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Virus [1999] [DVD]

Jamie Lee Curtis , William Baldwin , John Bruno    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, William Baldwin, Donald Sutherland, Joanna Pacula, Marshall Bell
  • Directors: John Bruno
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Starz Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,821 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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A ghostly ship looms silently ahead as the crippled, ocean-going, salvage tug Sea Star approaches. The Sea Star crew, their ship slowly sinking, has sought refuge in the eerie calm of the eye of a typhoon to make repairs and hopefully avert disaster. But something's terribly wrong. The ship, a Russian science vessel bristling with high-tech radar, electronics and other wonders, appears to be deserted. Unfortunately for the crew of the Sea Star, nothing could be further from the truth. Shelter from the storm turns into terror on board as they find themselves stalked by a mutating alien life form that has travelled across time and space - an energy force unlike any in the universe. It is powerful. Intelligent. And it has found the perfect planet to inhabit. Now, in order to survive, it must destroy the one threat to its existence: a virus called man.


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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An underrated, action-packed thriller 27 Sep 2003
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying Entertainment! 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Sci fi worth a watch 10 Sep 2014
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Technical brilliance - amateur plot. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty damn good
Well I have seen this film before and compared with 18 films of today it's not as scary. I really enjoyed it though and consider it a good film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Robert Collins
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent DVD for some good old escapism.
If you immerse yourself in this DVD it has a good story and is quite scary. Some of the monsters at the end are a bit iffy, but overall very enjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by Brian
1.0 out of 5 stars Infected
You know that a movie is pretty bad when its star later rants about just how awful it is.

And honestly, Jamie Lee Curtis describing how she uses "Virus" to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars very good mint condition disk
all works perfect no problems will deal with u again mint condition disk good delivery time wicked film good horror movie
Published 8 months ago by kim lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Like it
An oldie but goodie.
A must for Jamie Lee Curtis fans but some of the acting is a bit stiff.
Published 9 months ago by Craig Ford
2.0 out of 5 stars Very average
Very average late 90s sic-fi horror / thriller. The acting is pretty wooden (Baldwin being the worst culprit) and the CGI is a bit crude by today's standards (though one has to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Stefano82
3.0 out of 5 stars Great service
The orrder wen through quickly and the DVD arrived within the time expected, good price, good service, film was a little dated compared with films of today, but what can you expect... Read more
Published 13 months ago by BallPointX
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Was bought for me to watch as i saw on tv and i wanted to be able to watch again. was a liitle scary
Was really good to watch with family and to have to watch whenever we... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Miss K. Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars Baldwin Bliss !!!
Had this on Vhs so as I was replacing my Vhs with Dvd copies this was next in my collection and as its a brill film it was a must have . Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. T. A. Hibbert
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