Many compare Deep Impact with Armageddon. They are both about an object from
space hitting the earth, threatening to end all life. It is there the comparison ends.
Deep Impact is more a drama than a Sci-Fi excuse to show off digital effects. The
characters are ones you can relate to, people that you wind up caring about. The young
astronomer (Elijah Wood) that discovers the comet is the typical 14 year old boy in the
astronomy club, awkward, especially around the pretty girl in the club he likes. This boy
grows up fast and learns to accept responsibility far better than many adults around him.
The young researcher (Tea Leoni)for MSNBC that feels her boss is holding her back and all
she wants to do is be a TV anchor and deal with remarriage of her father and the
alcoholism of her mother. The older astronaut played by Robert Duval, that is laughed at
by his younger crew members as a relic from the past. The same feeling I get when I tell
my 14 year old daughter about the Mercury space shots. In all, excellent performances by
the humans of the story. The special effects are there to assist, not take center stage.
The DVD itself is great. Not much for added features but with a story like this you will
be glued to the screen watching it not scanning the disc for add ons. The sound is
realistic. Each pen dropped on the desk, each footstep is realistic. The surround sound
Dolby 5.1 is a true test of your equipment. The video transfer is crisp and clean. There
is only the 1:235 letterbox on the disc but that is all you need. I saw this in pan and
scan from tape and you miss al the reaction shots as the cast interacts. Get this one,
it's a keeper