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Ghosts of Mars (Special Edition) (2001)

Natasha Henstridge , Ice Cube , John Carpenter  |  R |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Pam Grier, Jason Statham, Clea DuVall
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: John Carpenter, Larry Sulkis
  • Producers: Sandy King
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CY6P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,789 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ghosts of Mars (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Video diary: Red Desert Nights
  • Featurette: "Scoring Ghost of Mars"
  • Special effects (SFX) deconstructions

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Nasthasha Henstridge, Pam Grier and Ice Cube must battle it out against primitive Martian ghosts who will stop at nothing to annihilate the human invaders who have disturbed their planet.

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B-movie fun June 27, 2004
It's John Carpenter, so what does everyone expect? I know what I expected, and "Ghosts of Mars" pretty much delivered. Thudding sound track, B-movie dialogue, heads on stakes, "Road Warrior" like zanies with metal sticking out of their faces stalking the "good" guys. Bring on the popcorn. Then there's a humorous twist. The "guys" in this future world live in a Matriarchy. Guys make the coffee, defer to the women, but also are told to deal with mechanical problems when they arise. (Well, at least the "breeder" - Jason Statham as Jericho - does.) Carpenter works all kinds of little jokes into the script on this wrinkle alone. Natasha Henstridge as the tough cop hero, and Ice Cube, as the con hero, are serviceable - and they know when to shoot, kick, and punch. And that's all that's needed here. I don't know who the main Martian is (he looks like Marilyn Manson in Kabuki), but he's perfect! Four stars for operating well within genre.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not their planet anymore March 18, 2003
John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars has pretty much everything I'm looking for in a Horror film. A barely plausible storyline, Wisconsin-French dialogue (Cheez-ay!), non-stop action, gore, eye candy (Natasha "Shoulda Got Naked Like She Did in Species" Henstridge), and a killer soundtrack.
"Whatever used to live here we woke it up."
The cast is great, Ice Cube as Desolation Williams and Mrs. Henstridge as Melanie Ballard are awesome in their roles. Pam Grier has a head supporting role, and her best line is "Who goes there?" which is a sly nod from Carpenter to his insane masterpiece The Thing (based on the story Who Goes There?).
Decapitations, body mutilations, an angry army of Martian Ghost Zombies and plenty of jolts make this a worthy 98 minute diversion. Watching this you can just tell that everyone was enjoying the hell out of making the film. Which is the best part about seeing a Carpenter movie, you know that big studio tampering was either kept to a minimum or eliminated altogether. A masterful mix of sci-fi and horror that seems destined to become a cult favorite, just like John Carpenter.
Any fan of no brainer popcorn flicks should check this movie out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hard and fun space western - Carpenter all over! July 31, 2002
Shamefully and unfairly calumniated, denigrated, insulted, disgraced, depreciated by a mob of blind journalists, critics and public viewers fond of, if not obsessed with neatness, clichés and deja-vu in movies, afraid of everything new, creative and non-conformist, unable to analyse correctly and understand... the last Carpenter release, his rejoicing "Ghosts of Mars" is a rare piece of work we unfortunately no more have the courage to make and face these days.
'For them, we are the invaders...'
What did you expect? "Total Recall" n° 2? "Species" n° 3? Another teen movie? In case you forgot, Big John Carpenter is an independent artist, a rebel and he makes his films the way he wants them to be made, keeping all the usual Hollywood stuff away. In "Ghosts of Mars" like in most of his previous films, no stupid sentimental scene, no cheap love story, no body-builded superstar like Schwarzenegger for bumping off all the bad guys one after another (and no super female to back him up) and of course for triumphing in the end, no heavy, exhausting special effects, no honeyed music... in two words, not any of all the conventions always desired by the brainless but too demanding riff-raff (critics included). This film must be seen as a real action movie, and the hell with the established criterions!
"Ghosts of Mars" is first the proof that Carpenter is no more influenced by the others; he's now influenced only by himself, his own work. The Shining Canyon siege reminds us of the ones in "Assault on Precinct 13" and also "Prince of Darkness", the possession theme takes us back to "The Thing", the fighting scenes, to "Big Trouble in Little China" and Big Daddy Mars is very close to Blake in "The Fog" and the chilling bum played by rocker Alice Cooper in "Prince of Darkness".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Carpenter's best work September 4, 2002
I love Carpenter's classics like Halloween, The Fog, Vampires, Christine, and The Thing! Ghost Of Mars was a diferent experience! The special features were good especially the scoring of ghost of mars! The scoring was awesome because, Anthrax and Buckethead did the music! The movie itself was great because, of the plot, acting, and of course the gore! This had limbs flying all over the place! This is some of Carpenter's best work since Halloween! Check it out and while your at it check out some of Anthrax and Buckethead's albums!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic horror May 2, 2010
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This film may become a classic B movie with the best of worlds, sci-fi & horror. Ghost of Mars is a movie with a cheesy storyline, science fiction (future Mars colony), horror (ghosts) and starring some well known performers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Fun B Sci-fi Movie August 30, 2009
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There is a reason Ghost of Mars keeps popping up on TV, in video, in DVD, now in Blu-Ray ... it is just plain fun. Not to mention that Natasha Henstridge it is ALWAYS enjoyable to look at. Sadly, she isn't even mentioned in the Amazon display of this DVD as the star of the film. As with all Carpenter films, Escape from New York, Escape From LA and so forth, you are expected to suspend all "reason". It is about entertainment. Frankly, I found the special effects very good and FAR superior to the last 50 Sci-fi channel movies that appeared in DVD. If you like Zombies, sci-fi, grade-A actors and actresses, semi-reasonalble plots and have a sense of humor, you'll enjoy Ghost of Mars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
An movie with Natasha Henstridge in her undies would be a good movie, just wish they took more time writing the story
Published 1 month ago by Mitch L. Toaddy
1.0 out of 5 stars Marylin Manson IS from Mars!
This movie ba-lows!
If animated and run on Saturday mornings, it may enthrall leagues of brain damaged shut-ins with their cereal milk dribbling down their chins. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Monroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!!
I love this movie. It was awesome. My husband thinks it's a low budget movie but I actually like these type of movies. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dawn Szabolcsi
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth watching, not worth owning
Why anyone would want to put their name on such a sagging, uninspired production is beyond me. There are some neat special effects and model work, but that's about it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gordon M. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars to me another classic
love the movie, the stars and the quality of this product for the price. thank you and I highly recommend to anyone
Published 3 months ago by david (yo yo)
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best Carpenter movie but quite enjoyable!
Most of John Carpenter movies are based on a theme of people being stranded in one place trying to survive or escape. Read more
Published 3 months ago by bolo591
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
One of the worst movies of all time. I don't even know why I watched the whole thing. Probably because of Natasha. Don't waste your money.
Published 4 months ago by William Murphy
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, good actors, Natasha Henstridge, nice effects - all...
I really wanted to like this very promising SF/action film - but I simply couldn't. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maciej
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted Sis... Uhm, Ghosts of Mars
Apparently Mars is haunted by refugee want-to-bes of Twisted Sister rejects. Lots of noted performers here in this good film. It could have been a great film but fell short. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Endora Aphrattos
2.0 out of 5 stars Mars never seemed so boring
If it wasn't for Natasha Henstridge, this movie could have been a total abomination (and it comes close regardless). It's incredibly cheesy with low budget... Read more
Published 4 months ago by B. E Jackson
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