Produced by Roger Corman and scripted by John Sayles, Battle Beyond the Stars is a cheerfully blatant imitation of The Seven Samurai (or at least the American remake The Magnificent Seven). A peaceloving planet is attacked by malevolent aliens. The powers-that-be hire a group of mercenaries, headed by George Peppard, to protect the planet from harm. Peppard's contingent includes squeaky-clean Richard Thomas Jr. and statuesque Sybil Danning. John Saxon goes through his usual paces as the villain, while the supporting players include such dependables as Sam Jaffe, Jeff Corey, and, from Magnificent Seven itself, Robert Vaughn. Keep an eye out for Julia Duffy as "Mol." A deft blend of standard sci-fi action and knowing "inside" humor, Battle Beyond the Stars was one of Corman's biggest hits of the 1980s-not to mention an endless supply of stock footage for future New World Productions.
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 Hadju, Allan Holzman, R.J. Kizer, Robert & Dennis Skotak, Thom Shouse and Tony Randel; ; Trailer, TV And Radio Spots
Disc #1 -- Roger Corman's Cult Classics: Battle Beyond the Stars Play Movie Special Features The Man Who Would Be Shad: An All-New Interview With Actor Richard Thomas Space Opera On A Shoestring: A Comprehensive Look At Technical Challenges and Post-Production Of The Film With Aaron Lipstadt, Alec Gillis, Alex Hajdu, Allan Holzman, R.J. Kizer, Robert & Dennis Skotak, Thom Shouse, And Tony Randel Trailer Radio Spot Still Gallery Production Photos Posters Audio Set-Up 5.1 Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby Digital Commentaries: John Sayles & Roger Corman Gale Anne Hurd