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What a Disaster (film)!!

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Stan, Jul 4, 2016.

  1. Worth

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    I think the question concerned City On Fire. Regardless, both it and When Time Ran Out are dreadful films.
     
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    Could the latest BEN-HUR film also be considered a 'disaster' ?
     
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    Why? Have you seen it?
     
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    Anyone remember the Japanese film Tidal Wave? Like Godzilla in the '50's, the version that played in the US had an American actor (Lorne Greene) spliced into it. I remember seeing it on HBO and enjoying it's unconvincing yet intricate model work / special effects.

     
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    Daylight starring Stallone is in the tradition of cheesy-fun disaster movies. This is an epic that somehow I missed seeing in 1996. I've had it on blu-ray for almost ten years since I got it for "free" as a double-feature with Dante's Peak long, long ago, but somehow until last night I didn't watch it. Imho enjoyable for fans of the genre. Has anyone else seen it? Trailer below....



    daylight movie poster.
     
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    Yep, I've seen it several times and have it on HD-DVD. There are some really involving moments, and the death of one of the characters was really a surprise so early on, but the "happy" ending seemed very contrived.
     
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    I agree that the ending was pretty unbelievable, but up until then there was some minimum level of "realism" in most scenes. And as you say, a few emotional moment with the mayhem.

    PS The PQ for the blu-ray is good enough, but at the start there are bits of dust, etc. I'd say the PQ is overall a "B-," which is what it also is for Dante's Peak. Strangely the disaster movies of the 70s mostly have better PQ than these two from the 90s.

    One source says that the production budget of Daylight was as high as $90 million (with c.10m for Stallone?). Anyway, it looks like probably lost money, although with home video maybe it broke even?

    Daylight
    Domestic Total Gross: $33,023,469
    Distributor: Universal Release Date: December 6, 1996
    Genre: Action Drama Runtime: 1 hrs. 45 min.
    MPAA Rating: PG-13 Production Budget: N/A
    Total Lifetime Grosses
    Domestic: $33,023,469 20.7%
    + Foreign: $126,189,000 79.3%
    = Worldwide: $159,212,469
     
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    Here are my top disaster movies released from 1990-1999....

    Titanic: A+
    Dante's Peak: A-
    Deep Impact: A-
    Twister: A-
    Independence Day: A-
    Outbreak: B+
    Daylight: B+
    Armageddon: B
    Volcano: C+
     
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    Since this thread was revived after three years, I guess I'll toss in a few of my faves.

    Knowing
    Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
    Last Night (an unknown Canadian one from around 1999)
    Maggie (might not "fit" the category)
     
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