "Stargate" series, which we both love as well. Very good story, great SFX, great science. It's kind of like "Armageddon": "It's happened before. It WILL happen again. It's just a question of when." The sub-title is right: it's overdue, by about 40,000 years. Yikes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A made for television movie by the Science Channel September 21, 2008
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In the last three years, there have been a number of good documentaries produced by the Discovery Channel, History Channel and Science channel on the subject of super volcano phenomenon. This is a fictionalized account of an eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano. It's well done, believable, and sticks to the facts as they are known today. An entertaining production that will also provide amplification of an interesting facet of volcanoes not well known to the public.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 6 days ago by dianap patterson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I had to return this dvd. I did not realize it was in Spanish. I do not understand Spanish.
Published 2 months ago by Laura W
5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
Great movie. Well written, casted and acted. A nice, entertaining story that is well crafted and fun to watch unfold.
Published 3 months ago by Hyperjump
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME As a geology club member who has seen her ...

As a geology club member who has seen her share of discovery movies this one is the best
Published 3 months ago by Paige
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Doesn't have subtitles or closed captioning.
Published 3 months ago by Melissa
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Two Parter
This dramatization of a potential eruption at Yellowstone is very well-done. It has just the right mix of drama and science. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Tom Ferrell
1.0 out of 5 stars Will not play on American DVD player, waste of money
be aware this movie will not play on American DVD players. I was nor aware that there were different regions.
Published 11 months ago by LindaD
1.0 out of 5 stars NO PLAY
It doesn't play. I am in the wrong region. Have no idea how to fix it so that I can see it. Feel ripped off.
Published 11 months ago by M. McKinney
1.0 out of 5 stars Can't watch it
I didn't realize I it was a region specific dvd. Very disappointing purchase as I can't watch it on my dvd player
Published 11 months ago by Brenda carrier
1.0 out of 5 stars I Don't really hate it, I just am unable to watch it .
I've saw this movie when it first aired on television and enjoyed it. I wanted to add it to my DVD collection however when the movie came it wouldn't play. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Patricia L Day
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There's no easy answer, Edwin; the American version is out of print and scarcer than hen's teeth! Our best chance is if this title is reprinted...and while I'm wishing, how about a blu-ray edition? 3D blu-ray even? I know I'm getting carried away, but this is the finest disaster movie ever... Read More
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