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Arena [VHS]

4.4 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Paul Satterfield, Hamilton Camp, Claudia Christian, Marc Alaimo, Michael Deak
  • Directors: Peter Manoogian
  • Writers: Danny Bilson, Paul De Meo
  • Producers: J. Larry Carroll, Charles Band
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home E
  • VHS Release Date: April 28, 1993
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302150949
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By John C. Cook on September 20, 2004
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One of my all time favorite B movies from the 80's. Not even given close to the recognition it deserves, this film is one of the absolute best cheap ass sci-fi movies out there. I too cannot wait for this to show up on DVD and quite frankly I'm shocked that isn't even being discussed to my knowledge. In the same genre..Killer Klowns from Outer Space made it to DVD..I truly can't see why this one cannot. I picked this film up at a local video store back in 1988 and just fell in love with it. Sure it's cheesy..but hey..if you are true B movie fan..then this one is for you. 3 thumbs up! I own the typical VHS version of this film and I'm crossing my fingers for a DVD sometime in the near future.
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Based on the success of ROCKY and STAR WARS it was decided to combine the two films in a bad campy way. Steve Armstrong (Paul Satterfield) has a Hollywood fight name so he is a fighter when he is not a cook. He was a boxer on Earth, and left to box in the Arena, but doesn't want to to when given a chance because boxing in outer space is crooked. His best friend is Shorty (Hamilton Camp) a Nebulite with 4 hands and Hobbit like qualities. He is managed by Quinn (Claudia Christian) but has eyes for the evil Jade (Shari Shattuck) who is also a singer and dancer.

Follow the formula...

This was campy and cheesy. The arena fights were a laugh. 4 stars for a campy production. Available on a DVD 4 pack.
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I am predisposed to liking cheesy sci-fi movies. Ever since I was a kid I have watched stuff like Godzilla, Buck Rogers, etc.

This movie is actually halfway decent. Especially if you are ready to have a laugh at the corny bits.

I only keep a handful of VHS these days, and don't drag the VCR out often. Arena is one of those movies I will plug in the VCR for.

Buy a copy while you still can!
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A futuristic tale, conflict is resolved in the Arena (a galactic fighting tournament) between humans and alien creatures.

Its nothing more than a film of cheap amusement, kind of like a fighting show for bored adults: when you take it for what it is, it actually provides a good deal of low budget Sci-Fi satisfaction.

It's got a bunch of no name actors for the most part, but they manage to get the job done. The effects weren't all that bad, but try to overlook the acting.

Not a bad Sci-Fi, low budget B movie.
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When I first became aware of this film's existence, I was excited. Space aliens contending against humans in organized ring fighting? - how could this not be a cult classic, I wondered. Well, I found out: while a concept like this would ideally play out as a combination of Star Wars and Bloodsport, it's really nothing more than a typical B-movie with a few inspired perks. There's enough heart in the film for lenient viewers to enjoy, but it disappoints as an action flick and therein proves why it never made it to Region 1 DVD (until recently, though as part of a marathon collection).

The story: on an intergalactic space station, out-of-work Steve Armstrong (Paul Satterfield, "One Life to Live") becomes the first viable human contender in the inter-species Arena fighting ralley in fifty years. En-route to his championship match against the cybernetic Horn (Michael Deak, Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie), he's obstructed by the crime lord Rogor (Mark Alaimo, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) who's desperate to hold onto his control over the circuit through his alien champion.
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A futuristic tale, conflict is resolved in the Arena (a galactic fighting tournament) between humans and alien creatures.

Its nothing more than a film of cheap amusement, kind of like a fighting show for bored adults: when you take it for what it is, it actually provides a good deal of low budget Sci-Fi satisfaction.

It's got a bunch of no name actors for the most part, but they manage to get the job done. The effects weren't all that bad, but try to overlook the acting.

Not a bad Sci-Fi, low budget B movie.
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