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THE LAST DAYS ON MARS

Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

 

DETAILS:  98 minutes, four featurettes, previews

VIDEO:  2.35:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition

AUDIO:  English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

 

STUDIO: Magnolia Home Entertainment/ Magnet Releasing/ BFI/ Qwerty/ The Irish Film Board/ Universal Pictures/ Focus Features International

RELEASE DATE:  3-4-2014

On the eve of their return to Earth, one of the members of the first manned Mars mission discovers bacterial life on Mars.   Soon, the members of the Mars team are fighting to survive until they can get rescued by their relief team on the Aurora and not get infected.

 

THE LAST DAYS ON MARS is an intense sci-fi horror movie that manages to show the beauty of Mars against an atmosphere that gets more terrifying along the way as you get sucked in with the struggles of the Mars team as they fight to survive and get rescued.  Live Schreiber manages to quite brilliantly play a flawed astronaut who is at the breaking point as some of the astronauts want to make a scientific discovery of the lifetime while others will do anything to survive.   The production design and visual effects are solid and help create a believable world where these flawed astronauts are trying to survive on a planet where they are the only ones who can help themselves with the nearest human assistance being millions of miles away.   THE LAST DAYS ON MARS is definitely better than the often praise EUROPA REPORT.   I wish they make more sci-fi horror movies like this one.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES:

THE MAKING OF THE LAST DAYS OF MARS- this 15 minute featurette has interviews with cats and crew as they talk about the movie, what attracted them to it, and if they would take the chance to explore Mars.

ANALYSING THE VISUAL EFFECTS- showing before and after of the visual effects work

BEHIND THE SCENES COMPARISONS- comparing the final shots to behind-the-scenes footage

AXS TV: A LOOK AT THE LAST DAYS OF MARS- a shorter promo version of the making of featurette

 

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE LAST DAYS OF MARS is a gripping sci-fi horror tale where the most beautiful alien place could also be the deadliest.

 

This review is 2-21 -2014 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

 

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