Mission to Mars

Mission to Mars

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Director: Brian De Palma, Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle

Cast: Brian De Palma, Gary Sinise, Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle

     
 

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Brian De Palma's visually stunning but otherwise lackluster science fiction epic Mission to Mars comes to DVD in a crisp, anamorphic, widescreen transfer and 5.1 Surround Sound -- all the better to show off the film's admittedly impressive special effects, which stand out even more due to the flat pacing and performances. Not surprisingly, the disc's best extra

Overview

Brian De Palma's visually stunning but otherwise lackluster science fiction epic Mission to Mars comes to DVD in a crisp, anamorphic, widescreen transfer and 5.1 Surround Sound -- all the better to show off the film's admittedly impressive special effects, which stand out even more due to the flat pacing and performances. Not surprisingly, the disc's best extra features also concentrate on Mission to Mars' technical achievements: the production art gallery, explanations of the visual effects, and the documentary Visions of Mars all provide insight into the film's successful moments. A fairly informative commentary and a trailer complete a surprisingly well-rounded presentation of this rather slight film; though sci-fi fans and FX geeks may find a wealth of entertainment here, most other viewers would be better off renting this piece of the red planet instead of owning it.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
Blast off to the highbrow with Mission to Mars, a science fiction film more reminiscent of cerebral Carl Sagan's Contact than explosive Roland Emmerich's Independence Day. When America sends its first crew of astronauts to land on Mars, they are sucked into an inexplicable vortex that leaves nothing but destruction in its wake. Faster than you can say "Houston, we have a problem," a rescue team led by Gary Sinise is sent to recover any survivors -- or remains -- of the Mars Exploration Team. The impressive cast includes Tim Robbins, Don Cheadle, and Jerry O'Connell, but it is Sinise's signature intensity that anchors the film, keeping the sometimes-disjointed story on a course toward its thought-provoking ending. Director Brian De Palma uses his first science fiction film to pay appropriate homage to past space exploration films. From the rotating space station to the HAL-like computer voice of the spaceship, Mission to Mars reconnects audiences with the wonder of 2001: A Space Odyssey while pondering the unanswered question of the ages: "Is there life on Mars?"

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
UPC:
0717951008398
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
3,986

Special Features

Audio commentary; Animatics to scene comparison; Documentary: "Visions of Mars"; Visual effects analyses; Production art gallery; DVD-ROM; Theatrical trailer; French and Spanish tracks; Spanish subtitles; 5.1 EX Surround; Widescreen [2.35:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Sinise Jim McConnell
Tim Robbins Woody Blake
Don Cheadle Luke Graham
Connie Nielsen Terri Fisher
Jerry O'Connell Phil Ohlmyer
Kim Delaney Maggie McConnell
Elise Neal Debra Graham
Peter Outerbridge Sergei Kirov
Jill Teed Renee Cote
Kavan Smith Nicholas Willis
Armin Mueller-Stahl Ramier Beck

Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director
Stuart Aikins Casting
Lon E. Bender Sound Editor
Stephen H. Burum Cinematographer
Denise Chamian Casting
Peter Clemens Set Decoration/Design
Janice Clements Set Decoration/Design
John Dexter Set Decoration/Design
David S. Goyer Co-producer
Justis Greene Co-producer
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Hirsch Editor
CIS Hollywood Special Effects
Dream Quest Images Special Effects
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Tom Jacobson Producer
John Knoll Special Effects Supervisor
Gary A. Lee Set Decoration/Design
Jacqueline Lopez Associate Producer
Lin MacDonald Set Decoration/Design
Sam Mercer Executive Producer
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Kathleen Morrissey Set Decoration/Design
Andrew Neskoromny Art Director
Richard Reynolds Set Decoration/Design
Marco Rubeo Set Decoration/Design
Maurice Schell Sound Editor
Domenic Silvestri Set Decoration/Design
Chris Soldo Associate Producer,Asst. Director
Carl Stensel Set Decoration/Design
Chris Stewart Set Decoration/Design
Ted Tally Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Jim Thomas Screenwriter
John Thomas Screenwriter
Tom Valentine Art Director
Ed Verreaux Production Designer
Jim Wedaa Co-producer
Suzan Wexler Set Decoration/Design
Hoyt Yeatman Special Effects Supervisor
Graham Yost Screenwriter
Rob Young Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits/Barbecue [:11]
2. Three Commanders, One Ship [6:00]
3. Cydonia, Mars [6:00]
4. Space Station [6:00]
5. Deadly Discovery [:04]
6. Distress Call [:05]
7. The Right Crew [4:44]
8. Rescue Mission [:41]
9. Dance Lesson [1:37]
10. Signs From Mars [:40]
11. The Mission Is a "Go" [:20]
12. Maggie [6:03]
13. Meteoroids [5:24]
14. Falling [1:38]
15. Desperate Maneuver [1:25]
16. Losing Woody [2:26]
17. Arrival [1:20]
18. The Greenhouse [1:06]
19. Luke's Story [1:20]
20. The Secret [:49]
21. Unlocking the Code [2:53]
22. A Message [3:13]
23. Where No Man Has Gone Before [5:58]
24. The Truth Revealed [2:45]
25. Goodbye [4:15]
26. Countdown [2:09]
27. Voyage Home [4:12]
28. End Credits [:02]

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Mission to Mars 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Watch this movie only if it is a gift and you have nothing else to do, and I mean nothing. I love sci-fi films in general just not this one. Maybe it is ok for a 7 year old or a very slow adult or as a punishment for someone in prison. The special effects are OK but the plot and acting are so bad as to make the movie not worth watching. The science is bad and the film tends to jump over the interesting parts of the story. Please do not waste your money on this one! Get something good like The Matrix, Bladerunner or Apollo 13.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The viewer of ''Mission to Mars'' must keep in mind that this is a fictional film. An homage to the classic ''2001: A Space Odyssey'' and should not, because of its storyline be considered as the answer to the question of the ''Face'' in the planets Cydonia region. Many people in the conspiracy theory mentality have touted this film as being the cover blower on the truth about extraterrestrial life and others are following these misguided ways of thinking. There is no ''Face'' in Cydonia, just a gigantic volcanic construct. There is no evidence that there ever was a civilization on Mars but the possibility that there MIGHT be fossilized microbial life. ''Mission to Mars'' has a great storyline, but the landing site for the first Mars Exploration Team was chosen in 1988--Mangala Vallis, over 1,000 miles to the south of Cydonia. Ad Inexplorata.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mission to Mars was hit in theatres all over the galaxy. With the special effects, the vortex seemed like a black hole/tornado/giant worm. It is an amazing film, and you should definitely buy it and watch it if you like sci-fi films.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mission to Mars is an incredible film. Good plot, good acting, everything about it is good, except the last 15-20 minutes. There were audible groans in the theater when the movie ended. I think the ending is one of the worst let downs I've ever seen. It totally derails the entire force and momentum of the film. If you can forgive the ending, it's not too bad. I'd say rent it first.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Excellent Acting and Plot from beginning to end
Guest More than 1 year ago
great special effects, great action, great acting.. no matter what other people tell you!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best movies ive ever seen, if not the best. Im 12 years old, and saw it in school! It was so exciting. I barely took my eyes off the screen. There were some creepy parts, like when Woody took off his helmet while he was falling, and his face froze. (sorry if i spoiled it). But, all in all, this movie was great. If you like space as much as I do, it will be exciting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago