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Mars Attacks! (Widescreen/Full Screen)

Jack Nicholson , Pierce Brosnan , Tim Burton    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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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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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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Really funny movie! June 24 2004
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but not the worst June 23 2004
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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3.0 out of 5 stars A little too inane for me. May 26 2004
By P. Krug
Yes, I know this was supposed to be one of those "funny in a stupid way" films, but this one was just a little too much. My main problem was the way the humans react to the martians in this movie. First of all, it takes two attacks by the alien invaders to make us realize these guys want us dead. That should have become crystal clear after the first attack in the desert. About the only person who seems to realize how dangerous they are is Robert Duval's character, General Decker, although he seems to know this right when the aliens first appear. How he knows right away the aliens have come to kill, I'm not sure.
Anyway, then there's the way people act after it becomes official we're at war. People still go to casinos, attend music concerts, and go on tour of the White House. In short, people continue on as if everything's just fine. If aliens were attacking earth and directly threatening everybody, I'd think that everybody would stop with their recreational activities and everyday concerns and worry solely about fighting or escaping from the martians.
Finally, there's earth's (or, more specifically, the U.S.) military, which is potrayed as both incompetent and inactive. During the first battle in the desert, for instance, a whole battalion of soldiers return fire on the martians, who are standing completly still right there in the open. Logic dictates that all the martians should be cut down in less than a minute, yet only one is killed. And then there's the almost total lack of air defense. Where the hell are the jet fighters? Or the attack helicopters? We see exactly one fighter plane fly up to meet the martians, which gets zapped before it can really do anything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mars o'hacks
A little disjointed, the cast has a difficult script to enact, but this is a pretty good send up of 50's schmaltz. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mitchell Fournier
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 17 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 19 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
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
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