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Planet 51 (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

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  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, Turkish
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001PR0YEO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,801 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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•MPAA Rating: PG
•Format: Blu-Ray
•Runtime: 91 minutes

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Format: Blu-ray
Planet 51 is a fantastic send-up of the 50's sci-fi mentality - where a contemporary, self-loving astronaut (hilariously voiced by Dwayne Johnson) arrives in a foreign world, and is the alien. Thankfully, the "star" voices are well-suited (not distracting), and this animated treat is good fun for the whole family. Additional material on the blu-ray are a game, a couple of deleted scenes and some brief featurettes. (There is also a french-only interview segment with those specific artists.) Overall, this underrated and often-hilarious film deserves to be more popular. (4 1/2 stars)
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PLANET 51 [2009] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] From the Writer of Shrek and Shrek 2! Right Stuff . . . Wrong Planet! Something Strange is coming to their Planet . . . US!

When Chuck the astronaut [Dwayne Johnson] lands on a distant planet filled with little green people, he is surprised to discover that we are not alone in the galaxy. But he gets the shock of his life when the residents of Planet 51 mistakenly believe that his presence is the start of an alien invasion of the human kind! Luckily, Lem [Justin Long] quickly realizes that Chuck is friendly and makes it his personal mission to help him return safely to his ship ' with the help of Chuck's trusty pal, Rover!

FILM FACT: Awards and Nominations: Artios Award: Nominated: Outstanding Achievement in Casting for an Animation Feature for Ruth Lambert and Robert McGee. Cinema Writers Circle Awards: Won: Best New Artist for Jorge Blanco. European Film Awards: Nominated: Best Animated Feature Film for Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad and Marcos Martínez. Goya Awards: Won: Best Animated Film. Nominated: Best Original Song for Tom Cawte for the song "Stick It to the Man."

Voice Cast: Jessica Biel, John Cleese, Gary Oldman, Dwayne Johnson, Justin Long, Seann William Scott, Freddie Benedict, Alan Marriott, Mathew Horne, James Corden, Lewis Macleod, Rupert Degas, Rebecca Front, Vincent Marzello, Emma Tate , Pete Atkin, Laurence Bouvard and Brian Bowles

Directors: Javier Abad, Jorge Blanco (co-director) and Marcos Martinez (co-director)

Producers: Albert Martinez Martin, Albie Hecht, Guy Collins, Ignacio Pérez Dolset, Javier Pérez Dolset, José A.
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By Duchess TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 9 2013
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Although I didn't recognize any of the producers of this movie, We still took a chance to buy it to see what it was like. My husband and I both watched it and found we really liked it. For the price we paid for it, it was definitely worthwhile to have for our library.
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81 of 83 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fed5768) out of 5 stars Underrated gem...too subtle for some? Feb. 7 2010
By JHD - Published on
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'Planet 51' was the last thing showing at our local theatre that I hadn't already seen. The previews and lobby displays (mis)led me to believe it was just another throwaway kids' cartoon, full of forced cuteness, predictable gags, and cardboard characters; but I had time to kill and the ticket was at matinee price, so I finally went in. Am I ever glad I did!

The obvious send-up of 1950s American culture is fun, and so is the shoe-on-the-other-foot twist of the human being viewed as the fearful alien menace, but if that's all a viewer takes away, he or she is missing a lot. There was plenty of unexpected satire that had me laughing out loud through much of the film. There is also a profound message that centering one's society around perpetual fear can cause more harm to a culture's core values than the thing being feared; however, the message very carefully doesn't get in the way of the humanity (alienity?) of the story.

The music was well done and really enhanced the fun. Visually, I loved the film. Character design wasn't anything particularly special, but the look of the planet itself was gorgeous. This is a cartoon, after all, not an overblown CGI extravanganza like Avatar, so you shouldn't expect photorealistic rendering of every tiny detail. The beauty of this kind of artwork is in the imaginative forms and colors, the simplicity of shapes and lines that enhance the story, not overwhelm it.

Actually, having brought the subject up, I suppose many comparisons and contrasts could be drawn that make Planet 51 a kind of Anti-Avatar. Here, the humans are neither conquering villains, nor paternalistic hero figures. People--er, beings--from both sides have to do their part on Planet 51 to bridge the misunderstanding of cultures and enable goodwill to prevail. That may not be the kind of dramatic plot it takes to engage some viewers' attention these days, yet it's exactly the sort of solid but gentle storytelling one should expect from the offspring of George Harrison's Handmade Films.

Plus, so far as I can tell, no one has yet suffered depression after viewing Planet 51. :)
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fed5978) out of 5 stars Smart, harmless fun Dec 5 2009
By Y. Gil - Published on
I was a bit surprised to see the chilly reviews of most of the critics (the movie got an average C in the Yahoo critics review). I saw the movie with my 8 years old and we both enjoyed it a lot. It is a fun little movie which includes parody on many sci fi movies as well as on the 50's Americana. It's true that there are many references and puns pointing to other movies but in my eyes this was part of the fun and not 'unoriginal copying' as some critics claimed. I was especially proud when my son identified the scene from Singing in the Rain! My own favorites were a killer, acid-urinating pet formed after the monster in 'Alien', and the paranoid general in sun glasses which reminded me of Jack D. Ripper from 'Dr. Stragelove'.
I saw some complaints about the 'simplicity' of the graphics, it's true they are not in the league of 'Shrek' or 'Bolt' but they do just fine in the context of the movie. Overall I will not claim this is a ground breaking movie in any way, but I enjoyed it more than 'Monsters vs. Aliens' which covers a somewhat similar teritorry and which we saw earlier this year.
43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fed5c30) out of 5 stars Know Your Films and Music Before Watching :3 Jan. 8 2010
By Spider Moose - Published on
This film was very enjoyable if you know the references to the 1950s films along with other scifi films; being a cinema major and music junkie I knew majority of the films that were parodied making it extremely funny. However 99% of the people (including critics [Which are usually film school drop outs always bitter]) didn't get the references and made it less enjoyable for them. The reason why the film didn't do good was that it was released during the same weekend as New Moon (UHF did the same with Indiana Jones 3) and was too specific of a market. It's a great film if you've seen all those cheesy films but not for kids. The film was made for them but kids won't get this however mom and dad would find it to their enjoyment. For adults think of it as a kids film but with clean jokes for you. John Cleese from Monty Python is in there along with the "Rock" as the astronaut which both have perfect roles. The music had lots of remade hits from the 1950s. So before you watch it make sure you know lots of the films and music otherwise you may not be able to appreciate the film for what's there. It's definitely a film to kick back with a beer and some of your friends who are into the retro films to get a good laugh from. Highly underrated since most people didn't understand it.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fed5bac) out of 5 stars Funny, thought-provoking, and underappreciated June 3 2011
By Lin Pracht - Published on
Format: DVD
My six year old son laughed throughout this movie. Tons of song and movie references (everything from Singing in the Rain to Alien) kept the adults interested, too. I was really surprised that a movie rated as having 'minor violence' actually opened with [story-within-a-story] footage of ray guns disintegrating people, but it didn't turn out too violent for us as a whole. I would think twice before showing it to a younger or more sensitive kid, though.

I think this movie is really underappreciated. It didn't have the most spectacular graphics ever, and the love story was admittedly predictable, but the altered perspective - humans as aliens! - was compelling, and the cultural references made for non-stop amusement. The adorable Rover alone would be enough reason to watch it again.
66 of 88 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9fed6144) out of 5 stars WTF? Who would bother to come here to watch this? I was fooled. April 12 2013
By norah santana - Published on
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It seems I didn't read between the lines when though that Amazon was offering the movie to watch for free on a freebie site.
Was all ready and comfy with husband and kids in front of the tv when realized it was just a stupid clip. What a fiasco!
I wonder how many more were fooled like I was.

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