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Alien [DVD] [1979] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Sigourney Weaver , Tom Skerritt , Ridley Scott    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon
  • Producers: David Giler, Gordon Carroll, Ivor Powell, Ronald Shusett, Walter Hill
  • Format: Anamorphic, Collector's Edition, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jan 2004
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00011V8IQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,636 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By transplanting the classic haunted house scenario into space, Ridley Scott, together with screenwriters Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, produced a work of genuinely original cinematic sci-fi with Alien that, despite the passage of years and countless inferior imitations, remains shockingly fresh even after repeated viewing. Scott's legendary obsession with detail ensures that the setting is thoroughly conceived, while the Gothic production design and Jerry Goldsmith's wonderfully unsettling score produce a sense of disquiet from the outset: everything about the spaceship Nostromo--from Tupperware to toolboxes-seems oddly familiar yet disconcertingly ... well, alien.

Nothing much to speak of happens for at least the first 30 minutes, and that in a way is the secret of the film's success: the audience has been nervously peering round every corner for so long that by the time the eponymous beast claims its first victim, the release of pent-up anxiety is all the more effective. Although Sigourney Weaver ultimately takes centre-stage, the ensemble cast is uniformly excellent. The remarkably low-tech effects still look good (better in many places than the CGI of the sequels), while the nightmarish quality of H.R. Giger's bio-mechanical creature and set design is enhanced by camerawork that tantalises by what it doesn't reveal.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SciFi Horror masterpiece 30 Nov 2013
By still searching TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
What more is there to say about Scott's masterpiece that hasn't already been said? Not a lot I suspect. Basically, it's `an old dark house' murder mystery but set aboard a monstrous spacecraft, `Nostromo', returning to Earth from the farther reaches of the galaxy laden with 20,000,000 tonnes of mineral ores from distant planets. The inhabitants are in suspended animation allowing them to survive the equally monstrous periods of time involved in traversing such mind numbing distances. In the opening scene we, the ghostly viewers travel through the vast ship along empty corridors, accompanied by the almost subliminal sounds of the ship's engines and machinery, until we reach the life support chamber in which the crew sleep unsuspectingly. There is one jarring moment here: no-one else is on board and we, the omniscient viewers, do not have to open doors through which to travel and yet, in order to enter the chamber in which the crew are ensconced in their life support systems, doors slide open with the faintest of sounds as if air has entered with us, and then close behind us! It's a minor thing but jarring none the less!

Slowly, within their life support pods, the crew begins to stir and the second in command, Kane (John Hurt) is the first to awaken from his enforced slumbers. The pod canopies open. He sits up, slowly opens his eyes and then gets up. Gradually, the others begin to show signs of life. Cut to the next scene in which the crew is at breakfast sharing cereals and coffee and chit-chatting about mundane things like bonuses, which is a particular `beef' with maintenance engineer, Parker (Yaphet Kotto), and his side kick, Brett (Harry Dean Stanton).
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucas Take Note 11 Mar 2004
Format:DVD
Quite frankly, this is the ultimate in customer care. A number of us do not want Alien 3 & 4, so did not buy the box set. by releasing them seperatley, you get to buy just the ones you want.
A very nice feature is being able to choose between the original issue of the film or the new version. George Lucas, take note of this with your imminent Star Wars releases please.
The remastered print is amazing - visual and audio quality superb.
The extras are too numerous to list here - an outstanding example of how to reissue a classic film properly.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALIEN BLU-RAY 25 Jun 2012
By A. Page
Format:Blu-ray
Brilliant! Click on a Blu-Ray and get 200 reviews of a DVD!! I've said it before and I'll say it again, C'mon Amazon sort it out, how hard is it to seperate the reviews. I like most fans of the Alien films have the Anthology on Blu-Ray and I watched Alien last night. All I can say is WOW, I can't comment for those of you who have a TV the size of a wall but on mine the amazing transfer made it look like a film released this year, so crisp, clean and no grain that I could see. I think I love this film even more now than I loved it already and I can't wait to watch the other 3.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 July 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love the movie and I love this DVD, I haven't watched the extra features, but they look great. The DVD was in great condition and I'm very happy. The deleted scenes were awesome if you ask me :P I got told I'm a geek but a proud one!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Jun 2004
By Gaffer
Format:DVD
The director's cut of this seminal sci-fi film is only slightly longer than the theatrical release.

Notable inclusions are: the whole crew listening to the garbled SOS signal (very chilling), Ripley getting punched/slapped in a fight with Lambert because she wouldn't let the investigating party back on bord (quarantine rules), and the infamous Dallas scene where he is coccooned as either food / host material (but without dialogue).

The only problem with this last scene is that it has been argued that it tends to break up the action and suspense that has been building as Ripley messes around with Nostromo's self destruct/ runs from the alien...but I think it's paced very well.

Despite this though, there's not much to choose between both versions.

This is a visually remastered (the film's original negative has undergone some digital cleanup and restoration) attempt with DTS so it is also an excellent reference DVD with which to show off your home cinema system (the opening shots as they orbit the planet are great).

The only dissapointment is the exclusion of "original trailers" from the extra's, which is there on the "standard" single disc edition (although, maybe I simply couldn't find them :D ).

Overall though, this still doesn't detract from an excellent dvd release that includes a whole host of other great extra's like HRGiger art....

Enjoy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ALIEN - A HORROR CLASSIC 17 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
When I realised that Alien was going to be released on DVD, fully restored and with brilliant extras, I didn't delay in purchasing it. Either should you. This film is often described as Ridley Scott's Fright Machine - an endless foray of atmosphere, startling images and genuinely terrifying moments. The DVD features give the film itself justice, it includes great insights into the production of the film and Scott's commentary is really interesting and actually helpful to the audience. The disc also includes some fantastic deleted scenes - most notably a scene where Riply encounters Dallas cocooned and is forced to burn him.
The two sequels which followed this classic (lets forget the abyssmal Alien Resurrection shall we) were fantastic, but don't match the horror and sheer ferocity of this. The film made stars of Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott and became a milestone of the horror genre at the time. It is without doubt one of the best films of the productive 1970's, and still haunts audiences today. I'll give you two reasons why you should buy this. Number One - to witness the scene on DVD where Dallas is chased by Alien in the the air vent, boy that's scary! Number Two - it would fit into any proper DVD collection out there. Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars still the best sci-fi horror space movie today
All time Classic Fantastic movie and looks and sounds stunning on blueray and for a 1979 movie it looks better than some of the new movies out now days for the people that say... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best movies ever
what can I say........one of the best movies ever made
Published 1 month ago by Alex Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for a rainy day
Perfect for a rainy day
Published 1 month ago by Arpad Lööv
3.0 out of 5 stars It needed more battles
Lack of many battles consult of just following a cat then getting eaten or killed.

They only encounter a facehugger a few times I want more and one alien, in all I found... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. L. C. Emmott
5.0 out of 5 stars the picture quality is great.
A Si-Fi horror, the picture quality is great.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars An Absolute Modern Classic
This film is a modern classic. The acting and improv scenes are second to none. The effects, despite their age, have stood the test of time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CLINT McGAVIN
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