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Alien - Definitive Edition [DVD] [1979]

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  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M2E5DE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,626 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When Kane (John Hurt) and the crew of the spaceship 'Nostromo' investigate a transmission from a deserted planet, he is attacked by an unknown organism which attaches itself to his face. The crew cut the creature off, but not before it has made Kane the host of a monstrous alien killer, one which will hatch out through his stomach (one of cinema's most memorably gory scenes) and proceed to hunt down the crew one by one.

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By still searching TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2013
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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The title of this review is not an exaggeration. This is one of the movies which actually achieved perfection. There is not one flaw in it and nothing I could criticize. To the contrary, all the ingredients were mixed just to the right proportion to achieve the perfect mix: the story, the actors performance, the direction, the camera work, the lights (and shadows, especially the shadows!), the sound, the alien design and the music.

Let's begin with the story - it is very well thought and watertight. Everything happens on the board of "Nostromo", a giant spaceship which carries 20 milion tons of "mineral" (we are not informed what it is and it is irrelevant) and the whole plant that already "proceeds" it during the whole long trip back to Earth. The great idea was to make the "Nostromo" an industrial facility and the heroes the crew of a commercial spaceship. There is nothing here from the classical SF movies, such as clean neat uniforms, a half military half scientific crew of idealistic explorers, etc - no, here we have seven hard working people who are just trying to make a living. They wear practical working suits (even in space era, when you fix something, you just get dirty and sweating), think about their contracts, spend lot of times bitching about the work conditions and the food (especially the food), etc. And when the unexpected threat appears, they act like normal human beings - they desperately try to survive. That gives the movie an air of credibility and creates a bond between the viewer and the characters. Also, the industrial character of the ship gives an infinite number of hideouts to the unexpected and unwelcome guest...

All actors are just incredible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eve Jane Lucille on 23 July 2013
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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 By Gaffer on 5 Jun. 2004
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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