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Ender's Game [Blu-ray] [Import]

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
I'm a big reader of science fiction, and Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series is probably my favorite. The only things that come close are Hyperion by Dan Simmons and Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga. I've read Ender's Game more than 10 times, including two or three occasions on which I finished it in a single sitting. One of my college papers is based on the novel and is published on Card's website.

Yes, I'm a fan.

So, as you can imagine, I have been looking forward to an Ender's Game movie long before I ever thought it might happen. For me, it had the potential to be the best science fiction movie ever made, if done well. After assembling a strong cast, my expectations could not have been higher as I sat down to watch the IMAX version today.

The basic premise is that an alien race, known as the Formics or Buggers, invaded Earth fifty years ago. The invading fleet was defeated, but another attack is expected. In order to be ready to face a species that learns from its mistakes, the International Fleet has come up with a strategy: A program was established to observe the behavior of young children, hoping that the best young geniuses of the time would be able to become the top military strategists by the time they were needed. Ender Wiggin was chosen as one of the trainees.

The movie deviates considerably from the book, but it's necessary. I am not here to tell you why the book is better, I'm here to tell you whether Ender's Game works as a movie. However, I must explain some of the key differences. In the book, Ender begins his training at the age of six, while all of the trainees in the movie appear to be 15 or older. I understand that it would be impossible to find dozens of 6-year-old actors capable of carrying this story.
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By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
VIDEO:

Ender’s Game arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC (33.97 Mbps) 1080p 2.40:1 encode. The picture was photographed digitally with the Red Epic camera system. The imagery is heavily CGI produced with green screen elements. Colour fidelity is generally excellent, though, at times the imagery appears undersaturated. Ender’s training in space is cold in appearance, with yellow dress against slate grayish and bluish backdrops highlighted with active lighting. The production design creates a capsule environment that is subdued in brightness. The zero gravity games are played out in a darkened environment that exhibits excellent shadow delineation. The battle scenes are richly glowing in brownish golds with engaging dimensionality. This is a dynamic visual experience (with high bit-rate). (4.5/5)

AUDIO:

The DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio soundtrack is strong on atmospherics and sound effects enhanced with deep bass. Along with an aggressive orchestral music score that projects well into the soundfield from the wide and deep soundstage, surround envelopment is strongly presented, for an effective immersive experience. Dialogue is nicely integrated spatially. This is an excellent science fiction soundtrack that creates a dimensional soundfield experience with excellent fidelity and impressive dynamics. (5/5)

MOVIE:

The Earth was ravaged by the Formics, an alien race seemingly determined to destroy humanity. Seventy years later, the people of Earth remain banded together to prevent their own annihilation from this technologically superior alien species.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric Tribulations March 5 2014
By Stella Carrier TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I decided to check out Ender’s Game with my husband after he expressed an interest in watching it. Ender’s Game follows the plight of a talented youth who shows potential for military leadership. Ender is selected for specialized training that would prepare him for an upcoming space battle. The character of Ender is shown enduring great tests to sharpen his readiness alongside other adolescents who are also highly gifted. Harrison Ford plays one of the military leaders who spearheads a great portion of the training. Ender’s Game is great for those who like science fiction films with a metaphorical slant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! July 23 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Awesome! Only wish it was available in 3D, but can't beat the price on Amazon and the shippig is so fast!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Would have made a great miniseries. Feb. 13 2014
By bernie TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
It may still become a miniseries. At least they need to make "Speaker for the Dead" ; then we can see a better balanced rendition of what Orson Scott Card is trying to say to us.

As with many movies there is not enough time to portray or even imply what the book tells us. Tee best we can hope for is a good reflection and not let the movie change the story for its own ends. This is one of those movies that tried in the time allotted to give you not only the feel but to put in as many details as possible.

The choice of actors did a pretty good match to the characters. The graphics did not overwhelm the story. The background music did not washout the dialog. Unfortunately the version I watched did not have a voice over commentary to add to the experience. We view the story as a third party and never really get into anyone's mind.

To many readers it will never be justified. To people that have not read the book it may be obscure. But at least they did not try to make a different story out of it. I am trying to restrain myself from comparing this film to classic sci-fi stories. To the movie's credit they did not dwell on the technology. The story here is about people and societies that just happen to take place in the future.

Basic story is that it looks like we have been attacked a nearly annihilated. Our only recourse is to do unto others before they do it unto us. We do not know their intentions but take no chances. In the military we are always taught that no two wars are the same; we can train but must be flexible and initiative. The primes here are that children are more flexible and amendable to new environments.

We are left with a moral question. This question will be better developed in the next book and hopefully the next film.

Ender's Game and Philosophy: The Logic Gate is Down (The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
done with great actor and actress....good film of sci fiction..
Published 1 day ago by Gilles. Tremblay
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually stunning!
Beautiful piece of work.
Published 9 days ago by Southampton Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
merveilleux!
Published 10 days ago by Yves Le Sage
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good adventure movie but the book was definitely better.
Published 12 days ago by Robert D Forrest
4.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoyed the book, you'll enjoy the movie...
Awesome! Read the book and waited to see this movie; although I enjoyed the book even better, they did it justice with this movie. Let's hope they continue with more of the books!
Published 16 days ago by Michael A. Charron
4.0 out of 5 stars I quite enjoyed it although intended for a 14 yr
I quite enjoyed it although intended for a 14 yr. old ... it says a lot about this senior citizen?????
Published 19 days ago by Cygord
3.0 out of 5 stars .Ender on film
If you liked the books you'll lie this, I think. Like the books, more juvenile than adult.
Published 19 days ago by BARRY C MCQUADE
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Movie
I am a big fan of the book, so I had high expectation of the movie knowing full well that much of the book went on in the mind of "Ender" Andrew Wiggin. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Embedded_Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars This Used movie - GREAT shape - only wish it came with the slip cover...
I consider this an excellent deal - I have a sizable collection & this is a great addition! Will look for more! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Good character development but of course the movie isn't long enough to go through the actual training. Read the book. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gale/S
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