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Armageddon (1998)

NOTE: This commentary is only available on the Criterion Collection edition.

Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director Michael Bay, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and actors Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck Rating:8.2/10 (36 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by bassdrum on June 16th, 2004:Find all reviews by bassdrum
There are two commentary tracks on the Criterion DVD , which I believe was their last Laserdisc title . It's best to go to the Criterion website ( criterionco.com ) . if you're looking at buying this based on the commentary . Ben Affleck is a lot funnier than you may think . The realities of the movie business are mentioned in the first track , and these people mention the competing films around the time they were making it and Bruce talks about whether his character was going to die affected his feelings on accepting the film in the first place .
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 27th, 2007:Find all reviews by pat00139
Right from the start, I'll tell you the best part of this commentary is Ben Affleck making fun of the logical flaws of the story. He says he asked Michael Bay why it would be easier to train drillers to become astronauts than to train astronauts to be drillers. Mr. Bay just told Ben Affleck to shut up. Mr. Willis gives out a few nice shots. Apart from the producer, everybody gets some laughs in. Mr. Bay also swears a lot and gets a few laughs in the process. He gives out a lot of on-set stories, as do everything body else. The director and Ben Affleck dominate the track but that's okay because they're more interesting than the other two. The two actors talk about making a big budget movie, while the two crew members talk about putting together such a big budget movie. You get some praise but thankfully the editors over at Criterion keep that to a minimum. It's a wonderfully informative and entertaining track. As far as commentaries edited together go, this one is very good.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on July 6th, 2011:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
Quite simply one of the best audio commentaries I have ever heard. director Bay and producer Bruckheimer have fascinating stories to tell. Bruce Willis adds some deadpan comments and Affleck is legitimately hilarious. All participants are recorded separately, but the track is perfectly edited together.
Commentary 2: Astronaut Joe Allen, asteroid consultant Ivan Bekley, and director of photography John Schwartzman Rating:8.5/10 (26 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by bassdrum on June 16th, 2004:Find all reviews by bassdrum
The second track is very informative and brings a different dimension to this 'popcorn' movie - the experts talk about how plausible certain things are scientifically . Most Criterion films are NOT like this one , to put it mildly - they are mostly much more serious or 'arty' films .
Reviewed by pat00139 on March 27th, 2007:Find all reviews by pat00139
From the start, Mr. Bekey basically nullifies the premise of the movie pretty much by saying that even though it's a big-ass sky, NASA would still see an asteroid that big. He also talks about the ways NASA thought of dealing with such a problem if it were to really happen. He also talks a lot about the things that could and could not happen in the movie. For example, the refueling of the shuttles is missing a really important part, but drilling an asteroid is one of the options NASA would consider (although what the movie does with it is probably not quite accurate). His description of the nuclear bomb is also quite funny. These are really interesting comments. Dr. Allen talks a lot about NASA and fills in the details about all the astronaut stuff. He talks about all the things NASA could do, the vehicles, the launch and other, um, astronaut stuff. He gives out some interesting pieces of information. For example, a commercial airliner gets up to about 500 miles an hour but the space shuttle goes up to 18000 miles an hour when exiting the earth, which by the way, takes about 8 minutes to do. It takes me over an hour to go downtown, for crying out loud. Given enough money, I could literally go around the world and back in that time. Mr. Schwartzman's most interesting explanation is how they shot the real shuttle launch. They had to do a lot of testing and a lot of guessing to shoot the thing. All their experience showed off, though. They had some 16 cameras to shoot and he says there's not one piece of stock footage of a shuttle. He mostly talks of the production but he also gives out his opinions. This is a very informative and interesting track, and probably more fun than the movie itself.
Reviewed by Pineapples101 on July 6th, 2011:Find all reviews by Pineapples101
A fascinating commentary. NASA consultant Dr. Joe Allen and asteroid consultant Ivan Bekey cover the technical science stuff - explaining where and why the film takes liberties - while Cinematographer John Schwartzman covers not only his DP side of things, but has many fascinating production stories, plus interesting insights into his friendship and career with Michael Bay.
Reviewed by sedna on April 25th, 2013:Find all reviews by sedna
This is definitely a very good commentary. I reeeally liked the consultant's comments about the possibilities and probabilities of something like that happening. The bulk of the commentary is from the DP, who shares really great technical information and on-set stories. This is one of those commentaries that's edited quite well and does not have dead silence throughout or uninteresting banter. Everyone has something of interest to share. Listen to this. Criterion rarely disappoints with commentaries.