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- Story -
One day the president of the US announces that they've discovered aliens circling around earth from space. Its not long before a UFO lands and everyone arrives to welcome the unknown aliens to earth - however this goes gravely wrong and suddenly things become hostile. The president is ultimately urged to use nuclear capabilities but he's not so keen - what will the aliens do, will they be able to take over earth? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
Well, what can I say about this movie? other than that its kinda crazy lol and clearly spoofing 1950s/1960s b-movies. The special effects are somewhat dated but then its meant to appear dated. This movie has it all, from floating transplated heads to alien boxing(!). There are the really greedy characters, the gung ho military officer and the overly optimistic president (played by Jack Nicholson) but at the end of the day, this movie isn't about the story as much as its to be watched for the visuals, the sheer absurdity of whats going on, given that I don't think everything was really explained in the movie but yeah, its not really about that I suppose. The cast of this movie is quite impressive, from, as previously mentioned, Jack Nicholson to Glenn Close, Annette Benning, Pierce Brosnan, Danny Devito and Michael J Fox and not to mention a rather random yet quirky and kinda amusing cameo appearance from Tom Jones who's rudely interrupted by the aliens during a rendition of his song 'Its Not Unusual' while on stage in Vegas. Like I say the special effects are kind of dated now, though the movie is 15 years old so thats to be expected but the way the aliens appear is quite humorous with their large portruding, colourful brains and their strange language which is more like a repetitive long noise than a language as such... the movie is quite like a comic strip turned to life, its kind of camp in a way, especially with the Tom Jones scenes - the aliens aren't at all scary, at least not to me but the whole thing is so amusing because of its absurdity, it works quite well.
This is a somewhat feelgood movie that doesn't set out to do anything other than entertain and make you laugh and as far as thats concerned, it does it quite well, though, as with most every other movie, it'll depend on your own tastes as to whether you'll really like or enjoy this. As an example, I'd say that another movie (or set of movies) thats a similar parody and that has the same sort of humour is the Austin Powers movies - their also over the top and camp with some ridiculous characters, although their not aliens, well not all of them anyway!.
Personally I enjoyed this movie, it made me laugh - I found it fun watching the well known cast appear in a movie as this being that its based on b-movies of the past, although I would say that its perhaps a bit too silly for some - the ending came rather quick and I felt I missed a bit of the story but it certainly didn't ruin the movie at all. Its a good bit of fun, not to be taken seriously.
- Would I Recommend It? -
In a word, yes. This is an amusing movie thats rather over the top with a good cast and some ridiculous scenes that make it more memorable than the low budget b-movies that its based on. Its worth seeing just to catch Jack Nicholson playing the president and his reactions, something I didn't really expect to see. Its not entirely original storywise but then thats pretty obvious I suppose...
I originally saw this movie as a teenager when it was first released to cinemas and I remember leaving the cinema thinking how crazy and funny it was then and now I've seen it for the second time, I found it equally funny and entertaining and im glad I took the tim to watch it again. Its one of those movies thats a bit hard to describe and it won't be to everyone's tastes, you'll have to watch it to find out for yourself I suppose...again, as I said earlier in the review, probably the main movie or set of movies to come to mind by way of a comparison, is the Austin Powers movies - if you like the humour and special effects in those movies then this is well worth seeing, so I recommend it.
Thanks for reading my review, I hope you found it useful and thanks for any and all r/r/c's. This review was originally posted on Ciao UK.
Tim Burton is renown for his weird and wacky takes on films and has come up with some absolute stunners.
One of his earlier films is Mars attacks which cam out in 1996 and had quite a high profile cast including the following;
Pierce Brosnan, Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jack Black. You might even catch a glimpse of Tom Jones in this film too! The cast all do their part in this film, acting does not really have to be perfect due ot the nature of the film, although they are all very very good. Now this film was a bit weird but did very well for itself at the box office.
As you may have guessed from the title, Mars attacks, well not immediately anyway. To start with the Martians arrive in a friendly peaceful way. We see America respond in a similar fashion. However upon the first meeting of human and Martian things don't go well. As a result more Martians turn up on earth and it turns into a right chaotic state. The Martians are green and have bulbous heads, it looks as though their brains are exposed. They seem to be based on the usual interpretation of an alien, except they are much smaller in height. Lots of laser beam shooting and blowing things up, a good mix of cgi and real footage. The film seems very silly at times and even more ridiculous at others but somehow its great fun to watch. You have 105 minutes of clever silliness and it fits really well. You could probable see this film as having dark humour and it does have a good few funny moments. If this went on for longer you would probably get fed up with and it really would be stupid, but luckily it doesn't and there is plenty going on to keep you entertained.
You will have to watch the film to see how it ends!
I would suggest this film to Tim Burton fans first of all, to see some earlier work. And then to those who fancy something different, and I mean different. If you haven't seen it you should.
When I was younger I used to watch a lot of old fifties B-movies, marvelling at how bad the effects were, how cheesy the aliens looked, and at just how triangular and pointy some of the ladies bosoms appeared to be .Of course, back when these films were made, effects were not so advanced, but even so these were usually low budget productions with few big names.
Fast forward to now, and we have some great special effects capability - we can make anything look realistic, from the stunning otherworldly scenery in Avatar, to huge explosions and freaky looking monsters. But sometimes, I miss the cheese - and this is where Mars Attacks comes in , a cheesy B-movie style production made in the nineties.
The greatest thing about this film is that it doesn't aim to be brilliant- it doesn't make any claims of brilliant storylines, great tension and drama, or brilliant special effects . It's clear from the start that, despite the big names in the cast, this is simply a comedic parody of a lost genre .
When Martians come to earth, they immediately start an all out attack on the planet, it's treasures, and it's people. Armed with laser guns that look like supersoakers, they kill anyone who crosses their path, all the while playing a translated message declaring that 'we are your friends'. It's clear that someone has to stop them - but who, and how?
Well, if I told you, that would spoil it - but you have an all star cast to choose from - Glenn Close, Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Danny DeVito, Michael J Fox, Natalie Portman and Tom Jones all appear in this movie, providing suitably tongue in cheek performances, really hamming it up for the camera .
Whilst by no stretch of the imagination a masterpiece, Mars Attacks is a great cheesy little film - entertaining, easy to follow, and imaginative . 4 stars .
Mars Attacks is one of the strangest movies I've seen and most people will either love or hate it whereas I was in two minds really. On one hand it is funny in parts, but then other moments just aren't funny. This is a wierd spoof movie about aliens and them taking over our planet. The movie has a host of big names appearing in it.
The movie as the title suggests is all about Martians coming to Earth and us as humans getting their intentions completely wrong thinking at first that they want peace. However, as a race we quickly discover that we have been gullible and drawn in by the aliens. The human race in this film are portrayed in general as pretty stupid and the inferior life form. We trust them and find out soon enough to our cost that they are not on earth in peace.
Many thousands turn up when they land on earth and white doves are released to signify peace. However, these are promptly killed and the aliens begin to wipe out human beings on the scene after we still believe it is an accident and they mean well!
As mentioned there are many big names in this movie. Jack Nicholson stars as the president of the United States with his wife and first lady being played by Glenn Close. Then there is Annett Bening and Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito and the list goes on. There is also a small part for Tom Jones playing himself.
Jack Nicholson is great and is probably the most trusting and gullible president ever and believes we should just be able to get along with the aliens even as everything is being blown up. He is one of the best characters and delivers perfect timing for his funny lines.
This movie was directed by Tim Burton and originally released in 1996. It is a piece of genius but is way out there with some of the other weird stuff he's made. For the most part it is funny but not all of it as it gets to stupid.
The real stars of this show though are the Martians themselves. They have great fun teasing and maniuplating us poor unfortunate humans before they wipe us out. They basically liked the look of our planet and want it for themselves...that's it! The tables are turned somewhat and show someone other than mankind being the mean and manipulative ones.
There are some underlying parts to this movie that relate to real life with certain quarters in the government wanting to start a war on the Martians before there was any intent of threat from them. Ring any bells?
This is suitable for most ages, but maybe not very young as it is a bit violent, but 12 up is fine...It's not a bad sci-fi movie with some comedy mixed in so worth watching if you can get the DVD cheaply.
This has got to be one of the weirdest films I've ever seen! Mars Attacks came out back in 1996. It's no great surprise that this film is directed by Tim Burton. The film has an all star cast including Sarah Jessica Parker, Jack Nicholson, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close and a few more. There is even a cameo from Tom Jones! The film did quite well at the box office and even managed to pick up a few awards.
The film tells the story of... Yep you guessed it, Martians! They come to planet earth with a message of peace. America responds by welcoming the Martians and trying to be as hospitable as possible. However when they first arrive things don't go according to plan and all hell breaks loose! So now the earth must find a way to defeat the aliens and regain control of there planet!
This is a really strange film. But once you get past how silly it is, there is plenty to enjoy. I suppose you would class this as a dark comedy, and there are quite a few funny moments in there. But alot of the time it is just a little bit to silly.
For a Tim Burton film this is not as dark as it could have been. There is lots of colour and fun which is not usual for a Burton film. The action is more weird than anything, with crazy lazers blowing things up and weird looking aliens running everywhere.
The storyline is quite simple and again very silly in places. I wont give away the ending but its one of the weirdest ends to a film I have ever seen!
The film runs for 106 minutes which is probably just about right. Any longer and it owuld have started to get completly ridiculous! Yet I never really got bored in the film there is plenty going on to really hold your interest.
The film is rated 12. There is some mild swearing and some fantasy violence and some sexual references in the film, but nothing to serious that should offend many people.
The DVD itself has a few features but nothing that really blew me away. I'm not a huge fan of extras anyway, I buy films for the film, not the extras you get on the DVD!
Overall this is an interesting film. If you have not seen it you should. Im not convinced you will enjoy it but it is worth seeing just so you can see how crazy a film it is. Maybe its one the younger generation will enjoy, I don't know really, it is good fun, but overall just a little to crazy to really be any good!
this film is so bad it's good. this film is about:
alians from mars come and say they come in peace and then some one lets birds out of a cage and the alians use it as an ecssuse to kill every one with lazer guns and then they all get killed by something so funny i'm not going to say what it is! it is a little to silly in places but all in all a pretty good film.
While he normally sticks to tales of quirky and sometimes macabre horror, Tim Burton also likes to branch out a bit and give us something different from time to time. Mars Attacks! was something different. Released in 1996 the sci-fi spoof fell flat at the box office thanks to luke-warm reviews and radical departure from the director. That said this film is still, undeniably, a one with Burtons fingerprints all over it. Unlike his other foray into sci-fi with the remake of Planet of the Apes, this film lets his creative side run free without heady expectations or devoting too much time to the story.
Mars Attacks! doesnt need too much explanation as the clue is pretty much in the title. The little green men from our neighbouring planet have decided to destroy us having nothing better to do. The Presidents (Jack Nicholson) hopes of a peaceful alliance with our intergalactic neighbours are soon dashed and Earth and Mars are soon at war with each other. With Mars having a distinct upper hand in terms of firepower it seems the world is all but doomed but help may be coming from an unlikely source.
This film reeks of the old style alien B-movies that were all the rage in the 1950s. The film starts off with a herd of cows being set on fire and running down a small country road. From then on practically every alien move cliché is used to make a hilariously camp and over the top film. The aliens themselves are the obligatory big headed, small bodied beings that we have all seen in sci-fi movies and TV shows. They do, however, have a sense of menace mainly due to their ear-piercing voices and those very creepy eyes. Yet they dont come without plenty of humour, as they all seem to be addicted to Playboys and other ex-curricular activities when they get to Earth.
It doesnt take long for the film to get going and from then on its a free for all. Buildings and people are blasted to oblivion. The aliens combine human heads with the bodies of dogs and one unlucky person comes to an unfortunate end thanks to lusting after a rather originally dressed alien posing as a woman. And whats an alien invasion movie without them blowing up all the famous monuments around the world? Mars Attacks! has this in spades and the aliens are also going to have a little fun with them at the same time just to petrify the humans a little more. A mention does have to go to the fact that, at the time of release another film was going for the crowds wanting a bit of alien, that being Independence Day. While Mars Attacks! doesnt spoof the more serious blockbuster it is arguably more entertaining in terms of cutting any useless dialogue and just giving people what they want, a lot of aliens and a lot of explosions.
Does the destruction look good? Well, yes, as good as any film mimicking the 50s style of alien invasion can. Special effects are strewn all around the film and its just as well seeing as this film is big on destruction. What makes it all the better is that the effects look so camp and so fake that it really gels into the film well. Whilst some films lose their effect somewhat when having some glaring CGI shot Mars Attacks! thrives on it. That is not to say that the film looks cheap, as it is still clear that a lot of time has been spent in making the film feel and look like a proper blockbuster.
Burton is known to come up with some of the most beautiful, enchanting and weird styles for his films. The darkness of Sleepy Hollow and the artwork for Nightmare Before Christmas shows his imagination to be ahead of the pack and sidestepping from the mainstream. As Mars Attacks! is set in the real world but with a out of world threat the result is a mix of standard meets weird. The aliens look the part, as mentioned before, and the sets taking place inside their flying saucers are great to watch. There isnt really as much flare as in his previous films, as this film doesnt really allow it, but there are still plenty of sight-gags and dark wit around the film to know its from Burtons mind. Special mention has to go to the soundtrack of the film. Sounding every bit like a 1950s alien movie the title track will be in your mind for ages. This is, of course, not surprising as Danny Elfman has teamed up with Burton again to create a great musical score fitting with the movie.
Mars Attacks! is full to the brim of big name stars. Joining the aforementioned Jack Nicholson is Glenn Close as a limelight addict First Lady. Pierce Brosnan makes an appearance as a charming, full English professor, Danny DeVito is cast as a Vegas high roller, Michael J. Fox is a hard nosed news reporter whos partner is a pre-Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker and just to round things off even Tom Jones makes a cameo as himself. Obviously Burtons fame helped a great deal in getting the stars to sign up to the film and not one star is safe from anything, getting killed, mutilated or just plain hurt in any way they can be from the aliens. While the film doesnt really require high acting standards the fact that the stars are well known is good enough. Theres something about seeing big name stars getting zapped by the alien masses that brings a big smile or two and it really does seem that they are there in the movie for simply the need to be cannon fodder. When characters do get a chance for actual screen time when they are alive the script is normally sharp and witty with cause for more than a few laughs.
Go in expecting no-brain, all-out absurdity and comic violence and youll love the film and theres very little to fault with it. While the mass destruction may beginning to start to feel a bit samey towards the end of the film it then soon shifts focus back onto the (remaining) set of characters for a fun finale and with pacing kept tight and fast theres little room for boredom. What will be a disappointment for some is that, seeing as its from Burton, we could expect just a little more. The film isnt dark, but it doesnt need to be, but it does lack that certain something that Burton normally carries into his films. Also, while the cast of stars is plentiful it also works against the film at times. There are just too many characters and too little time to devote a lot of time to each, not really needed in a film like this but it would have been nice to have the star cast be on screen that little bit longer.
Despite its small and forgivable shortcomings Mars Attacks! is a fantastically funny, silly and entertaining film that any fan of Burton or people wanting to see a no-brain flick will enjoy viewing. The package is solid all round and it ultimately gives you what you expect from a film like this. Although not Burtons best-loved work, from critics or fans, its still apparent that the film has been influenced by the hand of the quirky director. If you want to capture the 50s feel of alien movies but with a bit more of a modern and wicked feel then this film will not disappoint.
MARS ATTACKS! IS
Full of explosions
MARS ATTACKS! IS NOT!
As dark as other Burton films
Heavy on actor-screentime
Serious, at all
So having got very drunk on Friday night I decided Saturdays night would be a quiet one to save a bit of cash for next weekend. So in front of the DVD?s I sat trying to decide which of them I should watch and then this one seemed to hit me. I hadn?t seen it in ages, it wouldn?t require much if any thought and last but by no means least I was guaranteed a laugh. Now to be honest the plot isn?t exactly that complex and pretty much the title says most of what you need to know. However basically the US discover that the Earth is surrounded by flying saucers but the President (Jack Nicholson), advised by his head scientist Donald Kessler (Pierce Brosnan) decide that the aliens are friendly, based on no real theory just guessing. So they make an announcement to the country along these lines, causing the general public to get all excited about it. Meanwhile a lot of smaller story lines are building up on the side to add a few extra characters to the sides. We get to meet certain families and couples, most of which include stars in someway or another. Like Jason Stone (Michael J. Fox) and Nathalie Lake (Sarah Jessica Parker) who are TV presenters for rival channels who also live together. The Aliens decide that it?s time to land on Earth and declare their intentions so the US put together a delegation to meet with the Alien Emperor. The delegation lead by General Casey (Paul Winfield) set up a stage and what not in the Nevada desert where thousands of people turn up to witness the Aliens declare they come in peace? before they get their guns out and kill anyone who gets in the way. Killing both General Casey and Jason Stone and kidnapping Nathalie before flying back into space. Everyone is shocked but they are convinced it was a misunderstanding and again the Aliens are invited to earth to address congress. Where after a short speech they again proceed to blow away anything that moves, before again kidnapping someone, this time Donald Kes
sler. So with Congress now out of the way the cost is clear for the Martians to attack Earth. Although the plot doesn?t really expand much from the title, it?s almost as if director Tim Burton (Batman, Sleepy Hollow), has made a parody of Independence Day, with both films being released back in 1996. The film flows easily with the special effects looking fairly decent, especially where the Aliens heads explode and in fact the aliens themselves are fairly impressive. Somehow Burton has managed to secure an all star cast and in fact it?s one of the most impressive cast listings I?ve seen in a long time. Of course this is also a downfall of the film as well, actors like Danny DeVito given minimal screen time before being killed off. Although Jack Nicholson as the president was probably a perfect fit and a few of the other actors like Pierce Brosnan really did fit their roles, I think it?s hard to say any of them put in their best performance. Having Michael J Fox playing the smarmy news reporter is probably the best piece of casting in the film though as he seems to be able to turn his hand to any type of role, but again he?s killed off far too quickly for my liking. Of course the film also included some up and coming actors and actresses giving them their first breaks, like Natalie Portman who plays the presidents daughter. Although she has a small amount of screen time, she does portray the character well and that has obvious helped her land future roles. Similarly you also have Jack Black, who has a small part as a military soldier who is killed in the first Alien attack. The soundtrack is fairly decent with Tom Jones making an appearance in the film as another lead character and performs ?It?s Not Unusual? twice in the closing half hour of the movie. Plus there is another song that?s quite prominent but if I mention that really it?ll be classed as a spoiler. But overall it?s a pretty good film, ideal to sit back relax an
d enjoy and laugh at some of the funnier moments. Although some of them have been lost in time I still found quite a few bits where no matter how many times you see it, it?s still pretty funny. Not Tim Burton?s normal style of films, but certainly one that is worth watching, if only for the Aliens head?s exploding.
This truly is a great film! It makes fantastic use of Dolby digital and I swear I could almost smell the cattle cooking in the opening sequence!The effects are that good.This film will stand the test of time just as the original war of the worlds film on which it is based. It is a testament to the director that a huge cast of stars are despatched willy nilly and that such a seemingly silly ending could be so believable! The acting is superb if a little tongue in cheek.A DVD that you will keep going back to time and time again!
I should really start by saying I am a huge Burton fan, but on seeing this I was once again not disappointed. When I originally heard about this film I felt Burton had finally lost the plot. How can you make a 'big budget B movie'? Well, he did it, and everything is as cheesy and tacky as you would expect from its low budget counterparts. Wooden acting, obvious models and 'bad' special effects all combine with a low brow script that would make any Oscar nominee cringe to create a highly entertaining and superbly made film. Cosgrove Hall have outdone themselves in creating the aliens and their ships, and the effects team managing to make their inclusion into the live action look much like the original 50s B horror movie effects just adds to the enjoyment. Big named stars make appearances all the way through the story, which is the only reminder of the size of production this really was. This is one for anyone who used to stay up on a Friday night as a child and watch those very badly made 'I Was A Teenage Werewolf' B movies, but this takes the art to a whole new height.
Extremely funny! If you don't laugh...check your pulse! - Advantages: All star Cast, Great comedy script, Good alien animation - Disadvantages: Annoying music which kills the martians, Makes you wanna destroy your TV in an attempt to crush the little buggers yourself!
Tim Burton, the man behind the first (and best) Batman movie, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Sleepy Hollow has always had a nice line in grim humour and with Mars Attacks! he gets the chance of revelling in the grimmest of all scenarios as beings from another world prepare to take over the planet. It's the corniest of corny story lines, with an advance party of little green men (well actually quite large with very large heads) saying "Take me to your leader..." in typical orthodox fashion, but they come not to praise Caesar but to eradicate the sonuvabitch - these guys and esp the leader (Major Big Head!) have nothing less in their sights than the total annihilation of the human race itself - and all there is to stop them is two Jack Nicholsons and a black guy in a Pharoah outfit! Burton made a well over the top black comedy out of these fairly modest ingredients and did so with a verve and elan that is admirable. He's got some epic actors to work with as well and they're parodying themselves like mad - Jack Nicholson (dear old nutsy, manic, eye rolling Johnny Boy!) gets two opportunities to show what he can do - first as the President of the United States and then as a cowboy hustler showman type in good old Gambling City - and he's absolutely marvellous in both parts - then Mr Smoothie himself, Pierce Brosnan complete with mad but handsome scientist pipe just to show that he has an enormous intellect (what is it about big brained men that they find themselves irretrievably drawn to putting bits of wood and leaves in their mouths and burning them?) Both stars give absolutely mammoth performances and Brosnan's love for the half woman half dog experiment is sheerest Burton. Now you surely don't need me to let you in on the secret that it all works out for the best in the end - or does it? These nuke 'em first ask questions afterwards dumb Yanks get their collective bu
tts soundly whipped by the force from outer space and they ain't coming back - tee hee! There's some high quality zapping of the earthlings going on throughout, including Michael J Fox (Cheers, always wanted to waste that short ass!). It's a wonderfully manic piece of classic cinema from Burton and, despite the obvious hype and overselling that went with thgis movie, eminently successful. I LOVE IT - Big Kisses all round for the bug eyed ones - Big Boos for the Dumb Yanks!
My DVD player is featured and used on my PC itself. I find this really really good, useful and helpful and I find it works like any other DVD player would too but I do have one moan. As you probably all know you can have Region 1 and region 2 DVD's, my PC can only play region 2 DVD's, though it is possible to play both but then I run the risk of damaging my PC. Thats why I'm so impressed with this DVD (Mars Attacks) it's a region 2 DVD and has loads of impressive EXTRAS and is great quality too, during the film and the extras! THE ACTORS/ACTRESSES There is a great line-up of brilliant actors and actresses in this film, the film includes: Jack Nicholson Glenn Close Annette Bening Pierce Brosnan Danny DeVito There many many more famous and well known stars in this movie, including the one and only Tom Jones who plays a normal role of singing! THE STORYLINE The title of the film says it all, Mars Attacks! Mean, Lean and green martians are preparing to visit Earth for the first time ever from their home planet of that big, bright red ball, Mars. Earth prepares to give them a warm welcome but not everything goes along to plan! The martians arrive with their very own insta-fry ray guns and their exploding heads which burst green, slimy goo everywhere! Earth of course tries to come to an agreement and settlement with the martian president but due to language differences everything goes horribly wrong. Eventually Earth fights back with a rather out of the ordinary weapon. Mars Attacks is an exciting, gripping, action packed movie with brilliant special effects and is definitely well worth a watch if your up for a good old laugh! THE EXTRAS/SPECIAL FEATURES The brilliant list of special features includes: Interactive menus~Includes soundtracks, subtitles, the cast and the film flash Production notes~ Take a sneak and be impressed S
cene access~ Jump to a specific scene and hop right in. Theatrical trailers~ Number 1 and 2 Dolby Surround sound 5.1~ For suitable television sets Subtitle choices (Which is available in English, Arabic, Polish, Greek, Czech, Turkish, Hungarian, Icelandic, Croation.~ The subtitles will tell you basically everything said in the film at the bottom of the screen. ( The film itself is spoken in English though I'm sure you can buy it in other languages abroad!) OTHER INFO This DVD was a region 2 DVD. Certificate 12. 102 minutes long. Presented to you by Warner Bros. Produced by Tim Burton and Larry Franco. Directed by Tim Burton. There are 38 chapters in the scene index.~ Including the ending credits (Which include~It's not unusual, Indian Love Call) You can play this DVD as a music CD too, with the hit songs not concluding the sound effects from the movie. A book is available about the movie in many book stores world wide and on the web too, called 'The art of the movie' published by Titan books. CONCLUSION Overall, this DVD is great and if you've only seen it on video, then I highly recommend you to watch it on DVD if possible for the brilliant extras! The extra features are great, just like the brilliant quality screening with all the special effects and also not forgetting the great sound too! The film itself is a less populated film and not noticed too much since quite old, but still it's a great film which I highly recommend but you definitely won't find this film anywhere, you need to look around in most leading retailers like WH Smith and PC World, or if your after renting it then pop down to a popular renting shop like Blockbuster as this film definitely wasn't a box office hit or an oscar winning film!!! The music is also great which brings me to my closing conclusion of a 'good' film, which is well worth a watch! Than
ks for reading~M~
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 cinemas. 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 humour 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. --Jim Emerson