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Arrival [US Import] [Blu-ray] [Region A]

4.2 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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  • 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.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R10BIC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,803 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Radio astronomer Zane Ziminski has been listening to cosmic noise in the middle of the night for years. It's his obsession, and the bane of his tough, successful girlfriend Char. All night long, he sits in a lonely station monitoring every frequency, every wavelength, every millimeter of space for signs of life and hearing nothing but silence. At the end of yet another night's search, the delicate sensors are suddenly alive with a loud, clear radio transmission from space, a shockwave. This is what Zane has been waiting for. What the world has been waiting for. Or is it?

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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Jan. 2003
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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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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 highly 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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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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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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