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Small Soldiers [VHS]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Gregory Smith, David Cross, Jay Mohr, Alexandra Wilson
  • Directors: Joe Dante
  • Writers: Adam Rifkin, Gavin Scott, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio
  • Producers: Colin Wilson, Michael Finnell, Paul Deason
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Live, Original recording reissued, NTSC
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • VHS Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (588 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783230095
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,638 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

A toy company believes it is onto something when it employs the latest government military technology in a series of action figures, enabling them to talk. They underestimate the power of the special micro chips they've employed, however, as the two opposing sides of the toy line start thinking for themselves and engaging in real combat. The Commando Elite (belligerent war toys) vow to wipe out the Gorgonites (kindhearted misfit fantasy creature figures) in a suburban neighborhood. A young boy, with the help of the kind Gorgonites, must protect his home and family from the Commandos. Listen for the voices of Spinal Tap (Mike McKean, Chris Guest, and Harry Shearer) as Gorgonite Voices as well as Sarah Michelle Gellar and Christina Ricci (as the voices of evil, mutated Barbie dolls). Product Details Edition: Clamshell Number of Tapes: 1 Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) Film Country: USA Sound: Stereo Sound UPC: 096898401838 Release Date: 11/10/1998 Leading Role: Kirsten Dunst, Phil Hartman Director: Joe Dante

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Here's the pitch: "It's like Toy Story but these toys that come to life really kick butt!" That's essentially it for this breezy popcorn flick. In a very smart first 10 minutes, new toy-company owner Denis Leary tells his crew he wants toys "that play back." Hence the small soldiers land in Anytown, U.S.A., and the loner kid Alan (Gregory Smith) opens them up before they are supposed to be on the shelves. Those military-grade chips sure make them smart and give the toys plenty of pithy retorts to boot. Plenty of violence, er, action, most of it fun enough. The vocal talents, including Tommy Lee Jones, Frank Langella, and cast members of The Dirty Dozen are inspired characters, the humans less so. With Gremlins director Joe Dante at the helm, it plays like a sequel to that '80s fantasy. Amazing visual effects, of course. --Doug Thomas

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By Shelley Gammon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
For pure entertainment value and eye-candy alone, I really enjoyed this film. The acting was good, even though the plot was full of holes and the script had some extremely cheesy lines. It was good to see Phil Hartman on screen, but his talent was wasted in this flick - his character was a minor one and he didn't get many lines.
The premise: a military defense contractor expands its boundaries by buying up a successful toy company, hoping to put surplus chips to use by remarketing them as toys.
Two races of action figures - soldiers (human) and Gorgonites (totally dissimilar to each other, from the planet Gorgon, both are programmed to be mortal enemies. The soldiers are programmed to win, the Gorgonites are programmed to either hide or lose.
Apparently no testing takes place before they hit the shelves and the soldiers are ruthless, ripping the Gorgonites limb from limb.
They decide that children who play with Gorgonites must also be destroyed, as they are perceived as being collaborators with the enemy. Needless to say, this is entertainmen for grownups, not for little ones.
The chips that are used in them give them artificial intelligence - the ability to learn and to create new weapons using anything they find. Almost like "Universal Soldier" along with the passion and emotion.
Archer, protector of the Gorgonites, is the true heartwarming character of the film. He is homesick for Gorgon, and even though the planet only exists in the mind of the toymakers that marketed him, he longs to be home.
Alan, a boy trying to re-earn the trust from his parents, has a hard time proving that toys are the ones wreaking havoc until they are caught in the act.
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While this film did not do as good as hoped, it was a fun, interesting movie.

The special effects puppets by Stan Winston Studios are amazing and the voice talent for the puppet characters is top notch. The human actors are mostly good, with a few clunkers, but all in all, I like this fun, goofy movie.

There even is a lesson or two, including one about not discriminating against those that are different.
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my dvd arrived today, from amazon.com (great service!) i bought it after reading some of the other reviews by on line viewers, and DAMN! they were right! i had a ball! not really knowing what to expect, but relying on the past expertise of joe dante and the spielberg factory, i sat back and WOW! it floored me. great animation, great action, terrific and imaginative storytelling, with a really good cast. it was the most enjoyable purchase of this holiday season. and it really kicks b--t on the dvd format! great visuals, awesome 5.1 digital sound. now i know why it has been on the charts for so many weeks. all of you undecided's out there-go for it. you will have a ball. i recommend it to everyone and of all ages. you will not be disappointed. merry christmas, y'all and thanks to amazon.com for getting it to me in 2 days flat ane even with the holiday mail in full swing.
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I remember watching the movie small soldiers when I was a little kid. A few years later I decided to watch it again. I like the fact they had Kirsten Dunst in this movie who later plays Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man movie series. Also I thought it was cool that they also had Tommy Lee Jones to voice the bad guy Major Chip Hazard, to me reminds me of Buzz Lightyear from toy story except he was a good guy and both are authority type action figures. One thing I noticed about this movie is that it reminds of both child's play which featured chucky the killer doll and toy story which featured woody and buzz lightyear both combined especially toy story about toys coming to life. So if you take Child's Play and Toy Story you get Small Soldiers. Child's Play is rated R, Toy Story is rated G, and Small Soldiers is rated PG-13. So I would recommend letting your children see Toy Story for all ages but Small Soldiers at age 13 years & up because of the violence in the movie. Other than that it's a good movie, it's considered of Joe Dante's best movie s along with Gremlins 1&2 which I need to see as well. I give Small Soldiers 6/10. Good movie! Recommend age 13 YEARS & UP !
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From the director of "Gremlins". Imaginative and believable.

An inventor designs a highly complex computer-chip for military weapons. The military cancels the order for thousands of these computer-chips at the last minute, because the military discovers the chip may be disabled by a nearby explosion emitting a magnetic pulse, which all electrical explosions do.

A toy corporation wants a simple computer-chip to enable their small, action-figure, soldiers to move, walk, and talk. The toy-maker does not know he is buying surplus military weapons' chips, which are highly complex, and have an artificial intelligence, which allows the mini-processor within the toys to learn within their prime directive. The prime directive of the toy soldiers is to destroy the Gorgonnites, another line of action-figures, and their allies. The Gorgonnites' directive is to find their way back to the land of Gorgon.

Lots of action and creativity. If you liked "Gremlins"; you will like this.

A young Kirsten Dunst co-stars. Bonus-features, behind-the-scenes.
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