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2012 comes to Blu-ray

Thursday, 25 March 2010 18:13

The end of the world can generate a global box office take of $711 million worldwide. To prove this to be possible, “2012” is out now on Blu-ray and DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Acclaimed Director Roland Emmerich, creator of “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Independence Day” is at it again with another vision of apocalypse, but at the same time distracts all attention from the real prophecies that revolve around the date 21 December 2012.

John Cusack (“Con Air”), Amanda Peet (Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip), Woody Harrelson (“Zombieland”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“Inside Man”), Oliver Platt (“Frost/Nixon”), Thandie Newton (“Crash”) and Danny Glover (“Saw”) lead an all-star cast in this tale of humans struggling to survive against all adversity.

2012 comes to Blu-rayThe writers would have you believe that this was the vision predicted by the ancient Mayans, but those who have done even half an hour’s research into the subject will know this movie is nowhere near what they had in mind.

The blue touch paper is lit on the plot when Adrian Helmsley (Ejiofor), part of a geological team investigating the effects on the Earth of radiation from unprecedented solar storms, discovers that the Earth's core is out of control and heating up exponentially. Gatecrashing a Whitehouse fundraiser, he warns American President Thomas Wilson (Glover) that the Earth’s crust is becoming unstable. Now is the time to make preparations for saving a fraction of the world's population, with everyone else doomed from what is going to happen.

It’s typical Irwin Allen-disaster movie plotting in that several groups of people will find themselves banding together from starting their story arcs in completely separated locations. Writer Jackson Curtis (Cusack) stumbles on the same information that Helmsley had discovered. Curtis struggles to find a way to save his ex-wife Kate Curtis (Peet), kids Lilly and Noah (Morgan Lily and Liam Jones), as well as his wife’s new squeeze Gordon Silberman (Thomas McCarthy) when they all think he’s lost his mind with his claims. That is, until everything, quite literally, comes crashing down on them.

Woody Harrelson’s cameo as Charlie Frost left me with mixed feelings.  Frost has worked out for himself that the end of the World is coming, and why, and like most people who say things others don’t want to hear is treated as a nut-job. His general demeanour and internet radio broadcasting does nothing to assist his credibility, but he has an Ace up his sleeve: he is proven to be right!  Unfortunately, he then decides it’s a pretty neat idea to broadcast to the very end, watching waves from a volcano rushing towards him, and his inevitable death.  Just because you’re interested in the truth does not mean you’re suicidal!

Other volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc across the world, and despite an estimated budget of $200 million, it has to be said that whilst some sections of effects are exceptional, others are a little creeky and are found wanting by Blu-ray technology.

Kudos to Oliver Platt as Carl Anheuser, who completely steals the movie as he finds himself in charge of saving who he can from certain death. And for those of you gentlemen out there, looking for a new entrant onto your ‘laminated list’, Beatrice Rosen (formerly known as Béatrice Rosenblatt) as Tamara is well worth consideration, playing a Russian oligarch’s squeeze with a small yappy-type dog in tow. She was previously Natascha in “The Dark Knight”.

What the movie gets right is that, in a situation like this, the Global Elite will indeed try and look after themselves above everyone else. To avoid giving a total spoiler for the resolution, if you want to know how they do it, check out the name of one of Jackson’s kids in this movie.

What it gets wrong is that 2012 prophecies are NOT about a physically-based catastrophe. The Mayans were talking in meta-physical terms, the spiritual, what comes from within, not what is inflicted around us. The “End Times” come before what you could describe as a “glorious reboot” – it’s not the end, just a new beginning. But that is a very difficult concept to envisage in a disaster movie!

You can discover the background to the film with an array of Blu-ray and DVD bonus extras, including a feature length commentary by Writer/Director Roland Emmerich and Co-Writer Harald Kloser, an alternate ending, deleted scenes and the featurette “Roland Emmerich: Master of the Modern Epic.”

Exclusive to the Blu-ray version of “2012” are additional groundbreaking bonus features - “Roland’s Vision: Picture-in-Picture”, BD-Live™ enabled movieIQ, which allows viewers to immediately access updated trivia on the film’s cast, crew, production and soundtrack - all while watching the movie!

Also exclusive to the Blu-ray is the “Interactive Mayan Calendar” feature which allows you to enter the world of the Ancient Daykeepers in this interactive version of the Mayan Calendar.  Simply enter a date, and your horoscope and personality profile will be revealed (and remember this is for fun and entertainment only!).

Additional Blu-ray bonus features include the production featurettes “Designing the End of the World,” “Science Behind the Destruction” and “The End of the World: The Actor’s Perspective.”

“2012” was produced by Harald Kloser (“10,000 BC”), Mark Gordon (“The Day After Tomorrow”) and Larry Franco (“Batman Begins”) and executive produced by Roland Emmerich (“10,000 BC”), Ute Emmerich (“The Day After Tomorrow”) and Michael Wimer (“10,000 BC”). Its script was co-written by Harald Kloser and Roland Emmerich, who previously wrote “10,000 BC”, which wasn’t as well-received as “2012” by a long chalk.

 

BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • movieIQ (logo) and BD-Live connect you to real-time information on the cast, music, trivia and more while watching the movie!
  • Interactive Mayan Calendar - Enter a date to reveal your horoscope and personality profile! Delve even further into the secrets by watching Mysteries of the Mayan Calendar
  • Picture-In-Picture: Roland's Vision-Includes Pre-Visualization, storyboards and behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with filmmakers, cast and crew
  • Commentary with Writer/Director Roland Emmerich and Co-Writer Harald Kloser
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Designing The End Of The World
  • Roland Emmerich: The Master of the Modern Epic
  • Science Behind The Destruction
  • The End Of The World: The Actor's Perspective

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • Commentary with Writer/Director Roland Emmerich and Co-Writer Harald Kloser
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Alternate Ending
  • Roland Emmerich: The Master of the Modern Epic

The Blu-ray Disc version of “2012” is BD-Live enabled, allowing users to get connected and go beyond the disc via an Internet-connected Blu-ray player. You can download content, give feedback through an exclusive survey, and register for rewards.

“2012” is out now from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, a running time of 158 minutes approx, a ‘12’ certificate, and a RRP of £24.99 for the Blu-ray™ or £19.99 for the DVD, or for less at www.culttvstore.com

Alternatively, if you really want to know what the Mayans prophesised, go buy the book Beyond 2012: Catastrophe or Ecstasy - A Complete Guide to End-of-time Predictions by Geoff Stray.

 

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