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The Andromeda Strain [DVD] [1971]

James Olson , Arthur Hill , Robert Wise    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate Reid, Paula Kelly
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Writers: Michael Crichton, Nelson Gidding
  • Producers: Robert Wise
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Mono
  • Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Jun 2005
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DC16B
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,518 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After a satellite crashes near a New Mexico village, the local residents begin dying out, the victims of a killer disease. By the time a team of scientists have arrived to investigate, the only survivors are an old tramp and an infant child. The team transfer them to an underground lab and work around the clock to identify the virus - which, it transpires, is somehow connected to an Earth bacteria-warfare project.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic film 11 April 2007
By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Now - this is easily a 4 star film, but the DVD presentation means I can only give it a 3.

As another reviewer has said, the tickertape introductions to various scenes in the film are an integral part to the overall feel, to replace these with substandard ones feels nonsensical.

Anyway - the film is very slow paced, very different to contemporary Hollywood films with quick editing and catchy dialogue. The slow pace gives the film an added tension.

The sets are spectacular, everything feels real and solid, the idea of having to go through several hours of cleaning and sterilisation adds further to the realistic feel of the film. Some of the sterilisation processes were fantastical yet based to some extent in real science.

Speaking of real science - that's where this film excels. It somehow captures what a scenario like this might be like. Even down to the beurocracy, politics, and less than glamorous settings. There are lines in the film that aren't designed to be sound bites, or further the plot, they are there to represent the realities of human interaction.

This is a great film for any Sci-Fi fan.
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Botched Reissue 7 July 2006
Format:DVD
I think very highly of this film and enjoy it a lot.It's a shame that when the studio released this version they failed to include the original ticker tape introduction to various scenes and put in their own bastardized version. I imagine this was to simplify reissue for the foreign language versions on the disc. I wish I knew who was reponsible for this decision as I would like to explain to him what a mistake they have made.I am glad I still have an original VHS copy of the film still.
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74 of 76 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Appallingly low quality release. 2 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
To repeat the comments made by M. N. Malik "Nefarious", this version has butchered titles. Don't buy it, it's a shoddy lazy release of a classic film which deserves more respect.

The video is of mediocre quality transfer, the audio is clear, there are a couple of extras but neither anything to write home about. For a DVD it would be pretty average.

But his film is an all time classic and deserves the best, let alone taking the average and making it worse by removing style and content from the original film and replacing it with cheap pixelated titles which look like a 5 year old did the job.

Poor show Universal!

Wait for them to release a proper version. Ticker-tape and all!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
People expecting a sci-fi film of the James Cameron ("guns are fun") variety, will be either disappointed, or find their horizons pleasantly expanded. This film is, to my mind anyway, the most realistic portrayal of what might happen if we really did come across alien life. The acting, camera work, soundtrack and highly realistic sets (no cardboard here, and all the equipment you see existed in real life) add to its unique athmosphere of trepidation and creeping paranoia, as the microscopic but extremely contageous and destructive lifeform is discovered and carefully examined. The alien lifeform is satisfyingly alien and unlike anything conceivable on Earth. The science is suffiently meaty and substantial to satisfy any geek --no airy pseudo-scientific babble here, and the whole film manages to avoid descending into simple schlock-horror.
People have commented on a lack of plausibility of the slow Government response to the alien threat, the illogical selection of scientists and the possible suggestion (which eludes me, actually) that the microscopic lifeform might have some form of intelligence ("how can a microbe be intelligent?" Well, ever hear of collective intelligence?). But to me, the unpreparedness, miscalculation and inconsistency with which the government and scientific bodies respond, despite the fact that they thought they had prepared for this eventuality, sounds scarily true-to-life to me. So do the mishaps that cause mistakes and miscommunication at vital moments. And when you are confronted with an incident like this, who you gonna call?
People have also commented on the lack of glamour and charisma of the main characters.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rating is for the FILM ONLY 12 Nov 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As I have never seen the version referred to in other reviews on here, I can't comment on the effect of the removal of the ticker tape intros to various scenes. However, the film as it stands i would give 5 stars; tense, thought provoking, well acted, tightly directed and generally very entertaining. The quality of the video could be slightly better (the film seems too dark in some places) but the film itself is top notch.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Classic movie bastardized - shame 24 Dec 2010
By Toys4me
Format:DVD
Firstly I think this is a classic movie which I like a great deal. However this version has been spoilt and hence only gets 1 star. As has already been mentioned it's criminal that the studio released this version with the orginal ticker tape removed (replaced with sub-titles: anyone with half a brain would have left the movie as is, in English with ticker tape, and simply added foreign language sub-titles). Any one know if there is an original DVD/Blu-ray with ticker tape (movie original)?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Textbook Exercise in Film Making 29 Mar 2013
Format:DVD
"There's a fire, sir." is one of my favourite lines in cinema, and indeed, books. Every time I watch this gem of a movie, that line alone makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.*The moments preceding this are also masterly in context.

This film is genuinely a text book exercise in how to make a film of this type work.

The claustrophobic element has never been done better. While the cast contains few if any A-listers, the acting is universally up to the task. Yes, in true Crighton style, the characters lack a little dimensionality, but that only helps to allow the movie to concentrate a little better on the situation. The pool of characters we get in the bunker is nicely differentiated, and each one brings a different element to the solution of the puzzle. There are few if any obvious scientific howlers, and while it's not quite perfect in that respect, it doesn't have one screaming at the mind-numbing inaccuracies they can get away with today after decades of dumbing down our education system (writing in England).

The access to the bunker complex is a "Man From Uncle" style delight; the story is not completely linear-there are changes of course in the plot (how rare is that today?); (SPOILER !)they persuade the authorities to A bomb the town, then find out they should not.

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The final sequences are very, very tense, and if the final ending of the organism is a rather anticlimactic, it's probably the more accurate for that.

This is one of Science Fiction's very best movies.

*There is one better line in cinema- "Night of the Lepus"'s "Run for your lives! There's a horde of killer rabbits coming this way !"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 1971 sci-fi film finally gets justice done with decent...
Great hard sci-fi film from the master director Robert Wise (The Day the earth stood still). Looks very good in Blu-ray Hi-Def but note that no restoration appears to have taken... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Richard D. Browne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and scary sci-fi for its time
Great and scary sci-fi for its time, bit dated now but started a genre and many movies since copied the format. Read more
Published 22 days ago by CFM
5.0 out of 5 stars This is for the German release on Blu-ray.
For all those disappointed by the DVD release and still waiting for a perfect Blu-ray release here in the U.K. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. T. Aris
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good film
Published 1 month ago by Mixer114
4.0 out of 5 stars A change to the norm
A last a true to the book film, the only change I could find was the changing of the sex of one of the scientists to a woman, and not a glamourous one which was refreshing.
Published 4 months ago by Anjila
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic
This is one of the movies I remember from my youth (or should I say childhood) when it was shown late at night on TV and I had to ask special permission to stay up long enough. Read more
Published 8 months ago by marais75012
5.0 out of 5 stars Is there somebody out there?
Brilliant science fiction. Not big action, but a really good story which could accually always happen. (Fukushima from out of space! Read more
Published 11 months ago by E.R. Beunders
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect as described. The item is in lovely condition. Well packaged...
Perfect as described. The item is in lovely condition. Well packaged and arrived promptly. Is value for money. Thank you.
Published 11 months ago by Maw
3.0 out of 5 stars A Classic film that had been poorly re configured
The film is a classic, maybe a little dated now, but the story is superb.
Unfortunately bringing the The film to DVD has changed the characteristic urgency of the start of the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Helpless
5.0 out of 5 stars The Andromeda Strain - The movie
Originally made as a docu-drama style movie about events which are supposed to have happened!!!! Not sure if they ever did it rivals the satan bug which was made years before. Read more
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