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Rain of Fire [Import]

Kirk Douglas , Simon Ward , Alberto De Martino    Unrated   DVD

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3.0 out of 5 stars Holocaust 2000 - a better Omen sequel than the actual Omen sequels Sept. 20 2010
By Trevor Willsmer - Published on Amazon.com
Alberto De Martino's Anglo-Italian Holocaust 2000 aka Rain of Fire aka The Chosen is another post-Omen ripoff with an ageing Hollywood star jumping on the Satanic conspiracy bandwagon, in this case Kirk Douglas as a powerful industrialist whose plans to build a controversial nuclear power plant in the Holy Land might just trigger the End of Days. Naturally, he doesn't see it that way at first, but even before he dismisses one critic by urging him to "Stop talking like a ridiculous prophet of the Apocalypse! I'm not counting on God. I'm putting my faith in nuclear energy!", you can see where this is heading even if he can't. But a few deaths courtesy of the odd celebrity victim in the supporting cast like Anthony Quayle or Virginia McKenna, one ominous computer printout, a fertile fling with Agostina Belli's photographer and a chance meeting with Romolo Valli's priest later and he's having nightmarish visions of the Apocalypse and, this being the 70s when you had more chance of getting Sylvia Kristel to keep her clothes on in a film than Kirk, we're having nightmarish full-frontal visions of Douglas running naked through the desert as he gradually comes to believe that his proposed seven-towered nuclear plant might just be the seven-head Beast of the Book of Revelations and that his unborn child might just be AntiChrist (a common ailment with ageing movie stars in the 70s) while screaming "We're not seven-headed monsters bringing about the Apocalypse!" at his corporate minions. Luckily - or perhaps not - he's teamed up with the Vatican's only pro-abortion priest to kill the sprog, but things don't quite go to plan and thanks to his angelic son Simon Ward he finds himself in a rubber room in Adolfo Celi's steel and glass asylum: well, Kirk did always want to make One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest...

LionsGate's US DVD, released as Rain of Fire, is the European version with the original open ending: for the shorter US cut, a clumsy and rushed epilogue (not included on the DVD, though it can be found on YouTube) was added by editing shots of a board meeting, Douglas arriving at an airport, a body double sewing dynamite into his suit and a stock footage explosion together to laughable effect. Otherwise there are surprisingly few moments of unintentional comedy, though Douglas' reaction to the semi-decapitation of the Israeli Prime Minister by a helicopter and his gurning expression when passing out after being drugged are spit-your-coffee-across-the-room ones. You can see the twist coming a mile off, but while it offers no surprises and is about as frightening as processed cheese, it's easygoing schlock entertainment with some class and a decent budget, and it's probably a better Omen sequel than the actual sequels.
4.0 out of 5 stars Just like the Omen Feb. 1 2014
By ShoShiggety - Published on Amazon.com
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good movie - worth watching. I stumbled across it recently. Too bad not promoted as much as other movies. So
3.0 out of 5 stars Holocaust 2000 revisited. Jan. 17 2014
By The Baron - Published on Amazon.com
Kirk Douglas is Robert Caine, a wealthy and powerful man who is in the process of creating a powerful nuclear reactor. Unfortunately for him, and the world, sinister forces appear to be at work behind the scenes, propelling the world toward Armageddon. This film obviously takes it's cues from The Omen (Two-Disc Collector's Edition), but in the end it's not up to that classic film's level. Kirk Douglas gives a decent performance, but he does get a bit manic as the film goes on. Simon Ward is Angel Caine, his ever-present and faithful son. Hats off to Ward for his performance. He far outshines Douglas. There is a lack of subtlety here as the anti-nuclear message is driven home a tad too vehemently and some of the performances shade over into the territory of parody. However, Ennio Morricone's score goes a long way toward smoothing out the rough patches. Previously known as Holocaust 2000 and The Chosen, Rain of Fire is basically a somewhat clunky imitation, but it does have it's charms.
5.0 out of 5 stars A great "lost" movie along the lines of "Omen" Jan. 16 2014
By David Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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They wanted WAY too much on ebay, found it on Amazon for a more than reasonable price. I enjoyed it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Holocaust 2000 (1977) Dec 10 2013
By Bartok Kinski - Published on Amazon.com
The end is near! Citizens protest! Worldwide panic spreads across the globe! A nuclear holocaust threatens us all! The monstrous beast will rise from the ocean to consume all life! Earth will become a scorched wasteland!

Who ought to care about why the hell this movie punctuates so much on the Apocalypse? The Italians certainly had been ashamed of making this film in the first place! Even our priests who run the churches would be in for a mass uproar about the falsity this delivers. But heck, this is the movies!

Words cannot describe this sordid, terrible drama, acting more of a drunken Shakespearean play about nuclear fear than anything else. A poor planning in developing a good story and lousy writing makes this the perfect glass of sour milk. One of our best well-known movie stars, Kirk Douglas, has a few embarrassing performances, one of which is when he stands out naked in front of visions of rising monsters from the ocean. Also, it makes a failed attempt at showing off any suspenseful magic about the supernatural. Either it is Douglas who thinks the Great Flood has come, or just a coincidence of Mother Nature rising the ocean tide.

The movie actually gets a further beating on trying to be a meaningless horror / splatter film, which wants to show off uselessly. HOLOCAUST 2000 is good if you want to see Kirk Douglas star in a movie so horrifying in its pitiful execution and directing skills. What does this movie want to be when it fouls up? A DOOMSDAY BOMB!

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