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Xtro [DVD]

Philip Sayer , Bernice Stegers , Harry Bromley Davenport    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers, Danny Brainin, Maryam d'Abo, Simon Nash
  • Directors: Harry Bromley Davenport
  • Producers: Mark Forstater
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KAIVV8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,022 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Low-budget sci fi horror revolving around Sam (Philip Sayer), a devoted family man who returns to Earth three years after being abducted by aliens, now possessing special powers. On his return, Sam seeks out his wife Rachel (Bernice Stegers) and son Tony (Simon Nash), but discovers that his wife is now living with a man named Joe (Danny Brainin). Rachel struggles to decide what her feelings are for the two men, while Sam's strange behaviour begins to affect Tony in frightening ways.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Close encounters of the Xtro kind 29 Nov 2009
By All of them Witches TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A great UK alien horror which has stood the test of time incredibly well. Another film I saw whilst quite young which was subsequently banned during the 'video nasties' hysteria but has 're-emerged' once again for its latest dvd release. There are no extras at all on the dvd and it appears that the print is straight from video judging by the film quality; the picture stutters a bit early on, this is not a fault with the disc as I remember this being the case whilst watching it on video but in any case is all rather superficial and does not detract from the delights that await.
Early on in the story a man is abducted by aliens in the form of an intense white light, witnessed by his young son. Forward three years later the son 'Tony' (still managing to look the same age, haircut etc) is still experiencing trauma, nightmares etc whilst his mother and wife of the abductee (Sam) believes her ex to have simply run off with someone else.
Sam returns in unforgettable fashion, via the union of an alien host and a rather unfortunate young woman and sets out to relocate his son. Unfortunately for everyone else Sam has 'changed' and then some, since he left earth three years prior and doesn't possess much empathy for his fellow man anymore. There are some really nice, novel ideas and minor idiosyncracies in Xtro. I liked the way he nonchalantly uses the car of the couple he has killed, driving to London with the female dead in plain view in the passenger seat where he killed her, also the first time he tries to use a telephone.
Anyway Sam manages to begin the process of 'changing' his son and Tony rapidly learns to use his newly acquired powers to suit his own sinister ends.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
If you can overlook its obviously low budget and tolerate the BBC Radiophonic Workshop-like synthesizer noodling on the soundtrack, there's much to enjoy and offend in XTRO, a simple tale of a family man returning to Earth after three years in the company of aliens whose customs and ways of life he hasn't completely surrendered. Fans of the gross and outrageous will enjoy the sight of a fully-grown man being 'reborn' (literally reborn!) and the several messy killings that further spice up this warped and somewhat disturbing British shocker. Although clearly inspired by Ridley Scott's Alien, XTRO actually bears more than a passing resemblance to Norman J.Warren's notorious Inseminoid, except things are much nastier here. If you like multi-million-dollar blockbusters, this won't interest you, but fans of home-grown horror should check it out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fathers For Just Space! 27 Jan 2013
Format:DVD
A family man is abducted by aliens when they see how high he can throw a stick. Then, a few years later he comes back to earth and attempts to return back to his family life, claiming to remember nothing of his disappearance, which causes initial problems as his Mrs has moved on. So he does what any self respecting, abnormal, evil alien, father for justice might do and starts infecting everyone around him, eating snake eggs, getting high on British Gas and trying to abduct his son...
Really good, low budget, Brit sci-fear from the early 80's. The inventive positives, far outweighing the negatives. The music could be seen as either, sounding like a Tomorrow's World's special on Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy and likewise, some of the performances are a bit stilted but that kind of helps the rather offensive goings on. Some highlights include the repulsive creature effects, the infamous 'rebirth' scene, Bond girl D'Abo being turned into a cocooned alien ovulater and of course all the cool psychic manifestations that occur, like ABC's, killer dwarf clowns and a 6ft Action Man that bayonets nosey neighbours!!!
Overall this is a nasty, cheap little Brit shocker with some truly slimy ideas, just the way we like em eh? And one which I happen to think is a bit of a gem. It was followed by two americanized sequels, neither of which were a patch on this. The director has delivered some interesting output over the years, shame he doesn't do more.
The print on review is the German double disc Marketing Film release, which is hardly crystal clear but is certainly an improvement on the old VHS. It appears to have more gore than the old pre-cert too but that could be just down to the darkness of the old print and the darkness of my memory.
4.5/5 Watch the skies folks!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great low-budget alien spin off!! 14 May 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this film when I was 13 and must say I was impressed
by it,although its not a certain Ridley Scott classic,it certainly scared me ..being the impressionable young man that I am!!
It basically tells the story of a family man who is abducted by aliens and subsequently returns to earth as the Xtro of the title.
The creature has now returned for his/its son and quickly establishes its motives by killing,raping,and infecting anybody
it comes into contact with.
I have to say if you see this film you may find it confusing and
a little weird to say the least,but if you enjoy watching low budget horror flicks with deliberately shocking gore than this is
worth a look!!
Great horror flick with a great soundtrack too!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a grea scfi horror strange and weird.
This film for the time it was made is and always will be a great Horror classic.One very good strange weird to some film,for those with strong stomachs this has it all everything... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mr. T. D. Mcgready
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as crap as you'd expect
Not as crap as you'd expect! There is a certain charm about this film. It'd be too easy to write it off as a typical exploitative early 80s sleazy horror movie - I'd say it's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rory Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars 'HE'S COME BACK FOR HIS SON'
A bright light separate's 'Tony' from his father 'Sam' during a country stroll,
when the light goes out 'Sam' has disappeared. Read more
Published 7 months ago by rbmusicman
5.0 out of 5 stars xtro
ok xtro great film from the 80s cashing in on the whole alien hype, i love this film but ignore anything saying the uncut version or red version, red band anything along those... Read more
Published 17 months ago by chojin
4.0 out of 5 stars This brings back memories!
Ahh, those early 80's video nasties. Were they really nasty? No, not really, but this still has some good moments in it even by todays anything goes standards. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Never has a bad film been so good
I do like a `so-bad-it's-good' kind of film. However, never has that phrase been more applicable than in the case of eighties British sci-fi horror film, Xtro. It was awful. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Albatross
5.0 out of 5 stars XTRO is a brilliant Brit horror
I first saw XTRO baxk on video in the 80's and for sometime it wa smy fave film.
Brilliant horror and especially SFX including the woman giving birth to a fully grown man and... Read more
Published 20 months ago by James Morton
1.0 out of 5 stars POOR DVD GOOD FILM
i bought this dvd and different parts of the film are in german and english i do not reccomend it
Published on 18 Sep 2012 by j bell
4.0 out of 5 stars Nasty, disturbing and excellent.
One day Sam and his son, Tony, are playing outside their house. All seems well, but out of nowhere comes a flash of blinding light and just as suddenly the sky is plunged into... Read more
Published on 27 May 2012 by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars "..CLASSIC 80'S SCI-FI.."
This movie is another lost classic from back in 1982, great sci-fi with some cool effects and good creature make-up and weird stuff going on all the way through! Read more
Published on 4 May 2012 by S. Drury
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