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Christmas On Mars [CD + DVD] [CD+DVD, Explicit Lyrics, Soundtrack]

The Flaming Lips Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (10 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Explicit Lyrics, Soundtrack
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B001G0LBYM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,714 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Once Between Hopelessness
2. The Distance Between Mars And Earth Part 1
3. The Horrors Of Isolation
4. In Excelcelsoir Vaginalistic
5. Your Spaceship Comes From Within
6. Suicide And Extraordinary Mistakes
7. The distance Between Mars And Earth Part 2
8. The Secret Of Immortality
9. The Gleaming Armament Of Marching Genitalia
10. The Distress Signals Of Celetial Objects
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Christmas on Mars - Movie (DVD)

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In production since 2001, The Flaming Lips' eagerly anticipated Christmas on Mars: A Fantastical Film Freakout featuring The Flaming Lips will be released on DVD and CD/DVD formats on Warner Bros Records / Cinema Purgatorio.

Directed by front man Wayne Coyne alongside co-director George Salisbury (the band's audiovisual technician), many of the film's Mars sets were constructed in Coyne's back garden at his home in Oklahoma City. The film does indeed take place during Christmas time on Mars, as the colonization of the Red Planet is underway. But when an oxygen generator and a gravity control pod malfunction, Major Syrtis (The Lips' Steven Drozd) and his team (including the Lips' bassist Michael Ivins) fear for the worst. Syrtis hallucinates about the birth of a baby, and many other strange things. Meanwhile, a compassionate alien superbeing (Coyne) arrives, inspiring and helping the isolated astronauts. Also appearing in the film are the band's road drummer Kliph Scurlock, manager Scott Booker, and many other familiar figures from The Lips' community.

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THE FLAMING LIPS Christmas On Mars (2008 UK 2-disc [All Region NTSC DVD/CD] set - In production since 2001 The Flaming Lips present their fantastical film freakout Christmas On Mars. Directed by front man Wayne Coyne alongside co-director George Salisbury [the bands audiovisual technician] many of the films Mars sets were constructed in Coynes back garden at his home in Oklahoma City. The film does indeed take place during Christmas time on Mars as the colonisation of the RedPlanet is underway. But when an oxygen generator and a gravity control pod malfunction Major Syrtis [The Lips Steven Drozd] and his team [including the Lips bassist Michael Ivins] fear for the worst. Syrtis hallucinates about the birth of a baby and many other strange things. Meanwhile a compassionate alien superbeing [Coyne] arrives inspiring and helping the isolated astronauts. Also appearing in the film are the bands road drummer Kliph Scurlock manager Scott Booker and many other familiar figures from The Lips community. Complete with the 12-track CD film score!)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EAT YOUR OWN SPACESHIP 17 Nov 2008
By Paul M VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Firstly i need to hold my hands up and say that the Flaming Lips are just about my favorite band, so i think this review will be a little over generous to their latest project.

Essentially Wayne Coyne's pet project for the last decade, Christmas On Mars finally gets its release, and i for one am relieved because it will hopefully mean the band will shift focus and release a new album, and then tour it, which lets face it is all that fans like myself really want from the band.

What fans do get is a well conceived package of music and a slightly offbeat science fiction movie that is equally full of the bands trademark,oddness and optimism, whilst maintaining the independence of spirit that the Flaming Lips guard so lovingly.The Fearless Freaks or UFO's At The Zoo this ain't, but it is made with sincerity and is the culmination of many years work for Coyne and the band.

On some levels Christmas On Mars is a homage to b'movie sci fi that appeared to have a major significance in the Coyne household, and is an attempt to write a movie based on a mythical story from Waynes childhood.However, this is not a great movie, merely a chance to lay to rest a major artistic ghost from Wayne Coynes past.The influence of John Carpenters "Dark Star " should also be mentioned, as the same sense claustrophobic boredom is evident in Christmas On Mars.

The soundtrack is welcome if only for some new Flaming Lips music, and although mainly instrumental, its debt to the film scores of Vangelis is notable,and does its job in complimenting the visuals.

Christmas On Mars is not a concert movie, or a documentary, but it adequately perpetuates the Flaming Lips reputation as true musical mavericks.Nothing more, nothing less.
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4.0 out of 5 stars suprisingly good 16 Dec 2008
Format:Audio CD
My partner brought this home on recommendation to see what this sounded like. I had never heard anything by The Flaming Lips before but even on 1st play of the CD I liked it. The music is instrumental, strange and haunting and I found myself playing this a few times. At first I had no interest in seeing the film but curiosity got the better of me. It too certainly is quite strange but being no stranger to strange films, I quite enjoyed it, shoddily made or not. The photography is grainy black and white and the storyline whilst very adult in context, has a child-like quality running through. If David Lynch and Sci-Fi is your bag you will probably like this.

Sorry this is not an in-depth review, rather my first impressions of a work new to me, which I thought was good and which I would want to watch again. Overall, I actually felt that the film complemented the music rather than the music being a soundtrack to the film. A surreal tongue-in-cheek Christmas story for grown-ups.
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting?.........maybe in part 29 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Flaming lips have been a very exciting band for the past decades as we all know and I still have not heard a record quite like the soft bulletin, magic for me.
Have to say on the whole that I was disappointed on this film, after the eight years of eagerly waiting, I thought it could be amazing. In ways It is very clever but what lets it down is the unbelievably bad acting and the absence of an interesting story (nothing bloody happens at all really!). The theme is fab and they way it was shot and the music all comes together nicely, but for me personally I was disappointed and know that the Lips can produce better than this. Look forward to the next Lips release though as I always do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual experiment... 9 Dec 2008
By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Oklahomas craziest export finally release the seven-years-in-the-making "Christmas On Mars". The long feted, made-in-the-back-garden, black and white, budget basement Sci-Fi 'epic' evokes the spirit of an ancient age. In many ways, this 90 minute miserablist Sci-Fi sketch resembles a cross between a depressed Plan 9 From Outer Space, and Dark Star. The plot is minimalist, the acting is appalling, the production values cheap. The plot is suggestive, operating on an emotional and thematic level as opposed to anything logical or development-driven, connecting a set of vague vignettes to create an impressionistic whole. Overall, it's neither as convulted, pretentious, or expensive as 'Southland Tales', but as a film it's nothing amazing. Then again, it's not as rubbish as any of The Beatles movies, either.

Face it, if this hadn't been the brainchild of the band it would have sunk without trace and consumed the weekends of a pretentious nutter for years to be forgotten about. As it stands, though, "Christmas On Mars" gains an exposure by association and not on it's own merits.

Victoria Beckham writes piss-poor books. Well, I say writes, but you can't be a writer if you've never read anything longer than a newspaper article about yourself. Russell Crowe and Steven Seagal have their own, crap, bands. Oh, and one of The Rolling Stonesis a painter. It is this - diversification, if I were using 'management' speak - that devlues the work : it gains an access because of who, and not what, the work is.

"Christmas On Mars" is an OK film, at best, destined for obscurity were it made by anyone else. It's obviously the vanity project, a work of passion, a labour of love, but it isn't very good really. It's nowhere near The F'Lips "Battlefield Earth" or "The Clown Who Cried".
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