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Ghosts of Mars (Special Edition) (2001)

Natasha Henstridge , Ice Cube , John Carpenter  |  R |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 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: Multiple Formats, 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CY6P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,752 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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From John Carpenter, the master of horror behind 1998's hit John Carpenter's Vampires and classics like The Thing and Halloween, comes a sci-fi thriller full of explosive action and bone-chilling suspense. Natasha Henstridge (Species) is Melanie Ballard, a headstrong police lieutenant on Mars in the year 2025. Humans have been colonizing and mining on the red planet for some time, but when Ballard and her squad are sent to a remote region to apprehend the dangerous criminal James "Desolation" Williams, played by Ice Cube (Three Kings), they discover that he's the least of their worries. The mining operations have unleashed a deadly army of Martian spirits who take over the bodies of humans and won't stop until they destroy all invaders of their planet. With a stellar cast including Pam Grier (Jackie Brown), Jason Statham (Snatch) and Clea Duvall (The Faculty), as well as explosive special effects, John Carpenter's GHOSTS OF MARS is an intergalactic terror fest like you've never seen.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B-movie fun June 27, 2004
Format:DVD
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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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not their planet anymore March 18, 2003
Format:DVD
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
Format:DVD
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
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 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of Carpenter's best work September 4, 2002
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
see this movie and had to have it
Published 13 days ago by meowmeowmama
3.0 out of 5 stars JC is Much more fun!,
Compare this film to the recent Last Days on Mars. JC is Much more fun!,,
Published 15 days ago by Kenneth A. Kleinberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 20 days ago by clay
4.0 out of 5 stars >> Ghosts of Mars is a worthy re-watch <<
Rating: 7/10= 3.5 (I always round up)

This is one I can remember going to the theater as a freshmen in high school. Read more
Published 22 days ago by David Denham
5.0 out of 5 stars ice cube nuff said
i love this movie!!! have been looking for years and am very happy owning it finally. it is definately a must see
Published 1 month ago by Chad Edgar
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful.
This movie was terrible. I would not watch it again. I think I will use the disc as a Frisbee.
Published 1 month ago by ZacharyRam
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
This was a good movie but not great. After I received it I some how missed that I all ready had the movie so I'll add it to my RV movies I take with me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by P. G. Murray
5.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter Rules!!
I know that this didn't get good critical reviews, but as a campy, B-movie, kind of experience, this RULES! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melinda E. Lisle
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 4 months 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 5 months ago by Thomas Monroe
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