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Ender's Game [Blu-ray]

Asa Butterfield , Abigail Breslin , Gavin Hood    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Asa Butterfield, Abigail Breslin, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis
  • Directors: Gavin Hood
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AW9MB4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Big-budget sci-fi starring Asa Butterfield and Ben Kingsley. When an alien race known as the Formics attack Earth, the International Fleet prepare for their next attack by recruiting the most intelligent children on Earth and training them to lead the inevitable battle. Split up from his family and taken to the Fleet's Battle School, Ender Wiggin (Butterfield) quickly makes a name for himself as the best recruit of his generation with abilities even surpassing those of the legendary war hero Mazer Rackham (Kingsley). As his reputation grows and Ender continues to impress his peers, he is expected to be Earth's only hope against the alien race. But with the Formics preparing for their next move, will Ender finish his training in time to lead his people to victory as anticipated?

From the Back Cover

In the near future, a hostile alien race have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander, Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young children to find the future leader. Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy, but strategically brilliant boy is pulled out of his school to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult war games, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military's next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he's trained by Mazer Rackham, himself, to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.


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67 of 79 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I liked this film and I am glad that I watched it, although it is definitely significantly INFERIOR to the book. Below, more of my impressions, with very limited SPOILERS.

As probably everybody already knows, this sci-fi war film is situated in the future, years after a failed alien invasion of the Earth. Fearing that another, even deadlier invasion can take place, humanity created a powerful space fleet and trained hundreds and hundreds of thousands of soldiers and officers. But in order to lead this huge armed forces, it was decided that a new kind of generals and admirals was needed, one able to learn and adapt faster when faced by complex and always varying alien tactics of space fighting. This film tells the story of a very promising recruit, young Andrew Ender Wiggin, who may just be the future war leader of the whole humanity - if only he manages to survive the excruciatingly difficult, increasingly painful and sadistically cruel training in which complex war games play a great role...

We learn those things in the first minute of the film and about the rest I will say no more. Young Asa Butterfield who plays Ender is simply AMAZING, as good as he was in "Hugo". Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley give a great show as his teachers, with Viola Davis and Nonso Anozie supporting them valiantly as respectively war academy main psychologist and the hulking drill sergeant. Young actresses Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breislin play also important roles, those of Petra, Ender's friend in academy and Valentine, Ender's older sister.

Now, this film is an adaptation of an archi-classic of Sci-Fi letters, written in 1985 by Orson Scott Card.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars starship troopers light 20 April 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Yep, right from the start you think Starship Troopers. A past bug invasion that cost millions of human lives. We must be ready for them if they come back right?
Heck no! They started it, we're going to finish it. We're going to their planet to crush them!
Unfortunately our army, a bunch of teenagers, has been infiltrated by PETA. First, in the form of a bleeding heart psychiatrist played by Viola Davis, who thinks we are putting too much pressure on our teenage 'hero.' C'mon now, this is war; it's them or us.
Secondly our hero himself is PETA's secret weapon. Instead of wiping out the bugs, he empathises with them and does his best to see that they get another shot at us.
Who in the world thought that sane folk would feel sorry for bugs? I wanted to jump through the screen myself with some insecticide and an ice pick. Not to mention, a club to beat some sense into our 'hero' who chose bugs over a cute chick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK 19 April 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Was just OK I wouldn't watch it twice so I wish I hadn't bought the DVD would of been better to rent and forget, Because forget is what I've done I can't remember much about it at all so it can't of been very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Better than the book 18 April 2014
By Nemesis
Format:Blu-ray
But only just. The book is repetitive and suspect (naked boys running around in a space station, shower fights etc.)
The movie manages to condense this middle part of the book and the political side story involving Ender's siblings was left out altogether. Waste of Ford and Kingsley...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Story had potential.... 16 April 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
Unfortunately, the film didn't live up to it. Very slow to take off, to say the least, then unbelievably it all ends in an anti-climax. Dread to think of the budget for this movie, doubt very much they broke even!
Honestly, cannot find anything positive to write, so best not. Best advice it to think long and hard before you buy, understand why it was such a flop when released!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not mutireagional 15 April 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The film was entertaining and followed the theme but the book was better at suspense and the mental games were tougher...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
"Ender's game" by Orson Scott Card was first published in 1977 as a short story, and the author expanded it to a full length novel by the same name published in 1985. It is regarded by many people including myself as one of the greatest SF novels ever written. Some elements of the film are also taken from Card's parallel novel, "Ender's Shadow."

This review of the 2013 film version, which has just come out on disc, is based on watching it on Blu-Ray at home with my family.

I don't think the film is quite up to the level of brilliance of the books. Some of the most visionary aspects of the novels, such as the way it foresaw the role of online debate and discussion at a time when the World Wide Web was barely a twinkle in Tim Berners-Lee's eye, do not make it into the film. A viewer who has not read the book would have no conception that the hero's brother and sister, who are major characters in the book and sequels but minor ones in this film, are as influential in their own right in the history of the "Enderverse" as he is.

Nevertheless this film is a pretty good stab at bringing to the screen the central plot of the original short story and many of the moral dilemmas and challenges of the full novels, and I don't think you could have fitted much more of the book into a film of this duration. The plotting is reasonably tight and keeps the action going, a lot of the acting is excellent, and the special effects which show space travel, a "battle school" on a giant orbiting space station, and finally space battles, are brilliant.

The premise for the story is that earth has been at war for decades with an alien race who originally attempted to invade our planet and were beaten back at great cost.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
The worst film I've seen in a quite a few years. The ending was obvious and leaving it open for 'part 2' was a laugh.
Published 13 hours ago by James Griffiths
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor
One of the poorest films I have ever watched,Thought it would get better the longer the film went on but only got worse,Why did Harrison Ford do this ma be because he's on his last... Read more
Published 18 hours ago by ADY
5.0 out of 5 stars Enders Game puzzle until the END.
It was worth this rating.The end of the film made it all click together the ending was so unexpected.Great film.
Published 18 hours ago by Jim Davey
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for me
I found this movie silly and frustrating. Harrison Ford looks so old now that when he tries to look menacing you think "aww, poor old man". Read more
Published 19 hours ago by K. Aston
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
watch this . really good film enjoyed it all actors were good don't want to say to much as don't want to spoil it for your enjoyment
Published 20 hours ago by Gail
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story quite well told
Having read Orson Scott Card's book as well as several of his other novels in the same series, and being a big fan of Harrison Ford (who isn't? Read more
Published 1 day ago by 4wotitsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars wow! this film was just brilliant.
Loved this film very much and can't wait to read the books now. You can't help but feel sorry for poor Ender's at the end.
Published 2 days ago by Jazz
4.0 out of 5 stars action packed
i hate having to write a review for every movie i rate. i would just like to leave it at the star rating.
Published 2 days ago by mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Enders Game
Brilliant film, thoroughly enjoyed it, pity it wasn't in 3D but worth every penny, for once it arrived on time via Royal (Snail) Mail
Published 2 days ago by Pip
5.0 out of 5 stars Ender's Games
Good film for children, special effects are good especially when they enter the training zone. Harrison Ford plays a mean educator but is expected.
Published 4 days ago by paula pole
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