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Battle: Los Angeles [DVD] [2011]

Aaron Eckhart , Michelle Rodriguez , Jonathan Liebesman    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
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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: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NBY24M
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,238 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.

Product Description

Big-budget alien invasion sci-fi action thriller starring Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Rodriguez. When the worlds biggest cities are subjected to a coordinated surprise attack from a hostile extraterrestrial invasion, it is up to a Marine staff sergeant Aaron Eckhart and his newly-formed platoon to provide the first line of defence against the alien intruders as they strike Los Angeles. Making up the rules as they go along, the soldiers must give it their all as they defend their city against an unknown enemy.

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121 of 150 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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46 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good fun, but ..... 12 July 2011
By BDI
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
the claims made by actors, directors etc (in 'Special Features') shows that their knowledge of the 'War' and 'Sci-Fi' genres is limited.
There is nothing really unique in the movie, sorry.
The 'drama-doc' type filming was done (much better) in Saving Private Ryan. The aliens here are a mix of several previous fims (including the exo-skeleton from Independence Day), as are their craft (Independence Day again).

Yes, it's a 100mph all-action US 'ain't we great' offering, and I suspect the target audience is US Redneck - too much 'Hoo-hah', 'Go Marines', 'Retreat Hell no'. As a result the plot is weak.

I'm a sci-fi fan (although I prefer books), and the 'sci' is worse than non-existent. Worse because we hear statements from 'a scientist' like : 'It's the composition of our water that's unique' - a statement that would have any 12 year-old here laughing, and : '... no other locations in our know universe have liquid H2O (that's the science bit) anywhere near their surface ...' - a statement that would have anyone with even a basic knowledge of the Universe weeping in despair. Our own Milky Way is just a miniscule part of the Universe, and there are tens of thousands of Earth-like planets in it (see The Drake Equation for more info)
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Perhaps that's just too much for the average US citizen (or even our own) to comprehend.

But for all that Hollywood dumbness, it's worth watching - for a laugh. If you're being pursued by better armed, better equipped, more technically advanced killing machines, it's best to stay quiet. Not this lot. They spend all their time shouting, screaming, yelling, and banging into things. All actions guaranteed to attract the pursuers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Battle: Los Angles (Blu-ray version) 10 April 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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 force that land off the coast of all major cities and one of the last to fall is Los Angles the squad of marines sent to retrieve civilians from a suburb is headed-up by soon to be retired Staff Sergeant Michael Nantz played by Aaron Eckhart who has previous played in big budget productions such as "The Dark Knight" and later in the tale renowned all round action girl Michelle Rodriguez known for appearances in movies such as "Avatar" and "The Fast and the Furious" franchise makes an appearance, this film does not have anything original in its running time of 116 minutes but what it is a very entertaining popcorn flick for a Saturday night with a good surround sound system and understanding neighbours Gun-ho!

This 50 GB region free disc is encoded using MPEG-4 AVC codec in full 1080p resolution and in 2.40.1 aspect ratio it also comes in living room shaking English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 the audio track delivers the sound of the battlefield with all its bass heavy explosions and the gunfire from machine-guns and other heavy ordinance along with the military vehicles to the energy weapons of the aliens and their dying gurgles with great effect.
The package comes with a good selection of subtitles which are as follows:- English, English for the hard of hearing, Greek, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified) Mandarin Traditional, Thai.

The Special Features are as follows: - Behind the Battle, Aliens, Preparing for Battle, Creating L.A.
The Blu-ray comes with exclusives which are as follows directing the Battle, Command control Command your experience by watching picture-in-Picture and more during the movie, Boot Camp, The Free-way Battle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 18 days 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 1 month ago by morph
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't to it to yourself
This is simply one of the worst films ever made! It's insult to science and fiction as there is no science or fiction. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H.E.Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Watch... But Only Once
Have seen this film, and I love Sci Fi, but even though I enjoyed this, I didn't think it was as good as say Battleship which I watched quite a few times... Read more
Published 1 month ago by DJSimple-D
4.0 out of 5 stars Watch this as a war film
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I didn't watch it to be thought provoking. I watched it to enjoy a shoot-em-up against and enemy that it is unlikely that anyone will have any... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. N. A. McKee
5.0 out of 5 stars A Guilty Secret
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.
Published 2 months ago by Jaksenpollock
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm, OK.
I guess it pretty much does what it says on the tin, even if it has designs to be more psychologically thoughtful by viewing it through the eyes of the grunts charged with saving... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Spike Owen
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant, fantastic
One of the best films ever. Yer its corney but in the good old fashioned way. Great movie, would recommend
Published 3 months ago by basilnomates
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent condition for a used item
Great condition brilliant movie what more can I say great price.once again for the money paid for this item is truely unbelievable.
Published 4 months ago by ROBERT SIMPSON
1.0 out of 5 stars Dear oh dear....
This easily falls into that category of US movies which appear to have been made for 12 years olds by 12 year olds. Read more
Published 4 months ago by mr rupert
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