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It's enlightening to view Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! as his twisted satire of the blockbuster film Independence Day, which was released earlier the same year, although the movies were in production simultaneously. Burton's eye-popping, schlock tribute to 1950s UFO movies actually plays better on video than it did in theaters. The idea of invading aliens ray gunning the big-name movie stars in the cast is a cleverly subversive one, and the bulb-headed, funny-sounding animated Martians are pretty nifty, but it all seemed to be spread thin on the big screen. On video, however, the movie's kooky humor seems a bit more concentrated. The Earth actors (most of whom get zapped or kidnapped for alien science experiments) include Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Danny DeVito, Martin Short, Sarah Jessica Parker, Rod Steiger, Michael J. Fox, Lukas Haas, Jim Brown, Tom Jones, and Pam Grier. The digital video disc features an isolated track for Danny Elfman's score, as well as a few other clever and nasty little Martian surprises. --Jim Emerson

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Jack NicholsonPresident James Dale / Art Land
Glenn CloseFirst Lady Marsha Dale
Annette BeningBarbara Land
Pierce BrosnanProfessor Donald kessler
Danny DeVitoRude Gambler
Martin ShortPress Secretary Jerry Ross
Sarah Jessica ParkerNathalie Lake
Michael J. FoxJason Stone
Rod SteigerGeneral decker
Tom JonesHimself
Jim BrownByron Williams
Lukas HaasRichie Norris
Natalie PortmanTaffy Dale
Pam GrierLouise Williams
Lisa MarieMartian Girl
Brian HaleyMitch, Secret Service Agent
Sylvia SidneyGrandma Florence Norris
Jack BlackBilly Glenn Norris
Ray JCedric Williams
Paul WinfieldGeneral Casey
Brandon HammondNeville Williams
Jerzy SkolimowskiDr. Zeigler
Janice RiveraCindy, Byron's Co-Worker
Rance HowardTexan Investor
Richard AssadSaudi investor
O-Lan JonesSue Ann Norris
Christina ApplegateSharona
Joe Don BakerRichie's Dad
Timi PrulhiereWhite House Tour Guide
Barbet SchroederMaurice, the French President
Chi Hoang CaiMr. Lee
Tommy BushHillbilly
Joseph MaherWhite House Decorator
Gloria M. MalgariniNun
Betty BunchNun
Gloria HoffmannNun
Willie GarsonCorporate Guy

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  • Genre: Comedy Movies
  • Theme(s): Fantasy, Sci-Fi (Futuristic)
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 106 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaDec 13, 1996
    EuropeFeb 28, 1997
    JapanMar 20, 1997
    AustraliaFeb 20, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaSep 7, 2010
    EuropeSep 20, 2010
    JapanOct 6, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 18, 1997
    EuropeMay 11, 1998
    JapanAug 25, 2000
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