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  • Actors: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Adrian Lester, David O'Hara, Malcolm McDowell
  • Directors: Neil Marshall
  • Format: Widescreen, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00195FUDC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #153,226 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Mitra/Hoskins/Lester/Mcdowell ~ Doomsday

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By Robert Badgley TOP 100 REVIEWER on Oct. 15 2012
Format: DVD
Doomsday(released Mar/08)has a stellar cast of actors in Bob Hoskins as Bill Nelson,an official,Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Marcus Kane,Alexander Siddig as Prime Minister John Hatcher(formerly Siddig El Fadil from DS9),David O'Hara as Michael Canaris,a senior official,Craig Conway as Sol,Rhona Mitra as Major Eden Sinclair and others.The cast is solid but the plot here meanders more than one would like and is yet ANOTHER version of a post apocalyptic world gone bad,due to an unleashed virus.If I had a nickel for every post apocalyptic/virus/zombie film that has been produced within the last decade,I would be a millionaire.Some do it better than others and put their unique stamp/slant on it,but,unfortunately,not this one.
The plot involves that virus I mentioned doing its thing in Great Britain.The government builds a wall about 3/4 the way up the island,isolating much of northern England and all of Scotland.It is a no fly zone and no one can get in or out.Some satellites have been keeping an eye on things in the zone and it seems there are survivors walking the streets in Glasgow.Top that with a viral outbreak in London,and the government dispatches a team to go to Glasgow to locate a Dr.Kane who may be able to provide them with an antidote.
The team,led by Major Sinclair,heads into the wastelands and finally into Glasgow proper.They are searching a hospital,the doctors last known location,when they are jumped.Alot of the team are killed,while Sinclair and others are captured by leader Sol,who commands the cities occupants.While Sol puts on a "show" for the populace,in which one of Sinclair's team is roasted alive and eaten(!),Sinclair,along with the daughter of Dr.Kane,is rescued and they barely escape Glasgow aboard a train.
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Nothing really new here. Reminescent of John Carpenter's "Escape from New York" and "Escape from L.A.". A walled city in a dystopian future, filled with degenerate savages, must be raided by brave commandos, some of which meet an untimely end. Quite entertaining, however, if you liked those two other movies.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 13 2008
Format: DVD
Remember when we had no choice but to watch beefed-up, brainless brutes try to save the day in any ultra-violent, post-apocalyptic action thriller? Thank goodness those times have changed, and we can shout the mantra that hotness prevails even as the source of all that hotness goes about kicking the posterior of any man who dares get in her way. I don't know if Rhona Mitra could take out the likes of Milla Jovovich - but I do know that is one catfight I would pay lots of money to see. One thing I do know, however, is that Doomsday is all about Rhona Mitra. Without her, this movie crashes and burns. As others have pointed out, Doomsday is (to put it nicely) highly derivative of several earlier films; the weird thing is that most of those derivative scenes and situations are pretty stupid and over-the-top. Even the great Michael McDowell isn't in the film long enough to make his character's recidivistic little fiefdom believable, but it's the whole Mad Max society that really weighs heavily on this film's overall success (or lack thereof).

One song you won't hear on this film's hard-edged soundtrack is Blue Oyster Cult's Don't Fear the Reaper. Everybody fears the Reaper virus, as it has engulfed all of Scotland in a matter of days. Despite serious international ramifications, the British government makes the seemingly sane choice of placing the whole of Scotland in quarantine. I'm not sure how they went about building an elaborate wall all the way across the border of England and Scotland almost overnight, but build it they did, essentially sentencing every inhabitant of Scotland to a horrible death.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Charbonneau on March 8 2009
Format: DVD
Although this movie borrows from a number of other science fiction movies the story is different enough to keep it interesting. I hope to see a sequel with a return of the lead characters.
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82 of 93 people found the following review helpful
Great after-the-crash flick March 15 2008
By wiredweird - Published on
You've seen all the pieces before. The country has fallen into lawlessness, where warlords with bad haircuts rule their fiefdoms (as in Mad Max, to name just one of many). There are the government officials trying desperately to save his bu... I mean, career (My Fellow Americans). There's the insanely contagious and deadly virus (28 Days Later). And there's the way-cool babe with a gun and an attitude (Resident Evil) leading her small but brave band through it all. Oh, and a little comedic banter (any Bond film), but not enough to change the tone of the film. If you want novelty, or even plausibility, you probably ended up in the wrong theater by mistake.

So just take it for what it is: commodity entertainment, a bit bloodier than some but not off the charts, and where people keep their clothes on. Some days, I just want an adventure flick with nothing much to think about, except maybe how good Maj. Sinclair looks in that tight outfit. If that's what you're after, then "mission accomplished."

35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Leave your brain at the door and ENJOY May 19 2008
By P. Booth - Published on
Format: DVD
What a gloriously stupidly great film. Yes it stitches up bits from Escape From New York, The Mad Max trilogy, a number of Zombie flicks and throws in a bit of medieval nonsense, but it's entertaining, silly, bloody, ridiculous FUN. It's one of those movies that if you `'get it'' and are willing to forgive it a multitude of sins, not least some woeful acting from Bob Hoskins and Darren Morfitt you'll have a whole lot of old fashioned exploitation fun.

I mean in what other movie do you have a gleaming black Bently Coupe being chased by a rag tag band of evil punks in the cars from The Road Warrior all set to Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Two Tribes. Great.

Americans have not taken to Doomsday for some reason, maybe the audiences where expecting something serious and in the vein of Marshall's last film, The Descent, but Europeans who appreciate that Neil Marshall's tongue is firmly planted in his cheek are lapping it up. Enjoy
32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Is this what happens when you give Neil Marshall a big budget.... Oct. 1 2008
By Jenny J.J.I. - Published on
Format: DVD
Yes, this writer/director has been responsible for two of the best low budget horror movies of recent years. In Dog Soldiers, he melded the combat film with the werewolf movie and came out with something startlingly good. In The Descent, he crafted what was quite simply one of the scariest films of all time. So what then are we to make of Doomsday? This futuristic shocker features an amalgam of scenes lifted wholesale from other (frankly better) films -to be specific, 28 Days Later, Aliens, Escape From New York, Army of Darkness and Mad Max 2;The Road Warrior. They're all here and all of them are instantly recognizable, so much so that you cannot pass it off as coincidence. Some viewers will utter the word 'homage,' but the less charitable among us will prefer to say 'rip-off.'

As you watch Doomsday unfold, you can't stop asking yourself what Marshall hoped to accomplish here. The film must have had a decent budget and it looks great. Furthermore, he has an undeniable flair for action sequences. But though the film can never be accused of being dull, neither does it feature anything that is remotely surprising, largely because you've seen it all before. In the case of the climactic car chase, it is quite simply, Mad Max 2, down to the last detail. It's as though Marshall decided to recreate key scenes from all his favorite movies and while you grudgingly admit, he's done a fair job of copying them, you can't help yearning for a bit of originality, something that his last two films had in abundance.

The star of the movie Rhona Mitra plays it straight as tough as nails warrior who leads the charge from segment to segment. I have never seen a woman take so much pain and only have few scratches. A few more positive reviews and big American star (like Will Smith) could have push the movie over the top. Unfortunately we won't see a sequel and this is one that could have spawned one if it could have topped $40 million mark. After all they have made four SAW movies.

This feels like a serious hiccup in his career - and some murmurings about a planned sequel to The Descent don't bode well for his next offering either. The suspicion is that he's mirroring John Carpenter's career, a director who was brilliant when he had no money, but whose output became increasingly dismal as his budgets grew in size. It's a shame because few British directors get the autonomy to make films on this scale. My fingers are crossed for his future career, but on the strength of Doomsday, my expectations are not high right now.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Awesome movie, and how a blu-ray should be done! July 29 2010
By Dellamorte - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
If you've never seen Doomsday, it's great. Extremely violent, gory, post apocalypse movie packed with amazing action sequences that combine elements of other better known films such as Escape from New York, and The Road Warrior. Throw in graphic cannabalism, awesome 80's music, a strong female hero and Malcolm McDowell, and you've got pure mindless entertainment! A quick jab at all the critics of this movie - What did you expect out of a movie called 'Doomsday', anyways?

Aside from my opinion of the movie itself, this is a shining example of what blu-ray should be! The picture is consistently sharp, colors are vivid, and I did not see a SINGLE artifact or bit of digital noise. The audio is perfect - one of the better examples of dynamic surround sound I have experienced. And no matter how loud the background sound is, the speech is perfectly balanced. The only area lacking are the extras - they are ok, but it doesn't really matter when the picture and sound are this great.

This level of quality is what I expect from blu-ray. If you are looking for a disc to show off your tv and system, this is it. Kudos to Universal for setting the standard.
19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Neil Marshall has done it again March 14 2008
By Monkdude - Published on
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A great debut with Dog Soldiers, then the even better second film The Descent, and now the cherry on top called Doomsday. I just got back from seeing this film and it was a wild and crazy ride from start to finish. Sure it borrows quite a bit from Escape from New York and Road Warrior, but it is still unique enough to seperate itself from those movies. Rhona Mitra makes one sexy, tough and believable action chick. I didn't know if she could pull this kind of role off, but it worked for me.

Doomsday isn't going to win any awards and it's not better than The Descent or Dog Soldiers, but if you like your movies with plenty of action and gore, check it out and prepare to have a blast.

3 and 1/2 out of 5 stars

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