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Virus [DVD] [1999]

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  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, Joanna Pacula, Marshall Bell
  • Directors: John Bruno
  • Writers: Chuck Pfarrer, Dennis Feldman
  • Producers: Bud S. Smith, Chuck Pfarrer, Dennis E. Jones, Gale Anne Hurd, Gary Levinsohn
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Russian
  • 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: 18
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jun. 2002
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000067NQ7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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During a savage typhoon, the crew of a salvage tug discover a seemingly deserted Russian military vessel. Everton (Donald Sutherland), the tug's captain, and Kit (Jamie Lee Curtis), his navigator, manage to restore the power, only to discover a surviving scientist who begs them to turn the power off and abandon the ship. It then emerges that the ship has been taken over by a hostile and elusive alien lifeform determined to destroy the 'virus' that is mankind.


In this fast-paced, sci-fi/horror shoot-'em-up based on the Dark Horse comic book, Jamie Lee Curtis plays the navigator of an ocean-going tug. When a typhoon cripples their boat, the crew sails into the eye of the storm, where they discover a high-tech Russian communications and research vessel adrift. Only one Russian crewmember is still alive, raving about "intelligent lightning." They soon discover that an alien life form has taken over the ship's computers and is churning out biomechanical warriors. With their own boat destroyed, the crew must battle the creature as the ship reenters the storm. If the basic story and characters all sound familiar, it may not surprise you that producer Gale Anne Hurd's other films include The Terminator and Aliens. This movie and its derivative screenplay aren't nearly as good as those were, and director John Bruno (who won an Oscar for best visual effects for The Abyss) seems more skilled at action choreography and special effects than character and story. Curtis plays another variation on her "scream queen" persona, while Donald Sutherland gives a deliciously hammy performance as the tug captain (in his words, "the dominant life form") who smells salvage money if he can claim the Russian ship for his own. For all the picture's flaws, the effects are good (and gory) and it moves at top speed for a brisk 100 minutes. A trivia factoid: at one point on this troubled production, film footage was seized at the airport because the shipping box was prominently marked with the film's title! --Geoff Miller

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2003
Format: DVD
I put off watching Virus for some time because of the general sense of mediocrity it seemed to generate in many viewers and, more importantly, the fact that it features not only Jamie Lee Curtis, who is not my favorite actress, but also a Baldwin brother (William). After watching it, though, I have to say that Virus is really not a bad movie at all. Certainly, there is a lot of Alien-type stuff going on, but there is plenty of action, a fair smidgeon of gore, and reason to hope that maybe, just this once, a Baldwin character might not survive to the end. Sherman "Is that Cuba Gooding, Jr.?" Augustus and Marshall Bell deserve a lot of credit for injecting some comedy and realism into this movie, but it is Joanna Pacula, in the role of Russian science officer Nadia Vinogradiya, who really steals the show, in my opinion. She certainly far outshines Jamie Lee Curtis, whose character has almost no depth whatsoever.
The trouble starts on Mir, as some sort of fast-moving cloud of energy takes over the space station and gets sent along for the ride down to a Russian scientific receiving vessel somewhere in the Pacific, where it puts on a light show to beat the band. Days later, a salvage boat led by the hopelessly annoying Captain Everton (Donald Sutherland in one of his lesser performances) tries to drag a barge through a hurricane; the boat makes it to the eye of the storm, where it discovers a large Russian ship dead in the water. The crews board the Russian vessel, finding no signs of the crew, and eyes start to widen at the thought of the money to be earned for salvaging this gigantic scientific ship. After they turn the power back on, they come to discover two life forms stowed away onboard, however.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. S. Corbin on 10 Sept. 2014
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We have Donald Sutherland playing a somewhat unimpressive captain who gives the impression you would have to be desperate to be on his boat. Jamie lee Curtis plays a navigation expert, and one of the Baldwin brothers playing the sensible hero.

They along with a Russian communications ship our caught up in a storm. The Russian ship while talking to a spacecraft is attacked by a E.T. which is electrical base. Both ships end up in the calm centre of the storm and the Americans go to investigate the now abandoned Russian ship. While on the ship one survivor is found, and dispite her best effotts to get them to shut down the power and get off the ship, they only see the salvage value of the ship.

The plot is full of holes. Once the computer comes on, the first thing it does is sink the American ship, which means it is still stranded in the ocean. It has apparently read all the Russian computers, and does not realise that if it keeps sinking ships, they will just sink it. Also the Russian navy would send a destroyer to sink it if they lost contact and found Americans on it.
The director aparently forgot he was on a ship, and it builds a machine for itself as big as a room, but manages to move through the doorway and gangways of a ship without leaving a clue. Once the Americans turn back on the power., all the little robots that it built out of parts of Computers and ship come to life, and start building more of the little monsters. Yet two of the Americans, watch this andseem to find the robots antics funny rather then completly strange. They are attacked ny half man, half machine robots, who have the worst aim possible. In corridos and rooms it fires off magazine after magazine of machine gun fire, and hits nothing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By miss marple on 10 Jun. 2012
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Trapped on a ship, no where to run, no where to hide, with a shape shifting alien unlike nothing you've ever seen before. It's constantly looking for ways to survive, using what ever or who ever it can find, as a host. It came here to survive and it will do what ever it takes to stay alive. It's only threat is a virus, and that virus is called... man!

VIRUS is a new breed of horror and combines Alien, The Terminator and The Thing all into one original horror film and is definitely one to add to your collection. Filled with equally as good special effects, a great cast and story, Virus will keep you in suspense throughout as it builds up to an amazing and unexpected climax.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Agma on 12 Oct. 2014
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Virus is a sci-fi action picture set on earth and it puts a spin on the inspiration and concept first spawn with the Aliens films. The cast features many stars with a line up including the likes of "Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin and Donald Sunderland"; and all conduct they're roles with a modest competance; particularly William Baldwin who plays as boat engineer Steve. Not to give away details of the films plot, I found the ambition an enthusiastic and inspirational one, but the translation an inevitable feeling of amateur-ness.

The dialogue is mostly very good with tension build up and intense lines. Action scenes however, loaded with special effects and saturated with a coarse taste of humour, subtracts from the atmosphere and status of the film considerably. Towards the end, the plot becomes untenable as it twists and turns into the more and more ridiculous. The Story line I found was uktimately very weak and character development practically non-existent. I felt technically the film was well made and transitions sound, but the directing was a bit of a let down.

Fans of action/horror sci-fi, who watch Virus without the modicating expectation that the standard and merit will be as high as Aliens, may enjoy this. For everyone else this may come as an underwhelming and stale sitting... There is better out there!.
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