2012 (Blu-ray / DVD)

2012 on Blu-ray and DVDReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Amanda Peet, John Cusack, Explosions, CGI

Directed by Roland Emmerich

Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Oh, my sweet, sweet mama. Yeah, come on in. The lights are down way low, and we is about to get turned on by some disaster porn! Aw yeah, mama. You didn’t have to wear that dress. Get off ya feet now, baby. What’s that? You want an aircraft carrier to bulldoze the White House via tsunami? Yeah. You is kinky. We can make that happen, baby, yeah. Mmmm, shall we begin?

There’s no question. It has taken a few years, but director Roland Emmerich has finally perfected the art of 100% pure disaster porn. This is it. The big daddy. Never mind Notzilla, Independence Day, or The Day After Tomorrow. The John Cusack vehicle 2012 has them all beaten by a mile. Every conceivable disaster movie beat is not only hit here, but beaten to death right into your skull. The film is so silly … so ridiculous … so jaw-droppingly ludicrous that I’m not even going to bother with the usual plot rehash. Let’s just say that the flick is loosely based upon what’s supposed to happen when the world ends on 2012 because the Mayans decided that they didn’t want to write their calendar anymore. Those dirty bastards! Luckily Cusack is here to save his family in one big dumb scene after another. If you’re looking for said plot rehash, check out Nomad’s 2012 review here. He pretty much nails it. Our topic today is the Blu-ray and DVD review of this epic bout of accidental hilarity.

2012 on Blu-ray and DVDFor starters you have three ways you can buy the movie – the two-disc Blu-ray edition, the single-disc Blu-ray edition, and of course DVD. Let me be clear … if you have the tech, you need to see this flick in all of its high definition glory. Every scream, every explosion, every insane bit of carnage you could ever imagine short of a giant monster wrecking shit is here, and it looks and sounds amazing. I’d also hazard to say that 2012‘s robust DTS-HD Master 5.1 audio track will have your home rocking.

There’s so much included on the two-disc Blu-ray I’m not even sure where to start. Disc One of both Blu-ray editions (and the DVD) are home to the commentary track with writer/director Roland Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser. The duo lovingly discuss the giant sized effort that went into bringing this flick to life, and you’re sure to have a good time with the proceedings should you decide to watch the movie with or without the track on. For even more info try watching the movie with movieIQ and the commentary at the same time. It’s like information overload. Also included on Disc One (but not on the DVD due to technical limitations) are Picture-in-Picture: Roland’s Vision, which, when activated, will bring up a window with Emmerich talking about the on-screen action, and a short alternate ending.

Now on to Disc Two and the lion’s share of the supplemental goodies.

One sure fire way to clean up Washington!Here we have five behind-the-scenes featurettes ranging from fifteen to thirty minutes long that cover just about anything you could ever want to know about the film, the “facts” and mysteries it is based upon, and everything in-between. Also we get five deleted scenes, the music video by American Idol‘s Adam Lambert for the song “Time For Miracles”, and even a making-of featurette for the music video! That’s a lot of stimuli! In fact it’s nearly overkill, but the fun doesn’t end there either! Once we’re done with all the behind-the-scenes stuff, there’s also an Interactive Mayan Calendar for us to fiddle with on our way to zero hour on doomsday. For an idea of what’s offered, click here to check out four clips from the Designing the End of the World, Science Behind the Destruction, and Roland Emmerich: Master of the Modern Epic featurettes.

2012 is not nearly as good as it is a completely absurd good time. You’ll be cheering as the masses meet their bitter end! You’ll be laughing and stomping your feet as the world’s greatest and most famous landmarks come tumbling down. But most of all you’ll be marveling at the fact that Sony ever shelled out the millions upon millions of dollars to get this Sci-Fi channel level three-hour epic made to begin with. Don’t get me wrong — I’m glad that they did. Hardest I’ve laughed in forever!

2-Disc Blu-ray Special Features

Disc 1

  • movieIQ (BD Exclusive)
  • BD Live enabled (BD Exclusive)
  • Picture-in-Picture: Roland’s Vision (BD Exclusive)
  • Commentary with Writer/Director Roland Emmerich & Co-Writer Harald Kloser
  • Alternate Ending

    Disc 2

  • Interactive Mayan Calendar (BD Exclusive)
  • Mysteries of the Mayan Calendar featurette
  • Designing the End of the World featurette
  • Roland Emmerich: Master of the Modern Epic featurette
  • Science Behind the Destruction featurette
  • The End of the World: The Actor’s Perspective featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Countdown to the Future
  • “Time For Miracles” Music Video by Adam Lambert
  • Making the Music Video “Time For Miracles” with Adam Lambert featurette
  • Digital Copy

    Single Disc Blu-Ray Special Features

  • movieIQ (BD Exclusive)
  • Picture-in-Picture: Roland’s Vision (BD Exclusive)
  • Commentary with Writer/Director Roland Emmerich and Co-Writer Harald Kloser
  • Alternate Ending

    DVD Special Features

  • Commentary with Writer/Director Roland Emmerich and Co-Writer Harald Kloser
  • Roland Emmerich: Master of the Modern Epic featurette
  • Alternate Ending
  • Deleted Scenes
  • “Time For Miracles” Music Video by Adam Lambert


    3 out of 5

    Special Features:

    5 out of 5

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  • Steve Barton

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    • IkeCarr

      Could get off your cross ? Take that wood. Build a bridge, and get over it with GODZILLA. It’s been twelve years dude. The whole Notzilla, GINO(Godzilla In Name Only), whines went out of style ten seconds after the flick went to VHS. Sure it was a disappointment, but we got a hellacool animated series out of the deal. So things evened out at the end of the day. Sheesh.

      • The Woman In Black

        You obviously don’t know our Uncle Creepy very well. He LIVES for opportunities like these to hang himself on the cross! LOL

      • Foywonder

        “Sure it was a disappointment”

        Now that’s an understatement. We’re talking about a movie that will forever live in infamy alongside Batman & Robin, Battlefield Earth, Howard the Duck, and Heaven’s Gate as one of the worst Hollywood blockbusters of all time. Its place in cinematic infamy has already been set in stone. And no, an animated series watched by few people did not even things out.

        • Ultimo Franco

          Howard The Duck is a misunderstood 80s MASTERPIECE (or possibly disasterpiece). One of the weirdest, freakiest, just plain bonkers movies ever made. Batman & Robin and Battlefield Earth are truly horrible, but Howard is a one-of-a-kind pic that will always have a warm place in my cancer-ridden heart.

          Heaven’s Gate gets a bad rap too. The director’s cut is kind of amazing. But I know what you mean. It’s on the infamous list for whatever reason.

          The Godzilla remake sucked though. I saw it three times at the theaters, just hoping the projectionist threaded up the wrong movie by mistake. He didn’t.

          • Floydian Trip

            Heaven’s Gate destroyed a studio and an entire genre single handedly. Calling it a director’s cut is kind of a joke when the first cut he handed over was over 5 hours long. His so called director’s cut was so that the dozen or so people that have seen it didn’t go out of their minds with sheer boredom. The director’s cut cut isn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen and looks pretty amazing. I would just rather he never made it and had other, more competant people, have the opportunity to make Westerns.

        • Terminal

          You are correct sir! The animated series was terrible. Godzilla basically became a pet dinosaur in that show.

      • Uncle Creepy

        Until the sickly visages of the giant chicken iguana creature are forever wiped from my memory, no. I will not get over it.

        • Terminal

          I will always remember that movie for Hank Azaria. He was the only good thing about that shit.

      • Terminal

        What?! The animated series was garbage.