Stonehenge Apocalypse (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Stonehenge might just be a bunch of rocks, but it draws in countless visitors from all over the world. A journey to the formation can be quite memorable, in fact. But the memories made there aren’t usually ones that involve mysterious, electromagnetic mass murder. When a chamber is discovered with Egyptian relics inside, something is triggered at Stonehenge. All of the folks there to see the rocks are vaporized in an electromagnetic burst. This spurs a team of scientists to be culled together, in order to find out what happened and ensure it never happens again. When radio conspiracy theorist (Misha Collins) hears about the event, he heads out to see for himself. After all, he was once a respected researcher, though he has lost his luster these days. As events begin to turn the world upside down, can anyone uncover the truth and find a solution?

Ah, Stonehenge Apocalypse. The end of the world. Some of the worst digital effects ever seen. A script that was probably inspired by a round of Madlibs. I mean, if you’re going to have Stonehenge as the central plot device in your movie, at least budget in a minor location trip. Or if you’re too cheap to make that venture, at least make sure the monument looks halfway realistic in your digital effects output. But no. As you watch this movie, you count down the seconds until another poorly crafted CGI fireball blasts out, or yet another last second, head scratching plot turn is revealed. Stonehenge Apocalypse could have been fun, after all it has all the stuff you need for a “so bad, its good” experience. But it just doesn’t come together at all. You will either be bored all together, or at least in between laughable CGI sequences. So as much as I love dismal digital effects, its hard to recommend Stonehenge Apocalypse, even to fans of this kind of stuff.

Video: How does it look?

Stonehenge Apocalypse is presented in 1.78:1 widescreen. I found the image to be passable, but not one of the better transfers I’ve seen of late. The visuals look clear and clean, but detail doesn’t sparkle like we expect from high definition. This is a shade better than a DVD, but that’s not high praise. The colors look warm and natural though, while contrast is consistent, so there is more than good than bad here.

Audio: How does it sound?

This Dolby TrueHD 5.1 sounds good, but it doesn’t dazzle. The sound design here is quite basic, just some minor surround presence and a focus on the front channels. Even when the volcanoes erupt and the world heads toward disaster, the audio never really kicks things up a notch. The movie sounds good though, I just expected more oomph in those intense sequences. The music is well placed though, while dialogue is clear throughout.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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