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Battle For Terra
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30 of 39 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 20, 2009
This Blu has been screening nicely in the store as sadly no one got to see this with that joke of a theatrical release slate.

Plenty to dissect here regarding both the subtle and overlaying future of humanity themes, but in the end the positive outcomes shine through as does the awesome animation, both preserved beautifully on the Blu. This recent trend of 5.1 Uncompressed PCM on Blu is a nice change, and it bodes well for an action filled finale like this. The clarity, colors and style of animation look great here, and I bookmarked the last 17 minute battle scene for customers and that alone has sold itself. The supplements are a bit mismanaged and include:
* 4:45 minute making-of. Way too short for what this film took to make, and most of the other extras should have been spliced into this selection.
* 4 deleted scenes totaling 7 minutes. For what this film was they all should have been left in their respective sequences.
* 25 second quip on a storyboard to final rendering analysis on one scene.
* 2:13 minute Animatics picture in picture clip. Shows the animation changes between production levels of the escape sequence.
* 20 slides containing text and and drawing notes of initial production design.
* Pulling the Strings, 1:26 minute low grade animation clip of the director stating his reasons for making this and other films and what he hopes to accomplish.
* Crew commentary, catered to the animation followers.

The menu is eye catching and plays with some decent music. The navigation is too extensive for younger viewers and could have been made much simpler regarding the supplements (combine everything next time). This gets a 5 rating for Lionsgate on a solid picture and sound product. A PG rating with maybe a few scary moments for really young viewers, but presentable to everyone, I think. Have not had any kids run screaming to mom yet while it plays here. Hope you enjoy.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2009
Battle for Terra is one of those rare films that dares to have a politically charged message: Genocide and ecocide is inexcusable under any and all circumstances; following your conscience can have an extraordinarily high price; and government is best run by civilians and not by a military dictatorship!

What is mind boggling is that a soldier is forced to kill his commanding officer and allow his brother, and only surviving family member, to die in battle in order to follow his conscience! This is truly a profound and subversive story. Too bad it is being shown on only one screen in a metropolitan area with 1 1/2 million people! It deserves being seen by a much wider audience!

This exact same subject matter of humans colonizing another world at the expense of another intelligent and benevolent species is rarely covered in science fiction on the big screen. Human beings are usually the victims of some evil alien power. It's nice to see the tables turned for once and witness human beings as the oppressors, or bad guys.

While watching Battle for Terra, I asked myself repeatedly, "What would I do in a similar situation?" I realize I will never be a soldier in a critical battle that will determine the destiny of the human race. But I'm forced to examine the power I have, no matter how small, to battle evil and injustice when given the opportunity to do so! That's the beauty of a subversive story! It makes one think!

See: Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey and The Light of Conscience: How a Simple Act Can Change Your Life

For other great Science Fiction see::Zardoz and Enemy Mine and Fantastic Planet and A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) and Bicentennial Man and Galaxy Quest (Deluxe Edition)
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2009
Seldom do animations of this quality and creative imagination also elicit thoughtful and emotional responses from the viewer. But such appears to be the case as many other reviewers have expressed similar thoughts. So! Praise to the director, writers and animation crew for an exceptionally crafted story.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 22, 2009
This movie was great. It was the first 3-D movie I ever went and saw. Due to the horrible job done promoting this movie not many people even saw it. Which is fine because my friend and I had the whole theater to ourselves. A private screening at a public movie theater of one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Most people won't like this movie because it makes us humans out to be the bad guys. The movie was great. Animation for being made with the money it was made for is excellent. The message great. If you are one of the ones who didn't get to see this in theaters, which I'm sure most of you reading this are aside from a few scary moments which may disturb younger viewers this movie truly is a diamond in the rough.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2009
Battle for Terra is one of those rare films that dares to have a politically charged message: Genocide and ecocide is inexcusable under any and all circumstances; following your conscience can have an extraordinarily high price; and government is best run by civilians and not by a military dictatorship!

This exact same subject matter of humans colonizing another world at the expense of another intelligent and benevolent species is rarely covered in science fiction on the big screen. Human beings are usually the victims of some evil alien power. It's nice to see the tables turned for once and witness human beings as the oppressors, or bad guys.

This is truly a profound and subversive story. Too bad it was shown on only one screen in a metropolitan area with 1 1/2 million people! It deserves to have been seen by a much wider audience!

While watching Battle for Terra, I asked myself repeatedly, "What would I do in a similar situation?" I realize I will never be a soldier in a critical battle that will determine the destiny of the human race. But I'm forced to examine the power I have, no matter how small, to battle evil and injustice when given the opportunity to do so! That's the beauty of a subversive story! It makes you think!

See: Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey and The Light of Conscience: How a Simple Act Can Change Your Life

For other great Science Fiction see::Zardoz and Enemy Mine and Fantastic Planet and A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) and Bicentennial Man and Galaxy Quest (Deluxe Edition)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I picked up the movie at the free video store shelf at Family Video. It is actually worth paying for and not a FREE movie. The story line is good and it keeps your interest Well Done
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I had heard some things about Battle For Terra, but I wasn't too sure of what I was getting into. I got a lot more than what I expected, and experienced one of the ten best animated films I've ever seen. This film was absolutely incredible in every way imaginable. It was thrilling, emotionally-driven, and it has something meaningful and insightful to say. This film is simply superb and breath-taking, and almost perfect.
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Terra is a peaceful planet that the humans are looking to colonize after they destroyed their previous home planets Earth, Mars, and Venus through war. At first the Terrians think the humans and their spacecrafts are gods, and many allow themselves to be taken. The main character Mala is trying to find her father who was taken by the humans, and when she tries to get taken herself, she ends up causing one of the spacecrafts to crash. She ends up rescuing the pilot named Jim and taking him back to her home along with his robot Giddy. She ends up having to construct a special tent for oxygen so he can breathe, and after she rescues him again when he tries to escape, she makes a deal with him to help him fix his ship and he'll take her to her father. From then on, things go awry and then it becomes all out war between the humans and Terrians, and it is up to Jim to fix all of this and save both the Terrians and the humans from extinction.
MUSIC: The musical score is fantastic and fits everything to a tee. It could be both calming and then erupt with a fantastic orchestral score whenever the occasion called for it.
ACTING: Though there were some moments of corny dialogue, the voice-acting is terrific. I was surprised by some of the names they managed to get for this film (Danny Glover, Dennis Quaid, etc.) despite its small budget. Thankfully there were no annoying characters and every actor seemed to know what they were doing.
ACTION: Before George Lucas made the crappy Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated film he should have taken notes from Battle For Terra (It originally debuted at a film festival in 2007, a year before Clone Wars). This film has enough action scenes to satisfy any fan of sci-fi action flicks. They were thrilling, explosive, and really cool. However, it's not the action that makes all of this film, it's the story and the amazingly intense moral situations (Who will you choose to save?) and I'd have to say this is one of those films that really pushes its rating. This is probably one of the hardest PG-rated films I've ever seen and pushes dangerously close to PG-13 at times because of its violence. This film was a very intense and thought-provoking experience that really gets you to think about many things. Overall, it was never boring.
OVERALL: This film is a must-have if you love animated films. This film is insightful and smart about its messages and questions how far you can push your morals. A film that slipped under the radar and was lambasted by moronic critics who don't seem to understand complexity when its sitting right in front of them. This film is simply amazing and a masterpiece of animated cinema that is not to be missed.
THE GOOD: Great story, good acting, superb action scenes, thoughtful messages, great looking animation, and it does a good job about making you think.
THE BAD: Some corny dialogue.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2009
Battle for Terra is one of those rare films that dares to have a politically charged message: Genocide and ecocide is inexcusable under any and all circumstances; following your conscience can have an extraordinarily high price; and government is best run by civilians and not by a military dictatorship!

This exact same subject matter of humans colonizing another world at the expense of another intelligent and benevolent species is rarely covered in science fiction on the big screen. Human beings are usually the victims of some evil alien power. It's nice to see the tables turned for once and witness human beings as the oppressors, or bad guys.

This is truly a profound and subversive story. Too bad it was shown on only one screen in a metropolitan area with 1 1/2 million people! It deserves to have been seen by a much wider audience!

While watching Battle for Terra, I asked myself repeatedly, "What would I do in a similar situation?" I realize I will never be a soldier in a critical battle that will determine the destiny of the human race. But I'm forced to examine the power I have, no matter how small, to battle evil and injustice when given the opportunity to do so! That's the beauty of a subversive story! It makes you think!

See: Conscience: The Duty to Obey and the Duty to Disobey and The Light of Conscience: How a Simple Act Can Change Your Life

For other great Science Fiction see::Zardoz and Enemy Mine and Fantastic Planet and A.I. - Artificial Intelligence (Widescreen Two-Disc Special Edition) and Bicentennial Man and Galaxy Quest (Deluxe Edition)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is a very nice feature-length cartoon with a significant message that children and many adults will enjoy watching. A non-Earth planet is living in peace - what they call living with nature. They are invaded by humans who have no place to live since earth has been destroyed. The human counsel wants to arrange for peace with the aliens, but a general takes control and insists on war. A human male is saved by an alien female during a battle and they like each other. Their bond saves both cultures.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2009
I really enjoyed Battle for Terra.

The story is a fresh take on the classic Alien Invasion genre with an interesting twist. I found the narrative interesting and the characters well developed... quite a feat for an animated film.

Visionally, the CG-animation is a feast to the eyes and helps the audience immerse into the story.

This movie is a winner!!
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