Battlefield Earth

Battlefield Earth

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Director: Roger Christian

Cast: John Travolta, Barry Pepper, Forest Whitaker

     
 

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Actor John Travolta's ambitious science fiction film Battlefield Earth has been released on DVD and is loaded with extras -- many of which feel like afterthoughts and are not very insightful. Good examples are the hidden features located in the disc menus; one such "Easter egg" is a completely uneventful and uninteresting two-second clip of a stunt person beingSee more details below

Overview

Actor John Travolta's ambitious science fiction film Battlefield Earth has been released on DVD and is loaded with extras -- many of which feel like afterthoughts and are not very insightful. Good examples are the hidden features located in the disc menus; one such "Easter egg" is a completely uneventful and uninteresting two-second clip of a stunt person being pulled backward in a harness. There are more hidden clips to be found when the disc is viewed with the commentary, and these tend to occur during special-effects sequences. While there is at least a correlation to what is occurring onscreen, the execution feels like a lukewarm copy of a similar feature perfected on The Matrix DVD. Additional features include a standard, 16-minute, behind-the-scenes documentary entitled "Evolution and Creation," an eight-minute storyboard montage that intercuts the boards with the matching scenes in the film, a two-minute visual effects featurette, and a brief "John Travolta Make-up Test" film. The disc also includes a teaser trailer, a theatrical trailer, two TV spots, a history of the source material, and bios for the cast and director Roger Christian. There are English and French language tracks and subtitles (be aware that the French is Québecois French, which does vary from Parisian French). The 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer has no visual flaws and many of the images (particularly the matte paintings and building miniatures) do look stunning. Overall, this is a disc that suitably represents the movie.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Chas Turner
In the year 3000, mankind will be an endangered species, according to the postapocalyptic premise of Battlefield Earth. Based on a novel by Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, the story foresees a bleak future in which the alien Psychlo race has colonized Earth for gold mining and knocked the human race down a few steps on the evolutionary ladder. The cave-dwelling "man-animals" of Earth are imprisoned for slave labor by Terl (John Travolta), a psychotic Psychlo, and his assistant Ker (Forest Whitaker); but one courageous man, Johnny "Goodboy" Tyler (The Green Mile's Barry Pepper) leads his fellow inmates in a revolution to reclaim their home and their freedom. Packed with obvious allusions to America's colonial history, the plot of Battlefield Earth is muddled and at times borders on ridiculous, but there is a cartoonish aura here -- mainly in Travolta's deliciously over-the-top performance -- that catapults the film into that wicked cult film territory of being so bad, it's almost good. Even more so than Travolta, the real star of the film is the production design. And why not? Director Roger Christian was nominated for his art direction for Alien and took home an Oscar for his set decoration on Star Wars. Battelfield Earth's DVD is filled to the digital brim with audio commentary by Christian and the film's production designer; three behind-the-scenes documentaries; makeup tests; and special hidden extras.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/16/2001
UPC:
0085391856627
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:59:00

Special Features

Commentaries by director Roger Christian and production designer Patrick Fatopolous; Behind-the-scenes documentary: "Evolution and Creation"; John Travolta's alien makeup test feature; Creative visual effects feature ; Storyboard montage; Theatrical trailers and TV spots; Cast and crew bios; Web links; Languages & subtitles: English & French [dubbed in Québec]; Hidden video features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Travolta Terl
Barry Pepper Jonnie "Goodboy" Tyler
Forest Whitaker Ker
Kim Coates Carlo
Richard Tyson Robert the Fox
Sabine Karsenti Chrissie
Michael MacRae District Manager Zete
Michael Byrne Parson Staffer
Sean Hewitt Heywood
Michel Perron Rock
Shaun Austin-Olsen Planetship
Christian Tessier Mickey
Marie-Josée Croze Mara
Kelly Preston Chirk
Jim Meskimen Blythe

Technical Credits
Roger Christian Director
Ashok Amritraj Executive Producer
Oana Bogdan Art Director
Don Carmody Executive Producer
Elia Cmiral Score Composer
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Eric Gotthelf Sound/Sound Designer
James Holt Co-producer
Jonathan D. Krane Producer
Corey Mandell Screenwriter
Giles Nuttgens Cinematographer
Robin Russell Editor
Elie Samaha Producer
Lynn Stalmaster Casting
Tracee Stanley Co-producer
Andrew Stevens Executive Producer
Patrick Tatopoulos Costumes/Costume Designer,Production Designer
John Travolta Producer
Joe Viskocil Special Effects

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Fate [6:09]
2. Show Me The God [3:59]
3. Hunter's Targets [3:00]
4. Aerial Transport [:11]
5. The Man-Animal Can Shoot [:09]
6. District Manager [2:41]
7. Endless Options For Renewal [:10]
8. Return To Psychlo [:05]
9. Conqueror Of Galaxies [:09]
10. New Rules [:10]
11. Exposed Gold Vein [:06]
12. Escape Attempt [1:11]
13. Leverage, Leverage [:11]
14. Smart For His Species [:04]
15. The Learning Machine [1:12]
16. Difficult To Understand [2:50]
17. Bargaining [2:58]
18. Denver Library [1:13]
19. We Fight [1:28]
20. Properly Motivated [2:19]
21. Count Us In [1:31]
22. Blackmailing Planetship [:11]
23. Pilots And Miners [:05]
24. The Capital For Our Tribes [3:10]
25. Arming For Revolt [:37]
26. Bounty From Fort Knox [:11]
27. Trading With Ker [:05]
28. The Upper Hand [2:19]
29. Battlefield Denver [1:59]
30. Reinforcements Arrive [4:46]
31. Interrupted Teleportation [2:21]
32. Exterminate At Will [:11]
33. Carlo Comes Through [:05]
34. You Don't Want To Do That [2:18]
35. Death Of A Planet [:09]
36. Got His Gold [:02]
37. End Credits [3:26]

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