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The Arrival [DVD]

4.2 out of 5 stars 55 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Shane, Ron Silver
  • Directors: David Twohy
  • Writers: David Twohy
  • Producers: Cyrus Yavneh, David Tripet, Jim Steele, Lorenzo O'Brien, Robert W. Cort
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Eiv
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct. 2001
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005S874
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,366 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Charlie Sheen stars as radio astronomer Zane Ziminsky, who listens to cosmic noise every night, waiting to hear any kind of emission from space that could signify an alien presence. When he picks up a shockwave from space he thinks he could have found what he has been waiting for, but after taking his tape to his boss he is unexpectedly laid off. Zane decides to investigate further on his own.

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Calling this 1996 science fiction thriller "a glorified B movie," isn't a criticism. Writer-director David Twohy managed to get interesting material on the screen despite a limited budget, and the film is just believable enough to be satisfying as a tale of paranoid conspiracy. If you can ignore the hokey parts and accept Charlie Sheen as noted radio astronomer Zane Ziminski, you'll get thoroughly involved when the reception of an alien radio signal leads him to Mexico and to a huge underground power plant operated by aliens bent on the eventual takeover of Earth. Ron Silver is suitably chilling as the astronomer's boss, whose real identity is more horrifying than Ziminski ever imagined. The underground alien lair is memorably creepy, and The Arrival is just smart enough to qualify as more than a guilty pleasure. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Nov. 2002
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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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This was great fun to watch. Much creepier than I expected and Charlie Sheen's performance was enjoyable. A good film if you like conspiracy theory alien stuff and entertaining enough to be worth watching even if you don't
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Charlie Sheen plays a workaholic astronomer, so desperate to discover life on another planet he works all the hours god sends, estranging his girlfriend in the process. In his searching he accidentally stumbles across an alien plot to takover the world making him more paranoid than he was before. Good story, great visuals and superb twists.
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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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