Message From Space
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1978 Japanese SciFi with American actor in lead (Vic Morrow). Bears a passing resemblance to Star Wars (1977) and is dubbed in English. Ok if you like the genre, which I do. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Cagey Buyer
rip off, still, it's not that bad. Vic Morrow started his comeback attempt here, which was tragically cut short making the Twilight Zone movie not long after. Read morePublished 8 days ago by jadesun33
THE STORY: A long soap opera in space that tells the story of a peaceful peoples on a distant planet beset by strongarmed, anti-social villain types. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hose Knows (aka Jinzo Ningen)
I would say "STAR WARS" meets "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," but... more like: "Robisnson Carusoe on Mars," meets ANY Japanese martial arts fantasy. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Vanessa
Wow. What can this movie have in it that made me watch the whole thing? Pain maybe. Not that I like pain but it was also too painful to look away as I waiting for just one single... Read morePublished 2 months ago by ReaderOne