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Battle Beyond the Stars (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) (30th Anniversary Special Edition) [Blu-ray] (1980)

Richard Thomas , Robert Vaughn , Jimmy T. Murakami  |  PG |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, John Saxon, George Peppard, Sybil Danning
  • Directors: Jimmy T. Murakami
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Shout! Factory
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VT9JJE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,943 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Battle Beyond the Stars (Roger Corman's Cult Classics) (30th Anniversary Special Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Shad (Richard Thomas) must scour the cosmos to recruit mercenaries from different planets and cultures in order to save his peaceful home planet from the threat of the evil tyrant Sador (John Saxon), who’s bent on dominating and enslaving the entire universe. Joining this magnificant seven of mercenaries are the deadly Gelt (Robert Vaughn), carefree Cowboy (George Peppard) and the sexy Valkyrie Saint-Exmin (Sybil Danning).

The film brought together some extremely talented people behind the scenes who went on to bigger and better things: Academy Award winning director James Cameron as the art director, Academy Award winning composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar), screenwriter John Sayles (Lone Star, Piranha) and producer Gale Ann Hurd (Aliens, The Incredible Hulk) as an assistant production manager.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars on a budget! February 13, 2001
Format:DVD
Would you believe a spaceship with breasts? There's one in this 1980 Roger Corman space opera! The spaceship has a female computer personality named Nell and a decidedly feminine shape, which includes two enormous breast-like mounds on its underside. Since there is no nudity in this movie, which is unusual in a Corman film, he had to get the breasts in somewhere, so model designer/builder/art director James Cameron put them on the space craft! Very amusing indeed! Cameron went on to design bigger and better things, like the Titanic.
Battle Beyond the Stars was the biggest-budgeted movie Corman had ever made up to that time, about 2 million dollars, and his money is up there on the screen, with good sets, good props, good special effects, and a good cast. In typical Corman fashion everything except the cast was used over and over again in other space sagas he made. Waste not, want not! is his credo, and he boasts that he's never lost a dime on any of his movies. I believe it.
The plot of this movie was stolen shamelessly from Akira Kurosawa's classic Seven Samurai, so if you liked that Japanese epic and its American remake, The Magnificent Seven, you should like Battle Beyond the Stars, too. It just goes to show that if you have to steal a story, you might as well steal a great one!
The cast includes Richard Thomas, just out of his John-Boy of The Waltons role, as a poor man's Luke Skywalker recruiting mercenaries George Peppard, Robert Vaughn, Marta Kristen, and Sybil Danning, among others, to fight the evil conqueror Sador, played by John Saxon, always a good villain.
Never one to miss a trend, or start one, Corman cashed in on the phenomenal success of Star Wars with Battle Beyond the Stars. It's a fun film and I recommend this DVD widescreen edition. There's interesting commentaries by Gale Anne Hurd, John Sayles and Roger Corman, movie trailers, biographies, trivia game, scene index -- but the usual Corman filmography booklet is absent here.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Roger Corman is known for being the low budget king of B-Movies. Although I am not much a fan of Corman's flash in the pan micro-budget movies this one has a certain charm that can only be brought together through some talented people behind him. Mind you this is still a low budget B-movie and it shows. Still the young at heart will appreciate enough of this film to put a smile on their face.

First off, as mentioned before, the plot is nothing new. While a lot of people would say he is ripping off Star Wars that is really not the case (although he probably is banking on the popularity of the space opera). As a matter of fact Corman, in his infinite desire to copy successful themes based Battle Beyond the Stars on the The Magnificent Seven. Which of course was copied by John Sturges in his western classic from Akira Kurosawa's masterpiece The Seven Samurai. So technically Corman didn't copy anything that wasn't already copied. Still a good plot is a good plot no matter where it came from and putting it in a science fiction setting only makes the movie that much more interesting.

What makes this story work so well is that Corman "gets" what Magnificent Seven (and Seven Samurai for that matter) were doing... at least to a point. These movies were less about the brave warriors protecting a community from evil raiders and more about the various personalities of said warriors. Battle Beyond the stars takes that to different level with the different warriors coming from different planets and cultures. While most of the character development is a little more than two dimensional the amount of various characters really make up for it. From there you have a usual space opera fare. Spaceships roaring and blowing each other up to majestic music. Villains wearing black and acting ruthless.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I hate to disagree, but... May 11, 2001
Format:DVD
Actually, I don't disagree with most of the comments. The extras are great (especially the commentary, although Gale Anne Hurd has a tendency, at least in the beginning, to drop little nuggets of information without any context), and it's great to have this film in widescreen HOWEVER, whomever was raving about the transfer need to wipe the dust off of their TV! It's not that it's bad, it's too good. So good that you can see every scratch and fleck of dust on whatever lousy 21-year-old print they used to master this puppy. If they were going to put in the time to make this disc, at least they could have struck a new print for the transfer.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zowie, the fun of Star Wars on a small budget February 19, 2001
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Great memories accompany this movie for me, thankfully the producers of this DVD have honored this production with a jam-packed feature full of special features. I was not even a teenager when this movie was released back in 1980 yet a group of friends and I made the pilgrimage to a local cinema to see it. With an interesting set of diverse characters the movie plays as a science fiction version of the Seven Samurai. A "Magnificent Seven in Space" as it were, it even features Robert Vaughn of that 60s gem. The real pleasure of the DVD however is the wealth of special features. We not only have one optional audio commentary, but two very informative pieces. There are preview trailers for other Corman productions such as "Piranha". We even get a trivia game. I certainly recommend this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't laugh: This is a grass-roots classic. April 30, 2002
By D. Mok
Format:DVD
What allows Battle Beyond the Stars to transcend its low budget, simple special effects and infinitely recycled plot? The most important aspect of filmmaking: Ideas.
This was one [heck] of a smart script. No surprise, since the writer is John Sayles, a screenwriter of impeccable literary sense. The dialogue of this film crackles better than most big-budget films I've seen, and as a result Darlanne Fluegel (as innocent maiden Nanelia), Robert Vaughn (ice-cool mercenary Gelt), Sybil Danning (who steals the show as dashing, comically busty Valkyr warrior Saint-Exmin), Earl Boen (as lead drone Nestor) and George Peppard (as Space Cowboy) all shine, having a field day with the incredibly brisk pace and economical character interactions. And there's great comic material here, which is like an amplification of the gently sardonic tone of Seven Samurai, the obvious ancestor of this film.
The richness of Sayles' conception of this world just draws you in -- even more so, I would argue, than Star Wars, because the depth of the philosophical implications behind the details is phenomenal. The "Facets" of Nestor, the on-the-run nihilism of Gelt the mercenary, and the communicative dilemma of the Kelvin -- it all points to very real human needs and psychological desires, hidden behind the comic-book action and tongue-in-cheek tone. Revel, as well, in the amount of attention paid to the design: Talking spaceship "Nell" is in the shape of a giant woman's body; the stingray menace of Gelt's ship; the different kinds of "hum" that each character's vehicle produces. Shows what you can do even with little money if you put some thought into it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!!
Published 3 days ago by Michael R. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Battle Beyond the Stars
Very good, although dated. Much better than a lot of sci-fi movies: the acting was good, special effects good, and I just liked it!
Published 23 days ago by Cindi J. Rabia
4.0 out of 5 stars a great old 80's classic
a great old 80's classic, someone from my generation might even notice that the space battle scenes in this movie were lifted, in their entirety from another movie. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Daryll DeCius
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like it simple it is in space far far away
Published 1 month ago by Michael Moorman
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A family-time movie...
Published 1 month ago by M. C. Fairbanks
4.0 out of 5 stars Corman at his best!
It's no wonder to me that Roger Corman has such a loyal cult following. This movie was made on a shoe-string budget at an old lumber yard in Hollywood, but the sets, especially the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Edwin Parker
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A good cast with a predicable story. Good effects. Overall silly but watchable
Published 1 month ago by Rw Scolari
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good movie.
Published 2 months ago by Charles Cain
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy Space movie from the 70's
I remembered this movie from when I was a kid. It was better then. Mildly entertaining with some big name TV actors back in the 70's.
Published 2 months ago by Diggs
3.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent seven in space
An OK movie to just sit back and watch and kill an hour and a half. No surprises, the Magnificient Seven theme has been done to death. But there are worse movies.
Published 3 months ago by Pete N. Austira
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