SRP $29.99 2.35:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 PARAMOUNT

After a horrible series of events, the Pentagon is investigating whether or not an electromagnetic pulse weapon has caused the earth’s “Core” to stop rotating.  The “Core” and its rotation create a magnetic shield protecting the entire planet from radiation and much more.  It has become clear that the increasing number of global horrors manifesting are all related to this problem, and Dr. Keyes(Aaron Eckhart) has done the research and testing to prove it.  He also demonstrates that the planet is doomed unless the core is somehow jump-started again!  This feat can be done with a 1,000 ton megaton nuclear explosion between the earth’s inner and outer core.  And, as luck would have it, Dr. Brazzelton(Delroy Lindo) has been busy for the past twenty years developing a vehicle that can make this journey without being destroyed in the process.  Brazzelton has figured out all of the requirements, but lacks the financial resources. Of course, this changes instantly when the government issues him 50 billion dollars!

From this point on, most of the film focuses on the men(and woman) actually taking part in the mission.  Unfortunately, the cast is much better than the script they have to work with, and many of inner-conflicts plaguing these characters are tired and even ridiculous.  The script offers very little that’s new.  This is the biggest problem of “THE CORE”!  The conflict, characters, everything are all replaceable!  “ARMAGEDDON”, “DEEP IMPACT” and many other films have dealt with similar themes, only in a much superior way.  

However, Director Jon Amiel does move the story along at a steady pace, and even at over two hours, it’s never actually dull.

PARAMOUNT has preserved the film’s 2.35:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement.  It looks terrific!  Colors are solid and the detail throughout the film is extremely impressive.  It’s a slick image with no artifacts or other compression-related problems.  Contrast is fine, offering typically deep blacks and grays. Fleshtones appear natural. 

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It’s extremely aggressive.  One can wish that the script had been even a fraction as creative as the mix is here.  There are enough directional/panning/discrete effects to really recommend this as a Demonstration disc!  There are also plenty of LFE(.1) effects, so it’s a great way to show off a subwoofer as well!  Even within layers of sound effects and music, dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.   

PARAMOUNT has provided some extras for this release.  To begin with, Jon Amiel provides a commentary, and it offers a detailed look at the film’s technical side of production.  Of course, little is offered relating to the film’s script development, etc.  It’s not a bad commentary, but only for die-hard fans of the film.

“TO THE CORE AND BACK: THE MAKING OF THE CORE” is a featurette offering brief interviews with the film’s cast and crew about the film.  It’s entirely promotional.

“DECONSTRUCTING OF THE VISUAL EFFECTS” is a compilation of mini-featurettes exploring the development of various effects for different disaster scenes.  While brief, it’s hard not to enjoy and appreciate the true creativity expressed here.  It’s the most original aspect of the whole film. 

Ten deleted and extended scenes are compiled in their own section.  An option for director’s commentary is also offered.  Only one offers any sense of character or plot development, and the rest were certainly, correctly excised.

Several trailers are also included.