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Mars Attacks! (Widescreen/Full Screen)


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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening, Glenn Close
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: Bob Powell, Jonathan Gems, Len Brown, Norman Saunders, Wally Wood
  • Producers: Larry J. Franco
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Aug. 22 1997
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790731452
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,254 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Mars Attacks!

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It's enlightening to view Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! as his twisted satire of the blockbuster film Independence Day, which was released earlier the same year, although the movies were in production simultaneously. Burton's eye-popping, schlock tribute to 1950s UFO movies actually plays better on video than it did in theaters. The idea of invading aliens ray gunning the big-name movie stars in the cast is a cleverly subversive one, and the bulb-headed, funny-sounding animated Martians are pretty nifty, but it all seemed to be spread thin on the big screen. On video, however, the movie's kooky humor seems a bit more concentrated. The Earth actors (most of whom get zapped or kidnapped for alien science experiments) include Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rod Steiger, Michael J. Fox, Lukas Haas, Jim Brown, Tom Jones, and Pam Grier. The digital video disc features an isolated track for Danny Elfman's score, as well as a few other clever and nasty little Martian surprises. --Jim Emerson

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 10 2004
Format: DVD
When I first heard that Tim Burton was going to turn the Mars Attacks trading cards into a movie I couldn't imagine how he could adapt them for the big screen for under 100 million, but when I saw it I said to myself, "FINALLY! Some has found a good use for CGI!" This very funny sci-fi comedy is destined to become a classic and is one of the most imaginatively produced films in ages. Featuring tons of great cameos by stars - particularly Jack Nicholson, who plays a dual role and Tom Jones - Mars Attacks also boasts a great score, lots of wild, funny action and, yes.... LOTS OF GREAT DEATH SCENES! Yes, folks, it is DAMN FUNNY when people get killed; heck, SLAUGHTERED, in this film! Yep, death CAN be funny, especially when it happens to movie stars who are all so obviously movie stars in a fantasy movie. I only wish they could have killed a "better" class of movie ACKters, the ones you WANT to see die, like Will Smith, Bruce Willis, Steven Segal, Arn-OLD, Julia Roberts, any model turned actress and virtually EVERY movie star who came to prominence from the time this film was released until NOW (and beyond, it seems). With today's atmosphere, where the world over, especially here in the U.S., people are so insanely and blindly freaful of a coming apocalypse, it's always good to bring it all out on screen, particularly when it's done in such an over-the-top fashion as this. I wouldn't be surprised to see this film become a big hit it it were re-released to theatres today (HEY, ANYONE OUT THERE REMEMBER ANOTHER LITTLE CLASSIC BY THE NAME OF DR. STRANGELOVE, WHICH CAME OUT DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE COLD WAR AND IN WHICH THE ENTIRE EARH WAS DEVASTATED IN THE END????!!!!) Sheesh, some "people"!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The JuRK on May 31 2004
Format: DVD
...but it doesn't work. And I WANTED it to work, especially after seeing INDEPENDENCE DAY the summer before. Will Smith's cigar-smoking bravado and Bill Pullam's uninspiring president made me want to see a wild and irreverent sci-fi send-up.
But there's a lot of dead air in this movie. I loved ED WOOD (and still think it's Burton's best film), but I also have a theory: Tim Burton's films are always 20 minutes too long. Every single one of them (except maybe the first Pee Wee Herman film, which is still hilarious).
There are moments of greatness here, but they come way too late. My two favorite moments were (1) how the aliens are ultimately defeated and (2), no matter what was asked of singer Tom Jones, he could do it. I loved that! But those scenes came way late in the movie and, before that, this movie was all over the place.
(Other scenes worth mentioning: the Martians' response to the dove of goodwill and what they say when they learn English).
They needed either the Zucker Brothers (with Jim Abrams) or even the Coen Brothers take a shot at the script--then it might have had some more laughs and momentum.
Great special effects though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on July 4 2004
Format: DVD
Neglected masterpiece, misunderstood and unappreciated by far too many. It is not perfect, perhaps could benefit from some extra production time, but the film's incredible inventiveness, brilliantly wacky humor and fantastic sets, more than compensate for its shortcomings. Great, brutal fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on June 24 2004
Format: DVD
This movie is so incredibly funny. Starring Jack Nicholson, Gleen Close and Pierce Brosnan, "Mars Attacks" is a great homage to the sci-fi movies of the 1950s and 1960s and is almost like a comedic version of the movie independence Day but with a spoof of it. In this case a band of Martians arrive on Earth but unleash mayhem and are trying to annihilate humanity and humanity must unite to save themselves from the vicious Martians. This movie is just incredibly funny and TIm Burton once again delivers another classic to his catelog. Go and buy this movie today! It's so funny!
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By J. Bird on Sept. 24 2010
Format: Blu-ray
What if Edward D. Wood Jr. had a higher budget, good digital effects, access to quality studios, and great actors at his disposal? Director Tim Burton has answered that question for us in 'Mars Attacks.' You may not understand the reasoning behind this movie but you do not have to, Tim Burton understood it perfectly. Mars Attacks makes no sense in itself and the script, narrative, and dialogue are just as non-sensical as the idea of Martians that attack for absolutely no reason. Why is this so? It is obvious, this movie is a throwback to a genre that exists no more and perhaps that is our loss as a moviegoers; when cheap sci-fi and B-movies ruled the cinemas and drive-ins. Hitchcock of course set all this straight with 'Psycho' by proving that a great horror film (B-movie if you will) could be made with a low budget. But Ed Wood was no Hitchcock and Tim Burton was not paying homage to Hitch.

To understand Mars Attacks you must understand Tim Burton's love for Ed Wood as a film-maker. It appears that Tim Burton made this movie in honour of Ed Wood; alongside the bio-pic of the same name.

Have you never seen 'Plan 9 From Outer Space?' If not, watch that movie then watch this one in sequence; You will understand the answer and the question............ what if?
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This movie is simply about aliens from Mars attacking the planet Earth. Now there have been a lot of these type of movies but this movie adds a lot of humor to the horror of the world being destroyed. The animation of the aliens is very humorous, even though they are a little freaky looking. This movie has an absolutely excellent cast with names such as Jack Nicholson (President, Glenn Close (First Lady), Annette Bening (Barbara), Pierce Brosnan (Professor Donald Kessler), Danny DeVito (Rude Gambler, Martin Short (Press Secretary Ross), Sarah Jessica Parker (Nathalie), Natalie Portmant, Michael J. Fox, and many more. This movie is just jam-packed with famous stars that movie buffs alike have grown to love. For this type of movie you wouldn't think this many stars are in it but they are and they make the movie that much better. I think this movie is funny but perhaps a little stupid too. However, Tim Burton is a movie genius and is known for his wonderful movies yet weird ways also. This is a movie that I like, but I don't like that I like it. It seems like it would be such a stupid movie but it definitely grows on you, which makes it good.
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