And I've got a feeling that many of you who are interested in checking this flick out on Blu-Ray will feel the same way and probably enjoy the show because of it! I know I did. The nostalgic factor was definitely on high here, even though I'd never heard of BATTLE before. All the cheesy dialogue and practical effects warmed this old-school reviewers heart. The whole production had this strange, but friendly kind of kookiness that made for a pleasurable watch.
I also loved the fact that this space oddity/odyssey was clearly an homage to SEVEN SAMURAI. It was really cool watching such an old flick properly pay respect to a complete classic. The assembling of the team and then the eventual great battle were well-written and quite satisfying. Yes, this thing actually had a thought-out script, which shouldn't be too surprising seeing as how it was written by John Sayles. Characters were developed and situattions played out nicely. I really was surprised by the amount of effort that was put into this low-budget space tale. The flick ended up being pretty damn fun.
I suppose the only drawback would be the obvious dated look and feel of the flick. Some aspects were just a little overly cheesy and even though I knew how old the movie was, I still couldn't suspend enough disbelief to make BATTLE an all-out great viewing experience. What I'm trying to get at is that I don't think I'd ever feel the urge to watch this again and for that, I can't fully recommend this Blu-Ray as a purchase. Only if you know the flick, would I suggest shelling out the cash for the nostalgia factor.
Audio English dolby digital.
A bonus Commentary from production manager Gale Ann Hurd.
An enjoyable Interview with star, Richard Thomas.
A very cool Documentary called Space Opera On A Shoestring that went over all the technical and postproduction challenges the film endured and overcame.
Lastly, we get the Trailer, TV & Radio Spots .