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Screamers [DVD] (1995)

Peter Weller , Roy Dupuis , Christian Duguay    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin, Andy Lauer, Charles Edwin Powell
  • Directors: Christian Duguay
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Columbia TriStar
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sep 2005
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A52AK8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,715 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In the year 2078, Commander Joseph Hendricksson (Peter Weller) uses newly created killing machines known as 'Screamers' to defend planet Sirius 6B from the hostile New Economic Bloc. But when the Screamers replicate themselves and turn on the humans whom they can now clone, the only way to tell them apart from everybody else is through their scream. Hendricksson must destroy the killers before he can negotiate peace with the enemy.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Adapted somewhat faithfully from a Philip K. Dick short story, the movie tells the tale of a planet once ravaged by a human war . . . and is now ravaged by sentient robots hellbent on eliminating every single human survivor. Seems that highly intelligent robots were developed during the war by both human sides, but the robots have continued to evolve and build better versions of themselves, with their original programming of "destroy humans" still intact. As the war-weary Colonel Hendricksson, Peter Weller decides to take it into his own hands to end the war . . . and to hopefully stop the robots from killing all forms of organic life on the planet.
This isn't a great movie, by any stretch of the imagination. Some of the acting is pure cheese, and the special effects range from looking okay to looking downright hideous. Still, the story is fairly original, and manages to avoid a lot of the typical plot twists of the genre. Petter Weller's performance is also very good -- his portrayal of the grizzled cynic Colonel Hendricksson is a small gem buried within a lot of mediocrity. Definitely worth a look, especially on a rainy Saturday afternoon
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than it gets credit for 7 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Bleakly atmospheric, but low budget and slow moving, this movie does not deserve to be mentioned with truly top-flight sci-fi flicks such as Alien(s) etc., but it DOES deserve mention as one of the best of the rest -- as a solid entry that at least tries something a little different than the standard "monster eats everyone" or "alien invasion" plots which dominate the genre. Does a nice job of conveying the weary hopelessness of its characters and until a somewhat sloppy, although poignant, ending, it generally plays by the rules. A lot of questions go unanswered, but that too works for the movie -- the characters themselves never truly understand what is happening to them, and are stuck trying to piece together clues. Overall, a nice, solid time-waster that just suffers from a lack of ambition. Something like a 6.5/10.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Although not as good as the Alien Series it's still not a bad film! The story isn't great but it does the minimum to produce a watchable film and produces a few twists (quite predictable for the more intelligent Viewers) which are quite enjoyable. The story is about robots called "Screamers" which basically kill people. It is quite complicated to try and explain the film with out spoiling it so I'll just say that this is a Action/Sci-Fi/Horror film which is worth a look even if you think it's rubbish after you've seen it, as it introduces some new ideas.I think this film deserves 3/5 but as I am a fan I have given it 4/5. Screamers is well worth a look (especially because of it's low price) even if you may only watch it twice!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By West25
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
In the year 2078 on a distant mining planet called Sirius 6B, a decades long war has all but ravaged the planet. It seems that one of the groups designed something called "screamers", a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing machines that were designed to kill the enemy. Years after they were designed, they began to evolve and decided to kill all human beings on the planet. Col. Hendricksson (Peter Weller) is in command of one of the groups when he discovers that everybody on the planet has been betrayed and have no hope of returning to earth, he decides that he must risk his life and cross the baron wasteland and negotiate a peace treaty between the two pockets of survivors. He has no idea who he can trust, or even if they're human as the screamers continue to evolve.

Screamers was based on a short story by Philip K. Dick called Second Variety, and although quite a lot has been changed for "artistic purposes" it's still essentially the same story. The screenplay was written by Dan O'Bannon who can also boast having done the screenplay's for Alien, Dead and Buried, Return Of The Living Dead and Total Recall. It was competently directed by Canadian Christian Duguay, and although this should have been a stepping stone to doing bigger movies, it never really worked out and he mostly does tv movies now. Peter Weller, better known as Robocop is by far the best actor in the movie. He does a really good job as the leader of men, who finds himself betrayed by his government. The supporting cast all do decent jobs, apart from Weller's character the rest tend to be typical sci-fi movie stereotypes and the actors do their best.

Like most sci-fi films, the most interesting part of the movie is the antagonists which in this case is the screamers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film 10 Jan 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched this film after not seeing it for years and still enjoyed it. It had enough modern SFX to make it seem not dated and was very close to Phillip K Dick short The second variety. Peter Weller as always added gravitas. Prompt delivery, good value and new condition!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good film 15 Oct 2013
By Steph
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Had to buy this as i had seen it as a child. Good film quality, prompt delivery, and as advertised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Future Cult Classic. 4 Mar 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If its got Peter Weller in then it must be good. A true Science Fiction futuristic style film, if you like space and robotic monsters then it can't be beat. A good strong story line that keeps you guessing with the usual low budget effects from a non-mainstream blockbuster. If people gave sci-fi a chance this would be liked by most.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived within stated Timeframe
DVD Arrived within stated timeframe and is as per listing. Looking forward to watching this in the next few days.
Published 5 months ago by Andy Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Cult Movie
Great film good condition, fast delivery great seller no problems dvd worked great no issues :) leant it to my friend and they have buggered off with it lol
Published 23 months ago by Srgt. Sparkz
2.0 out of 5 stars The least best PK Dick adaptation - shame
I am a huge Philip K Dick fan and when I discovered that I had missed seeing a film based on his short story 'Second Variety' I quickly bought it and watched it. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2010 by M. O. HAYNES
4.0 out of 5 stars A Class Act
Screamers is a film that I've been meaning to get hold of for a few years. I've seen it a number of times on the tv (always late at night) and eventually it's been added to my... Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2010 by Je Salter
4.0 out of 5 stars Terminator in another future world
Based loosely on the Phil K DIck short story that also was mined for the 'Terminator' series and the less well known 'Trancers' movie, 'Screamers' is set in a post-apocalyptic... Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2009 by E. J. Bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Underated
Until A SCanner Darkly came along this little known, Low buudget flim was probably the nearest to a faithfull adaptationn of a Philip K Dick story (The Second Viriety)you could get... Read more
Published on 19 April 2007 by Slema Insley
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the best but not far off.
I saw this movie when it was first on VHS. Since then it has not got any worse or any better. Sure brilliant it ain't, but sure thing, It will offer you entertainment for an hour... Read more
Published on 2 April 2003 by "bobbloodhound"
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
I saw Screamers for the first time last night. I expected a cheap movie because of the $11 million budget. But, it's surprising. Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2002 by "chris_1370"
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sci/fi film ever made!
This is the best sci/fi film ever made! It has a great hero (Peter Weller), great likeable character (Andy Lauer) and hateable badguy (Roy Dupuis). Read more
Published on 11 Mar 2002
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