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Mars Attacks! (1996)

Jack Nicholson , Pierce Brosnan , Tim Burton  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (564 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Annette Bening, Glenn Close
  • Directors: Tim Burton
  • Writers: Bob Powell, Jonathan Gems, Len Brown, Norman Saunders, Wally Wood
  • Producers: Larry J. Franco
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (564 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0790731452
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mars Attacks!" on IMDb

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  • 2 theatrical trailers
  • Isolated music-only audio track
  • Special "Hidden Page" Menu Feature

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It's enlightening to view Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! as his twisted satire of the blockbuster film Independence Day, which was released earlier the same year, although the movies were in production simultaneously. Burton's eye-popping, schlock tribute to 1950s UFO movies actually plays better on video than it did in theaters. The idea of invading aliens ray gunning the big-name movie stars in the cast is a cleverly subversive one, and the bulb-headed, funny-sounding animated Martians are pretty nifty, but it all seemed to be spread thin on the big screen. On video, however, the movie's kooky humor seems a bit more concentrated. The Earth actors (most of whom get zapped or kidnapped for alien science experiments) include Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rod Steiger, Michael J. Fox, Lukas Haas, Jim Brown, Tom Jones, and Pam Grier. --Jim Emerson

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99 of 107 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Campiness at its best! July 5, 2003
Hollywood has made movies from books, TV shows, even other movies. However, "Mars Attacks" may be the first time a movie was made from a trading card.
Back in the late 1960s, Topps Cards created a line of Mars Attacks trading cards. However, these cards were pulled off the shelves after only a few months because the aliens depicted on them were considered to be too gruesome. My, how times have changed.
Director Tim Burton has taken those old trading cards and recreated them into this Sci-Fi B-movie throwback. In the process, he has created a movie that is pure, guiltless fun.
"Mars Attacks" also benefits from an all-star cast, including Jack Nicholson (in a dual-role), Michael J. Fox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Pierce Brosnan, Martin Short, Danny Devito, Glenn Close, Natalie Portman, Tom Jones, Annette Bening, Lukas Haas, Jim Brown, and many others. The fact that you get to watch the aliens disentegrate (and otherwise kill) many of these stars only adds to the fun. Unfortunately, Tom Jones wasn't one of those unlucky stars. Maybe someday a sequel will be made that will rectify that. :)
Oh yeah........ did I happen to mention that Congress gets vaporized? This proves that the Martians aren't all bad!
The DVD comes with many extras, including quite a few production notes that helps you to understand how the movie came to be. This is one movie that you will want to see over and over again (especially anytime that Congress is getting on your nerves).
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104 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Stupid December 14, 1999
Having spent an hour or so reading every review of this movie on the site, I have come to the conclusion that most of the people who did not like it, were simply not bright enough to "get it". Most of the humor in this movie is sophisticated satire and irony. i.e. - you need a brain to understand what the joke is. Unfortunately it seems that that leaves about 70% of the population out in the cold sort of speak.
Also, a lot of the reviewers here trash the acting and imply that the big name actors were "only in it for the money", yet are unaware of the fact that most of those "big stars" clamored to be in this movie at lower pay scales than they are used to. Then they go on about how 2 dimensional or "broad" the acting is. Well, ..Duhhh! It's a cartoonish satirical comedy based on a series of bubblegum cards. It's *meant* to be that way.
Finaly, a lot of those who hate this movie compare it unfavorably to (their favorites), ID4 or Armageddon or some such trash as that.
Nuff said.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WICKEDLY WACKY... February 19, 2002
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Tim Burton outdoes himself with this silly, but funny, spoof of 1950s flying saucer/alien invasion movies. It is absolutely zany and quite funny. There is also nothing politically correct about it, as there are no sacred cows. The film is totally irreverent of American culture and icons. Everything and everyone is fair game.
Martians have come to Earth, and they do not come in peace. Diabolical and deadly, they are bent on wreaking havoc wherever they go with their death ray guns, which serve to incinerate living beings. These bulbous headed martians with their own brand of deadly humour are hell bent on destroying Earth, while laughing and cackling maniacally.
The special effects are meant to to be reminiscent of those found in 1950s UFO flicks and in this it certainly succeeds. The cast is stellar with Jack Nicholson playing dual roles, that of President James Dale and that of entrepreneur Art Dale. Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michael J. Fox, Rod Steiger, Jim Brown, Natalie Portman, Sylvia Sydney, Paul Winfield, Pam Grier, Lisa Marie, Christine Applegate, Lukas Haas, and Tom Jones round out the star studded cast. With tongue in cheek performances, the viewer is bound to get a good laugh out of this film.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
It's old hat that Warner weren't keen on Mars Attacks! however I had hoped a change within the company would have resulted in a darn site more respect being bestowed upon its blu ray release. None of the extras from the dvd are carried over, and the transfer is another of Warner's (hello Eraser!) dull, noise/grain reduced and thus lacking that HD quality pop releases. Fine detail is seriously lacking, so much so, there's nowhere near the step up from sd-dvd it should have been.

Save your hard earned, it's not worth buying.

Warner please get your finger out and rerelease this as a special edition with a restored transfer.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I almost root for the Martians May 27, 2005
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There is nothing serious about this film. It is satire all the way and it is very good satire which takes potshots at all sorts of institutions.

The story is as simple as an old B/W science fiction movie. Earth is being invaded by Martians with superior techology and little reguard for eathlings. Instead of being an "end of the world" type picture, however, it is comedy. It is comdedic because there is a grain of truth in the elements used for the comedy:

The President is worried more about poll numbers on reactions to the Martians than about invasion.

The first lady is worried more about interior decorating than advancing ray guns.

The egghead professor manages to be wrong about just about everything he speaks of.

Reporters are shallow and vain.

The military just wants to play with its toys.

Bad music can be a deadly influence.

New Age people haven't a clue as to the real world.

Teenagers often have a better handle on things than the grownups.

It's enough to make you root for the Martians. This one is fun, irreverant and a feast of oddball ideas. What else could be expected from Tim Burton?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ack ack
Now my kids get a chance to love this horrible movie!
Published 9 hours ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughed all through it
Positively hilarious. One of the best spoofs on sci fi movies out there.
Published 17 hours ago by D Severn
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Humor
Hilarious, should be sold as a set with Independence Day.
Published 1 day ago by Yonnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 4 days ago by Willard Augustus Kingsbury III
1.0 out of 5 stars Why Burton's Mars Attacks FAILED as an adaptation . . .
Mars Attacks (the original card set) was a violent and graphically gory s-f thriller about big brained skull faced invaders from the red planet. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Rod G.
5.0 out of 5 stars ''Mars Attacks'', ''Spaced Invaders'', and ''Coneheads'' must...
''Spaced Invaders'', ''Mars Attacks'', and ''Coneheads'' are inseparable from reality. I own all three and rely upon them occasionally for research or sanity. Read more
Published 6 days ago by ChangeItOrDrownIt
5.0 out of 5 stars THAT'S entertainment.
Brilliant satire. And the thing that stops the Matins dead in their tracks...? Priceless.
Published 6 days ago by Lisa M. Peppan
4.0 out of 5 stars Kids love them
Quality family time together,
Published 7 days ago by T. HOANG
3.0 out of 5 stars Silly, and Fun Sci-Fi Movie
Great campy movie, but there are so many stars with cameos that it distracts a bit from the story. Speaking of the story, it is a bit thin, and the effects are purposely a little... Read more
Published 9 days ago by SciFi Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this movie because it is so ridiculous!!! But it is fun and funny!!!
Published 10 days ago by Hui-ju Chen (Mickey)
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Will the blu-ray have any extras?
None.. Not even a trailer it looks like. For that price I am not buying this! Shame on Warners for such a poor release of a movie that screams special edition. I got the original DVD release and that was horrible in PQ. So disappointed.
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