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  • Actors: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan
  • Directors: Jonathan Liebesman
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Catalan, Dutch, English, French, Hindi, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish, Catalan
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD 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: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NBY24M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,903 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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.

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2014
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl J. Meads on 4 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
A premium film that received poor critical acclaim. I thought I would have my two penneth worth.

The first thing that you have to accept about this film is that it shot in an unorthodox fashion. Ignoring convention and traditional techniques in order to lend a sense of realism, I guess. It has been done better in other films and more irritatingly in others (see Bourne Identity.) In some scenes it works, in others it confuses. (Although I suspect, that may have been the intention, to try and illustrate the chaos of combat.) More thought in the editing room would have helped here. This deliberately generated uneasiness also fills in for the poor clichéd script. Although, we should acknowledge the formula that runs the military is a powerhouse of cliché (lock, stock and barrel.)
The down side to this quick paced technique is you have a hard time identifying with the characters and they remain rather two dimensional. This doesn’t necessarily matter for an out and out action film like this.
The addition of the news reports into the Marine centric story, that are the meat of the plot, is nicely done. Not an original idea, but a skilful tool to carry the story and gauge the global scene without cutting away in to painfully stereotyped pointless scenes, (see Independence Day.)
The sabre rattlingly inevitable and overly simple plot is also a device used to focus us down to as real a look as is possible, as to what the boots on the ground troops might face should an invading force of aliens ever land with hostile intentions.

I really don't understand why this film was so scathed by the critics. It stands up far better than many of its acclaimed contemporaries (Transformers for example,) even with its many faults.
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By Lark TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2012
Format: DVD
There isnt a lot of plot or character development to this movie, its a simple action flick which is bigger on effects and thrills than story telling, the simple heroism and one dimensional good guys made me think that it could be a good movie for younger viewers. Perhaps its being a twelve is a reflection of the fact that it does feature alien monsters but these are closer to war of the worlds than the Alien or Predator movie varieties. There is only one gruesome part that I remember, an alien autopsy in which some soldiers poke and stab a creature with bayonets to discover what will kill it since shooting them may knock them down but does not appear to finish them off, they just take a moment to recover.

Of character development there is only a little, the platoon of soldiers are not veterans, not even their immediate commanding officer but they are joined by an older officer who is on short time to retirement. That is pretty much it. There is not really any foul language or adult content. The soldiers are called up when mysterious meteorites herald an alien attack, the aliens are after the world's water supply and that is the extent of that plot device or development, its all fighting from there on out. Initially a rescue mission behind the battle front it turns into an assault on the aliens when the civis are safe and then returning to base and being told to put their feet up moves to getting set to sally forth to meet the enemy once again.

I dont know if this is or was setting up the possibility of sequels, there could be sequels because the plot and character development is so simple, it felt like a pilot episode or feature length episode of a TV series but done with a bigger budget. While this isnt exactly a compelling film and wont win any oscars or awards it is fine as something to pass the time and could appeal to younger viewers.
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