New Release: Dante's Peak Blu-ray

Dante's PeakDante’s Peak, the most realistic of the two movies from 1997 about a volcano eruption — the other was Volcano, with Tommy Lee Jones fighting against volcano eruption in Los Angeles, yep, seriously — arrived on Blu-ray on July 26, 2011, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

The action adventure film stars Pierce Brosnan (The Thomas Crown Affair) as a volcano specialist who, with Linda Hamilton (Terminator), playing the mayor of Dante’s Peak, try to convince the residents that the second most desirable place to live in America is soon to be no more. When the long dormant volcano under the city wakes up, Brosnan and Hamilton are in the thick of it … so to speak.

Rated PG-13, the natural disaster movie grossed a nice $178 million when it was in theaters.

Dante's Peak Blu-ray boxOn Blu-ray, Universal included these special features:

  • “Getting Close to the Show: The Making of Dante’s Peak
  • commentary with director Roger Donaldson and produce designer Dennis Washington
  • My Scenes bookmarking feature
  • and the Pocket Blu app that allows smart phones to interact with Blu-ray players.

The first two were on the Collector’s Edition DVD released in 2005, but that DVD also contained a bunch more extras that so far are not planned for the Blu-ray. The Blu-ray’s commentary and featurette also were on HD DVD version of the film, which was Dante’s Peak‘s high-definition debut in 2007.

The movie has been released on Blu-ray in other world regions.

The U.S. Blu-ray is priced at $19.98.

Here’s the movie’s trailer from when it was released on VHS:


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.