Bicentennial Man/Mission to Mars [2 Discs] [DVD]

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Overview

Special Features

  • Bicentennial Man:
  • Production featurette
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Mission to Mars:
  • Audio commentary
  • Animatics to scene comparison
  • Documentary: "Visions of Mars"
  • Visual effects analysis
  • Production art gallery
  • DVD-ROM

Synopsis

Bicentennial Man
If a robot spends enough time around humans, can he learn to become one of them? The Martin family purchases a domestic android as a servant and names him Andrew (Robin Williams). Andrew comes to know the man of the house as Sir (Sam Neill), his wife as Ma'am Wendy Crewson, and their daughter as Portia (Embeth Davidtz); before long, the Martins suspect that they do not have an ordinary robot on their hands. Andrew seems capable of expressing emotion and generating original thoughts, and the longer he stays with the Martins, the more strongly these human traits manifest themselves. Over the next 200 years, Andrew becomes less a machine and more a member of the family, until a mechanic (Oliver Platt) tells Andrew that he might be able to turn him into a human being. Based on a short story by renowned science fiction author Isaac Asimov (surprisingly, it's only the second Asimov story to be brought to the screen), Bicentennial Man was directed by Chris Columbus, who previously worked with Robin Williams on Mrs. Doubtfire. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Mission to Mars
Brian De Palma directed this science-fiction suspense story. When the United States sends its first manned mission to Mars, hopes are high for new scientific discoveries, but many of those hopes are dashed when the Mars crew meets an unexplained disaster; three members of the mission are killed, and a fourth (Don Cheadle) loses all radio contact with the Earth. A rescue mission sets out to bring back the one survivor; in the process, they discover that Mars may not be a dead planet after all, and uncover some startling evidence about the fate of their predecessors. The rescue crew includes Gary Sinise, Jerry O'Connell, Connie Nielsen and Tim Robbins. The screenplay was partially by award-winning playwright Ted Tally, who won an Oscar for his adapted screenplay of The Silence of the Lambs. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Robin Williams
    Robin Williams - Andrew
  • Sam Neill
    Sam Neill - Sir
  • Wendy Crewson
    Wendy Crewson - Ma'am
  • Embeth Davidtz
    Embeth Davidtz - Little Miss / Portia
  • Oliver Platt
    Oliver Platt - Rupert Burns
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