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Battle for Terra (2007)

David Cross , James Garner , Aristomenis Tsirbas  |  PG |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Cross, James Garner, Danny Glover, Mark Hamill, Ron Perlman
  • Directors: Aristomenis Tsirbas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: September 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,229 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Deleted Scenes
  • Aristomenis Tsirbas: Pulling the Strings
  • The Making of BATTLE FOR TERRA
  • Filmmakers' Audio Commentary and more!

Editorial Reviews

Earthlings are the bad guys in this animated saga, which was released to theaters in 3-D. And the good guys? That would be the Terrans, big-eyed little tadpole creatures whose planet is about to be invaded by human beings in search of a permanent living space--and hey, if the atmosphere of this alien planet isn't exactly fit for humans, the visitors can always blast the place with an oxygen-producing terra-forming machine that will make it habitable. The only collateral damage is that the natives will be killed off. Huh? As you can see, the allegorical undertones here are, well, overtones, all of which might seem less heavy-handed if the story were absorbing and the characters were compelling, but director Aristomenis Tsirbas concentrates on the environmental message and the non-show-offy 3D design. We mostly follow a Terran (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) who comes upon a lone astronaut (Luke Wilson), much to the confusion of her Terran quasi-boyfriend (Justin Long). In the absence of a lot of plot excitement, kids might take some enjoyment in the nerdy declarations of a cute robot (David Cross). Can the brutal intentions of the invading general (Brian Cox) be stopped in time to save Terra? Will you still be awake to learn the answer? --Robert Horton

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When the peaceful inhabitants of the beautiful planet Terra come under attack from the last surviving members of humanity adrift in an aging spaceship, the stage is set for an all-out war between the two species for control of the planet. But will an unlikely friendship between a rebellious young Terrian (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) and an injured human pilot (Luke Wilson) somehow convince their leaders that war is not the answer?

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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great animation Blu, and a good film too.... 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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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful & Emotional September 28, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond in the rough September 21, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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
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2 of 2 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable January 27, 2014
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Good movie, standard fare for man destroys planet because of his self destructive tendencies and just needs to learn how to just get along with others...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an interesting sci-fi animation. November 2, 2010
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This is an interesting sci-fi animation. Great for both kids and adults. Has a new twist on alien invasion. Not predictable!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and whimsical. June 15, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
After watching one of the most disturbing messes of my life: Punisher, War Zone, this movie was even more wonderful. A Sci-fi for the whole family and a first rate blu-ray, would recommend this to all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
well done
Published 29 days ago by Bill Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars A hidden gem
Really nice animated sci fi. Good for younger kids too.
Published 1 month ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie for the kids
Published 1 month ago by Renee
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
Loved it!
Published 1 month ago by Carol Bozik
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is an imaginative story brought to life with excellent animation.
Published 2 months ago by ronald t beck
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best animations made...
Just love the DVD. But, if this review is for watching the movie with online streaming, I did not have the opportunity to see it as it was no longer available when I tried to... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Heather Weldy
5.0 out of 5 stars Never give up even when all odds are stacked against you.
I loved it and the special effects were great. I saw it twice. Thanks. In order to live, one must make sacrifices. Beautiful story.
Published 3 months ago by Lucy Lopez Rios
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
I really liked it and found it enlightening and sad. Many great actors contributed their voice talent to the movie.
Published 4 months ago by Mary H. Lujan Sill
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!!!!
Great movie!!

I received this as a birthday present from my son.
I would not recommend for the wee ones but 10 and up should be OK.
Published 4 months ago by Duane F. Introwitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle for Terra Blu Ray
Was pleasantly surprised when I watched Battle for Terra. Took a chance and bought it as a used DVD - enjoyed it - and then bought a Blu Ray for my collection.
Published 4 months ago by Commuter Man
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