Ghosts of Mars Blu Ray Review

GOM1The train rattles into the station. It cant be hailed or reached, with no sign of life on board. When it comes to a stop it is scanned for life and has been found empty…well except for a single body that is chained and lays on a bed. The body is that of an officer of the Mars police force and she has a story to tell. A station that was cleared out of the inhabitants, damage to the infrastructure of the station with body parts hung from ceilings, heads on spikes and a horrible story of ghosts, monsters you cant see but who can take over the body of normal people.

GOM2The Carpenter films of the early noughties can be mistaken for being a mash up of genre and political ideology from works past. He made films that were crafted to embrace the period they were made in but also apt allogories of events fore coming. Ghosts of Mars is the most direct reflection of this as it deals with the idea of possession and destruction. The Thing did the same and did it with more style and skill but Ghosts has something to it. It has an odd sense of the post 9/11 world, it has a sense of the post millennium world and it has a sense of the rise of the pop star as actor brand of films. The Cult and convention idolatry of modern audiences and the excessive use of violence and gore.

These are all for the good in many respects but GOM3it falls down on much else inside its self. The action is empty and feels quite irrational. Overlong fight scenes, punches thrown and shots fired. Empty explosions and odd set pieces that though tense and tight in visual presentation are oddly empty in emotional content. Now the soundtrack helps hide much of this but I was jarred often enough to mention it!

GOMHEADThe disc has so much goodness. Great clean and sublime print. Sound is amazing and will be great on a surround set up! Commentary is solid as always from Carpenter and Henstridge gives a rare insight into working for the man. The docs are all worth a view!!!!

Original stereo audio

  • Alternative 5.1 surround sound track
  • Audio commentary by director John Carpenter and actor Natasha Henstridge
  • Scoring ‘Ghosts of Mars’ (2001, 6 mins): behind the scenes at the recording sessions with John Carpenter and bands Anthrax and Buckethead as they record the score for Ghosts of Mars
  • Special Effects Deconstruction (2001, 7 mins)
  • Video Diary: Red Desert Nights – Making ‘Ghosts of Mars’ (2001, 17 mins)
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
  • Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Nick Pinkerton
  • Limited Dual Format Edition of 5,000 copies
  • UK Blu-ray premiere

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