Alien (Blu-ray)

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Classic SciFi Horror

on 3/22/2012

I think a lot of people don't realize that this is a classic horror film. Just listen to the music next time. Really like the story and it launched a great franchise. Read More

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The terror begins when the crew of a spaceship investigates a transmission from a desolate planet, and discovers a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind. One by one, each crew member is slain until only Ripley is left, leading to an explosive conclusion that sets the stage for its stunning sequel, "Aliens

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 220420676
UPC 024543711193
UPC 14 00024543711193
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 4/4/2014
Rating Rating
Keywords
Adventure
Alien Attacks
Alien Encounters
Alien Life Forms
Aliens
Blockbuster
Classic
Essential Cinema
Live-Action
Recommended
Science-Fiction
Space
Space Exploration
Spaceships
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Director Ridley Scott's breakthough film, an immensely successful blend of horror and science fiction, is a classic in both genres and spawned a host of sequels and imitators. Starring Sigourney Weaver as warrant officer Ellen Ripley, ALIEN focuses on the crew of the space cargo ship Nostromo, which lands on a moribund planet in response to a faint SOS. Inside a crashed ship, the crew members come upon strange pods, one of which spews forth a repellently fleshy insectile creature that locks on to the face of the unlucky Kane (John Hurt). Despite Ripley's advice, science officer Ash (Ian Holm) allows Kane to return to the ship, where the creature finally releases its grip. Soon, however, in one of the film's most infamous scenes, one of its offspring explodes horribly from Kane's stomach and scurries away. Dallas (Tom Skerritt), the vessel's captain, leads the others in a search for the rapidly growing, acid-dripping alien before it can cut them down--one by one. ^A triumph of art direction, set design, and special effects, ALIEN gains much of its impact from the contrast between the bleak, antiseptic beauty of the space vessel's interior and the primordial horror of the alien, a brilliantly original fusion of insect, man, and machine designed by Swiss surrealist painter H.R. Giger. The top-notch cast also includes Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, and Harry Dean Stanton.
Reviews
Sight and Sound "...ALIEN outshines all competition in the luminous splendour of its photography..." 09/01/1979 p.258-9
Variety "...An old-fashioned scary movie set in a highly realistic sci-fi future, made all the more believable by the expert technical craftsmanship....[Weaver] carries it off well..." 05/23/1979
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...Ridley Scott was a force to be reckoned with..." 11/01/2003 p.117
Total Film "...With its cliché-confounding cast and plotting, roughneck sensibility and star-making turn from Weaver, ALIEN rewards repeat viewing..." 11/01/2003 p.106
Los Angeles Times "...Scott's film still shreds nerves....At once graphically elegant and viscerally effective, the future conjured up by Scott was dystopian to the core..." 10/29/2003 p.C3
Entertainment Weekly "...In ALIEN, you can hear lessons for the sci-fi future in a great milestone from the recent past..." 11/07/2003 p.52
Chicago Sun-Times "Ridley Scott's 1979 movie is a great original." 10/26/2003 p.5
Premiere "Weaver's Ripley revolutionized women's roles by introducing the female action hero..." 04/01/2004 p.71
Directors
Ridley Scott
Actors
Ian Holm
John Hurt
Sigourney Weaver
Tom Skerritt
Cast & Crew
Harry Dean Stanton - Star
Ian Holm - Star
Veronica Cartwright - Star
John Hurt - Star
Yaphet Kotto - Star
Sigourney Weaver - Star
Tom Skerritt - Star
Dan O'Bannon - Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith - Composer
Derek Vanlint - Cinematographer
Carlo Rambaldi - Special Effects
Bernard Lodge - Special Effects
David Giler - Producer
Walter Hill - Producer
Michael Seymour - Production Designer
Dan O'Bannon - Story
Gordon Carroll - Producer
Terry Rawlings - Editor
Ian Whittaker - Set Designer
Ronald Shusett - Source Writer
Peter Weatherly - Editor
John Mollo - Costume Designer
H. R. Giger - Costume Designer
Roger Dicken - Costume Designer
Ridley Scott - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1979
UPC 00024543711193
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 116 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution ...practically perfect in every way.
David Litton, Movie Eye ...utterly unforgettable...
Ty Burr, Boston Globe ...oozes gore and greatness.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...a landmark film...

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