“Ugly, campy, and poorly acted, Battlefield Earth is a stunningly misguided, aggressively bad sci-fi folly.” That’s the critical consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, where the film sports a pathetic 3% freshness rating. Still, Battlefield Earth is getting a Blu-ray re-release to mark its 20th Anniversary.
Mill Creek Entertainment announced the inclusion of newly produced bonus features for the upcoming Blu-ray re-release of Battlefield Earth. Celebrating the 20-year anniversary of its theatrical launch, this high-definition debut includes over 70 minutes of interviews with the crew associated with the film. Fans can get behind-the-scenes insights, never-before-seen photographs and fascinating stories about the development of the script, visual effects, musical score and more! This special edition Blu-ray will release will be available on September 15th for $19.99 MSRP.
In the year 3000, there are no countries, no cities… Earth is a wasteland. And man is an endangered species. As the leader of the evil Psychlos, Terl and his race have taken over the world’s natural resources and disregarded everyone and everything else. It’s up to Jonnie “Goodboy” Tyler, a brave human, to battle the Psychlos and restore normalcy to the world.
Based on L. Ron Hubbard’s bestselling science fiction book, the story takes place in the year 3000 where Earth is ruled by a vicious alien race known as the Psychlos that have stripped the planet of its resources and eradicated most the human population. One of the few surviving humans, Jonnie Goodboy Tyler (Barry Pepper) is in pursuit of a better place to live, but is soon captured by a Psychlo slavemaster to join fellow “man-animals” in mining efforts. Jonnie eventually gains the attention of the evil Psychlo security officer Terl (John Travolta) and his assistant Ker (Forest Whitaker) who have discovered a vein of gold which they are unable to recover without the assistance of humans. While Terl attempts to makes Jonnie his personal slave, Jonnie uses his position to rally the other humans and unite in a plot to destroy the aliens and restore the human race to its former glory.
Featuring over 70 minutes of new bonus interviews and featurettes including:
“LEVERAGE: WRITING THE FIRST DRAFT” – A new interview with screenwriter J.D. Shapiro. Check out a sneak peek of this special feature below.
“SAGA IN THE YEAR 2000: DIRECTING BATTLEFIELD EARTH” – A new interview with director Roger Christian
“ENDANGERED SPECIES: SCORING BATTLEFIELD EARTH” – A new interview with composer Elia Cmiral
“DOMES AND DRONES: CREATING THE MINIATURES” – A new interview with model maker E. James Small
“PSYCHLO CIRCUS: DESIGNING BATTLEFIELD EARTH” – New select scene commentary with production designer Patrick Tatopoulos
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