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Message From Space

2.7 out of 5 stars 105 customer reviews

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OFFICIALLY LICENSED IMPORT VERSION! THIS IS AN AUTHENTIC, LICENSED DVD. Contains both the Japanese language version with English subtitles and the English language versions! Plays on all DVD players. The peaceful planet of Jillucia has been nearly wiped out by the metal skinned Gavanas, who's leader Rockseia XLL takes orders from his old wretched mother. King Kaiba sends out eight Liabe holy seeds, each one to be received by a chosen one. Its up to these special warriors to save mankind from the Galvanas attack. Starring Sonny Chiba, Vic Morrow, Hiriyuki Sanada, and Tetsuro Tanba. Directed by Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Vic Morrow, Sonny Chiba, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tetsuro Tanba
  • Directors: Kinji Fukasaku
  • Format: Anamorphic, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Eastern Star HK/Toei Co.
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DWS04U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,720 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Message From Space" on IMDb

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In the wake of the unprecedented box office bounty of George Lucas' seminal STAR WARS in 1977, filmmakers around the world raced to unveil their own epic space operas, all hoping to strike gold mining the same cosmic vein. Among the most prominent of these international productions was Toei Studios' MESSAGE FROM SPACE (UCHU KARA NO MESSEJI), released in the United States in the Autumn of 1978 by United Artists.

The planet Jillucia has been conquered by the Gavanas Empire, its natural beauty devastated after years of war. The few survivors call upon their gods and are given eight magic seeds (that look like walnuts), which they send out into the universe to find eight champions to help Jillucia overthrow its conquerors. The seeds end up in the hands of a motley crew - including a disgraced Earth general Garuda (Vic Morrow, COMBAT!) and his robot, a couple of young "space hot rodders" (Philip Casnoff, DOLLHOUSE, and Hiroyuki Sanada, LOST), a thrill-seeking heiress (Peggy Lee Brennan), and an exiled Gavanas prince (Sonny Chiba, STREETFIGHTER, KILL BILL). Ultimately, these individuals embrace their destiny and unite to face the evil Empire and save Earth from destruction.

Fast-paced, absurd and fun, MESSAGE FROM SPACE is a giddily insane interplanetary samurai fantasy, loaded with space dogfights, laser battles, swordplay and explosions. The miniature effects are extraordinarily well-crafted, and the production design is lavish. The cast is pretty good, too; I really like Morrow as the noble, drunken Garuda, and, of course, Sonny Chiba rocks as the ronin-like Prince Hans.
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I've been in love with this movie since I saw it on "Star Channel" (IIRC) back in 1979 or so, and ordered the DVD as soon as I saw that it was available. I expected a mediocre transfer from a dirty, scratched print; what I got was a great-looking transfer from a great-looking (if not pristine) print. From the crisp menu screen to the end credits, this DVD is glorious. It looks fantastic on my Panasonic LCD TV.

The story is but a minor tweaking of "Star Wars" (that is, the inanely retitled "Episode IV: A New Hope"): Earth people team up with a space princess to save the universe from a bad guy in a helmet and cape. Spaceship models on wires zoom around; space samurai fight with electric swords; lots of stuff blows up real good. What I find endlessly fascinating is that the designers of "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi" borrowed elements (action scenes, ship designs) right back.

The performances are just what you'd expect: completely over the top. (Fans of Lost might enjoy seeing a very young Hiroyuki "Henry" Sanada as a freewheeling pilot turned reluctant hero.) Vic Morrow chews the garish scenery like the grizzled pro he was. When he gets maudlin over the "death" of his faithful servant robot, it's as touching as it is silly. And speaking of silly, while "Star Wars" rises above the fashion sense of the mid-1970s, "Message" celebrates it. "Disco Space Wars" would be a more on-the-nose title.

My only gripe is that there's not a "comprehensive" or blended language version.
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-This is a review of the 2013 Shout Factory release-
First off, I have to say that this is one of my all time favorite movies... The three star rating I've given has more to do with the movie's presentation than the movie itself....
After all these years, "Message" is finally available in a legit edition... Problem is, it seems like such a horrendous rush job of a release...
The liner notes and packaging by August Ragone and Patrick Macias are great! But when you pop in the disc, the minimal main menu and non-existent chapter menus automatically clue you in to the disappointment you're about to experience if you're a fan of this movie...
While it's great to see a copy of Message sourced from the American theatrical print - complete with the end credit sequence in tact (something missing from all past cable airings of this movie) it's sad to say that the picture quality pales in comparison to that of the R2 Japanese release from about 10 years ago... Glaringly so. In fact, 3 of the 4 included trailers for the movie are apparently sourced from said R2 release; while its great they were included they're almost slap in the face to the fans as to the quality of the disc -that could have been.-
In short, very happy to see a legit version of this -very happy with the extras, packaging, and liner notes. Very disappointed that the best presentation possible wasn't made... From all the fine print regarding copyright on the back cover, it seems better source material was available and not used... After seeing how high Shout Factory raised the bar with their releases of the old school Gamera movies, there's really no excuse for this... I'm more than a little disappointed, and will certainly be holding onto my home-brewed bootleg of this movie - a rare instance of a bootleg being better than a legit release.
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