'Doomsday - 3 Catastrophic Mini-Series'
(Eriq La Salle, Anne Heche, Billy Campbell, Marla Sokoloff, Tiffani Thiessen, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / 2016 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Enjoy 3 Extinction-Level Mini-Series' all safely packaged within one collection!
DVD Verdict: Blackout (2012) - Color - Not Rated -
Starring: Eriq La Salle, Anne Heche, James Brolin, and Sean Patrick Flanery. All it takes is a glitch in the system of our lives to expose our deepest fears. What happens then? The answer comes in shock waves when an unprecedented conspiracy pitches the West Coast into total darkness.
After being charged with hacking into the Pentagon security system, computer-whiz Josh Martin is kidnapped during house arrest and delivered to a shadowy criminal known as Charles Keller. Requested to hack into the state’s highly advanced electrical system and shut it down, it’s clear what Keller wants—total chaos. When California goes dark, he gets what he wants. And tonight, no one will be prepared for what’s about to happen.
Featuring an all-star cast that includes Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Eriq La Salle (E.R.), Emmy winner Anne Heche (Men in Trees), Emmy and Golden Globe winner James Brolin (Category 7), Billy Zane (Titanic), Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints), Bruce Boxleitner (Tron:Legacy) and Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite), 'Blackout' strikes at our deepest and darkest fears—it’s a cautionary thriller for a paranoid age.
Meteor (2009) - Color - TV-14 - Starring: Billy Campbell, Marla Sokoloff, Christopher Lloyd, Stacy Keach, Jason Alexander, and Michael Rooker. In 'Meteor,' two massive rocks, tumbling debris older than the solar system itself, collide in space. The course has been altered. The target is Earth.
In a remote observatory, Dr. Lehman (Emmy winner Christopher Lloyd, Back to the Future), discovers a meteor approximately three times the size of Mount Everest barreling its way towards Earth. His devoted young assistant Imogene O'Neill (Marla Sokoloff, The Practice) feverishly types in the coordinates only to find the previously identified meteor named Kassandra is headed their way. It's only the beginning of their troubles as showers of smaller meteorites begin to lay waste to major cities around the globe.
The impending disaster brings out the best and the worst sides in people as they cope by either lending a helping hand or taking advantage of the situation. Time is running out in 'Meteor', in which eye-popping effects, explosive human drama, and hair-raising action combine to create a suspenseful, thrilling and dramatic two-part mini series.
Pandemic (2007) - Color - Not Rated - Starring: Tiffani Thiessen, French Stewart, Faye Dunaway, Eric Roberts, and Vincent Spano. What happens when the deadly strain of an unknown virus multiplies second by second, person by person? What happens when an entire city is put under a government sanctioned quarantine? What happens when the source of the virus is as elusive as the cure? What happens is a Pandemic.
In truth, this might have been an interesting movie. The story line of a pandemic spreading like wildfire may be a cliché, but when done well, could have been decent. Unfortunately, after reviewing this movie I simply had to laugh at things that were not taken care of anywhere near a "real world" scenario. For instance, if you were trying to keep 6 million people in one place, you'd use more than a single wooden 2x4 painted barricade across the road! An interesting premise, but that's all it is - a premise that went into production as a "movie" without any further thought; sorry. These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.