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Alien (DVD)

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Director Ridley Scott's breakthough film, an immensely successful blend of horror and science fiction, is a classic in both genres and spawned a host ...

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“Out of this World”

published 03/10/2017

ProAtmosphere, Creature, Effects, Characters, Acting

ConsHas been ripped off that often it may seem a bit f...

Released in 1979, Ridley Scott’s Alien is a movie that’s influence can be felt to this day. Not only are they still flogging the dead horse with seemingly no end of sequels, prequels and spin-offs, but the number of movies ‘inspired’ by Alien that have went straight to VHS/DVD/Netflix/SyFy...

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“An unwelcome intruder”

published 29/03/2016

ProWell-acted, the scenes involving the alien, an all...

ConsToo long, depressing, draggy, stark, bleak and col...

RELEASED: 1979, Cert. 18 RUNNING TIME: Approx. 117 mins DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott SCREENPLAY: Dan O’Bannon PRODUCERS: Gordon Carroll, Walter Hill & David Giler MUSIC: Jerry Goldsmith MAIN CAST:- Sigourney Weaver as Ripley John Hurt as Kane Ian Holm as Ash Tom Skerritt as Dallas Harry Dean Stanton as...

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Excellent

ProStory, Acting, Visual Effects, Everything

Consnone

This is a review of the 2 disc special edition which can be bough separately or comes as part of the Alien Quadrilogy set. *** Alien *** ~~~ Disc 1 ~~~ ~~~ Movie: ~~~ I have owned Alien (and others in the series) in many guises, from VHS Tapes, The Alien Legacy box set , the Quadrilogy Box and...

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Excellent

ProGreat sci-fi horror

ConsNone

*** INTRODUCTION *** Alien is a 1979 sci-fi horror film directed by Brit Ridley Scott. It stars Sigourney Weaver in her first lead role and, as a result of the film's success, catapulted the actress into the public consciousness and did so virtually overnight. Briefly, the film centres on a small...

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Excellent

ProTense and atmospheric with good use of suspense

ConsNone

The seven-man crew of a commercial space vessel, the Nostromo are heading back to Earth. After being awoken from their cryogenic stasis they find that the ship has received a distress signal from a seemingly uninhabited planet. Bound by their contracts they have a duty to check it out and so they...

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Excellent

ProA great refreshing re-release at a pretty good pri...

ConsNone

It was the movie that put British Cinema back on the map, if not just for a brief period. Alien became the first real science fiction horror movie, and for the year of 1979 it was the movie on everyone’s lips. Alien initially launched in a minor way, however as soon as the public reports were...

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Excellent

ProA true masterpiece of sci-fi horror which will nev...

ConsWill probably affect you for life

Alien. Title says it all really. I mean, you know when you're about to watch this film that it's highly unlikely to be some teen-comedy-chick-flick. And with an 18 certificate you know it's not going to be for the faint-hearted either. Nope, this is a film where you know what you're getting right...

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Excellent

ProPrecision, acting, FX, suspense and music, alien d...

ConsNothing

To us, now, the concept and the special effects used in Ridley Scott's Alien is a familiar sight. Ground breaking films have the tendency to fade in terms of their effects, even if their legacy still remains. Alien is an outstanding film, one which even to this day I find absolutely fascinating...

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Excellent

Proa fantastic looking and atmospheric film

Consnot for the faint hearted

Science fiction films traditionally offered us glimpses of a golden future age, all high tech gadgetry, silver domed cities, vast space ships and the promise of great things. Even films such as Star Wars for all its good verse evil struggle is an innocent pantomime set in a simplistically...

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“A haunted house in space”

published 14/05/2004

ProBrilliant

ConsI prefer the sequel

In 1979 'Alien' was released and a franchise was born. There is simply no other way of desicribing the phenomenon which was released. 3 sequels later fans still argue over which installment is best (not many people arguing for ALIEN: RESURRECTION admittedly). I personally believe the second...

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“I Admire It's Purity”

published 06/11/2014

ProOriginal, Cast/Characters, 'That Scene', Set Desig...

ConsLength, Dated

Origins Considering the colossal success of the Alien franchise (plus my fondness for it), it's only fair to judge the films, especially this one, without too much bias based on special effects due to its age. Also, with the release of the video game 'Alien Isolation', I've found myself watching...

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Excellent

“ALIEN review”

published 16/07/2000

Time was when Ridley Scott - he of Blade Runner, Gladiator and, soon, Hannibal fame - directed television commercials, including one of those nostalgic, Yorkshire "when I were a lad" Hovis bread ads. Then, all of a sudden, he nips behind the camera to shoot a film with a simple premise: a haunted...

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Excellent

“The best by far..”

published 16/07/2000

ProOne of the scariest films ever made. Atmosphere y...

ConsNo depth of characterisation.

Ridley Scotts film is easily the best of the series because it has far more atmosphere and tension than the other three put together. Like his own Blade Runner he creates a world which draws you in with it's immense attention to detail and realistic, grimy and industrial feel, a style whcih has...

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“Jaws in Space?”

published 13/11/2006

ProIt's the original..got to watch em

ConsBig scary ugly Alien

Originally released in 1979 Alien was to be the first of several sci fi/horror films featuring both ugly salivating Aliens and Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley. The film is notable for being one of the first films to have a strong female heroine/protagonist along with being a huge box office...

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Excellent

ProIT DOESN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS

ConsNOTHING

Alien. = Written by Alan Dean Foster and Directed by Ridley Scott. And made way back in 1979, how time flies. This brilliant film is one of my all time favourites. Sci-Fi meets Horror but done with a touch of class. The spaceship, Nostromo, is heading back to Earth after a successful mining trip...

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Product Information : Alien (DVD)

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Director Ridley Scott's breakthough film, an immensely successful blend of horror and science fiction, is a classic in both genres and spawned a host of sequels and imitators. Starring Sigourney Weaver as warrant officer Ellen Ripley, ALIEN focuses on the crew of the space cargo ship Nostromo, which lands on a moribund planet in response to a faint SOS. Inside a crashed ship, the crew members come upon strange pods, one of which spews forth a repellently fleshy insectile creature that locks on to the face of the unlucky Kane (John Hurt). Despite Ripley's advice, science officer Ash (Ian Holm) allows Kane to return to the ship, where the creature finally releases its grip. Soon, however, in one of the film's most infamous scenes, one of its offspring explodes horribly from Kane's stomach and scurries away. Dallas (Tom Skerritt), the vessel's captain, leads the others in a search for the rapidly growing, acid-dripping alien before it can cut them down--one by one.<BR>A triumph of art direction, set design, and special effects, ALIEN gains much of its impact from the contrast between the bleak, antiseptic beauty of the space vessel's interior and the primordial horror of the alien, a brilliantly original fusion of insect, man, and machine designed by Swiss surrealist painter H.R. Giger. The top-notch cast also includes Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, and Harry Dean Stanton.

Release Details

DVD Region: DVD

Release date: 23/04/2007, 15/05/2000

No of Discs: 2, 1

Catalogue No: 2522501054, 01090 DVD

Barcode: 5039036030069, 5039036001199

Screenwriter: Walter Hill, Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, David Giler

Executive Producer: Gordon Carroll, Walter Hill, David Giler

Studio(s): 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; Deluxe Video Service - Fox

Set Designer: Ian Whittaker

Cinematographer: Derek Vanlint

Costume Designer: John Mollo, H. R. Giger, Roger Dicken

Production Designer: Michael Seymour

Special Effects: Carlo Rambaldi, Bernard Lodge

Producer: Ronald Shusett, Gordon Carroll, Walter Hill, David Giler

Author: Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett, Walter Hill, David Giler

Editor: Terry Rawlings, Dan O'Bannon, Peter Weatherly

Composer: Jerry Goldsmith

Languages

Main Language: English

Hearing Impaired Language: English

Subtitle Language: Czech, Danish, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish

Technical Information

Special Features: Theatrical And Directors Cut Of The Film, Directors Introduction To 2004 Version Of The Film, Ridley Scott And Crew Commentary On Theatrical Version, Featurettes, First Draft Screenplay, 2 Pre Production Galleries Art Of Alien Screentest Footage, Art Of Alien Portrait Galleries, Production Documentary Fear Of The Unknown, Production Gallery Featurette The Darkest Reaches Nostromo And Alien Planet, 15 Production Galleries, The Eight Passenger Creature Design Documentary, 6 Sets Of Alien Galleries, Chestburster Gallery, Future Tense Music And Editing Documentary, 7 Deleted Scenes, Outward Bound Visual Effects Featurette, A Nightmare Fulfilled Reaction To The Film Featurette

Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo, 2.0 Surround

Dubbing Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 Wide Screen, 16:9 Wide Screen

Professional Reviews

Review: With the visuals and soundtrack given a wax and polish job for the big screen, Scott’s masterful use of shadows, framing and sound has never been more terrifying. No matter how many times you’ve seen this, you’ll still be hiding behind your fingers at every conceivable juncture. (Empire, 2011-10-28)<br><br>

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