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BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Jimmy T. Murakami

Starring:
Richard Thomas
Robert Vaughn
John Saxon
George Peppard
Sybil Danning

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What's it about
Sador, the evil overlord descends upon a peaceful planet and declares all its inhabitants his slaves. Brave Shad sets out on a quest to find a hero to save his people and winds up assembling a very unique team of fighters. So get ready to rumble in a crazy, intergalactic BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS!

Is it good movie?
Though I've never heard of this flick, by the date of its initial release and the fact that it was filed under the moniker "Roger Corman's Cult Classics", I could pretty much guess what would be in store. This time, I was actually right: what we got was a cheerfully cheesy space odyssey in the vein of early Star Trek, complete with overly dramatic acting and subpar special effects. The whole thing kind of reminded me of that movie, GALAXY QUEST (the tv show within the movie).

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.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.85:1

Audio English dolby digital.

The Extras
A wonderfully informative Commentary from John Sayles and Roger Corman.

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 .

Last Call
A satisfying enough old-school space odyssey that faithfully paid homage to SEVEN SAMURAI. Those looking for a fun, nostalgic trip shouldn't be too disappointed. I'm just not sure if it will hold up on repeat viewings.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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