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2012 (Two-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray] by Directed by Roland Emmerich
Review by Charles Mohapel
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Blu-ray  ISBN/ITEM#: B001OQCV2O
Date: 24 April 2010 List Price $39.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Whether you think Roland Emmerich has taken on the mantle as "The Master of Disaster" from Irwin Allen, or you think that the world will really come to an end at the Winter Solstice on December 21, 2012 as prophesied by the Mayans, Emmerich's 2009 film 2012 will give you something to think about if that suits you. Or you can suspend your sense of disbelief and watch a movie that would have been better suited to summer release and enjoyed with a large bucket of popcorn and a soda.

From official release/information:

From Roland Emmerich, director of THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW and INDEPENDENCE DAY, comes the ultimate action-adventure film, exploding with groundbreaking special effects. As the world faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions, cities collapse and continents crumble. 2012 brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. Starring John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Woody Harrelson, and Danny Glover.
Now this is how you destroy the World. Roland Emmerich's 2012 pounces on a Nostradamus-style loophole in the Mayan calendar and rams the apocalypse through it, gleefully conjuring up an enormous amount of Saturday-matinee fun in the process. A scientist (Chiwetel Ejiofor) detects shifting continental plates and Sun flares and realizes that this foretells the imminent destruction of the planet. Just as the molten lava is about to hit the fan, a novelist (John Cusack) takes his kids on a trip to Yellowstone; later he'll hook up with his ex (Amanda Peet) and her new boyfriend (Tom McCarthy) in a global journey toward safety. If there is any safety. The suitably hair-raising plot lines are punctuated -- frequently, people, frequently -- by visions of mayhem around the globe: the Vatican falls over, the White House is clobbered (Emmerich's Independence Day was not enough on that score), and the California coastline dives into the Pacific Ocean. Unlike other action directors we could name, Emmerich actually understands how to let you see and drink in these vast special-effects vistas -- and they are incredible. He also honors the old Irwin Allen disaster-movie tradition by actually shelling out for good actors. Cusack and Ejiofor are convincing even in the cheesiest material; toss in Danny Glover (the U.S. president), Woody Harrelson (a nut-bar conspiracy-theorizing radio host), Thandie Newton, and Oliver Platt, and you've got a very watchable batch of people. Emmerich hasn't developed an ear for dialogue, even at this stage in his career, and the final act goes on a bit too long. This is a very silly movie, but if you've got a weakness for B-movie energy and hairbreadth escapes, 2012 delivers quite a bit of both. -- Robert Horton

Running Time: 158 minutes

Disc 1:
Blu-ray Disc is High Definition
Armored Trailer
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Trailer (Total Time: 6:38)

2012 Play / Play with movieIQ (157:45)
What is movieIQ? (1:02)

Special Features:
2012 with Commentary with Writer/Director Roland Emmerich and Co-Writer Harald Kloser (157:45)

"Alternate Ending" (3:39)

Blu-ray Disc is High Definition (2:27)
Armored Trailer (2:26)
The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus Trailer (1:45)
Did You Hear About The Morgans? Trailer (2:5)
Angels & Demons Trailer (0:32)
Planet 51 Trailer (0:31)


Disc 2:
"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" with Lawrence E. Joseph (Author of "APOCALYSE: 2012 & The Mystery of 2012"). (3:53)
Deleted Scenes:

  • Limo Drive with Twins (0:40)
  • President Wilson talks with Sally (1:13)
  • Something must have gone wrong (1:17)
  • Jackson Underwater (0:57)
  • Anheuser Apologizes (0:55)

"Designing the End of the World" with Roland Emmerich (Director/Co-Writer/Executive Producer), John Cusack ("Jackson Curtis"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("Adrian Helmsley"), Thandie Newton ("Laura Wilson"), Tom McCarthy ("Gordon Silberman"), Mark Gordon (Producer), Barry Chusid (Production Designer), Mike Vezina (Special Effects Supervisor), Volker Engel (Co-Producer/FVX Supervisor), Marc Weigert (Co-Producer/FVX Supervisor), and Woody Harrelson ("Charlie Frost").(26:04)

"Roland Emmerich: The Master of the Modern Epic" with John Cusack, Danny Glover ("President Thomas Wilson"), Blu Mankuma ("Harry Helmsley"), Amanda Peet ("Kate Curtis"), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Tom McCarthy, Oliver Platt ("Carl Anheuser"), Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser (Co-Writer/Producer/Composer), Mark Gordon, Barry Chusid, Marc Weigert, and Volker Engel. (9:31)

"Science Behind The Destruction" with Roland Emmerich, Harald Kloser, Patrick Geryl (Author of "How to Survive 2012"), John Platt (USC Professor of Earth Sciences), Mark Gordon, Lawrence Joseph, Daniel Pinchbeck (Author of "2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl"), and Dr. Louis Friedman (Co-Founder, The Planetary Society) (13:19)

"The End Of The World: The Actor's Perspective: with Roland Emmerich, John Cusack, Amanda Peet, Mark Gordon, Harald Kloser, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Oliver Platt, and Tom McCarthy. (7:34)

" "Time For Miracles" Music Video by Adam Lambert” (4:19)

"Making the Music Video "Time For Miracles" with Adam Lambert” with comments by Adam Lambert and Wayne Isham (Music Video Director) (2:43)

"Countdown to the Future” with Daniel Pinchbeck, Lawrence Joseph, Patrick Geryl, Don Carlos Barrios (Mayan Shaman), and Dr. Friedmann Freund (Professor of Physics, San Jose State University) (22:03)

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind: Thirtieth Anniversary Ultimate Edition on DVD and Blu-ray (1:35) (released November 2007)
Michael Jackson's This Is It on DVD and Blu-ray (2:32)
By The People: The Election of Barack Obama on DVD (2:28)
Breaking Bad: The Complete Second Season on DVD and Blu-ray (0:32) Season 3 on AMC

(Source: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment)

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