Friday, July 15, 2011

Battle Beyond the Stars DVD Review

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Battle Beyond the Stars DVD Review

Synopsis: Shad (Richard Thomas) must scour the cosmos to recruit mercenaries from different planets and cultures in order to save his peaceful home planet from the threat of the evil tyrant Sador (John Saxon), who’s bent on dominating and enslaving the entire universe. Joining this magnificant seven of mercenaries are the deadly Gelt (Robert Vaughn), carefree Cowboy (George Peppard) and the sexy Valkyrie Saint-Exmin (Sybil Danning).

The film brought together some extremely talented people behind the scenes who went on to bigger and better things: Academy Award winning director James Cameron as the art director, Academy Award winning composer James Horner (Titanic, Avatar), screenwriter John Sayles (Lone Star, Piranha) and producer Gale Ann Hurd (Aliens, The Incredible Hulk) as an assistant production manager

Review: In the tradition of sci-fi space operas, like Star Wars, B-movie legend Roger Corman brings us Battle Beyond the Stars!  This film stands out from the sci-fi b-movie genre in the way that it really delves into the personalities of the characters more than the underlying plot of the space battle.  The film was clearly, as they say, made on a shoestring, but its such good fun.  Shout! Factory is releasing this great edition of the film, perfect for any collector.

The special features include: New anamorphic widescreen transfer (1.85:1) from the internegative, New 5.1 DTS master audio, Commentary by Writer, John Sayles and Roger Corman, Commentary by Production Manager, Gale Anne Hurd, The Man Who Would Be Shad - new interview with Actor, Richard Thomas, Space Opera on a Shoestring - a comprehensive look at the technical challenges and postproduction of the film with Aaron Lipstadt, Alec Gillis, Alex Hajdu, Allan Holzman, R.J. Kizer, Robert & Dennis Skotak, Thom Shouse, and Tony Randel and Trailer, TV and radio spots.

Interest Range: Sci-Fi, Cult Classics

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