Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
The cover is the ultimate action flick with big stars on the cover. That’s fine, boring and almost comical, but fine. It serves it’s purpose and there really isn’t any other way to do it except maybe just an image of the earth exploding, something like that might be more exciting:) The menu is plain and simple as well. I wouldn’t have this cover as a poster, but I can’t speak for my Armageddon lovin’ husband Ascully. He might want it as a mural on every wall. (He loves this movie.)
- Theatrical Trailer – Ok
- Teaser Trailer – Someone didn’t look up the definition of “teaser”.
- Aerosmith Music Video – A music video, OK, blah.
The Movie: 6/10
I cannot tell a lie. This movie is a good time. That’s just how it is with a movie like Armageddon. I really dug it way back when it hit the theaters the first time and I can say it’s still a lot of fun. It’s just not a very intellectually stimulating kind of film but let’s face it, WHO CARES? It’s got heroes and comedy and the Earth in peril, what more can you ask from an action movie?
I have never understood why people have always been so quick to rip apart the science of Armageddon. I don’t know what an asteroid would look like up close. Do you? I don’t know that drilling into one and dropping a nuclear bomb inside wouldn’t do the trick of saving our planet, do you? I mean, a team of oil drillers going to outer space with barely any training, charged with saving civilization while their deepest thoughts are gambling, strippers, and screwing the boss’s daughter, it all makes perfect sense. You know why? IT”S A FRIGGIN’ MOVIE PEOPLE!! Get over it.
Yea, Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck are arguably at the peak of their glory days of action/comedy/heroness and it’s not much of a showcase for their acting skills, but that’s fine with me. If I want some good/entertaining performances from them I’ll watch Chasing Amy and, dare I say, Die Hard (not great acting, but I like Willis better in that than in anything else I think.) The rest of the cast are a bunch of heavy hitters with Liv Tyler, Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson, Steve Buscemi, Michael Clark Duncan, and more. They all ham it up to the best of their action packed abilities. My favorite in the whole thing is Steve Buscemi playing Rockhound as he starts losing his little spacey mind. “Hey guys, it’s time to embrace the horror.” 🙂
The special effects hold up really well all these years later. I have seen movies in the past 5 years that do not measure up to the look of Armageddon, so that’s saying something. it was a big experience at the time. Back in the mid-90’s we had some heavy hitting boltering to the Action Adventure genre and amongst the historic collection will always be this cheesy but fun story of a group of fish out of water saving the planet. It can’t be all that bad with total world annihilation as the threat and Ben Affleck cracking wise and being sweaty with very white eyeballs and teeth throughout…now can it? 🙂
Audio & Video: 8/10
I have owned two different versions of Armageddon on DVD over the years and both were non anamorphic widescreen (letterbox & pillar-box at the same time) which is less than stellar on today’s modern HD sets. Thankfully Armageddon on Blu-Ray disc rectifies this issue with a stunning 1080P anamorphic transfer which while not perfect is the best Armageddon has ever looked on a home video format.
Audio has been substantially overhauled from the DVD releases with a TrueHD 5.1 track that I would describe in one word “Loud”. Armageddon is 12 years old and it does not compare to a 2010 release when it comes to audio but the mix is crisp, clear and very loud, so loud in fact I had to dial down my receiver a couple of notches from it’s usual listening level.
While most scoff at the movie it’s easily my favorite Michael Bay film. Turn off your brain strap into your favorite popcorn chair and enjoy it for what it is a fun ride that has aged really well. In fact, if you are thinking of getting the new 2012 movie skip it and get Armageddon instead.
This is an old movie. I mean, it’s more than 10 years now and it’s not exactly a classic. I mean, it’s kind of a classic,but not enough of one to justify me spending more than around 10 bucks for the Blu-Ray. That’s right, not even the Blu-Ray should set me back on this puppy. It’s got no extras, and it’s more than a decade old…then again, I’m willing to pay nearly $100 for Wizard of Oz, so go figure. It’s a great night at the dummied down movies if you want to have an explosive, flimsy story, kind of time, so rent it along with several other of the same types of flicks and it will be well worth the cash.
Overall Score 6/10