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Contamination [1981] (NTSC) [DVD] [1980] [US Import]

3.1 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000096IAE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 110,812 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A cargo ship floats into New York and seems deserted, upon searching the ship police find the mutilated bodies of the ships crew. They also find large quantities of green eggs but find to there cost that when they burst if fluid contacts some their body also bursts. 3 people a government scientist, an astronaut and a police officer go to South America to investigate and discover more that they could have imagined.

A fun but overly talky 1980 sci-fi/horror directed by Luigi Cozzi. The bloody effects are fairly good for a low budget film but are used very sparingly, in the opening scenes and then not again until the last 15 mins or so when you also see the films monster which is also decent. The plot is quite silly and the dialogue doesn't stand up to a lot of scrutiny. McCulloch, Marleau and co. do a decent job but no more as does director Cozzi who directs the action well and does build a little bit of tension, Goblin do the soundtrack it's good but nowhere near there best, the title track is a standout. None of that really matters though as the main object of this video nasty is fun not to be taken seriously and in that it delivers the goods.
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A large ship pulls into New York Harbor, seemingly abandoned. Lieutenant Tony Aris and two scientists enter the ship, where they discover the grisly remains of the ship's crew. It appears as though their bodies have exploded from the inside out. The three men continue on and find more bodies and a room full of large green eggs, one of which is larger than the others, yellow and pulsating. When one of the scientists picks up the larger egg, it explodes covering both scientists in an acidic liquid. The two scientists then explode, leaving Aris to contact the military. Colonel Stella Holmes is put in charge of figuring out where the eggs came from, and informs Aris that he needs to stick around. They soon discover that a British astronaut called Hubbard spoke about what could be the very same type of eggs on a mission to Mars two years earlier, but he was presumed to be crazy and kicked out of the service. After some further investigation, Holmes, Aris and Hubbard end up following the egg trail to a Columbian coffee plantation where all is not as it seems.

Impressed by how well Zombie Flesh Eaters had done a year earlier, Luigi Cozzi attempted to use several of its cast. In the end they only managed to cast Ian McCulloch, who is great here as ex-astronaut, Ian Hubbard. McCulloch is probably best known today for those two Italian films along with one other, Zombie Holocaust aka Doctor Butcher M.D. It's a real shame McCulloch then decided to leave Italy and return to the UK, as I'm sure many other producers in Italy would have wanted him for their films. Cozzi originally wanted to cast Caroline Munro as Stella Holmes, but he was overruled by his producer who instead cast Canadian actress Louise Marleau.
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Mar. 2008
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I don't know about you, but I always get a kick out of these Italian knock-offs of successful American science fiction films. In this case, it's Alien that serves as the major inspiration, although one can't help but draw a similarity here and there with the classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers, as well. Naturally, Contamination (or Alien Contamination, as it was called in the USA) doesn't even begin to compare with Aliens, but it is worth viewing - if you're a fan of the genre, at least. I think it's safe to say that those who care nothing about low-budget science fiction and horror films will not enjoy this film at all, and those without the stomach for gore should also stay away. The film basically has just one gory effect, but it's a pretty good one and is used on a number of occasions. Gorehounds like me, of course, will revel in the "he done blowed up real good" moments.

Contamination opens with a cargo ship barreling into New York Harbor, its crew unwilling or unable to respond to radio calls. Once authorities corral the thing and pull it in, the mystery of the missing crew is solved - they're all very dead, their bodies seemingly ripped open from the inside. Of the three men sent in to explore the ship, only local cop Tony Aris (Marino Mase) comes back out alive. Having found a bunch of strange egg-like things in the ship's hold, the other two made the mistake of picking one up - quickly demonstrating to Aris the awful, immediate, and painful way in which everyone on board the ship must surely have died. That's more than enough reason for the government to quarantine the entire area and send in Colonel Stella Holmes (Louise Marleau) to figure out what the heck is going on.
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By Ian Williams VINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2006
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I love it when then writers of the dvd cases know exactly who their target audience is. Check this-

"Who is harvesting these alien hell-spores? What is their connection to a doomed mission to Mars? And most important of all, how many actors will die screaming in massive explosions of blood, guts and gore?"

Having read that, you're either heading for the checkout or rapidly moving on elsewhere.

Moving on myself, as one of a few extras (including a DVD-ROM accessible graphic novel version, but don't -and I mean don't, it's awful- waste your time with it) is a good interview with writer/director Cozzi who explains why it suddenly turns into a James Bond style thriller for the middle section, and casually insults his leading lady. The film itself was, almost unbelievably, once banned in the UK as a video nasty. I mean, what's a few exploding strap-on torsos filled with animal blood and offal between horror fans?

Other than that it's a passable time-waster but don't expect anything more that.
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