UMD, DVD <i>Doom</i>-ed on February 9

Critically lambasted movie adaptation of id's seminal shooter will hit home video next year.

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After months of hype, the movie adaptation of Doom finally premiered in theaters on October 23. After earning just $15.5 million its first weekend, the film suffered one of the worst box-office declines ever recorded. Thanks in part to excoriating reviews, the sci-fi actioner lost over half its viewing audience in its second week, grossing an anemic $7.5 million. With a reported budget of over $70 million, it ended its theatrical run with under $30 million in ticket sales, far below expectations.

Eager to lessen its losses, Doom's distributor, Universal Studios, has announced that the film is coming to home video on February 7, 2006. The distributor is actively going after the gamer demographic, releasing the film on both DVD and UMD, the PlayStation Portable's proprietary media format. Both versions of the film will cost $29.98.

Though information about the extras on the UMD was scarce, the Doom DVD--available in anamorphic widescreen and full-frame versions--will be unrated and will come with a plethora of extras. Those will include an "unrated first-person shooter sequence," as well as three featurettes: Game On!, Doom Nation, and Basic Training.

Directed by Andrezj Bartowiak (Cradle 2 tha Grave, Romeo Must Die), Doom stars former pro wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and New Zealander Karl Urban (Lord of the Rings, Bourne Supremacy). Like the games, it follows a group of space marines investigating an experiment gone awry at a top-secret laboratory on Mars.

Discussion

38 comments
CCyberDDemon
CCyberDDemon

.... doom 3 is already bad to many oldschool wise-players, and everything is worse now with that movie, closing the stinks door of incapacity with a golden key.

rahxephon63
rahxephon63

The movie would have been better if it stayed true to the Invasion from Hell formula..i mean copme on guys..i saw the movie..and besides the FPS scene there was nothing cool about it..

Gadwin100
Gadwin100

Kind of like Resident Evil like above said, however I feel as if this movie was completely kickbutt. I feel it improved upon something like RE. I recommend this movie to those who like action.

Piromanaz
Piromanaz

They shouldv been sticking to the mutants from hell, not the mutants from a some kind of stupid virus. It was a lacky movie and kind of reminded me the T-Virus and Resident Evil.

vfx_fan
vfx_fan

What we really need are studio execs willing to take risks and experiment with things. A scientific experiment gone haywire has been done way more than opening the gates of Hell, at least in mainstream movies. If the filmmakers followed the "Doom 3" storyline and ditched The Rock in exchange for someone who could act, the film would've been perfect. Let's face it, "Doom 3" may not be the best FPS in the world, but it had an engaging story that made me continue playing it. I'm probably one of the few that thinks video game movie adaptations could still work. We just need good writers, good actors, and good directors, for once.

NeoJedi
NeoJedi

The movie was aweful, bad acting, bad script, even the effects were bad. I really thought, at one point, that I was watching a Uwe Boll movie. Let's hope Spy Hunter, the other Rock game based movie, will be better... but I highly doubt it. I give the movie a 3/10.

n2Deepeth
n2Deepeth

Hopefully, it won't come out at the same time as Final Fantasy Advent Children. I'm pretty sure what most gamers would buy during that week.

CyphenX
CyphenX

Directed by the same guy who directed Cradle 2 the Grave? I saw that movie and boy was it bad. I haven't seen Doom and while I had a slight interest before, I now vow to avoid that movie like the plague. P.S. I was kind of wary when I hear about a first person action sequence, but later I heard it was the only good sceen in the entire movie.

ranger_waha
ranger_waha

That's what burnable dvd's are for, not that I would ever cheat the movie industry like that...*cough*

nemes1s3000
nemes1s3000

It wasn't that bad, it didn't do that horrible at the box office either.

Woodchuck
Woodchuck

Yeah, people are going to pay $30 for a crap movie on DVD when regular DVDs with good movies cost $20 at the most. Genius.

gmoney983
gmoney983

All you guys are crazy! This adaptation of Doom was not that bad at all. Acting was sub par, but the story itself was actually pretty good. The first person aspect was inventive and the first time ever done on the big screen. It was fun to see even though it did not work as well as it does in the game. Thankfully it was not overdone. I like when filmmakers take a risk like that. You guys have to realize that in the movies you cannot get away with certain things you can in a video game. Can you imagine if the original Resident Evil movie was exactly like the video game. Come on Jill "The Master Of Unlocking" Valentine lockpicking her way in and out of mansion doors and solving puzzles for two hours. While blasting slow moving zombies and huge spiders. Come on guys. Not a fun time at the movies. If the movie could take the time to develop the characters, creatures and set up like the game could the movie would have been 10+ hours. In the movies you only have two hours to get to the point and make sense of it all. so you cannot blame the filmmakers that took a few liberties with the plot to make it work. On top of that they are marketing not just to us gamers, but non gamers as well. Turning the story into a virus rather then opening the gates of hell makes for a more plausible story to market. This is coming from a guy who has played Doom to death since it's inception. Don't bag on Doom I felt they really tried with this one. Not like the horrible Resident Evil: Apocalypse. I don't think any amount of life support is gonna save this series short of hiring David S. Goyer to write it and have George Romero direct it. So do yourself a favor and go out and buy Doom when it hits store and turn off your brain for two hours and just enjoy Doom for what it is. A straight up pull no punches action extravaganza! Oh yeah when is the last time you paid full retail for a brand new mainstream movie on dvd. If you ever did get a clue. That's when you need to go to your local Best Buy or Wal Mart and seek out the discounted price.

billa_gorilla1
billa_gorilla1

I never got around to seeing the movie, but judging from the other comments was this story based on some mutant experiments and not sticking to the Doom 3 story on PC?? They just slit their wrists just there if they did. I liked the story from Doom3

mangodude202
mangodude202

i thought itd be cool to have a movie look like a first person shooter. thats pretty much y i went to see it.... there wasnt nearly enough and the small amount they did show, stunk like farts.... smelly farts.

UnlivedPhalanx
UnlivedPhalanx

the first person parts were the best, other than that the movie was pretty bad.

Dvaquero1916
Dvaquero1916

It would have been a far more interesting movie if they had stuck to the hell angle rather than come up with some hack virus story, I thought it was resident evil for a second. Then I came to the realization that it wasn't because Resident Evil was actually a good movie. DOOM = CRAP

raiden7890
raiden7890

i thought the movie was horrible...it shamed the game

fynne
fynne

Yowch !!! A $40million loss is gonna hurt the ol balance sheet....

clifftrapremove
clifftrapremove

Wow... that was fast... well i think i might get this movie just out of pity and i heard it was an ok movie. ..

CSM55
CSM55

Eh, you're syupid if you buy it on UMD anyway. Just the movie, no special features, and $15 more than the regular dvd. If you were SMART, you'd be ripping the movie to the memory stick from the dvd. But then again, if you were smart, you wouldn't be buying a PSP

89456
89456

Do they really think they can get away with selling it at $29.98. That's highway robbery! No one will buy it at that rate, not even fans of the games.

CSM55
CSM55

ACTUALLY, it hit theatres on the 21st which is a FRIDAY and not the 23rd which is SUNDAY. Poor Gamespot, maybe SOMEDAY they'll get their factchecking in order

wiz4ha
wiz4ha

5/10. As a movie, quite terrible. As a 2 hour action romp, still not good. There are many better options. Good Visual Effects though. It would have been better just to film someone playing Doom 3 for 2 hours.

skakidinabox
skakidinabox

6/10 if you like violence enough to think it can *almost* drive a story line. 3/10 if you think otherwise.

Fang_Z
Fang_Z

bs, i give in a 10 for action 3 for acting

bryehngeocef
bryehngeocef

alot of movies that bomb at box office do well on DVD. i'd give it a 3.

snarple_basic
snarple_basic

I thought it look stupid once i saw the 1st person gun scenes, i haven't seen it but since i like the game ill probably rent it.... Besides id rather see it unrated then rated

coolcool23
coolcool23

Id give it a 6/10. They changed the plot a lot, and there wasnt much story other than commandos blasting the heck out of mutants. (Although that's kind of what the game is like anyways)

MetaMods
MetaMods

1 (even I was big fans of Doom game)

Sabooya
Sabooya

i havent seen it anyone wanna rate it 1-10?

Voodoo2k3
Voodoo2k3

Haha, this movie is purely terrible.

Dave_petrucci
Dave_petrucci

I'm gonna see it next wednesday. I hate the idea of biological experiments gone mad replacing the hell story, but I figure I should see it for giggles.

ihatespam04
ihatespam04

Wow, what a waste of silicon. So, if a movie stinks at the boxoffice what makes Universal think someone would buy this crap???