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Ghosts of Mars (Special Edition) (2001)

Natasha Henstridge , Ice Cube , John Carpenter  |  R |  DVD
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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 (218 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CY6P
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,036 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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21 of 24 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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23 of 28 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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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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Come on, guys, it ain't THAT bad! March 8, 2004
Ghosts of Mars (John Carpenter, 2001)
Man, was everyone down on this movie or what? Come on, folks. This wasn't great art, and it wasn't meant to be. It's simple turn-your-brain-off fun that follows the formula of most of John Carpenter's earlier flicks to every dotted I and crossed T. And while that seems to be exactly what had the fans howling in the aisles, please, folks, help me out here.
Okay, so all the guns exist today even though it's in the future. (Escape from New York, anyone?) The bad guys look a lot more like the guys from GWAR than they do actual bad guys. (Vampires, They Live, erm, the crazies from Escape from New York.) The action runs a very taut line between not gory enough and ludicrously faked. (Escape from New York-- are you sensing a pattern here?) So what? Everyone overlooked it twenty years ago.
The basic idea is that a team of space marines has to go get a prisoner, Desolation Jones (Ice Cube of Trespass and Friday fame), from a remote outpost and take him back to HQ to stand trial. Problem is, when they get there, they found out a whole lot of crimes matching the ones he's supposed to have committed have happened while he was in his holding cell. So the team, headed up by a drug-addled Lieutenant (Natasha McElhone), her commander (Pam Grier), and their new officer, an overly cocky and wildly oversexed Sergeant (Jason Statham, best known for his Guy Ritchie films) figure there's something nasty going on, and have to figure out what it is and how to stop it before the train, which has gone on to make a few more stops, gets back.
No, you're not going to find great acting, the plot's been done before, and, well, it's about as silly as can be. But folks, that's pretty much what John Carpenter has always been about, from Dark Star till the present day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good Sci-Fi movie. Especially enhanced with Natasha in it.
Published 2 days ago by Charles W. Bonfield
5.0 out of 5 stars A movies or B movies or T.V show my criteria for movies or T.V. shows...
Yes this movie entertain me.
Published 3 days ago by James T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 20 days ago by Alla
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun, underrated Carpenter flick
An underrated Carpenter flick. I can see why mainstream viewers might not like this movie - I myself think poor decisions were made with makeup and alien design. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Beckstrom
3.0 out of 5 stars Not great.
It's okay. Not great.
Published 2 months ago by TV Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My company made all the sweaters for that Movie
Published 2 months ago by Lois
4.0 out of 5 stars I don't know why but I love this movie
I don't know why but I love this movie. It's a cross between invasion of the body snatchers, zombies, and an alien invasion with tons of guns and fighting. It worth a look
Published 3 months ago by Akeel Omar Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
I rarely buy movies but had to buy this because it is one of my favorite movies. I was glad to find it on blu-ray. If you love sci-fi/horror movies, you will like this.
Published 3 months ago by Retail Mom AZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great condition, and one of Jason Statham's earlier movies. Just too bad he wasn't the star.
Published 3 months ago by Kevin Elsemore
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good B-horror
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