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Mars Attacks (1996)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 40000415
UPC: 085391448020
UPC 14: 00085391448020
Rating: NR
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Nice planet. We'll take it!
In this sci fi epic martian spaceships are approaching earth. Should the president bomb them or embrace them? From the opening scene in a town called lockjaw, where a blazing fire sprints the road, to the apocalyptic finale youll never know what to expect sophomoric funniness, black humor, or a genuine fright.
Editor's Note
Director Tim Burton unleashes MARS ATTACKS!, a vicious, affectionate, brightly-colored homage to 1950s alien invasion movies. When a shiny silver flying saucer lands in the Nevada desert, a group of skull-faced Martians exit the gleaming craft. Although they claim to be peaceful, they promptly "vaporize" a gathering of unfortunate Earthlings, kicking off a bizarre high-tech war with wild special effects. This studiously campy sci-fi spoof, based on a series of Topps bubble-gum cards, gleefully parodies not only schlock B-horror movies, but also overblown blockbusters such as INDEPENDENCE DAY. This subversive film is helped along by an all-star cast including Jack Nicholson in dual roles as both a clueless U.S. President (with First Lady Glenn Close) and a Las Vegas sleazebag. The film follows the wacky WAR OF THE WORLDS-like proceedings from the points of view of numerous colorful characters, from the inane U.S. Press Secretary (Martin Short) to a trailer-park family (Lukas Haas and Sylvia Sidney), to singer Tom Jones (as himself).


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/1/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 106 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1996
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 14480
Video UPC UPC: 00085391448020
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Danny DeVito
Video Cast Info Tom Jones
Video Cast Info Annette Bening
Video Cast Info Sarah Jessica Parker
Video Cast Info Jack Nicholson
Video Cast Info Lukas Haas
Video Cast Info Joe Don Baker
Video Cast Info Glenn Close
Video Cast Info Martin Short
Video Cast Info Natalie Portman
Video Cast Info Pierce Brosnan
Video Cast Info Christina Applegate
Video Cast Info Michael J. Fox
Video Cast Info Lisa Marie
Video Cast Info Wynn Thomas - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Woody Gelman - Story
Video Cast Info Jonathan Gems - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Peter Suschitzky - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Danny Elfman - Composer
Video Cast Info Larry J. Franco - Producer
Video Cast Info Wally Wood - Story
Video Cast Info Chris Lebenzon - Editor
Video Cast Info Len Brown - Story
Video Cast Info Norm Saunders - Story
Video Cast Info Tim Burton - Producer
Video Cast Info Bob Powell - Story
Video Cast Info Colleen Altwood - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Tim Burton - Director
Plot Summary
Tim Burton's MARS ATTACKS! is an all-star, high-tech (and subversive) spoof of those science-fiction films of the 1950s, such as THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and THE WAR OF THE WORLDS.

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly
"...[A] giddily satiric epic....Escalates into full Burtonian madness..." -- Rating: B 12/20/1996 pp.58-9

"...[A] continually inventive, parodistic sendup of alien invasion movies....The technically brilliant picture possesses a quirkily, somewhat facetious insider tone..." 12/02/1996

USA Today
"[A] visually witty, Tim Burton's apparent takeoff on 1956's EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS stars everyone from Jack Nicholson to Tom Jones to Jim Brown." 06/28/2005 p.3D

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