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The security chief for the alien Psychlos, who have conquered the Earth, decides to use human slaves to mine for gold, but a young man decides to challenge Psychlos domination.
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 16-JUL-2002
Media Type: DVD
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.75 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Roger Christian
- Media Format : Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 58 minutes
- Release date : January 16, 2001
- Actors : John Travolta, Forest Whitaker, Barry Pepper, Kim Coates, Sabine Karsenti
- Subtitles: : French
- Producers : Andrew Stevens, Anson Downes, Ashok Amritraj, Don Carmody
- Language : Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : Warner Home Video
- ASIN : B00003CXIV
- Writers : Corey Mandell, J.D. Shapiro, L. Ron Hubbard
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #80,681 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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What the heck were the producers, directors, actors, writers, thinking? I watched it to the end, just so I could see the cartoonish bad guys lose, and the good guys win. So, yeah, my night was so awfully boring, I watched this trashy thing to the end. Trying to think of an analogy. Maybe a "knights of the round table" type movie with obvious cardboard for shields and swords, and hobby horses for their steeds? Nope, that'd be better than this.
This movie represents the innate thirst for freedom borne in the human spirit... it explores deeply the value of liberation from the darkest of forces, in the darkest of times... of retaining hope regardless of circumstance - and forever remaining clever to reach these great goals.
The acting is of the highest quality overall... the critique here is what is "bad"... the movie itself has great philosophical merit and was quite enjoyable to watch.
If you do not enjoy this movie, perhaps you do not enjoy freedom - perhaps the struggle for it does not make sense to you, it does not inspire you... and your preference is to follow along/stay in line and remain "safe" in a prison created to keep you from the "danger" of actually thinking for yourself.
I'm quite glad I watched this at this time in history - whatever the future brings, as masses of sheepish fools fight over who gets to be dictator, at least I have been reminded of what personally matters to me - something that I may at least retain for myself, even as all too many cry and beg to be ruled by whomever pitches the most preferable offer.
"Battlefield Earth" (or as I prefer to refer to it as "Dutch Angle: The Movie") was released to theaters back in 2000 receiving almost universal scorn critically while grossing only $29.3 million against a production budget of $73 million. It was based on the first half of the novel of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard (who founded the church of Scientology by the way.) If the film had been a hit, the sequel would have covered the second half of the novel. The film was a passion project of star John Travolta due to being a devout Scientologist. Forest Whitaker and Barry Pepper also co-star.
I saw "Battlefield Earth" during its initial theatrical run out of purely morbid curiosity to see the film was as awful as the pre-release buzz indicated. It was even worse than I was expecting. While I am a fan of so bad it's great cinema, "Battlefield Earth" is just awful while practically daring you to watch it. The direction is terrible, the script & dialogue is awful, John Travolta is laughably bad, the special effects work highly uneven, and the soundtrack pedestrian at best. While a cult following has grown towards the film over the past 20 years, I do not think the film transcends its badness to become something highly entertaining but for reasons not intended by the filmmaker (like other classic best worst movies such as Troll 2 have.)
Mill Creek Entertainment gives "Battlefield Earth" its long overdue blu-ray debut with a nice budget priced special edition that should please fans.
The film is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.35:1 utilizing the AVC codec at a solid bit rate usually hovering between the low to mid 20's, dropping into the upper teens usually during darker scenes. This is more than likely an older HD master due to some digital noise reduction (DNR) is visible giving the movie a somewhat smooth and grain free appearance, though I did not find the use of DNR in this particular instance to be egregious. Detail is decent overall with accurate colors and balanced contrast/black levels. While the blu-ray is certainly a noticeable step up from the ancient DVD, it is not as massive a leap in picture quality that a new 2K or 4K scan from the original camera negative could have yielded. But taking into consideration the low asking price for this blu-ray release, I thought the movie looked perfectly fine and more than watchable.
Sound is presented in English DTS-HD 5.1 channel master audio. I thought that the dialogue and the annoying score were balanced pretty well. Everything sounded clear to my ears. English subtitles are included for the hearing impaired.
Mill Creek Entertainment partnered with Ballyhoo to create some nice and informative extras for this disc which are as follows:
- Saga in the year 2000: Directing Battlefield Earth Interview with Roger Christian (HD 12:54)
- Leverage: Writing the First Script Interview with J.D. Shapiro (HD 15:46)
- Endangered Species: Scoring Battlefield Earth Interview with Elia Cmiral (HD 10:58)
- Domes and Drones: Creating the Miniatures Interview with E. James Small (HD 13:32)
- Psychlo Circus: Designing Battlefield Earth Interview with Patrick Tatopoulos (HD 14:12)
- Trailer (SD 00:54)
All of the interviews are audio only due to restrictions imposed by the current pandemic and play out over footage from the film. There is a ton of great information provided and it is very nice, honest and brave of some key people involved to discuss what their intentions were with bringing the movie to the big screen. A commentary track would have been cool added icing on the cake though.
With a low asking price currently of $12.99 for "Battlefield Earth" on blu-ray, I am pleasantly surprised that it wound up being a full blown special edition. The movie looks decent, sounds good and the extras are quite informative and much more extensive than I was expecting. Your mileage with the film itself will most definitely vary. While I find it to be one of the worst movies of all time, it does have a small but fervent cult following who should be thrilled to finally own the film in high definition. Recommended!
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30 minutes in and the poor life choices of one of the group became more interesting to us than the film.
45 minutes in and we were finding any excuse to not watch the film. I’ve never heard so much dribble and hot air come out of peoples mouths but I’ve also never been happier to hear those sweet nothings.
If you and your mates are interested in having a poo film day DO NOT do what we did. DO NOT buy this film!! -7564 out of 10