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  • Actors: Caroline Bossi, Jessica Morton, Simon Baker, Bob Neill, Terence Stamp
  • Directors: Antony Hoffman
  • Writers: Chuck Pfarrer, Jonathan Lemkin
  • Producers: Andrew Mason, Jorge Saralegui, Mark Canton, Chuck Pfarrer, Bruce Berman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A3O8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,886 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In Red Planet the only thing thicker than the Martian atmosphere (which is breathable, by the way) is the layer of clichés that nearly smothers a formulaic beat-the-clock plot. Science fiction fans are sure to be forgiving, however, because the film is reasonably intelligent, boasts a few dazzling sequences, and presents fascinating technology in the year 2057.

We don't know how the Mars-1 spaceship gets to Mars in only six months (newfangled propulsion, no doubt), but we do get some cool diagnostic read-outs on tinfoil scrolls, an abundance of well-designed hardware, and a service-robot-turned-villain that's a high-tech hybrid of RoboCop, Bruce Lee, and a slinky panther with plenty of lethal attitude. The oxygen in the Martian atmosphere has resulted from nascent efforts at terraforming, made necessary by Earth's over-polluted condition. Mars-1 has been dispatched to determine why the terraforming is failing, and upon arrival everything goes inevitably haywire. Nearly two hours, three deaths, and multiple crises later (including the discovery of a Martian life form), "space janitor" Val Kilmer and his ultra-competent commander (Carrie-Anne Moss from The Matrix) have collaborated to set things right, capped off by second dose of the wretched narration that bookends the movie. Hoary material, to be sure, and as a veteran of TV commercials making his feature debut, director Anthony Hoffman is clearly more comfortable with flashy visuals than depth of character. Still, he keeps things humming right along. A perfectly suitable companion to another Y2K sci-fi thriller, Pitch Black, Red Planet is a fine way to kill a couple of hours. --Jeff Shannon,

From the Back Cover

In the mid-21st Century, the nations of a dying Earth look starward for a solution and set to colonize Mars. But something no one could have expected awaits. Houston, we have big trouble.

Val Kilmer, Carrie-Ann Moss and Tom Sizemore star in this taut adventure about humankind's first mission to the mysterious Red Planet. Also on the mission is the multifunctional robo-assistant AMEE. In one mode, she's as loyal as a puppy. But a malfunction has locked her into a far different mode. She's become a killing machine bent on destroying the crew. Yet that's not the end of the expedition's perils. Because Mars may be barren, but it's not uninhabited.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Down 3 greens on 14 Nov. 2006
Format: DVD
A number of previous reviewers were disappointed by Red Planet. I wasn't. Of course, for die-hard SF fans (which I am not), fond of faster-than-light travel, intergalactic laser battles, indestructible monsters etc. the movie looks a bit pedestrian.

Red Planet is more of an adventure flick than your typical SF blockbuster. I found the plot quite believable, the technology fairly realistic (including "smart" extra-vehicular suits and a lander inspired by both the Apollo Lunar Module and the more recent unmanned probes) and the acting performances very decent. Val Kilmer's acting is quite subdued (you may at first wonder if he really is the main character), and the whole cast fill their roles well. Special effects are excellent yet unobtrusive (the zero-G fire and the "landing" scenes are quite impressive), while the depiction of the Martian surface is visually stunning and very close to reality. That, in fact, may be why SF fans generally didn't like the movie: it must have been too... believable. Apart from some gadgets, most of the technology displayed in Red Planet is already with us (or just around the corner), so it doesn't look like the 32nd Century or so. Yes, the storyline might be predictable at times, but it is still a good B-series flick, with no great pretence to be anything else. I'd call it a B+ series movie, and a good way to spend 100 minutes.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "kevintebb78" on 7 Sept. 2001
Format: DVD
There are many things to reccommend Red Planet. Obviously the film looks fantastic. Mars looks so real and the whole look of Red Planet is very slick. One of my favourite scenes Zero Gravity Fire has Carrie-Anne Moss battling a fire on board the space ship. The special effects are marvellous and the looks amazing as the fire is sucked out into outer space. Val Kilmer gives a good performance in the lead role as he battles against time, the elements and AMEE the malfunctioning multi purpose robot. Red Planet although far-fetched is an intelligent Sci-Fi film and it was good to see NASA's mars lander from 1997 make an appearance. Parts of this film seem to have been greatly inspired by Stanley Kubricks 2001. Most obvious is the case of the crews damaged robot Amee who when she hears that she is to be shut down tries to kill the crew. This seems quite similar to 2001's HAL. This isn't really a bad thing though as 2001 was probably the best sci-fi film ever, and whilst this Red Planet doesn't reach those heights it is still a damn fine film in its own right.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 May 2005
Format: DVD
If you are looking for some exotic space creature like Sigourney Weaver, or even Jane Fonda. Then this is not the movie for you. The closest it comes to this is the obligatory shower scene. If you are looking for big ugly killer creatures or space pirates, again this movie is not for you.
What this movie does contain are the popular actors of this time. One popular actor included but overlooked in a lot of reviews is Benjamin Bratt ...Ted Santen, who shows up again in "Miss Congeniality" (2000)where he seems to have gotten a much higher rating.
The movie is formula with the standard mix of personalities. The Mission is like all the others. There is a compelling need to go to Mars. Naturally disaster strikes. Some sacrifice some good guys, maybe some bad guys, a few anticipated suppress, and AMEE knows the way to a man's hart.
The DVD has some outtakes that you may find enhances the film and then again the scenes may have been taken out for good reason. There is no running commentary. I am not going to transliterate the story. If you watch it for fun then you should not be disappointed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C BIRD on 27 July 2001
Format: DVD
Like the thematically similar 'Pitch Black', 'Red Planet' is a visually superb but poorly plotted sci-fi piece of hokum that will entertain but leave you with a feeling that this could have been significantly better if all concerned had tried harder or had been given more freedom. The look of the the film is outstanding, with CGI melding with live action and props/costumes to give a classy (but not stunning) picture of a state-of-the-art space mission in the mid-21st century. However, the plot is as typically lazy as the rest of the special FX popcorn fare of the last decade. Characters are thinly fleshed out and then casually disposed of at regular intervals to provide some sort of momentum (and filler!) towards Val Kilmer's big final show-down with the mission's psychotic service robot(!). There is much to like about this flick, however, as Carrie-Anne Moss shows the quality for this sort of thing she showed in 'The Matrix' and Kilmer makes a decent hero against a solid cast. Worth a place in the sci-fi fanboy's collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 14 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Earth is dying.

A new colony on Mars could be humanity's only hope. A team of American astronauts, each a specialist in a different field, is making the first manned expedition to the red planet and must struggle to overcome the differences in their personalities, backgrounds and ideologies for the overall good of the mission.

When their equipment suffers life-threatening damage and the crew must depend on one another for survival on the hostile surface of Mars, their doubts, fears and questions about God, man's destiny and the nature of the universe become defining elements in their fates....

Red Planet can be viewed in three different ways.

The story of a fight for humankind, with lots of beliefs being questioned and coping with ones self.

The other Mars movie where the robot goes mad during the final act and Kilmer drops the F-Bomb.

Or the film thats famous because Sizemore and Kilmer fell out big time and the hatred oozes through out the film.

But either way you watch the film, you cannot deny how mundane and boring the actual finished project is.

Many people compare it to 'Mission to Mars' but look closer and it's better to compare it to the other space movie released that year, 'Supernova'.

Both were devoid of story and/or characterisation, and both had an online 'ally' going nuts at the end.

Kilmer puts in his usual performance, and the rest of the cast look bamboozled as to why they are actually there.

2000 wasn't a good year for movies, save a couple, and this furthers my proof.
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