‘Deep Impact’ Turns 25 and Gets a 4K Makeover for Its Birthday

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The summer movie season was generally thought to begin on Memorial Day weekend, but in 1998 business in theaters kicked into gear on May 8 with the release of Deep Impact. The film grossed nearly $350 million worldwide and over $140 million in the United States alone.

Now, 25 years after the theatrical release, Paramount Home Entertainment is releasing the blockbuster on 4K Ultra HD for the first time.

The film features an all-star cast including Robert Duvall, Téa Leoni, Elijah Wood, Vanessa Redgrave, Leelee Sobieski, Blair Underwood, Maximillian Schell and the amazing Morgan Freeman as the president. Even 25 years ago, Freeman’s presence could comfort us all.

The story features journalist Jenny Lerner (Leoni) who thinks she is uncovering a little dirt on the private life of a politician. Instead, her research uncovers an effort to keep the world from knowing about a comet headed straight for Earth with the potential to annihilate all of humanity.

Morgan Freeman as President Freeman takes questions.

Deep Impact is a rare combination of the beauty and horror of such a world changing event. Add in a little chaos and some pretty great special effects and the combination becomes a special mix to really deliver a great experience in glorious 4K. For fans of epic disaster films of the era, this should stand up with anything. Plus, did I mention Morgan Freeman is the president?

Tidal Wave strike as the result of incoming comet in Deep Impact.

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The 4K Ultra HD release includes both 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray copies of the film along with access to a digital copy for your library.

Extras include a commentary track from director Mimi Leder and visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar, a photo gallery and special features like Preparing for The End, Making an Impact, Creating the Perfect Traffic Jam and Parting Thoughts.

Deep Impact is available now in this special 4K release.

Deep Impact 4K Cover.

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