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Arrival [US Import] [Blu-ray]

Charlie Sheen , Ron Silver    Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Charlie Sheen, Ron Silver
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 21 April 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R10BIC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,865 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

Calling this 1996 science fiction thriller "a glorified B movie," isn't a criticism. Writer-director David Twohy managed to get interesting material on the screen despite a limited budget, and the film is just believable enough to be satisfying as a tale of paranoid conspiracy. If you can ignore the hokey parts and accept Charlie Sheen as noted radio astronomer Zane Ziminski, you'll get thoroughly involved when the reception of an alien radio signal leads him to Mexico and to a huge underground power plant operated by aliens bent on the eventual takeover of Earth. Ron Silver is suitably chilling as the astronomer's boss, whose real identity is more horrifying than Ziminski ever imagined. The underground alien lair is memorably creepy, and The Arrival is just smart enough to qualify as more than a guilty pleasure. --Jeff Shannon


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SCI-FI AS IT SHOULD BE... 1 Jan 2003
By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This movie was underrated when it was first released, and, as with all good, underrated movies, it has since become a cult favorite. Clever and imaginative, a lot was done on a limited budget to make it into a top notch sci-fi thriller. It has an intelligent and well reasoned story, and the special effects are imaginative.
Charlie Sheen, clean and sober, plays radio astronomer, Zane Zaminski, who picks up radio signals that are not earthly. When he takes a copy of the tape of these signals, which he believes to be indicative of intelligent, alien life, to his boss, chillingly played by Ron Silver, he is summarily fired from his job. Suddenly, all is not right with the world.
Smelling something real fishy, Zane sets up a home satellite and tries to zero in on the signal. He gets lucky, or unlucky, depending upon how one looks at it, and he picks up the same signal he previously had picked up. It crosses a signal given off by a Mexican radio station, which motivates him to go to Mexico and check it out.
While in Mexico, he meets a fellow scientist (Lindsay Crouse), who is there on her own investigation, as she has noted major atmospheric changes, which indicate that global warming is occurring at an alarming rate, almost as if there were a greenhouse effect. Unbeknownst to Zane at the time, her concerns are connected to his.
While at a power plant with her, he comes across a doppelganger for his former boss, which sets off alarms in his head. Returning undercover at night, he discovers that the entire plant is operated by aliens, and they are not here just to say hello. There, a series of events transpire to reveal to him an immense, alien plot. Yes, it's the old alien conspiracy story rearing its ugly head. Only this time, it is handled with surprising intelligence.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film, but the follow-up was a dog 15 Nov 2005
Format:DVD
Other reviewers have provided a range of comments which span the spectrum from good to excellent. In my opinion, this original 'Arrival' is a good example of thoughtful science fiction. It has a strong storyline, good acting and excellent effects.
My main reason for adding this review is to warn you against considering 'Arrival 2' .... that is truly, truly bad. I've written a separate review for that film but if you are considering buying one or both films, my advice would be to stick with '1' and totally ignore '2'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just another alien takeover movie 17 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Charlie Sheen plays a workaholic astronomer, so desperate to discover life on another planet he works all the hours god sends, estranging his girlfriend in the process. In his searching he accidentally stumbles across an alien plot to takover the world making him more paranoid than he was before. Good story, great visuals and superb twists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Special Effects! 31 Dec 2009
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Not being into modern movies, I purchased this because it was going cheap in a Store that had many titles at ridiculously low reduced prices - this would be some years ago now, and so I guess when or 'if' the film had been big, that most who wanted to had bought it already. (a good time incidentally, for those of us who don't rush out to buy new releases to purchase DVDs) Anyway, although not into many modern Pictures, I do enjoy a little 'Sci Fi' now and then, and so I gave this a go. Apart from the name 'Charlie Sheen' being familiar to me, I didn't recognise anybody else who was in it, and so that was another thing in its 'disfavour'. However; I was very impressed with this movie!

Okay; so the story-line may not be so original, but I thought the Special Effects were pretty amazing, and I did enjoy the fact that as many suspect; if these things were really going on, then I guess the general public would be the last to know about it, and so from that point of view - the plot is pretty 'realistic'.

I've just watched this again after some years with my Partner who hadn't ever seen it - and it still holds up - despite being almost fourteen years old now - and he was pretty impressed too!

Particularly good watched on a Wide TV Screen with plenty of great sound!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Special Effects! 31 Dec 2009
By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Not being into modern movies, I purchased this because it was going cheap in a Store that had many titles at ridiculously low reduced prices - this would be some years ago now, and so I guess when or 'if' the film had been big, that most who wanted to had bought it already. (a good time incidentally, for those of us who don't rush out to buy new releases to purchase DVDs) Anyway, although not into many modern Pictures, I do enjoy a little 'Sci Fi' now and then, and so I gave this a go. Apart from the name 'Charlie Sheen' being familiar to me, I didn't recognise anybody else who was in it, and so that was another thing in its 'disfavour'. However; I was very impressed with this movie!

Okay; so the story-line may not be so original, but I thought the Special Effects were pretty amazing, and I did enjoy the fact that as many suspect; if these things were really going on, then I guess the general public would be the last to know about it, and so from that point of view - the plot is pretty 'realistic'.

I've just watched this again after some years with my Partner who hadn't ever seen it - and it still holds up - despite being almost fourteen years old now - and he was pretty impressed too!

Particularly good watched on a Wide TV Screen with plenty of great sound!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars 6 out of 10
Watched The Arrival (1996) last night not seen it in ages and now is a very 90s film but it was OK a 6 out of 10 from me.
I found the HD quality OK
Video 7
Audio 9
Published 20 hours ago by D. Fortune
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Sci-fi film!!
This underrated film is a must watch! If you love sci-fi and are looking for a film that will take you on a great adventure and keep you glued to the screen this film wont... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Hilton Riddex
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Film - just get it
If your into science fiction then this is a brilliant film that will make you think & look over your shoulder. Well worth buying
Published 3 months ago by Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars the Arrival
I really like this dvd as I am a believer in the idea that there has to be more out there than they say there is and this is just one mans idea as to how they can appear and why... Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. N. Farnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as described
When seeing this was an import I had my reservations, but the sellers description was spot on, just turn the subtitles off and there you go. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Petcook
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT GOOD
when i got the arrival i was watching it 4 10minutes then it started skipping coz the dvd disc was scratched 2 hell
Published 13 months ago by ben
5.0 out of 5 stars was gift
i know they loved this as a collector of the whole lot they watch alot so it plzes me that they are loving it xx
Published 17 months ago by susan morton
3.0 out of 5 stars Come on, how many good Sci-Fi films were there?
The Arrival is your 'middle of the road' sci-fi movie. It was almost brilliant but let down by poor effects and just its age. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by Craig M
5.0 out of 5 stars all time favourite
one of my favourite films, watched it on TV years ago, and looked out for it in the shops
couldnt find it anywhere... so went on line to Amazon.. Read more
Published on 30 Jan 2012 by jeanie tee
5.0 out of 5 stars Not bad.
Always liked this film, not everyones cup of tea, but worth watching.
Makes you think about global warming in another light!
Published on 29 Nov 2011 by R. Bruce-green
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