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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NBY24M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,405 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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3.5 out of 5 stars

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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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This movie looks much more as a sequel to "Blackhawk down" than another "War of the worlds", but this is exactly what I liked in it. When the invasion of Earth begins, the US Marines do not ask many questions about the motivations of invaders or the sense of life in general - they just grab their weapons and start shooting back. And they give a great show!

This is an excellent war movie, picturing modern urban warfare in a series of fights which look much more like battles of Khorramshahr 1980, Beirut 1989, Monrovia 1990, Vukovar 1991, Sarajevo 1992-1994, Mogadishu 1993, 1st Grozny 1994-95, Jaffna 1995, 2nd Grozny 1999-2000 or Fallujah 2004 than the "classical" movie fights against alien invaders.

There is a relatively short introduction, in which we get to know soldiers from the Marines platoon we will follow, but after that it is the non stop battle. Action is made of numerous marches and engagements, interrupted just for short stops to regroup, catch breath, drink some water, tend to the wounded and find more ammo. Fighting is very well filmed and looks quite a lot like in "Blackhawk down". The gunfights are quite realistic and the Marines are far from super heroes - they use quite a lot of munitions to kill every enemy trooper, they make mistakes, they sometimes fall when running, they get lost in the labyrinth of ruined city, their only machine gun jams in the cloud of thick dust, etc. The butcher bill is heavy and many characters will not make it to the final credits.

Contrary to many other alien invasion movies, in this one the invaders seem to be absolutely desperate and their attack seems to have been hastily prepared and even largely improvised.
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