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  • Audio CD (November 11, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B001G0LBYM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,854 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Once Beyond Hopelessness
2. The Distance Between Mars And The Earth-Part One
3. The Horrors Of Isolation: The Celestial Dissolve, Triumphant Hallucination, Light Being Absorbed
4. In Excelsior Vaginalistic
5. Your Spaceship Comes From Within
6. Suicide And Extraordinary Mistakes
7. The Distance Between Mars And The Earth-Part Two
8. The Secret Of Immortality: This Strange Feeling, This Impossible World
9. The Gleaming Armament Of Marching Genitalia
10. The Distress Signals Of Celestial Objects
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Christmas On Mars (Film)

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Product Description

Christmas On Mars is a fantastical and
disturbing film freakout. You expected
something less from The Flaming Lips?
Seven years in the making, Christmas On
Mars was directed and written by The
Flaming Lips visionary frontman Wayne
Coyne and features the band members
and many of their associates as actors in a
story set during the colonization of Mars.
The 86-minute film and its original score
are presented in a stand-alone DVD, and as
a CD+DVD package which includes an
audio CD of the score. With Christmas On
Mars, psychedelia finally has its epic film.

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Wayne Coyne’s directorial debut, Christmas on Mars, is a kitschy, homespun masterpiece that subverts film-judging criteria the way Ed Wood’s B-movies must have when they were first compared to horror back in the day. Co-directed by Bradley Beesley and populated with many local Oklahoma City characters, including most of Flaming Lips, Coyne’s brothers, Denny and Kenny, and his wife, starring as the female of the film, Mother (Michelle Martin Coyne), Coyne explains in extras interview footage that the movie took seven years to complete simply because the musician shot between tours. Rumors of this film’s release have been floating around forever, and the wait was worth it. Christmas on Mars, plot-wise, stars Major Syrtis (Steven Drozd), the captain on a spaceship who notices, between hallucinations of a baby dying, that the crew is in danger due to malfunctioning equipment. Clues include psychosis, as experienced by a man the script calls Astronaut Confronting Cosmic Reality (Kliph Scurlock), and other bizarre hardships, as other crew members that Major Lowell (Steve Burns) and the Sunglasses Wearing Astronaut (Michael Ivins) can attest to. The resident Psychiatrist (Adam Goldberg) tells everyone to chill out on the baby visions, which look like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Eraserhead, to no avail. Lucky for everyone, a mysterious green-faced Martian, played by Coyne, comes to the rescue. Christmas on Mars is not about plot originality, as it screens more like a tribute to Coyne’s favorite sci-fi films. Made almost exclusively in Coyne’s backyard, the sets impress because they really transport the viewer to space despite being made of recognizable hardware store materials. Each scene, and its way of either slowing down or speeding up time, feels deeply imagined from the subconscious. What matters is the film’s undoubting sincerity. Filmed mostly in black and white, blasts of color during moments of psychic realization surrealistically tie the film’s visuals to Flaming Lips music, in which guitars and heavy drums explode rhythm. Moreover, the score serves the film well, carefully blending ambient, electronic space-age melodies with moments of sonic chaos. Christmas on Mars is another of Coyne’s attempts at expressing tension between peace of mind and utter insanity, and an undying, Lovecraftian attraction to abyss. —Trinie Dalton

Customer Reviews

By far the best Christmas present I ever gave to myself.
Michael A. Kepler
I expected it to be inauspicious, but this was about as foolish a waste of an hour and a half of my life as it gets.
David
I don't care if the colony is saved, this film is so overwhelmingly pretentious it makes my head hurt.
Greg Kinne

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Larry Davis on November 17, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This 2-disc CD/DVD of their bigger-budget "home movie" and accompanying score is finally out and, if you know the Flaming Lips music and creators, "Christmas On Mars" makes perfect sense.

First, the score CD: the Flaming Lips have done instrumental music before...the occasional track or song-excursion, like that "Balloon" song on "Yoshimi", which was actually written for "Christmas On Mars", but was deemed too poppy for it but perfect for "Yoshimi". If you like these types of tracks that Wayne & co do, you will dig the score...however if you are a Lips fan strictly for Wayne's SINGING, you probably won't. Me, I dig the crazy creative minds of Wayne Coyne, Steven Drozd and Michael Ivins, so I dig the score (it IS on the short side, 32 minutes and change).

As for the movie itself...it's black & white (with flashes of colour), 86 minutes long (not TOO long), flat-out WEIRD and fun and trippy and you see not only all 4 Lips (yes Klyph Scurlock too), but their family (Wayne's wife Michelle is VERY prominent in it, as are a Coyne brother and nephews and baby niece) and friends...the 7-years-in-the-making "Christmas On Mars" is a film extension of their unique psychedelic freakout/childrens birthday party on acid/warped pop music. How it came into being in the first place was courtesy of Wayne's mom Dolly...Wayne & his bros came home late one night, 2AM, saw their mom crying, as she saw some sad old movie and described it as people in space dying and as they coped with the idea of death, a strange being came down (an alien, God, etc) and comforted them...turns out this movie never existed in the first place...Mrs Coyne saw a combo of bits of old flicks, fell asleep inbetween and dreamt the rest.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Kepler on June 9, 2009
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Although it has been mentioned by other reviewers, I will confirm that you do, indeed, get a DVD copy of the movie slipped in with this beautiful green vinyl LP, as well as the white 45rpm single with two songs that, as far as I know, are unavailable elsewhere. By far the best Christmas present I ever gave to myself.

Despite the fabulous musical phenomenon that the Flaming Lips are, the main attraction here is the movie. My only caveat, and I am quite serious about this: this film is not recommended for anyone averse to viewing female genitalia, or simulations thereof, or various fantastical constructs suggestive in appearance of female genitalia. Having said that, this is definitely not porn. There is curiously only one female character in the film, and she spends the vast majority of her screen time literally sealed alone in a plastic bubble, nor do we at any time see anything which is unambiguously suggested to be the genitalia of this specific character.

Having fulfilled my duty to convey the above warning, I am somewhat hesitant to describe the film in much detail. It is an experience unto itself which, much like a dream, cannot be adequately conveyed through narrative description.

I will say that I enjoy the great contrasts in this film, between the very quiet and the very loud, between the colorless, and the very effectively shocking moments of brilliant color, between bleak and pervasive hopelessness and the kind of ecstatic wonder and fearless faith normally reserved only for the luckiest of young children, and only in the best and most magical moments of their lives.
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Format: Audio CD
The "Christmas On Mars" score The Flaming Lips have come up with is simply genius! This is not your typical Lips sound, clearly. Yet they deserve credit for having reinvented themselves again, not unlike Radiohead, coming up with an album that resembles more a surreal, dreamy ambient piece than their alternative rock sound that has made them legendary.

Note: I have not had the opportunity to watch the DVD accompanying the music CD.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By electro junkie on November 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Another great creation by The Flaming Lips. I've been waiting for this for many years now, and it was well worth the wait. If your having a Holiday party this year nothing would compliment the ambience better than The Flaming Lips DVD and the Kasio Kristmas CD.

Happy Holidays
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By rucktoon on December 3, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Love the Lips. Got everything. The soundtrack is interesting, but not listenable. Do not buy it without checking it out first. I was very disappointed with how lame the music was, compared to what they could have created. I expect the DVD to be as silly as it's been made out to be, so no review needed there. Of course I pre-ordered this, but I think reading a review like this one would have saved me 20 bucks. It'll be budget bin in a year.
Too bad - I always look forward to the latest Lips to hear what melodies they've stolen this time (insert smiley face HERE) - but no melodies on THIS puppy. (P.S. - Soft Bulletin is one of the finest albums ever made).
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By McSpunkle on December 28, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Christmas On Mars is finally here. Seven years in the making, Wayne Coyne and The Flaming Lips have released their freaky no budget film about the first Christmas on the red planet. Filmed mostly in Wayne's backyard and with the band and their friends and family as the actors, they've created a great flick. The sets are spectacular, especially considering they built them using stuff they bought from Home Depot. The acting is really bad (and sometimes really good), and the visuals and special effects are out of this world.

Wayne cites 2001: A Space Oddesey, Eraserhead and The Wizard Of Oz as influences. I also see a 50's sci-fi influence throughout (especially the over the top acting and low budget production). The story moves kind of slow, but it doesn't matter, the trippy visuals and epic soundtrack move it along.

Basically a group of people have been living in a space station on Mars for a year, it's Christmas Eve and something's wrong with the oxygen machine. The crew are slowly going insane and there's a sort of test tube baby that's about to be born. Everybody is on edge and having very weird hallucinations (that are visually awesome and quite disturbing). An alien (played by Wayne) shows up and, well I don't want to ruin the ending so I'll stop there.

The CD of the score that accompanies the film is quite good as well. You won't find the "Yeah Yeah Song" or any of their more "conventional" music here, but some very epic, ambient instrumental textures. I believe it was mostly recorded at the same time as "Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots".

After the disappointing "At War With The Mystics" this a great return to form for The Lips.
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haven't watched the movie yet, but the music is pretty much "score" music, maybe a little trippier, but nothing like there real albums
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