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Dante's Peak [HD DVD]

 PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   HD DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)

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The first of 1997's volcano disaster movies (the second being Volcano) was arguably the better of the two, but both of them made for passable entertainment with some spectacular special effects to serve as icing on the stale cake. After all, Dante's Peak doesn't pretend to be anything more than an updated variation on a whole catalog of disaster movie clichés. Despite all that, it's reasonably enjoyable. It's an added bonus that the script is just smart enough to allow Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton to play their roles with straight faces, never condescending to the audience of the formulaic story. He's a volcano expert from the U.S. Geological Survey, and she's the mayor of a cozy Washington State town perched beneath a volcano that's about to blow. Telltale signs are everywhere, so evacuation must be carried out immediately. Of course, not everybody's eager to leave, and even some of Brosnan's colleagues think his alarm is premature. This sets the stage for massive ash clouds, rivers of raging mud and molten rock, flattened forests, and death-defying escapes by Brosnan, Hamilton, and some (but not all) of her family, friends, and townsfolk. So what if it's all pretty flaky... and can a four-wheel-drive vehicle travel over fire and molten lava without bursting its tires? Don't ask too many questions, and you'll find Dante's Peak to be (if you'll pardon the pun) a total blast. The Collector's Edition DVD includes a documentary about volcanoes, Getting Close to the Show, in addition to behind-the-scenes footage, exclusive coverage of the creation of special effects, and audio commentary with director Roger Donaldson. --Jeff Shannon

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fire in the hole Nov. 5 2012
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Coffee, Coffee, Coffee, capachino java yes, my favourite line from the movie
hey it's not academy award winning stuff and it's getting a little dated
but I enjoy this movie for what it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining March 19 2014
By mario
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Not expected to be as good as it turned out to be. The special effects are great. In the beginning it's a bit slow but when the action starts, it continues non stop to the end. Would recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never a dull moment March 5 2014
By Perky
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Action packed from the start to the end, a Volcano eruption covered such a lot of what could happen, Good plot, good acting including the kids. I recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it Dec 22 2013
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This is one of my favorite movies of all time. So happy to have it on the big screen and looks so sharp. Great purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real roller coaster of a thriller Dec 13 2013
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Very good buildup to the action sequence and I like the characters in the story. The action was very good, but as a geologist, myself, it is never in the realm of possibility to ever outrun a pyroclastic cloud, which can travel at jet plane speeds. (No Ford Bronco can achieve this!) Another downer is the "Grandma". Very corny acting, here. However Pierce Brosnan and Linda Hamilton carry the story well, overall.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie! Sept. 8 2013
By happy
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This was a good movie and well acted and almost believable. I would recommend it to people who enjoy seeing MOther Nature do her work.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Misrepresented by distributor. Jan. 17 2013
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I don't blame Amazon for this mistake. This dvd was advertised as being NTSC compatible, it wasn't. I was able to use this dvd at Best Buy, to save $5 off a new reduced blu-ray dvd. This wasn't a total write-off.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silly but enjoyable. Oct. 15 2012
By Janet Pole TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Probable plot? Not really.
Heart wrenching at times? Oh yeah.
Good way to spend a rainy afternoon?
Worth buying? Maybe ... if a good price!
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