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Roger Corman's Cult Classics: Battle Beyond the Stars [DVD] [1980]

  • SKU: 19229428
  • Release Date: 07/12/2011
  • Rating: PG

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

    Special Features

    • 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


    Battle Beyond the Stars
    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. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Richard Thomas
      Richard Thomas - Shad
    • Robert Vaughn
      Robert Vaughn - Gelt
    • George Peppard
      George Peppard - Cowboy
    • John Saxon
      John Saxon - Sador
    • Darlanne Fluegel
      Darlanne Fluegel - Sador

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Star Wars with cowboys!

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Ok, so there's really only one cowboy in this movie... and his name is just Cowboy. Battle Beyond The Stars shows that you don't need to just take someone else's idea to make your movie, you take their idea they took from someone else's movie to make your own movie. George Lucas has made no effort to hide the fact that his idea for Star Wars came from Akira Kurosawa's 'The Hidden Fortress'. So, when Roger Corman came along, he said "hey, let's use another Akira Kurosawa movie, 'The Seven Samurai'.", thus, 'Battle Beyond the Stars' was born. Tasked with finding help to defend their people, Shad speeds off into the galaxy in a ship faintly resembling certain body parts and half commanded by a female computer system that badgers him. He has to recruit (seven) warriors to help fight the evil Sador from enslaving every last person on his planet. Along the way, he meets Cowboy, an Earth trader, Gelt a space mercenary with nothing to live for and a scantily clad space Valkyrie named Saint-Exmin. Others are recruited as well, but you will find out the rest when you see it. The lifts from Star Wars are really apparent, but it has enough of its own plot to separate it from Star Wars. It is actually the better of a series of movies that you will find have had very heavy influences from Star Wars after its release in '77. Among some of the highlights is an awesome sound track by James Horner, most notably known for epic movies such as Alien/Aliens, various Star Treks, Rocketeer, and even a lesser known Krull. Also appearing in this movie are special effects and all sorts of highly detailed ship models by a still unrecognized James Cameron, the director of 'Titanic' and 'Avatar' and pretty much the inventor of the current 3D film systems AND one of the lead researchers of the real Titanic wreck. This is the movie that started his famed career. Though extremely campy to say the least, there's no deep plot and some of the action is lacking, but the visual effects and great music definitely make this one worth the watch if you're looking for Star Wars inspired movies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very fun Star Wars rip-off. Great features!

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      This is a low budget Star Wars rip-off but its very fun. Its not intentionally cheesy, the intentions are sincere. The best part about this blu-ray is the great picture quality and excellent special features!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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