Roland Emmerich‘s graduation film “The Noah’s Ark Principle” (German: “Das Arche Noah Prinzip“) at the Munich Academy of Film and Television (HFF Müchen), which already shows the preference of the later director of lavish blockbusters like “Independence Day” and “The Day after Tomorrow” for science fiction, is now released on the label U8 Films Berlin by UCM.ONE on Blu-Ray, DVD and digital in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The early work of Roland Emmerich already offers considerable show values despite a modest budget. Among the recognizable models of Roland Emmerich is the film “2001” by Stanley Kubrick.
In 1997, the two astronauts Max Marek (Franz Buchrieser) and Billy Hayes (Richy Müller) research devices on the Florida Arklab space station that are supposed to have an influence on the global climate. When a crisis occurs in the Middle East, the weather control technology is to be misused for military purposes: The weather-influencing beams have a side effect; they act like stealth. Thus, a lightning-fast invasion by allied forces could go undetected. However, the use of the beams would trigger a devastating flood catastrophe of biblical proportions.
Max has scruples and sabotages the computer programs. When ground control notices this manipulation, two other astronauts are sent into space to replace Max and Billy: the inscrutable Gregor (Nikolas Lansky) and Eva (Avira Joel), Max’s wife.
Gregor is empowered to enforce the military’s orders, by force if necessary. It comes to a fight – everyone must consider on which side he stands. A murderous race against time begins …
Comments about the movie
“A technically astonishing science fiction film – measured against its modest budget – that cannot deny its models [….]” (Encyclopedia of International Film).
Roland Emmerich’s graduation film at the Munich Academy of Film and Television, which already shows the preference of the later director of lavish blockbusters like “Independence Day” and “The Day after Tomorrow” for science fiction, […] offers […] already considerable show values with a comparatively modest budget. Among Emmerich’s clearly recognizable models here is Stanley Kubrick’s “2001”. (Video.de)
Blu-Ray | Aspect ratio: WS 2.35:1 / 1080p 23,976 | Running time: approx. 100 min | Audio format: German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1/2.0; English DD 5.1/2.0 | Extras: Trailer, picture gallery, artwork gallery, film program, publicity blurb, poster photos, audio commentary by Hubert Bartholme and more. | Rating: FSK 12
DVD | Aspect Ratio: WS 2.35:1 (anamorphic) | Running Time: approx. 96 min | Audio format: German DD 5.1/2.0; English DD 5.1/2.0 | Extras: Trailer, picture gallery, artwork gallery, film program, publicity blurb, poster photos, audio commentary by Hubert Bartholme uvm. | Rating: FSK 12