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Ender's Game [Blu-ray] (2014)

Harrison Ford , Abigail Breslin , Gavin Hood  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,205 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin
  • Directors: Gavin Hood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Summit Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,205 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JFUNJQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ender's Game [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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In the near future, a hostile alien race has attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training the best and brightest young children to find the future Mazer. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite.

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588 of 619 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I'm a big reader of science fiction, and Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game series is probably my favorite. The only things that come close are Hyperion by Dan Simmons and Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga. I've read Ender's Game more than 10 times, including two or three occasions on which I finished it in a single sitting. One of my college papers is based on the novel and is published on Card's website.

Yes, I'm a fan.

So, as you can imagine, I have been looking forward to an Ender's Game movie long before I ever thought it might happen. For me, it had the potential to be the best science fiction movie ever made, if done well. After assembling a strong cast, my expectations could not have been higher as I sat down to watch the IMAX version today.

The basic premise is that an alien race, known as the Formics or Buggers, invaded Earth fifty years ago. The invading fleet was defeated, but another attack is expected. In order to be ready to face a species that learns from its mistakes, the International Fleet has come up with a strategy: A program was established to observe the behavior of young children, hoping that the best young geniuses of the time would be able to become the top military strategists by the time they were needed. Ender Wiggin was chosen as one of the trainees.

The movie deviates considerably from the book, but it's necessary. I am not here to tell you why the book is better, I'm here to tell you whether Ender's Game works as a movie. However, I must explain some of the key differences. In the book, Ender begins his training at the age of six, while all of the trainees in the movie appear to be 15 or older. I understand that it would be impossible to find dozens of 6-year-old actors capable of carrying this story.
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175 of 192 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great adaptation, but not enough time November 9, 2013
Format:DVD
I've seen a lot of complaints that this movie didn't cover every scene, plot twist, character development, etc. in the book. It seems like many reviewers still don't understand just how different novels and movies are as creative media. For movies, time is precious - most movies have only around 2 hours to tell their story - whereas books generally don't face a hard limit on the page count. Moreover, movie are expensive to make whereas books are cheap (basically the author's living expenses and and market campaign).

Looking at Ender's Game as a movie and not just as an adaptation of the book, it actually holds up very well. Asa Butterfield manages to subtly portray both a ruthless and compassionate side to Ender. The rest of the actors generally do a good job bringing their characters to life, which is no small accomplishment give that most of them are kids. Even though the kids are older than their counterparts in the book, they still look, feel, and act like kids. Ender's voice even cracks a bit, like a kid going through puberty. While Ender and Petra do have quite a few scenes together, I was very pleased to see that Hollywood didn't try to insert romance into their relationship.

Gavin Hood, the director, obviously realized that he wasn't filming the book and the script makes some significant but smart changes. The arc of Ender's siblings - Peter and Valentine - is drastically curtailed (even in the book, it was only peripheral to the main plot). More importantly, Ender's character arc isn't quite as exhaustive or exhausted as in the book. I appreciate that Hood implicitly acknowledges that movie Ender hasn't been at Battle School nearly as long as book Ender and the movie doesn't try to cheat and shortcut that experience.
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131 of 149 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THOUGHT PROVOKING and MEMORABLE November 5, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
“Ender's Game”, a 1985 novel from Orson Scott Card, is the subject of a new film and director Gavin Hood (X:Men Origins: Wolverine). It is a science-fiction action film with an uncharacteristic premise. It is uncharacteristic in the sense that as a science-fiction action film, it is less eventful and more thoughtful. Andrew “Ender” Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) is an extremely gifted kid with the mentality for success in battle. He is closely watched by Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and quickly moved up the ranks of a futuristic military academy.

An alien species called the 'formics' or in the book, 'the buggers', are threatening earth's existence and desperate moves are needed to be made. “Ender's Game” does have elements that are similar to two films in my opinion, but seeing as though the book came out in 1985, those films appear to be inspired by the book. Those movies are “Full Metal Jacket” (1987) and “Starship Troopers” (1997). The film focuses on the training of military recruits preparing for war against bugs and it makes a broad statement about war and its effect on the human condition.

This is easily the best thing that Harrison Ford has done in years and his performance is only bolstered by the performance of sort of unknown Asa Butterfield. Butterfield encompasses everything needed to portray a complex and challenging role. Maybe his previous performance in a rare gem like “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” prepared him for such an emotional and deep character. Much is placed upon the shoulders of the teenager Ender Wiggin and Butterfield was flawless at bringing you into an inner-turmoil that many times can only be described in a book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A game with a beginning at the ENDER?
This is a wonderful, well told & well executed offering with a twist near the end that will make you cringe (just a little) at the duality of man's nature.
Published 1 hour ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome thanks for your fast delivery.
Published 3 hours ago by Alex
3.0 out of 5 stars Average movie in general. Read the book it is 5 star.
Sadly this movie was a terrific let down after reading the book. Skip the movie , read the book.
Published 11 hours ago by G.R.K.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, Outstanding spec. effects
Much better than I expected. Special effects were fantastic but the premise of the story was a little beyond belief. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Troutman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my grand kids loved it
Published 1 day ago by chis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
First Impressions: Loved the book, loved the movie

The Good: Great special effects and great acting

The Bad: It was a digital purchase- I should have just... Read more
Published 1 day ago by 28/M/Ohio
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching but it felt like I was watching the highlights from the...
I read Ender's Game many years ago and it was one of those books that stuck with me even though I'd forgotten many of the details. Read more
Published 2 days ago by W. Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Awesome Movie!
Read the Book! Watch the Movie! Be amazed!
Published 2 days ago by SpaceSkier
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good movie!
Pretty good movie!
Published 2 days ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe at times, but entertaining overall
Really good sci-fi and action film. You feel like you're watching kids acting in an adult army bootcamp film.... Read more
Published 3 days ago by HarV eye
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Ultra violet only download?
I'm interested in this as well. This website: http://www.waystowatch.com/enders-game-blu-ray-dvd-and-digital-buyers-guide/ seems to indicate that it does indeed include iTunes redemption as well. I have been extremely disappointed with UltraViolet and am not interested in using it.
Feb 12, 2014 by Caleb Jones |  See all 5 posts
Box office bomb?
Not sure. Last I checked,
Cost $100mil
Made $56mil (US)
I have no idea how well it has done overseas.
Dec 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer |  See all 6 posts
What special features?
I'm desperately waiting for someone to answer this question. It says it's 2 discs, but "no special features". Wouldn't one disc be the film and the other the special features? I think Amazon listed the information incorrectly, no way it has no special features.
Can someone please please... Read More
Apr 6, 2014 by Matthew Eppley |  See all 2 posts
bluray copy?
According to the information that shows up, it is. But if you want to play it safe, there are retail stores that for sure have the 2-disc Blu-Ray+Dvd+Digital Copy+DigitalHD UltraViolet combo packs.

Best Buy, Target*, Wal-Mart, Fry's Electronics are just a few that for sure will have the 2-disc... Read More
Feb 17, 2014 by R-D |  See all 6 posts
3D Blu-ray?
Totally agree ... I'll buy this Bluray but only if it's in a 3D offering.
Jan 16, 2014 by PcM |  See all 9 posts
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