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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Region 2 is available from Amazon.de
As the review title states this film is available on region 2 DVD from Amazon Germany with English & German audio. It is released by Warner home video and has a good quality (for an 80's sci-fi b-movie) anamorphic widescreen picture with English opening titles and end credits. The German title of the film is "Sador - Herrscher im Weltraum" (copy & paste this title when...
Published on 12 Jun 2008 by ghostface2012

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3.0 out of 5 stars Akir v Sador
Co-produced by Roger Corman and Ed Carlin, Battle Beyond the Stars is directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and written by Anne Dyer and John Sayles. It stars Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard, John Saxton and Darlanne Fluegel. Music is by James Horner and cinematography by Daniel Lacambre. Plot is Seven Samurai/The Magnificent Seven as Star Wars.

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Published on 27 Aug 2011 by Spike Owen


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Akir v Sador, 27 Aug 2011
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Co-produced by Roger Corman and Ed Carlin, Battle Beyond the Stars is directed by Jimmy T. Murakami and written by Anne Dyer and John Sayles. It stars Richard Thomas, Robert Vaughn, George Peppard, John Saxton and Darlanne Fluegel. Music is by James Horner and cinematography by Daniel Lacambre. Plot is Seven Samurai/The Magnificent Seven as Star Wars.

We know it's a rip-off, but it's a lovingly crafted cheesy rip-off, the kind of cheap space adventure we thrilled to when our ages allowed us to not care about technical craft. Budget has been spent on securing "names" Vaughn (reprising his role from Mag 7) and Peppard, leaving one James Cameron to produce a set design out of McDonalds cartons and hypermarket boxes, with that knowledge in mind, it comes out as a glorious achievement. From Russ Meyer influenced spaceships, to the trippy costumes, the look and feel of the film is a triumph over adversity. Story moves briskly and the recycled action gladdens the heart, and there's no little imagination used to form the narrative, telegraphic beings feeling as one, woo-hoo! While the cast can not be faulted for effort, attacking the material with gusto and a glint in the eye.

Endearing and fun for those prepared to let the inner child out during the viewing. 6/10
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47 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Region 2 is available from Amazon.de, 12 Jun 2008
As the review title states this film is available on region 2 DVD from Amazon Germany with English & German audio. It is released by Warner home video and has a good quality (for an 80's sci-fi b-movie) anamorphic widescreen picture with English opening titles and end credits. The German title of the film is "Sador - Herrscher im Weltraum" (copy & paste this title when you search for it) If you have an Amazon UK account you can order using your existing account details (you don't need to create another account on their site) You should be able to work your way around the site easily as it is laid out the same as Amazon UK. At the moment the film is 9.97 Euros and shipping to the UK is 6 Euros. Hope this has been helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Live fast, fight well and have a beautiful ending.", 24 Jun 2011
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Battle Beyond the Stars (DVD)
Despite a John Sayles script, an interesting cast and my-but-she-was-healthy Sybil Danning, Roger Corman's sci-fi version of The Magnificent Seven isn't quite as much fun as it could be but certainly rallies for the action-packed last half hour. This time round it's Richard Thomas rounding up an assortment of down-on-their-luck hired guns to save his planet Akir (as in Akira Kurosawa) from John Saxon's evil roving space-bandit, who not only pillages whole planets, not even leaving dust in their wake, but takes body parts from his victims to replace his own worn-out ones ("Remember Lobo? He disobeyed orders, and now Sador's wearing his left foot."). While he's got an army of genetic mistakes ("Why can't my mutants be intelligent like the Eli?"), Thomas settles for a motley group including George Peppard's space cowboy, Danning's all-cleavage-and-innuendo Valkyrie warrior ("You've never seen a Valkyrie go down"), hive-minded aliens and Robert Vaughn repeating his role from The Magnificent Seven role as the burnt-out hired gun looking for a meal and a place to hide.

It's certainly a step up from the usual quality of Roger Corman's 80's movies - it was one of his biggest budget productions despite coming in at a modest $2m - but while it's fun, it's not great fun, so you'll probably enjoy it a lot more if you dial your expectations down a bit. It's certainly got a unique design sense, though: a multi-tasking Jim Cameron (art director, model designer and photographer) may well be to blame for the hero's spaceship looking alternately like a pair of testicles on a washing line, a pair of boobs or a medical model of the reproductive system depending on what angle it's shot from while James Horner starts as he meant to go on by liberally stealing from Goldsmith's Star Trek and Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky scores. It wouldn't be the last time...

While the original now deleted US DVD offered audio commentaries by Corman and Sayles and another from producer Gayle Anne Hurd, the German DVD only offers a decent widescreen transfer with the original English soundtrack option. Shout Factory's US Region 1 NTSC reissue DVD and Region A-locked Blu-ray releases offer the two commentaries, a new interview with Richard Thomas, a half hour featurette on the effects work, stills and poster gallery, radio spot and trailer. Picture quality on the Blu-ray is excellent, though the remastered soundtrack doesn't cope as well with the music (which obviously uses a mono master in the main titles) as it does with the dialogue and effects.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time To Rediscover A Lost Gem, 11 April 2011
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With the sci fi boom at its peak in the late 70s,early 80s,the market was well and truly flooded with movies of all kinds,that catered for every taste.In the middle of this frenzy was Battle Beyond The Stars,swamped by bigger budgets and more attention grabbing movies,it never really ignited at the box office,and somehow became one of thoes films that became lost.But never has a film been more deserving of being rediscovered than this one.

Its a glorious B movie in every sence,a remake of the Magnifcent Seven(Robert Vaughn more or less plays the same character in this one that he did in the Magnifcent Seven),shift the location from a Mexican village to another planet and there you go,thats it.But it doesnt matter,the film moves along at a more or less consistant pace,and the action comes thick and fast.The characters are either boo,hiss villains or optimistic heroes,but you dont care,because the whole thing is just so much fun.There were a lot of films around at that time that had far bigger budgets,and far bigger stars infront of the camera,but none of them were as much fun,or left you feeling like you had genuinely just enjoyed what you had watched.It is one of thoes films that aims low,and as a result of knowing its limits,manages to hit high,very high.

As for the dvd itself,well its not been remastered or cleaned up in anyway,and at times,especially on explosions,the soundtrack does distort a little.But overall it is more than watchable,you can always clearly see what your looking at,and hear it as well.Just dont expect something that rivals an old movie thats been restored,its more along the lines of a pretty good VHS copy.Yes it is on the expensive side,but I think it is more than worth it.Just a pity that it has never been remastered,because it does deserve to be.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 7 Samurai and Magnificent 7...but in space!!!, 29 Jan 2013
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Anthony Hand (Dublin, Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Battle Beyond the Stars [Blu-ray] [1980] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
The people of the planet Akira Kurosawa are under attack from John Saxon of Balamory and his band of smelly scar-faced morons in a hammerhead shaped space ship (try saying that with a few drinks in you). They're going to use their flux capacitor, or whatever, to blast the planet into bits, for no reason, other than the fact that it's there. So, John-boy Walton sets off to find help and defend his homeworld. He enlists Hannibal (from the A-Team), some white guys, a poor chap in an uncomfortable lizard mask, the Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Sybil Danning's bouncing breasts. Together they battle with Mr Saxon...er...beyond the stars in a fight to the death.

It's difficult to believe that this Roger Corman produced, 'Seven Samurai' / 'Magnificent Seven' rip-off once rivaled 'Star Wars' for my affection as a child. I had such fond memories of John-boy's sassy, talking spaceship and George Peppard's "Space Cowboy" (yes...that's what his character is actually called). Those fond memories were quickly dashed upon viewing 'Battle Beyond the Stars' with adult eyes. Some things really are best consigned to the memory bin, even if they are enjoyable enough.

While it's not entirely wretched, it is a generally "bad" film, with awful editing and terrible pacing. But, it is charming and everyone seems to be having a good laugh. Some of the effects are quite decent for the time and for a budget of just $2.000.000, it's easy to see where the money went. Those said effects and Robert Vaughn / George Peppard's pockets. The model work is actually quite nice too and I understand that some of them were used in other Roger Corman B-Movie extravaganzas later on.

Further honourable mention should go to James Horner, who delivers an pleasant and befitting soundtrack and a little known chap called James Cameron, who's "special effects" career seems to have faded away. Pity, he seemed destined for greatness...

...I wonder whatever happened to him.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Make it a classic, 1 Jan 2006
Yet another classic 80s Science Fiction left yearning for a region 2 release. Following the basic story of The Seven Samurai a small peaceful planet is threatened by the evil space lord Sador, the young Richard 'Jonboy' Thomas is sent out to hire mercenaries to help fight the invaders.
The cast is excellent, Thomas does a decent enough job in the lead and is given great support by George Peppard, John Saxon and Robert Vaughn reprising a role he had played in an earlier remake the Magnificent Seven. The Mercs are all great and individual characters and provide great onscreen chemistry.
The special effects are good for the time and the space battles though not quite of epic proportions are well staged and well edited. Enjoyable saturday afternoon B-movie stuff, not quite remebered as a classic but maybe someday.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 28 May 2014
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I first saw this on TV years ago and loved it. Something reminded me of it recently so I searched and found it here. OK it is not full of modern hi tech imagery but the story is good and the characters interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in a nut shell its magnificent seven in space not well acted but effects pretty good for that time note sadors battleship has be, 17 Sep 2014
any body remember this. in a nut shell its magnificent seven in space
not well acted but effects pretty good for that time

note sadors battleship has been seen in other films
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi Classic, 11 Jun 2012
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I remember watching 'Battle Beyond the Stars' as a kid and wandering through Amazon recently saw this and all those memories came flooding back. This film stars 'John Boy' from The Waltons, Robert Vaughn and George Peppard. The 'effects' are not like the films of today but instead of making this film clunky, it actually gives it a nostalgic feel (or maybe that's just me!). Anyway, it is a great little film and must have something to have stayed with me after all these years. You wouldn't do far wrong getting this DVD and watching how things were done in the early 80's. Excellent film.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Star Wars me too..., 7 Sep 2011
This review is from: Battle Beyond the Stars [Blu-ray] [1980] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
The magnificent 7 in Space

A solid space opera made by today's first range of Directors and Producers like James Cameron.

After all these years still fun to watch.

Good picture and Sound, unfortunately Region locked to A
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