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Battle Beyond the Stars [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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
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.
Fun Fact: This was one of James Cameron's first films he worked on, he helped with the special effects, amazing how he started out from this to Avatar huh?
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.
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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Does not work in UK. Why suddenly region lock blu rays? Oh I know cause they want us to go out and buy new flasher multi region players/home cinema set ups of course. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C. Willans
A crisp clear print of this Roger Corman classic. The disc is region A locked so you will need a multi-region blu ray player, however , these are not hard to find and the disc is... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr. P. S. Cox
Delivery was prompt and the item was sealed and exactly as described.
However….twit that I am, I didn’t realise that while my Sony Blu-Ray player is multi-region for... Read more
just come from the usa i cant wait to watch it any problems and i will edit thisPublished 12 months ago by DARREN MOSS
Great film. Reminds me of when I first watched this. Be careful with US region 1 as even multi regional DVD players do not accept this. Great film.Published 13 months ago by dix-neuf