2012 : DVD Review

Available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD on January 18 with hours of bonus features including Discovery Channel's 2012 Apocalypse Featurette, deleted scenes, alternate ending and more

Just in time to make it onto your 2021 Best Lockdown Movies List here is the 4K UHD release of 2012 the story of the apocalypse!

2012 (2009)Director Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day), presents the ultimate action-adventure movie, 2012 which is available for the first time on 4K Ultra HD on January 18 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

As the earth faces a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions, cities collapse and continents crumble. 2012 brings an end to the world and tells of the heroic struggle of the survivors. Exploding with groundbreaking special effects and irresistibly entertaining, 2012 stars John Cusack (Love & Mercy, High Fidelity), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Amanda Peet (The Whole Ten Yards) , Danny Glover (Jumanji: The Next Level) and Woody Harrelson (Zombieland Double Tap, The People Vs Larry Flynt).

I love this film and rewatch it regularly it’s easily one of the best apocalypse movies ever made along with the likes of The Day After Tomorrow. I rewatched it in early 2020 along with a huge list of other Lockdown movies (Shaun of the Dead, 28 Days Later etc., etc.) as my wife and I battened down the hatches and waited for this virus to blow over. But as we begin 2021 the vi run persists, so why not enjoy this one all over again, only in ultra high definition? Deeper blacks! Sharper colours and you can literally feel the sweat on the brow of our everyman hero John Cusack in one of his most enjoyable performances alongside Con Air. Elsewhere in the cast we have the seemingly long-since retired from acting Amanda Peet who puts in a fine performance, but is given fairly little to do. And Chiwetel Ejiofor who gets a bigger part than in Love Actually!

But it’s the storyline of one man trying to get his (ex)-wife and kids to the relative safety of huge arcs before the storm really hits that sucks the audience in and holds their attention, even on a rewatch the tension is palpable. Nicely directed and well acted (for a crazy blockbuster) 2012 may not quite be the thinking man’s apocalypse movie but it has a few genuine messages such as the subplot involving the character played (so well) by Woody Harrelson. But that’s what you get when you commit to a movie that might seem far-fetched, if you thrown in the likes of Cusack, Peet and Harrelson you get intelligent actors in the mix and that’s what gives this film the infinite rewatch factor. You put in no-name (no experience) actors and you get a very different film.

2012 may not keep you guessing, but it will keep you entertained and excited throughout. Add it to your Lockdown Movie list now!



  • Discovery Channel’s 2012 Apocalypse Featurette


  • Interactive Mayan Calendar

  • 5 Featurettes on Bringing the Epic to Life

  • Deleted Scenes

  • Alternate Ending

  • Picture-in-Picture: Roland’s Vision

  • Feature Commentary

  • Adam Lambert Music Video

2012 has a runtime of 2h 38mins and is rated 12

Author : Kevin Stanley