Red Planet

Red Planet

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Director: Anthony Hoffman

Cast: Anthony Hoffman, Val Kilmer, Carrie-Anne Moss, Tom Sizemore

     
 

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One of two Mars-themed films to touch down in theaters in 2000, Red Planet was arguably the better-received. Now with its release on DVD, courtesy of Warner Bros., viewers can decide for themselves. One thing's for sure -- the picture and sound are top-flight. With a crystal-clear 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, the picture immerses the viewers in the…  See more details below

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One of two Mars-themed films to touch down in theaters in 2000, Red Planet was arguably the better-received. Now with its release on DVD, courtesy of Warner Bros., viewers can decide for themselves. One thing's for sure -- the picture and sound are top-flight. With a crystal-clear 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, the picture immerses the viewers in the rocky Martian terrain and the glittering starscapes above it. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound is given many opportunities to shine here as well. Instead of merely jacking it up during action scenes, the sound design here is uniform and well used throughout the feature. But the disc plummets to Earth when it comes to the extras. To put it bluntly, there are none, save for a 15-minute reel of deleted scenes and a very skimpy cast list. While the excised scenes are certainly interesting to watch, they don't compensate entirely for the lack of a commentary, featurette, or even a trailer. Still, the excellent picture and sound make Red Planet worth a look, if perhaps not a buy.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Earth's first manned expedition to Mars faces threats both internal and external in Red Planet, a suspenseful sci-fi thriller reminiscent of the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey. The story gets underway in the year 2050, as our planet is dying and the colonization of Mars seems to be humanity's only hope for survival. When specialists dispatched to the Red Planet become stranded, barely repressed tensions and underlying human weaknesses come to the surface, jeopardizing the mission's success and putting the entire crew at risk. Val Kilmer plays an insouciant technician whose differences with strait-laced commander Carrie-Anne Moss are set aside once danger threatens. Benjamin Bratt, Tom Sizemore, and Terence Stamp deliver splendidly in supporting roles that are written a notch above the standard space fare. And first-time director Anthony Hoffman effectively employs, but is not subservient to, the film's impressive production design and convincing special effects. He's clearly more interested in the human element, and he establishes that the astronauts themselves might prove more menacing than malfunctioning robots or alien life forms. Hoffman's insight, some elaborate production mounting, and uniformly fine acting makes Red Planet an unusually gripping space opera. The DVD edition includes deleted scenes, cast and crew info, and the theatrical trailer.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2001
UPC:
0085391895428
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:47:00

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Interactive menus; Cast/director career highlights; Scene access; Languages & subtitles: English & Français [dubbed in Quebec]

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Val Kilmer Robby Gallagher
Carrie-Anne Moss Kate Bowman
Tom Sizemore Quinn Burchenal
Benjamin Bratt Ted Santen
Simon Baker Chip Pettengill
Terence Stamp Bud Chantilas

Technical Credits
Anthony Hoffman Director
Kym Barrett Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Berman Producer
Paul "Salty" Brincat Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Canton Producer
Dane A. Davis Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Dusting Set Decoration/Design
Colin Fletcher Asst. Director
Judith Harvey Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Jones Associate Producer
Lora Kennedy Casting
Robert Lambert Editor
Jonathan Lemkin Screenwriter
Catherine Mansil Art Director
Andrew Mason Executive Producer
Owen Paterson Production Designer
Chuck Pfarrer Original Story,Screenwriter
Dallas Puett Editor
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Jorge Saralegui Producer
Charles Schlissel Executive Producer
Peter Suschitzky Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Mission personnel (Credits) [3:39]
2. Interesting questions [2:43]
3. Shower power [1:52]
4. AMEE and other ladies [2:27]
5. Party animals [4:09]
6. Gamma burst [3:43]
7. Launch and shutdown [4:29]
8. Crash landing [3:10]
9. Zero-gravity fire. [1:28]
10. Power up, man down. [3:28]
11. Staying behind. [3:59]
12. What happened to HAB? [4:33]
13. Over the edge [4:57]
14. Precious breath [4:47]
15. Billion-dollar campfire [2:22]
16. Military mode [3:44]
17. Daylight, green light [2:40]
18. Contact [4:17]
19. Moving ground [4:14]
20. Only two [1:46]
21. Ice Storm [2:46]
22. Watching one's back [2:07]
23. AMEE's target [2:27]
24. A nematode's life [3:38]
25. Sacrificial blowtorch [3:55]
26. Cosmos [3:51]
27. What Gallagher misses [2:37]
28. 'Bye, sweetie [4:46]
29. Rendezvous in space [5:54]
30. Memento of faith [1:32]
31. End credits [4:10]

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Red Planet 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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I really enjoyed Red Planet. It's special from other Mars movies in that it centers on the Human element, rather than senseless action scenes. The cinematography, acting (Tom Sizemore is one of my favorites), and screenplay are great. Even though it didn't get the publicity it deserved, it's a heck of a lot better than Mission to Mars, and I can't say that enough.