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Alien Hunter [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: James Spader, Janine Eser, John Lynch, Nikolai Binev, Leslie Stefanson
  • Directors: Ron Krauss
  • Writers: Boaz Davidson, J.S. Cardone
  • Producers: Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Carol Kottenbrook, Craig Antioco, Danny Dimbort
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CABBQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,326 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
James Spader brings an element of class to an otherwise derivative sci-fi.
It's not quite as B-movie as the title suggests, however, with a reasonably interesting story which rises above the expected B-movie excuses for bared flesh and gore..
Basically, as the plot progresses you realise are watching a remake of The Thing, as a bunch of ill equipped scientists discover a mysterious craft which unleashes something unexpected.. only then you realise it is in fact morphing into a remake of Predator, as you get the first person perspective of the alien stalking the scientists, only to discover you are watching a weird version of Outbreak, as a strange virus... oh, why bother, you get the idea.. At least it nicks ideas from the best.
Suffice to say, it does hang together plot wise, although action movie buffs will likely be disappointed - the ending is more Abyss than Alien...
Barely passable effects and decent acting hold things together enough for a watch, but its not particularly a credit to anyone involved.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE on 7 Nov 2006
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Despite a title that suggests a dreadfully cheesy B-movie, this is actually surprisingly good. The sci-fi elements act as a catalyst for a distinctly human plot, rather than the focus, and the plausibly written characters work very well to further that.

The production design is also particularly nice, and the spaceship... well, just watch the thing.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Francisco on 27 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
There are limitations on just how good a stuck-in-the-lab film can be. This film is definitely above average.
Spader plays Julian Rome, a linguist and mathematician who once worked on the SETI project. A solid object has been found in the ice (emitting a powerful radio signal). Rome is called in to help decipher the signal.
Is the object signs of intelligence outside this world or something more prosiac? Is the object, and any occupants, benign or hostile?
The is also a subplot: Rome has a habit of dallying with his students. One of his ex-students, whom he had a relationship with, is one of the researchers at the station. Will he get back with her or go for Nyla?
This film is a lot better than "Deceived". What I liked about the film were characters are well drawn and things are not as black and white as they first seem. At the end of the day, however, the genre limits the possibilities.
In short, this film is a good film for those who like the genre (and those who have yet to be converted may want to give this film a try).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
The guy who couldn't act in 2001 has a bit role in this film. This is a more practical man meets alien sci-fi movie, which means it is duller or Dullea as the case might be. What I like about the story is that someone finally gets it right about infections with alien organisms making contact between life on two planets deadly for both worlds. The basic plot is: Man finds alien. Alien organisms kill man. Man kills alien and then nukes him for good measure. What made the movie unbelievable is that James Spader, who has a reputation as a "hound" keeps turning down major league babes. What was with that?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Strv 74 on 15 Jan 2011
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This one is a nice surprise. I expected a B movie with everything in that category but in fact it was not at all bad. The Story was not original but it was well played out. Actors behaved rather good and the alien was interesting. I usually see all Sf movies and this one is worth seeing without any bad conscience of how you spend your free time. Only, why do an alien race that are able to build biological spaceships stay unable to cure a decease they have had for zillions of years? And was Mars populated once?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. G. Woodhouse on 20 May 2010
Format: DVD
OK, so this film was done on a tight Budget, if your expecting a forgotten James Cameron type film, then you will be sadly disappointed. However, if you like something a bit quirky then this may be your cup of tea. The story (Such as it is) is a cross between "The Thing" and "ET", maybe a bit of "Hanger 17". Essentially it has all been done before, but this is not necessarily a bad film, just lacks originality. What I did like was the fact that the Russians actually speak russian (Subtitles at the bottom of the screen.) Non of this speak english with a Russian accent. This was kind of refreshing. A pleasant way to spend a wet afternoon. Just don't expect anything cerebal, or to be blown away by the special effects.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Radiant Rose on 7 Feb 2007
Format: DVD
Loving the Alien?

There were moments when I got a bit distracted from the plot. I started muttering about GM crops (I'm against them, but agree they are an excellent plot device here). I wondered why anyone would use the term "virus" if they meant "protozoa".

I even got a bit carried away by Julian's comments about English cows mooing in just the same way as French cows. I started to tell the screen that I saw a news item about cows mooing with regional accents.

Those minor distractions aside, this film did draw me in. I appreciated the plot twists. The film is very atmospheric. I started to feel sad about the plight of the poor scientists.

I did wonder about Kate (Janine Eser) and her choice of how to spend her final 3 hours of life. She's back on cordial terms with her ex, and he looks like James Spader, and she decides that holding hands would be good. (Actually, she originally settles for crouching down companionably next to him: the director's commentary explains that the hand holding moment is a later insert.) Oh well, the success of "The X-Files" demonstrates that millions of sci-fi fans find sexual tension more intriguing than actual sex scenes ...

This film is very well acted. Carl Lewis, who plays the communications officer, is the former Olympic gold medallist. If you'd told me it was a trained actor who happened to have the same name, I'd have believed you. I thought James Spader was very good as 37 year old cryptologist Julian. I had not seen much of John Lynch's work before I watched this, but I would now be interested in seeing more of it.
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