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Alien Autopsy

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In 1995, mysterious top-secret black-and-white footage, supposedly filmed during the 1947 Roswell incident, was broadcast around the world. It showed the autopsy of an alien lifeform. The men responsible for the discovery of the footage, buddies Ray (Declan Donnelly) and Gary (Ant McPartlin), are thrown into intense media scrutiny. But the guys have an even bigger secret. And it’s not very pretty. Based on true events, Alien Autopsy is the alternately bizarre and frequently quirky story of the two unlikely lads from London who become icons in UFOlogy with a discovery that stunned millions who’ve long searched for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Bill Pullman (Spaceballs, Independence Day) and Harry Dean Stanton (Alien) join a cast of intriguing characters in the tale of the mystery that, in one sense at least, was truly out of this world.

Alien Autopsy is one of the weirdest, most unnerving, and most hilarious small films in recent memory. It's a feature film that relates the story of the real-life blokes behind a controversial 1990s film that purported to show "hidden, government-censored footage" of an alien autopsy performed in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947. (This feature film should not be confused with the quasi-documentary Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?, which showed brief clips from the controversial film and which aired on American TV in the '90s.) This Alien Autopsy reenacts the scenario behind the original, and dubious, footage--a reenactment of a reenactment. In 1995 two Britons, Ray Santilli (Declan Donnelly) and Gary Shoefield (Ant McPartlin), claim they have possession of secret US government-shot film showing an autopsy conducted on an alien, handed to them by "an inside party." Alien Autopsy tells how Santilli and Shoefield get the interest of a fairly reputable film company and documentary filmmaker (a world-weary, grizzled Bill Pullman), and gather financing to put together this shocking blockbuster. The only problem is, the original film is of terrible, unviewable quality. And then the fun begins. Santilli and Shoefield are completely unfazed and set about re-creating what they insist was on the film--with such zeal and abandon that it recalls Johnny Depp's performance as the schlock-meister title character in Tim Burton's delightful Ed Wood. The two are on a mission, and nothing will stop them. Donnelly and McPartlin have an easy, off-kilter chemistry because of their appearances on British TV. But even people who know them as "Ant and Dec" will appreciate their excellent performances in Alien Autopsy. (Accolades are also due Harry Dean Stanton, riveting in a pivotal supporting role.) Alien Autopsy is surprisingly suspenseful, and while viewers sometimes can't believe their eyes, they never want to stop watching. Alien Autopsy also includes some striking anachronisms--like Santilli's showing a skeptical film executive a Google search of his name, with more than 3 million hits. (Google wasn't started until 1998.) Touches like this give Alien Autopsy even more cheeky charm. The DVD comes with an excellent feature on the true back-story of Santilli and the footage, and how the filmmakers approached their task; deleted scenes and outtakes; and an engaging commentary by director Jonny Campbell. The truth may still be out there, but Alien Autopsy, in its own small way, seeks to shed light on one small mystery of the 1990s. --A.T. Hurley

Special Features

The Making of Ant and Dec's Alien Autopsy
Additional scenes
Commentary by director Jonny Campbell
Alternate opening

Product Details

  • Actors: Bill Pullman, Ant McPartlin, Declan Donnelly, Harry Dean Stanton, Omid Djalili
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003SPJ4ZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By llbird on July 10, 2010
Format: DVD
Based on the true story of Ray Santilli and his footage of the 1947 Roswell alien autopsy, this film will surely be a huge hit for Roswell UFO conspiracists as well as Ant and Dec fanatics. However, non-UFO or Geordie lovers will enjoy it too.

The film's popularity in the UK was based on its lead actors, Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. Critics wondered whether audiences would be able to see the actors as Gary and Ray, rather than their cheeky TV personality selves. Skepticism was also given to whether Ant and Dec had lost their punitive talent for acting, having not played characters other than themselves since the early nineties on a BBC children's drama.

Thankfully, the criticism was proven to be unfounded as Ant and Dec performed spectacularly and believably in their first feature film. Their real life friendship and two decades of working side by side provided the required chemistry between the lead characters, who are best friends in real life.

American audiences unfamiliar with Ant and Dec will not have to worry about conflating their perception of Gary and Ray with knowledge of the actors and will simply be able to enjoy a well-done movie about Ray Santilli and the Roswell UFO footage.

A keen viewer will notice plot holes here and there (most of which are filled in by viewing the deleted scenes... not that that excuses them), but the breaks in plot are not enough to break the tone of the film, which is an oddly suspenseful and frothy ride.

The lighting, coloring and cinematography is reminiscent of Edgar Wright's films as is the dry humor and classic British wit. American audiences will feel at home with the California settings and actors such as Bill Pullman and Harry Dean Stanton.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carl Manes on January 13, 2011
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Two bright young lads from Britain set off to America to purchase Elvis memorabilia for their business back home. What they find, instead, is video evidence of an alien autopsy that was taken by a combat photographer who was on site at Roswell, New Mexico in July, 1947. The two return to England to find out that their $30,000 investment has been completely destroyed in transportation, leaving them with nothing but an enormous debt owed to their shifty financier. In a desperate attempt to save themselves, Ray and Gary come up with the idea to recreate the footage that Ray had seen to show their backer, but they could never anticipate the film's reaction... Their elaborate hoax is a complete success, and after repaying their loan in full, Ray and Gary set up what they assume will be a small screening of the film in order to make a little extra money for their troubles. The result would be one of this century's greatest controversies, and one that continues to be debated by critics and skeptics to this very day.

ALIEN AUTOPSY stars British television's Ant and Dec (Anthony McPartlin and Declan Donnelly) as the eccentric team behind the hoax who hire on a documentary filmmaker to help them retell their amazing tale. Bill Pullman joins them as the doubtful man behind the camera that is slowly drawn into their story along with the disbelieving audience. The only thing that is more incredible than the alien footage, itself, is the duo's crazy journey around the world promoting their 'restored' version of the film, while making hundreds of thousands of dollars in the process. Ant and Dec pull off the roles splendidly by playing it straight and allowing the absurdity of the true events to bring out the humor naturally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on November 21, 2010
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Do you remember back in the mid 1990s when a short, grainy black and white film was widely shown on TV that purported to be an actual autopsy of an alien life form filmed by the U.S. government after the Roswell crash in 1947? Millions were stunned, and there was a lot of discussion pro and con about the authenticity of the film. Some laughed at the outrageous preposterousness of it while others argued that many the elements of legitimacy seemed to be in place. All except the actual, source of the film. That remained a bit shady.

ALIEN AUTOPSY is a wild and quirky retelling of the "true facts" regarding the origin of this amazing footage.

When London hustlers and pals Ray (Declan Donnelly) and Gary (Ant McPartlin) discover the footage, they are suddenly thrown into intense media scrutiny and realize they have an even bigger problem on their hands.

Allegedly based on true events, here is the bizarre and frequently hilarious story of the two unlikely lads from London who become icons in UFOism with a discovery of evidence of extraterrestrial life.

Bill Pullman and Harry Dean Stanton join a cast of strange characters in this comic mystery thriller that's out of this world in more ways than one. This is one of best little films I've seen in a long, long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carmella Hepworth on July 14, 2014
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I will admit it; I purchased this film just because it has Ant & Dec in it. I watched the film and all of the bonus features two times. It's a very quirky film, but it has its moments. I actually really enjoyed seeing that Ant & Dec can still act. They were far better than they were as PJ & Duncan in Byker Grove.
The storyline was hilarious. Very well thought-out, and just the sort of thing you'd expect from Ant & Dec. I do wish that the deleted scenes had made it into the film - they made the story make more sense, and they added a different point of view to the story. I'm very excited to watch the film for a third time.
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