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Battle: Los Angeles [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]

Aaron Eckhart , Michelle Rodriguez , Jonathan Liebesman    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan
  • Directors: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, English, Greek
  • Dubbed: Thai
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent.
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NBY24W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,614 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Battle: Los Angeles is a war movie first, science fiction second. It's got it all: a burned-out retiring sergeant who gets drawn back in because, dammit, the Marines need him; the guy who's about to get married; the guy who's still a virgin; the guy suffering from shell shock and who just might crack; the newbie officer with a lot of book learning who you just know is going to freeze under pressure and have to be shepherded by that burned-out sergeant, who learned his lessons on the battlefield… and so much more. There's not a moment in this movie you haven't seen before--the only twist is that the enemy is alien, so whatever shred of concern you might have for raining heavy artillery on a fellow human being can be cheerfully cast aside. But clichés are clichés because they are efficient and effective, and despite the profound familiarity of Battle: Los Angeles, there's no denying the movie rips along (though two-thirds of the way through you may have forgotten who was the virgin and who was the shell-shocked guy--but really, does it matter?). The look owes a debt to District 9, a hand-held, vérité grittiness, with most of the CGI carefully given a dingy, dirty look so that it meshes with the urban landscape. Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) does an impressive job of spitting out ham-fisted dialogue like he really, really means it, while the rest of the cast is suitably generic. This is an unrepentant love letter to the military; many viewers, faced with the unsettling chaos and moral ambiguities of real wars, will find this mythologizing not only soothing, but even moving. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features
  • Behind the Battle
  • Aliens in L.A.
  • Preparing for Battle
  • Creating L.A.
  • Plus – BDLive
BD Exclusives:
  • Directing the battle
  • Bootcamp
  • The freeway battle
  • Command Control (command your viewing experience by watching picture-in-picture, battle points and more during the movie)

Product Description

Witness the end of civilization unfold as hostile alien invaders attack the planet. As people everywhere watch the world’s great cities fall, Los Angeles becomes the last stand for mankind in a battle no one expected. Now it's up to a Marine staff sergeant (Aaron Eckhart) and his platoon to draw a line in the sand as they take on an enemy unlike any they’ve ever encountered in this epic sci-fi action film.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Secret 11 Feb 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is without a doubt the biggest load of jingoistic, sabre rattling American guff I've watched for a long time and I love it. Just don't tell anybody I told you so.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marines Vs Aliens 12 July 2011
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
An alien invasion movie, which has the Earth under attack. And sees the action entirely through the eyes of a platoon of US Marines who are fighting in the midst of Los Angeles.

The film starts by showing them heading off to battle.

Then flashes back to the day before, in order to introduce the main characters.

The '[insert number] hours earlier' technique is becoming grossly overused and annoying, but this does get away with because whilst you're meeting the characters you're also watching the news unfold of the alien attack. That happens in the background at first and then becomes big news. And the way all that happens is quite convincing.

First we meet Staff Sergeant Nantz [Aaron Eckhart]. No longer a young man and about to leave the job he's held for more years than he cares to remember. Also with rumours about a mission that went pear shaped hanging over him. A strong character and Aaron Eckhart has the screen presence to make him so.

Then we meet all the rest of the marines. There's a few of them. Unfortunately they all flash by so quickly than none make quite as much of as impression as Nantz does.

Michelle Rodriguez does pop up in due course, and she makes an impression as well. Because she's the only lady soldier character, so she's easy to remember.

But this isn't a character drama. Nor is a science fiction film about aliens. It's a war movie with aliens. And so long as you remember that, then you'll get on fine. It sets out to show what it would be like if the marines were fighting an unknown enemy on familiar soil, and it does that well. With devastated city streets, and the aliens being a presence lurking at the edge of the screen and only occasionally something you get a good look at.
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By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Despite plenty of warning signs – not least the omnipresent shakeycam and the kind of unquestioning gung ho “John Wayne heroics” that makes for a great recruitment ad for the US Marines - Battle: Los Angeles turns out to be a surprisingly good combat picture that wears its high concept surprisingly credibly. The characters may be standard issue (Aaron Eckhart’s Staff Sergeant who thought he was through with the army and who has to win back the confidence of his distrustful men, the rookie lieutenant who has never seen combat, the one who’s about to get married, virgin soldier, etc, etc) but they’re presented in a convincing fashion by a capable cast as the film follows them on a rescue and recon mission that sees them trapped behind the lines in a Santa Monica that’s turned into a wasteland in the wake of a surprise attack by aliens who regard the planet’s indigenous lifeforms as an infestation to be exterminated so they can pillage it for its resources. The ideas aren’t complex and information is limited to what the Marines experience and work out for themselves as things go from terrible to catastrophic, the film largely playing out in real time at ground level as they go from skirmish to skirmish. Playing things deadly straight rather than winking at the audience or throwing in comic one-liners to lighten things up, the odd matter-of-fact detail like a makeshift alien autopsy to find the creatures’ weak points helps sell the pragmatic immediacy even as the clichés come thick and fast. Read more ›
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121 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what is says on the tin-or-M16 15 Mar 2011
By Kentspur VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I never do this - write a review for a film that I've seen at the cinema long before it comes out on DVD - but I felt everyone, some of whom might be put off by the sniffy negative reviews in the press, should know - when deciding on purchasing - this simple fact: Battle: Los Angeles is great!

It's Independence Day meets Saving Private Ryan - aliens v grunts in a joggly-camera, whirling ordnance, big explosion, LA-set Nirvana of shooting mayhem. The aliens are curiously limited - all that space travel and no decent AWACs or infra-red detection systems or ray guns - but that makes it a (reasonably) fair fight and allows Staff Sergeant Aaron Eckhart, Hoyt out of 'True Blood' and some other less familiar faces to actually trade fire to some effect with these extra-terrestrial scavengers.

Once the 'introduce the characters' bit is over, the film becomes a series of military cliff-hangers leavened by the odd 'come on guys' speech. A bus chase (like in Speed) gets chucked in too. There are also 'borrowings' from 'Aliens,' but it feels more like homage than plagiarism.

Crucially, it's played straight. There is no 'I know this is ridiculous' winking at the camera asides - just action. I think it's far more honest as a result. Some critics called it boorish and lacking in irony, but I think it does exactly what it says on the tin: massive shoot 'em up; Marines v Aliens; ludicrously exciting.

What's not to like?

If you know what films you like, you'll probably already know whether you want to see/own this film. It's not going to disappoint unlike some other 'actioners' I could name.

Recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 5 days ago by gibson
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable diversion
Here we have a war movie, the only difference is that the 'enemy' are aliens. When I put on a DVD I want the next hour and a half to entertain me, to keep my attention and,... Read more
Published 21 days ago by P. F. Cope
5.0 out of 5 stars Rousing and unusual
This is a rousing and unusual science fiction movie filmed in the style of a war documentary. The battle scenes look grimly authentic once the action gets under way. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Christopher Garfield Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars I really like it
I personally really enjoy this movie, but I've found that other people aren't as keen. The effects are amazing, and the acting is great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harriet
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Brilliant film for your money delivered fast and good quality product overall very satisfying would be recommend to purchase this film
Published 1 month ago by Titch
1.0 out of 5 stars Whats the point of 4K?
Whats the point of producing a film that's optimised for 4K televisions if its shot on a handy cam by someone who can't stand still for more than a few seconds. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. A Garcarz
5.0 out of 5 stars I recommend it.
arrived on time. I am a big fan of sci fi movies, the movie is so action packed from start to finish, I recommend it.
Published 2 months ago by Mohammed87
4.0 out of 5 stars Battle: Los Angles (Blu-ray version)
Directed by Jonathan Liebesman Battle: Los Angles our storyline finds planet Earth being bombarded globally by meteor showers which turn out to be a cover for an alien invasion... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Milt Ingarfield
4.0 out of 5 stars More a war film than a sci-fi one, but a decent watch anyway
Its' Marines vs Aliens, but could just as easily be terrorists or another nation as the sci-fi is definitely secondary in Battle: Los Angles. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent quality
The picture quality of the movie was excellent so crisp and clear and the colours really bright. The movie is also very good full of action from beginning to end.
Published 4 months ago by morph
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