Widescreen (Please note that the Rated version is available
ONLY in Full Screen 1.33:1 while the unrated version is available
in both formats)
in English, Spanish and French
Spanish and French
Spanish and French
||101 and 113
minutes (Unrated “Director’s Cut”)
||NR and R
Makers is about the creation of all the ghouls and beasties
featured in the film. Rock Formation follows The Rock going
through the amkeup process.
a featurette about military advisor, Tom McAdams, who trained
the cast in weapons and tactics./Rock Formation follows The
Rock going through the amkeup process./
Shooter Sequence gives us the lowdown on how the sequence was
created. It's followed by the full section which was edited
down for the theatrical release.
is perhaps the most interesting of the extras. Talking head
interviews give us a history of the game as well as people's
first experiences with "Doom."
||Jarhead", "First Descent",
gives you helpful hints for playing "Doom 3." / If you own an
X-Box, you can play a demo of the game as well.
Urban,Raz Adoti,Rosamond Pike
There’s something refreshing
about monster flicks. “Doom” definitely belongs to the monster
flick subgenre of science fiction masquerading as horror.
What I really like is that there’s plenty of action and no
pretense when it comes to the plot; we’re not going to get
well developed characters that we care for and touching moments.
No we’re going to get scenes of bodies torn apart, gore, body
fluids leaking everywhere and a big mess that no one wants
to clean up. “Doom” may be derivative but it wears its derivative
nature on its sleeve. Sarge (yep, that’s his name) (The Rock)
leads an elite team of Marines on an emergency mission to
Mars. It seems an alarm has been triggered indicating that
something bad has happened at this research facility. Some
sort of creature is lurking in the shadows making mince meat
of some folks and infecting them with some sort of nasty bug
that changes people. Sarge must figure out who the good guys
are, who the bad guys are nd how to kill the thing that’s
stalking them before there’s a chance it can migrate to Earth.
If you have no expectations
for “Doom” you’ll enjoy it for what it is; a big, loud B-movie
with well developed rippling muscles. This isn’t a movie about
the acting but about reacting and all the actors do a solid
job of providing just enough character moments to make them
into something other than CGI game figures. Interestingly
the plot to this movie has little to do with “Doom” itself
which focused on a portal opened by accident to Hell unleashing
various nasty creatures from there. Instead, the plot for
this film borrows from “Resident Evil” (which that game, in
turn, ripped off from “Night of the Living Dead” which borrowed
its ideas from Richard Matheson’s novel “I Am Legend” and
the film of it made with Vincent Price “The Last Man on Earth”).
This is about as close as you’ll getto a gaming experience
without actually playing the game itself. You may well ask
why watch it then? The Rock will act as the perfect lure to
pull your girlfriend (or wife) into the experience before
he or she realizes how truly awful the movie is. As a monster/zombie
movie it’s pretty decent with plenty of flashy effects and
lots of gore. Suspense doesn’t exist simply because that requires
some subtly. By the way the film is offered in both an unrated
version which runs about 12 minutes longer and a rated version
that has less gore. I’d suggest going for the gusto folks.
You only live once.
The good news—“Doom” looks pretty
darn good in this anamorphic presentation. Colors are ripe
and the blood that spews is ruby red just as it should be
in a movie of this sort. Clarity and definition are both sharp
but the film does suffer from edge enhancement, a touch of
macro blocking in a few darker, active scenes and a bit of
shimmer as well. So you’ll get all your gore and you’ll be
able to see it, too. The audio sounds impressive with a nice
5.1 mix. The music adds oodles to the atmospheric quality
of the film and that comes across with remarkable clarity
pounding out of the speakers as only a heavy metal soundtrack
can at just the right fearful moments. Yep its overkill but
these types of films were made for that. Oh and the tender
love theme sounded great as well with its mix of fruity violins.
It plays whenever you hear the bullets flying around the room.
Just kidding. ---
news—I have the feeling that we’re going to see a double dip
here in a couple of months based on the special features here.
“Basic Training” showcases former Marine Tom McAdams who trained
the actors. We get to see various exercises they do as part
of their “bonding” process and also so they learn to act like
a real unit. “Rock-Formation” allows you to see (SPOILER FOLKS!)
how The Rock turns from ordinary man into a nasty creature.
“Master Monster Makers” takes us on a tour of the CGI and
make up designs that highlight the film. “First Person Shooter”
shows the development of the film’s most challenging and faithful
scene was created for the film. The section concludes with
the final sequence which you can view outside of the body
of the film. “Doom” Nation” focuses on the origin of the game.
W learn quite a bit about the differences of the various versions
of “Doom” from the original simplified game to the more complex
more interaxctive Doom 3. Tied into that is a demo for “Doom
3” that you can play but only if you have an X-Box. ---
to hear anybody talking over the sound of rushing bullets? Really
isn’t that the only commentary you need? ---
an enjoyable B-movie, don’t expect originality or depth from
“Doom”. If you go into the film accepting it for what it is
(an adaptation of the game and knock off of “Aliens” and other
films of that type) you’ll enjoy it. The special features
are on the light side suggesting that we’re in for a double
dip in about six months. My suggestion rent the video, enjoy
it and then play the game. In a couple of months you’ll have
a double disc special edition with commentary and all sorts
of cool extra stuff to kill time. Where’s Peter Jackson’s
off beat sense of humor when we need it?