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Mars Attacks

Released on 31 December 2008

Featuring: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close & Annette Bening

Format: DVD | Rating: 12 years & over

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Stars that shine across the galaxy. Jack Nicholson (in a dual role), Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito and a dozen more. And mean, green invaders from the angry red planet! Armed with insta-fry ray guns, endowed with slimy, humungous brains - and enlivened with out-of-this-world but state-of-the-art special effects. As the U.S. legislature is overwhelmed. (Don't fear we still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for us, and that ain't bad!). As Earth fights back with an unexpected weapon. Take that, Martians!
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 TOM JONES FIGHTING ALIENS... ITS NOT UNUSUAL!

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Tim Burton's homage to classic 1950's and '60's B-Movies, especially the science fiction genre, is a pure classic in itself and features a vast array of talent with a host of A, B and C list stars taking on brilliantly crafted CGI Martians in order to protect humanity and save the world. Oh, did I mention that Tom Jones is also thrown in for good measure?! Taking on the simple enough premise - that has been done so many times before and since - Burton adds layers of dark humour to the proceedings while not deferring from the story at hand to make a decent homage to the movies that he nodoubtably watched when he was small. In addition he has thrown every famous actor from the time into the mix: Pierce Brosnan, Natalie Portman, Jack Nicolson, Glenn Close, Sarah Jessica Parker, Danny DeVito, Michael J. Fox and many others. I think I even saw a kitchen sink in there somewhere!

While some of the acting talent is below par, some of the cast are fantastic. For example; Jack Nicolson is brilliant as the bumbling president and Pierce Brosnan is witty yet flawed as the scientist/medical expert. The jokes are also very subtle but very funny, with a few in the face gags, while you have to look out for some of the other less obvious ones, like landmarks taken from famous films, especially sci-fi. As well as this some scenes are also reminiscent of other classics and the way the humans dispatch the aliens is simular to another movie - the name of which escapes me at the time of writing. The highlight of the film though, in terms of comedy comes after the Martians have landed and have started to destroy our planet and its landmarks, of which there is the opportunity for Burton to present some fantastically funny destruction shots.

With great jokes, a decent plot and fantastic cast add Tom Jones to the mix and you've got a masterpiece! Well nearly. This is because over time the films impact does fade a little, but watching it for the first few times you certainly see the scale and effort that went into the film, the CGI work on the Martians is brilliant for the time that the film was released, while the jokes and acting (by most) are simply brilliant. This certainly isn't your usual alien invasion movie and just so happens to be some of Burton's best work.

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Tim Burton's loving homage to the 50's "B" movies and the short run range of bubble gum cards, is an outstanding, funny and bizzare movie. The film has an all star line up, it even has Jack Nicholson playing two roles, and how many films can boast having Tom Jones fight of invaders from Mars?. The film may have big names above it's title, but the real stars are the Mean green invaders from the Red planet. These CGI creations are stil brilliantly realized over twelve years after the films first release. The plot of the film is none important, what really matters is the cruel and side splitting funny ways the Martians deliver our fate. This film was released not long after the other big budget invasion film of 1996 Idependence Day, and did suffer at the box-office because of this, but where Independece Day made the massive mistake of playing it seriouse but also being unintentionally funny. Mars Attacks plays it for sick laughs, and all the better it is for it.
The film may not be Tim Burtons greatest film, but it sure is a hell of allot of fun, and has to have repeated viewing, as every time you watch it, you always see something new.
A superb comic strip of a Sci-Fi movie.

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Tim Burton's loving homage to the 50's "B" movies and the short run range of bubble gum cards, is an outstanding, funny and bizzare movie. The film has an all star line up, it even has Jack Nicholson playing two roles, and how many films can boast having Tom Jones fight of invaders from Mars?. The film may have big names above it's title, but the real stars are the Mean green invaders from the Red planet. These CGI creations are stil brilliantly realized over twelve years after the films first release. The plot of the film is none important, what really matters is the cruel and side splitting funny ways the Martians deliver our fate. This film was released not long after the other big budget invasion film of 1996 Idependence Day, and did suffer at the box-office because of this, but where Independece Day made the massive mistake of playing it seriouse but also being unintentionally funny. Mars Attacks plays it for sick laughs, and all the better it is for it.
The film may not be Tim Burtons greatest film, but it sure is a hell of allot of fun, and has to have repeated viewing, as every time you watch it, you always see something new.
A superb comic strip of a Sci-Fi movie.

 A great tribute to B-movies

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This film was made in tribute to all the 50's & 60's sci-fi b-movies.What a tribute!!! There are so many stars in this fantastic movie.Excellently made, superbly funny, one of the all time great sci-fi movies.Much better than any poor re-makes that we seem to be avalanched with these days.The aliens are almost as cool as Tom Jones! A must buy for a brilliant family flick

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ActorsJack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Natalie Portman, Martin Short, Pam Grier, Jim Brown, Rod Steiger, Lisa Marie, Tom Jones, Sylvia Sidney & Joe Don Baker
DirectorTim Burton
Certificate12 years and over
Year1996
ScreenWidescreen 2.35:1
LanguagesEnglish - Dolby Digital (5.1)
SubtitlesEnglish ; Arabic ; Polish ; Greek ; Czech ; Turkish ; Hungarain ; Icelandic ; Crotian ; English For The Hearing Impaired
Duration1 hour and 42 minutes (approx)
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.