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'Christmas on Mars' is a fantastical and disturbing film freakout. 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 this stand-alone DVD. 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

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  • Actors: Flaming Lips
  • Directors: Not Specified
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DD 5.1 Surround)
  • Subtitles: Russian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001G0LBYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Christmas On Mars" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Personally, this is a film you either really like, or hate.
W. T. Hoffman
And then something would happen--a ridiculous line of dialog or a bizarre visual--that would be arresting, and would pull me back in for a while.
Saganite
This film, years in the making, is just plain terrible on every level - acting, technical and otherwise.
T. Scarillo

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By W. T. Hoffman TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 24, 2008
Format: DVD
I would be totally unfair, not to mention that this was a self financed film by the band FLAMING LIPS, and as such, is not benefitted by the mulitmillion dollar special effects budgets, top hollywood filmstars, famous directors and writers, and glamorous locales. However, if you believe a good film is something that REQUIRES all those components, then dont even watch CHRISTMAS ON MARS. You'd be confused, disappointed, and bored. However, if you loved CLERKS, for being a $30,000 self financed film, or ERAISERHEAD for Lynch's near 7 year effort to see it completed , or 200 MOTELS for being a rock band film that tried to be bizarre for its own artistic sake, then go ahead and buy this film. You'd enjoy it, even if you never HEARD of the Flaming Lips. Because this film rests on the D.I.Y concept behind Eraiserhead, Clerks and 200 Motels. You dont need to be graduate of Film school, to make a film. Just a lot of Moxie, and imagination, and this movie has plenty of both.

Actually, its safe to say that, like much of the LIPS music, the influences for the film are a strange combination of the surreal, the punk-adelic, and high concept "ART" music, or here, arty concept cinema. CHRISTMAS ON MARS takes a huge influence from Lynch, Krubrick's 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY, as well as from no-budget scifi 60s films like SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARSIANS. The film's 2001 SPACE ODYSSEY parody gets underscored by everything from the SPACE BABY, to Steven Drozd's role of some type of psychologist,(HAL) observing an isolated space station, spouting philosophy and failed attempts to analyse his own, and the crews' hallucinations. (If you want a taste of the dialogue, just read ANY of the FLAMING LIPS liner notes on their albums, or Wayne's interviews about his work.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Jones on November 13, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a difficult movie to review. While watching it I couldn't decide whether or not I liked it or if it was meeting my expectations. However, I felt myself being drawn into Wayne's strange and eerie but kinda warm imagination as the movie went along. There is more to the story then what I had heard through other people that had already seen it. In no way is this just some random story with a weak plot and trippy visuals. I rather enjoyed the story and think they did a great job capturing the human psyche and heart. Humans are a resilient bunch of living things and can overcome quite a bit but what the movie really gets at is how humans are not supposed to live in space, at least not with a little help from something supernatural. A good human story in that if you can get past the sometimes week acting and low budget filming you can really enjoy what these guys have tried to do. The reason I give this four stars is not because of the weak acting and low budget filming. I was hoping to see a little more flaming lips music in this movie rather then just backround music the whole time. I see what they were trying to do but maybe if they make another movie it could be more flaming lips music that we all know and love mixed with some random scenes and visuals that only could come out of Wayne's endless imagination. Purchase it and come into it with an open mind. Give it a real chance all the way through to the end and if nothing else you should at least be touched (that is if you are human).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saganite VINE VOICE on December 15, 2008
Format: DVD
It's impossible to believe that Wayne Coyne was high during the seven years it is said to have taken to make this movie, but it's also hard to believe that Coyne didn't expect the audience for it to be high. It's that kind of movie. Except...the movie is so trippy to begin with that springing for herb seems like a waste of good money.

This is the most schizophrenic I've felt about a work of "art" in a long time. It's lame, it's brilliant; it's dull, it's engrossing; it's banal, it's deep. And the reason I'm all over the board on this movie is that it's just so damn strange. At times it was too strange for my mind to find any traction with the material, and it was just sort of free-floating and slipping around, which is fun for about a minute and then just gets dull. Like, "Yeah? What else ya got?" And then something would happen--a ridiculous line of dialog or a bizarre visual--that would be arresting, and would pull me back in for a while. The "story," such as it is, is very impressionistic and I think is sort of an inkblot test for the viewer, who is invited (literally, by Coyne in an interview included among the DVD extras) to assign his or her own meaning to the narrative.

I would take major issue with anyone (as one reviewer he did) gave it one star because he was expecting something slick and Hollywoody. No one approaching a Flaming Lips artistic endeavor has the right to anticipate convention. But I can easily imagine hating the movie on its own merits. Does it succeed, and if so, what does it succeed AT? Maybe the film is just a ridiculous vanity project and should be ignored as the spastic mayhem it most appears to be.

But no.
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Just what I would expect from Flaming Lips but a big disappointment.

sad too because the doc. Fearless Freaks is great.
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can any one tell me how to find the SUPER SECRET OUTTAKE SCENE??
You saw the whole movie and you want more?!
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