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Battle for Terra

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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?

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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Special Features

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

Product Details

  • 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 (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,920 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kuehl VINE VOICE on September 20, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Danny G. on May 6, 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
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful By G. Teslovich on September 28, 2009
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ACEMAN1 on March 14, 2010
Format: DVD
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.
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