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Mars Attacks! (Widescreen/Full Screen)

Jack Nicholson , Pierce Brosnan , Tim Burton    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Everything Was There.... May 31 2004
...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
5.0 out of 5 stars Destined to be a CLASSIC! July 10 2004
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Mars o'hacks April 15 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
A little disjointed, the cast has a difficult script to enact, but this is a pretty good send up of 50's schmaltz.
Just wish the beautiful Pam Grier had been used more, and Natalie Portman is always worth watching at work.
Big cast, big budget, be ready to laugh if you think it's funny when someone sits on gum.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It is a comedy. July 4 2004
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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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the Worst Films of All Time Feb. 13 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I really hated this movie. It was intended to be a spoof of 1950's horror films. But as other reviewers have pointed out, these movies are funny on their own-spoofing is redundant. This movie fails on so many levels its hard to know where to begin. Yes, Jack Nicholson's line about "still having two branches of government working for you" is funny. It is featured in the trailer and is the only thing funny in the movie. The rest of the film is a mean-spirited, humorless, ugly mess. Comedy high points include: 1) a group of children who run screaming as the aliens wield the Washington monument over their heads, eventually crushing them with it (Ha! Ha!). 2)The president's Golden Retriever barks at the foot of his bed and is then graphically incinerated by the aliens (hilarious!), and 3) a family watches their son burned alive on television and then the father says "ah, that didn't just happen." (Following the film-maker's Hollywood logic, we know we can laugh at this family, because they have Southern accents and a conservative, pro-military viewpoint, and are therefore stupid and not worthy of our sympathy.) These are just a few of the many things I hated about this film. There are those who will say it was a spoof or satire and therefore "it was supposed to be dumb." I would suggest that it is a dismal failure as either. If you want a good satire, watch "Dr. Strangelove." If you want a good spoof/farce, watch "Airplane" or "The Naked Gun." I can't think of any reason why you would want to watch this film. It leaves a bad taste in the mouth long after you've viewed it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tres satisfait
j'ai recu le produit en quelques jours et j'en suis satisfait le film etait en excellent etat tout etait ok
Published 16 months ago by andre fillion
1.0 out of 5 stars Mars Attacks! [Blu-ray]
Mars Attacks! [Blu-ray]

This is not intended to be a star review of the content of the actual Movie, BUT a review of the Blu-ray release. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Eddy B
5.0 out of 5 stars What If?
What if Edward D. Wood Jr. had a higher budget, good digital effects, access to quality studios, and great actors at his disposal? Read more
Published on Sept. 24 2010 by J. Bird
2.0 out of 5 stars doesn't stand up to repeated viewing
to me, a true test of a good movie is one that stands up to repeated
viewing.this isn't one of those movies.the first time i watched it,i
liked. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2007 by falcon
1.0 out of 5 stars Mars Attacks-a bomb of universal proportions!!
I can NOT in good conscience give this movie anything but ONE-HALF a star!!.
This is one of THE worst movies ever made. Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2004 by Robert Badgley
3.0 out of 5 stars mars attacks-an all star cast
well theres not much of a story.mars attacks.stars are many.jack nicholson is the president.christina applegate is a rednecks ol lady.is that wyona ryder?maybe not. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by abe
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but it left me wanting a SERIOUS version.....
....how cool would it have been to have a SERIOUS modern verision of a fifties invasion movie? Not a modern take on a MODERN invasion, but a FIFTIES-STYLE invasion. Read more
Published on June 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny movie!
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... Read more
Published on June 24 2004 by Distant Voyageur
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Film
There are so many reasons why I hate this movie. However, the thing that really bugged me was how they attached the woman's head to a dog, that was really messed up.
Published on June 24 2004 by sam larkin
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but not the worst
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... Read more
Published on June 23 2004 by Nina Masri
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