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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 (142 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 (142 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AW9MB4W
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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?

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Please note this is a region B Blu-ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-ray player in order to play.

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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65 of 77 people found the following review helpful
By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Story had potential.... 16 April 2014
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not mutireagional 15 April 2014
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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
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"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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THERE IS NO TEACHER BUT THE ENEMY 10 Nov 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
In the future Earth is nearly destroyed by an alien race of bug like creatures, but we were saved by a great hero that wasn't Casper Van Dien but Gandhi (Ben Kinsley). Children play video games to see who will become the next war leader. The overly robotic Ender Wiggen (Asa Butterfield) is on the fast track to become that leader, trained by Han Solo (Harrison Ford).

The film is magnificent in its graphics. The characters are fairly dry as in too many science fiction films which are theme driven. Written in 1985 the film looks at the "First Strike" debate. Should you attack your enemy first if you believe you are about to be attacked? This was debated in the 1980's and during the 1930's. It became policy in Iraq and is still debated today, the reason why Hollywood chose to make this film now. The film also touches on population control and structural society for the common good.

The multiple adult themes have been dummy downed for the young target audience who are surely more enthralled by the computer games than any under lying meaning. If "Ender's Game" reminds you of other modern films it is because they copied from it, or the book upon it was based. In that regard this feature is similar to "John Carter." a film that was not as popular as those it inspired.

Worth while viewing for the kids. Adults might find themselves at times bored during the formulaic plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good sci fi
Good film with a remarkable performance from the young lead boy as well as oldies like Harrison Ford. Special effects are excellent but inevitably best seen on big cinema screen. Read more
Published 4 hours ago by Neville Plant
5.0 out of 5 stars KEPT ON THE EDGE
Published 17 hours ago by mrs .p.bartlett
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recommend to true
what more can you say delivery and product was spot on, great, keep it up
Published 20 hours ago by kevin dover
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
Arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Excellent sound and video quality.

The film itself is great, I've been waiting for this to be a movie for years now. Read more
Published 21 hours ago by Leah Derham
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like thoughtful sci-fi you'll love it
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. I will get the books because of it. I thought the young actor was convincing and very good, not wooden and not too tryhard like some (Afterearth as... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Alex
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Plot
Thoroughly enjoyed this one lots going on to keep you interested, a great family film that comes highly recommended from me.
Published 1 day ago by Gill Langford
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book
A brilliant film. Great CGI, good acting and stayed true to the book. I hope they will do a follow on with "speaker for the dead"
Published 2 days ago by Lesley
5.0 out of 5 stars suprisingly good
Really thought that this would be an adult film but seems to be a Disney type movie. Still a good film at a great price
Published 2 days ago by Martin L. Woodland
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
The entire film is basically watching other people play video games - as dull as it sounds!
Perhaps if you're 12 or under that may be a pleasant enough way of spending 2... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Susan Flowers
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
a good film but not quite what I expected but good story and photography but still very watchable in fact it's very close to how man kind will react to alien life we find out there... Read more
Published 6 days ago by A. C. Kilbourne
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