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Battle Beyond the Stars [Blu-ray] [1980] [US Import]

George Peppard , Robert Vaughn , Jimmy T. Murakami , Roger Corman    Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: George Peppard, Robert Vaughn, Richard Thomas, John Saxon, Darlanne Fluegel
  • Directors: Jimmy T. Murakami, Roger Corman
  • Writers: Anne Dyer, John Sayles
  • Producers: Roger Corman, Ed Carlin, Mary Ann Fisher
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: 12 July 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004VT9JJE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,444 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time To Rediscover A Lost Gem 11 April 2011
By Seven Ragged Tigers TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
With the sci fi boom at its peak in the late 70s,early 80s,the market was well and truly flooded with movies of all kinds,that catered for every taste.In the middle of this frenzy was Battle Beyond The Stars,swamped by bigger budgets and more attention grabbing movies,it never really ignited at the box office,and somehow became one of thoes films that became lost.But never has a film been more deserving of being rediscovered than this one.

Its a glorious B movie in every sence,a remake of the Magnifcent Seven(Robert Vaughn more or less plays the same character in this one that he did in the Magnifcent Seven),shift the location from a Mexican village to another planet and there you go,thats it.But it doesnt matter,the film moves along at a more or less consistant pace,and the action comes thick and fast.The characters are either boo,hiss villains or optimistic heroes,but you dont care,because the whole thing is just so much fun.There were a lot of films around at that time that had far bigger budgets,and far bigger stars infront of the camera,but none of them were as much fun,or left you feeling like you had genuinely just enjoyed what you had watched.It is one of thoes films that aims low,and as a result of knowing its limits,manages to hit high,very high.

As for the dvd itself,well its not been remastered or cleaned up in anyway,and at times,especially on explosions,the soundtrack does distort a little.But overall it is more than watchable,you can always clearly see what your looking at,and hear it as well.Just dont expect something that rivals an old movie thats been restored,its more along the lines of a pretty good VHS copy.Yes it is on the expensive side,but I think it is more than worth it.Just a pity that it has never been remastered,because it does deserve to be.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Region 2 is available from 12 Jun 2008
As the review title states this film is available on region 2 DVD from Amazon Germany with English & German audio. It is released by Warner home video and has a good quality (for an 80's sci-fi b-movie) anamorphic widescreen picture with English opening titles and end credits. The German title of the film is "Sador - Herrscher im Weltraum" (copy & paste this title when you search for it) If you have an Amazon UK account you can order using your existing account details (you don't need to create another account on their site) You should be able to work your way around the site easily as it is laid out the same as Amazon UK. At the moment the film is 9.97 Euros and shipping to the UK is 6 Euros. Hope this has been helpful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Akir v Sador 27 Aug 2011
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Co-produced by Roger Corman and Ed Carlin, Battle Beyond the Stars is directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and written by Anne Dyer and John Sayles. It stars Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard, John Saxton and Darlanne Fluegel. Music is by James Horner and cinematography by Daniel Lacambre. Plot is Seven Samurai/The Magnificent Seven as Star Wars.

We know it's a rip-off, but it's a lovingly crafted cheesy rip-off, the kind of cheap space adventure we thrilled to when our ages allowed us to not care about technical craft. Budget has been spent on securing "names" Vaughn (reprising his role from Mag 7) and Peppard, leaving one James Cameron to produce a set design out of McDonalds cartons and hypermarket boxes, with that knowledge in mind, it comes out as a glorious achievement. From Russ Meyer influenced spaceships, to the trippy costumes, the look and feel of the film is a triumph over adversity. Story moves briskly and the recycled action gladdens the heart, and there's no little imagination used to form the narrative, telegraphic beings feeling as one, woo-hoo! While the cast can not be faulted for effort, attacking the material with gusto and a glint in the eye.

Endearing and fun for those prepared to let the inner child out during the viewing. 6/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Classic 11 Jun 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I remember watching 'Battle Beyond the Stars' as a kid and wandering through Amazon recently saw this and all those memories came flooding back. This film stars 'John Boy' from The Waltons, Robert Vaughn and George Peppard. The 'effects' are not like the films of today but instead of making this film clunky, it actually gives it a nostalgic feel (or maybe that's just me!). Anyway, it is a great little film and must have something to have stayed with me after all these years. You wouldn't do far wrong getting this DVD and watching how things were done in the early 80's. Excellent film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Despite a John Sayles script, an interesting cast and my-but-she-was-healthy Sybil Danning, Roger Corman's sci-fi version of The Magnificent Seven isn't quite as much fun as it could be but certainly rallies for the action-packed last half hour. This time round it's Richard Thomas rounding up an assortment of down-on-their-luck hired guns to save his planet Akir (as in Akira Kurosawa) from John Saxon's evil roving space-bandit, who not only pillages whole planets, not even leaving dust in their wake, but takes body parts from his victims to replace his own worn-out ones ("Remember Lobo? He disobeyed orders, and now Sador's wearing his left foot."). While he's got an army of genetic mistakes ("Why can't my mutants be intelligent like the Eli?"), Thomas settles for a motley group including George Peppard's space cowboy, Danning's all-cleavage-and-innuendo Valkyrie warrior ("You've never seen a Valkyrie go down"), hive-minded aliens and Robert Vaughn repeating his role from The Magnificent Seven role as the burnt-out hired gun looking for a meal and a place to hide.

It's certainly a step up from the usual quality of Roger Corman's 80's movies - it was one of his biggest budget productions despite coming in at a modest $2m - but while it's fun, it's not great fun, so you'll probably enjoy it a lot more if you dial your expectations down a bit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Favourite
It's one of my favourite movies of all time, I give it six stars! I would recommend this movie to everyone
Published 3 months ago by Joanne Sarah Bullock
5.0 out of 5 stars cheese film
got this for a customer so not really watched it cheesie flick from the 80,s so forget the big budget films lol
Published 6 months ago by John Hogg
4.0 out of 5 stars WILL play on DVD
August 2013.

PLEASE NOTE: I ordered the Region 1 DVD as opposed to the BluRay (which I had mistakenly ordered first). Read more
Published 8 months ago by D. Bane
3.0 out of 5 stars You gotta love Corman
Essentially, this is a micro budget rehash of the seven samuri, set in space and filmed in a shed. Far from being a clunker, this massive hoot is hugely entertaining. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mr. S. Storey
3.0 out of 5 stars 7 Samurai and Magnificent 7...but in space!!!
The people of the planet Akira Kurosawa are under attack from John Saxon of Balamory and his band of smelly scar-faced morons in a hammerhead shaped space ship (try saying that... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Anthony Hand
1.0 out of 5 stars Would have been useful if it said that it wouldn't play on a UK player
I do really love this film but unfortunately I won't be watching as in spite of the fact that I bought it from a UK Amazon site, I can't actually watch it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by s.j.
5.0 out of 5 stars Battle Beyond the Stars
It was couple of years that I saw this movie on TV.
The text on the DVD case is German but you can watch the movie in English because this one was the only one available a... Read more
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