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Disaster flick ‘2012’ bombards DVD players

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No one is safe from Roland Emmerich’s “2012,” least of all the audience.

The movie serves as Emmerich’s greatest hits, compiling the finest natural disasters money can buy into one cataclysmic picture. Earthquakes rip California in half. Tsunamis submerge the Himalayas. Fireballs rain from the skies above Yellowstone National Park. It’s the end of days, as prophesized by the Mayans and delivered in Emmerich’s trademark, bombastic fashion.

John Cusack heads “2012,” playing an author who’s on the outs with his ex-wife (Amanda Peet) and two kids. While vacationing in Yellowstone, they encounter panicked scientists who hastily explain that enhanced solar climaxes could signal our planet’s demise.

As characters race to board an ark that will preserve selected survivors, Emmerich tosses everything but the kitchen sink at them, leading to countless close calls and near-death experience in this PG-13 thriller. The effects, as expected, are special but the rest of the overlong “2012” is not.

Regardless of how you feel about “2012,” there’s no denying it loses impact when taken off the big screen. The set pieces play better when larger. But outside the film, Sony’s DVD packs deleted scenes, an alternate ending, a commentary track and a music video for Adam Lambert’s “Time for Miracles.”

The movie – *1/2 out of 4
The DVD – *** out of 4

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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