John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars

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Overview

Action and horror mix in the thrilling sci-fi horror movie John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars. Columbia has put forth great pains to make sure that this 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks excellent. The colors all look bright and evenly rendered with the black levels solid and full. No edge enhancement, shimmer, or digital artifacting is spotted anywhere during the feature. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English. This is a great soundtrack that features lots of loud surround sounds that ...
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Overview

Action and horror mix in the thrilling sci-fi horror movie John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars. Columbia has put forth great pains to make sure that this 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer looks excellent. The colors all look bright and evenly rendered with the black levels solid and full. No edge enhancement, shimmer, or digital artifacting is spotted anywhere during the feature. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English. This is a great soundtrack that features lots of loud surround sounds that should shake the floor of any room it's played in. All aspects of the dialogue, effects, and director/composer John Carpenter's throbbing music score are distortion-free. Also included on this disc are English and French subtitles. John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars is featured in a "special edition" that includes some filling extra features. To start with, there is a commentary track by director John Carpenter and star Natasha Henstridge. This is a very informative track (we find out that the actress came in to take over the lead role at the last minute), and the two commentators seem to have a lot of fun discussing the movie. "Video Diary: Red Desert Nights" follows the cast and crew into the production of the film. This is a very fluffy piece that includes no narrative explanation of the footage being shot. "Special Effects Deconstruction" runs the same gambit as it takes a look at the production of some of the effects in the film. Backed by thumping music, this extra includes rough footage, storyboards, and some computer graphics used in the film. The featurette "Scoring Ghosts of Mars" is yet another light short that gives viewers a glimpse of the director/composer and his musicians scoring the film. Finally, there is a quick list of filmographies on the cast and the director. Strangely, there isn't one theatrical trailer or TV spot to be found on this disc. Overall, this is a nice disc that should please fans.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Audio: English 5.1 dolby digital; Subtitles: English, French; Director and Natasha Henstridge commentary; Video diary; Special effects [SFX] deconstructions; Featurette: "Scoring Ghosts of Mars"; Filmographies; Interactive menus; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - R.J. Wafer
Even after 18 feature films and numerous TV excursions, genre auteur John Carpenter still gives his fans what they want: action, adventure, and mayhem. In Ghosts of Mars, the seasoned writer/director/composer lets loose with all the cinematic suspense and violence one could expect from the man behind Halloween and Escape from New York. On Mars in the year 2025, Natasha Henstridge turns the tables on her role in Species, this time fighting for the humans rather than killing them as a police lieutenant who must escort dangerous prisoner Ice Cube from an abandoned mining town to the Martian capital. However, in a Pitch Black-meets-Poltergeist twist, the local excavation has set free some Martian spirits from an ancient burial ground -- and oh, are they angry! Soon both the prisoner and the police crew -- which includes Pam Grier, Jason Statham, and Clea Duvall -- must band together to fight for life and limb. Nonstop action and incredible effects have come to characterize Carpenter's movies for nearly 30 years now, and Ghosts of Mars proves no exception to the rule.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The payoff is a series of well-staged action sequences, made atmospheric by the rusty red atmosphere which colors everything. At one point the cops barricade themselves inside the mining camp's police station, which will remind Carpenter fans of his first feature, Assault on Precinct 13.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2001
  • UPC: 043396062504
  • Original Release: 2001
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 31,511

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ice Cube James "Desolation" Williams
Natasha Henstridge Lt. Melanie Ballard
Jason Statham Jericho Butler
Pam Grier Commander Helena Braddock
Joanna Cassidy Professor Whitlock
Richard Cetrone Big Daddy Mars
Clea Duvall Bashira Kincaid
Rosemary Forsyth Inquisitor
Duane Davis Uno
Robert Carradine Rodale
Liam Waite Descanso
Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director, Score Composer, Screenwriter
Howard Berger Makeup Special Effects
Robin Bush Costumes/Costume Designer
William Elliott Production Designer
Gary B. Kibbe Cinematographer
Sandy King Producer
Robert Kurtzman Makeup Special Effects
Gregory Nicotero Makeup Special Effects
Larry Sulkis Screenwriter
Paul Warschilka Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections: Widescreen
1. Start [4:47]
2. Mars Police Force Squad [5:41]
3. Shining Canyon [2:18]
4. The Jail [4:37]
5. A Slaughterhouse [3:29]
6. Dr. Arlene Whitlock [2:38]
7. Possessed [1:25]
8. "Don't Let It Out!" [2:39]
9. Hostage Situation [2:15]
10. The Clinic [2:35]
11. What Happened at K305 [2:51]
12. Dead Head [1:24]
13. Big Daddy Mars [1:32]
14. Whitlock's Theory [2:32]
15. Uno, Dos, Tres [5:11]
16. The Deal [5:35]
17. Plan A [1:23]
18. Tearing the Town Apart [1:10]
19. Plan B [4:54]
20. Pandora's Box [6:07]
21. Messing With Martians [2:40]
22. Alone & Unarmed [3:30]
23. Jail Siege [3:34]
24. Train to Catch [4:57]
25. A Simple Plan Goes Awry [3:46]
26. Lightening the Load [3:51]
27. "I Can't Let You Walk." [4:19]
28. Tide's Up [6:10]
0. Scene Selections: Full Screen
1. Start [4:47]
2. Mars Police Force Squad [5:41]
3. Shining Canyon [2:18]
4. The Jail [4:37]
5. A Slaughterhouse [3:29]
6. Dr. Arlene Whitlock [2:38]
7. Possessed [1:25]
8. "Don't Let It Out!" [2:39]
9. Hostage Situation [2:15]
10. The Clinic [2:35]
11. What Happened at K305 [2:51]
12. Dead Head [1:24]
13. Big Daddy Mars [1:32]
14. Whitlock's Theory [2:32]
15. Uno, Dos, Tres [5:11]
16. The Deal [5:35]
17. Plan A [1:23]
18. Tearing the Town Apart [1:10]
19. Plan B [4:54]
20. Pandora's Box [6:07]
21. Messing With Martians [2:40]
22. Alone & Unarmed [3:30]
23. Jail Siege [3:34]
24. Train to Catch [4:57]
25. A Simple Plan Goes Awry [3:46]
26. Lightening the Load [3:51]
27. "I Can't Let You Walk." [4:19]
28. Tide's Up [6:10]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Aspect Ratio: Widescreen/Full Screen
   Play: Widescreen
   Play: Full Screen
   Subtitles
      English
      French/Français
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      John Carpenter and Natasha Henstridge Commentary: On
      John Carpenter and Natasha Henstridge Commentary: Off
      Video Diary: Red Desert Nights
      Special Effects (SFX) Deconstruction
      Scoring "Ghosts of Mars"
      Filmographies
         John Carpenter
         Ice Cube
         Natasha Henstridge
         Jason Statham
         Pam Grier
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John! What were you thinking?

    Wow... not sure what Carpenter was thinking when he made this flick. I've mostly been a fan of John Carpenter's work but this is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Filled with cheesy not so scary zombie like creatures that are hilarious at times and down right annoying at others. This one is a stinker for sure... still can't believe this got 'Two thumbs up' from Ebert and Roeper... someone must have paid them off.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2012

    DISSAPOINTED ! one of the worse i eva seen from

    DISSAPOINTED ! one of the worse i eva seen from john..

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    Great Movie

    Really interesting story line, and memorable quotes. I love this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sci-Fi/Western

    I'm a John Carpenter nut, so to know John Carpenter is to know that he loves spaghetti westerns that time forgot. Ghosts Of Mars is just a Sci-Fi reincarnation of those types of films. I have to defend Carpenter because he creates these films not to be taken seriously or to be full of themselves but to simply entertain, and sometimes even enlighten. He is a master of uniqueness and he is not afraid to play things up tongue and cheek. I'm going to be generous with the rating and give it a 4 for it's creativeness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    John Capenter's most worst movie ever

    Why did John make such garbage, it stupid you don't get the point and sand ghost like martains posseing people the only okay thing about it is the gore effects but if you are a big fan of Jon carpenter avoid this and vampires

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ENTERTAINING

    I actually did enjoy this movie. It's action filled and full of surprises. Not the best Carpenter film, but it's a good one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not up to Carpenter par

    I am a big John Carpenter fan and was roundly disappointed with this one. It could have been good: the cinematography, the story, most of the actors. Sadly, the whole thing was let down by angry Mars guy who just growled & shrieked his way through the second half. Some good elements but, on the whole, not up to par. With even mediocre villany, this movie would have been as good as Escape from New York.

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