“2012” (Sony, Blu-ray or standard DVD, PG-13, 158 min.). Co-writer/director/producer Roland Emmerich’s (“The Day After Tomorrow,” “Independence Day”) latest disaster film literally pulls the planet apart by boiling it from inside as intense solar flares send neutrinos that mutate an element in the Earth’s core.

It’s a satisfying watch, especially if you are into disaster films. Some of the action is a bit redundant and the ending could have been handled better.

What is redundant is divorced dad Jackson Curtis (John Cusack) constantly driving just ahead of disaster as he tries to save himself and his two children (Liam James and Morgan Lily). Nonetheless, it is a wild ride watching him drive a limousine just ahead of an earthquake that is leveling Los Angeles — although driving through a falling building is a bit much — and later driving ahead of the ash cloud and rock fireballs launched when Yellowstone National Park turns into a super volcano.

He takes turns with Tom McCarthy’s (as Gordon, mom Kate Curtis’ new boyfriend; Amanda Peet plays Kate) flying their small airplane, first out of the falling apart Los Angeles and then the rapidly disappearing Yellowstone. For the really big plane escape, though, it is Johann Urb as Sasha at the controls.

Chiwetel Ejiofor plays the scientist who first lets the U.S. government know of the danger, Danny Glover is the president and Thandie Newton is his daughter. Oliver Platt is the president’s advisor and Woody Harrelson plays a radio show host hooked on conspiracy who actually has most of the details right. The most important detail is the world’s heads of state are building huge arks to hold 100,000 apiece in China and selling off seats to billionaires.

A disaster film is all about the special effects and they are topnotch here and look super in the Blu-ray version, which comes with an alternated ending (3:39), audio commentary by Emmerich and co-writer Harald Kloser; and picture-in-picture looks at pre-visualization, storyboards, behind the scenes and interviews with filmmakers, cast and crew.

There also is a two-disc Blu-ray version (not seen) that has an interactive Mayan Calendar; the Adam Lambert music video and a piece on making the video; features on the Mayan calendar, designing the film, the science behind the film; deleted scenes; a look at Emmerich’s disaster films; and a visit with the actors.

Grade: film 3 stars; single disc extras 2.75 stars

“Where the Wild Things Are” (Warner, Blu-ray or standard DVD, PG, 102 min.). I’m told Maurice Sendak’s 1963 illustrated source book has nine sentences in it. Well, co-writer/director Spike Jonze, to whom Sendak finally gave permission to make the film, has expanded on that.

Sometimes it seems slightly like filler, but overall the film works. The big caveat is the film, as Jonze readily admits in the extras, is really made for adults. Young children, in particular, will be upset by the opening, with all its shaky, hand-held camera work as we see 9-year-old Max (Max Records) be a typical child, up one minute and down the next.

We first see him chase the family dog downstairs — is it in anger, we at first wonder —- then he builds a snow igloo across the street and starts a snowball fight with his sister’s friends, only to get frightened, down and then angry when the igloo is accidentally destroyed.

Later, acting up with his mother (Catherine Keener) before dinner, he runs out of the house, finds a sailboat and sails off to an island, where he finds a bunch of very large, fuzzy creatures of several varieties who are looking for someone to save them or, at least, hold at bay the loneliness in their lives.

Afraid he might be eaten, Max spins a tale of how he defeated some Vikings and became their king, and the creatures decide Max will be their king. His first decree is to “let the wild rumpus start.” There is a chase through the forest, an organized effort to find an underground fort and a big dirt fight.

Voicing the main creatures are Lauren Ambrose (KW), James Gandolfini (Carol), Paul Dano (Alexander), Forest Whitaker (Ira) and Catherine O’Hara (Judith).

KW and Carol used to be friends, but are now estranged, as it becomes obvious that Carol mirrors Max in the real world. One assumes this all has been a dream, although the film could have you take it as a real adventure.

Exclusive Blu-ray extras include the wonderful short film, a combination of live-action and animation, “Higglety Pigglety Pop,” in which the dog Jennie (voiced by Meryl Streep) runs away from home “because there must be more to live than having everything.” Wanting to become an actress, she tries to get “experience,” accidentally becoming a nurse to an old-faced baby who will not eat.

There also is an HBO First Look at the film and a series of short interviews with the director and cast. A second disc contains a digital copy of the film.

Grade: film and extras 3 stars

Rating guide: 5 stars = classic; 4 stars = excellent; 3 stars = good; 2 stars = fair; dog = skip it

Additional reviews are available online at villagesoup.com and include two special collections, one on Abbott & Costello and the other on Mickey Rooney, plus “Ponyo” from Japanese animator/director Hayao Miyazaki.