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Alien Nation/Enemy Mine (Double Feature) (1988)

Dennis Quaid , Louis Gossett Jr. , Graham Baker , Wolfgang Petersen  |  R |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dennis Quaid, Louis Gossett Jr., James Caan, Mandy Patinkin, Brion James
  • Directors: Graham Baker, Wolfgang Petersen
  • Writers: Barry Longyear, Edward Khmara, Rockne S. O'Bannon
  • Producers: Bill Borden, Gale Anne Hurd, Richard Kobritz
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Anamorphic
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: December 5, 2006
  • Run Time: 198 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KGGIV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alien Nation/Enemy Mine (Double Feature)" on IMDb

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Alien Nation: They get drunk on sour milk. They have two hearts and bald, spotted heads. They're highly intelligent, but if you drop them in seawater they'll melt into a puddle of goop. They're "Newcomers," and they arrived as refugees in a massive alien slave-ship, quarantined for three years and then reluctantly accepted as citizens of Earth. To some humans--including seasoned Los Angeles cop Matt Sykes (James Caan)--the Newcomers are unwelcome "slags." Sykes's own virulent "speciesism" intensifies when Newcomer thugs kill his partner, but he sees logic in teaming up with Sam Francisco (Mandy Patinkin), the first Newcomer detective in the LAPD. Francisco's Newcomer knowledge is vital to their investigation of an alien drug ring, and a friendship grows from life-or-death circumstances.

A routine cop thriller with a comedic sci-fi twist, Alien Nation has two things working in its favor: Caan and Patinkin form a memorable duo, and the basic premise--as conceived by Rockne S. O'Bannon (who later developed the film as a TV series)--intelligently accounts for the sociological impact of an alien population. The subtle point is made that humans are extraordinary beings who squander their potential, and the evil of drugs--as dealt by a social-climbing Newcomer played by Terence Stamp--leads to a crisis that threatens to generate global intolerance. These points are well presented in a context of overly familiar plotting and standard-issue sarcasm. It's entertaining for a brisk 90 minutes, but in its attempt to be widely appealing, Alien Nation glosses over issues that might have made it more uniquely provocative. --Jeff Shannon

Enemy Mine: Lizard-like Draconian Louis Gossett Jr. and his mortal enemy, earthling Dennis Quaid, crash-land on a hostile planet during a brutal space battle. Forced to rely on one another for survival, they overcome their differences and become fast friends. You can almost hear them break into an off-key version of "It's a Small World." German director Wolfgang Petersen, so brutally honest with his film Das Boot, turns warm and cuddly on us with this intergalactic buddy movie. Much of the problem, though, is that the script sets us up for an intriguing encounter, then settles for a simple and sentimental resolution. Noteworthy set design and strong performances, especially by Gossett, push this beyond mere mediocrity. His performance is fascinating, as he must speak in an alien tongue, which he maintains with artistry and consistency. --Rochelle O'Gorman

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Alien Nation Thought-provoking, witty and entertaining, this action-packed blend of science fiction and police drama finds Los Angeles the new home of 300,000 humanoid extraterrestrials. When a gang of these Newcomers kills a police detective's (James Caan) partner, he sets out to solve the crime with his new partner (Many Patinkin) the L.A.P.D.'s first Newcomer detective. But the unlikely pair soon uncover a far more dangerous threat to society. Enemy Mine In this visually stunning sci-fi adventure, two warriors engaged in a savage, futuristic war between Earth and the planet Dracon, crash-land on a desolate, fiery planet. At first, the human (Dennis Quaid) and his reptilian, alien opponent (Louis Gossett, Jr.) are intent on destroying each other. But after battling the elements and each other, the two stranded pilots gradually realize that the only way either of them will survive is to overcome their undying hatred.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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How's this for a good deal? Two classic sci-fi flicks we all know and love! Both films have the theme of a human and an alien at odds with one another who eventually have to work together and eventually become best friends. These two films are more character driven than most sci-fi flicks.
Alien Nation is actually more of an 80s style cops and robbers buddy movie a la 48 HRS, but with aliens. The aliens have landed and are trying to become productive members of human society, but of course there are those humans who aren't too happy about the "Newcomers" taking their jobs and zipping through the educational system faster than the human children. Detective Sykes(James Caan) doesn't like these guys at all, especially after his partner is killed by one. Then he teams up with the first Newcomer detective played by Mandy Patinkin. As you can imagine, it's a rough road for these two, but in the end they're buddies. The villain is a rich Newcomer drug dealer played by the always cool Terence Stamp. A fun movie with some funny dialogue and some good ol' mindless action. But you already knew that.
Enemy Mine is another one of those great flicks to revisit now and again. This one has rival fighter pilots Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, jr. crash landing on a barren planet where they have to learn to overcome their hatred for one another and work together to survive. Quaid is a human being while Gossett is a Drac, which is a hermaphroditic reptilian species of alien. Once they overcome hatred and get comfy, they realize there is a bigger threat to the planet in the form of human scavengers that use Dracs as slaves in their mine. Quaid has to save his "nephew"(Gossett's child) when he's captured by the miners. This was a very good film.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular Investment July 1, 2010
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20th Century Fox clearly understands the concept of sweetening a deal to near irresistibility and it's tough to find more definitive proof than the Alien Nation/Enemy Mine Double Feature. Representing a very unique time in filmmaking, these two gems represent the golden era of using practical effects and in-camera techniques to paint fantastical tales of alien cultures, gravity-defying spacecraft, and futuristic weaponry. Both of these titles had been on my radar for some time now and picking up the Double Feature for under $10 was the icing on the cake. Here are my full feature reviews of the two films contained within:

Enemy Mine

1985 might as well have been an eternity ago to today's filmgoer who has become dependent upon heavily computer-generated imagery, fast cuts, and inconceivable perspectives. Enemy Mine could very easily be considered the opposite of these trends in every possible arena. Pacing is methodic, visual effects are all practical, and fairly restrictive sets force the viewer into appreciating the writing through dialog exchange.

The premise, based on the 1979 short story of the same title by Barry B. Longyear, takes place in the late 21st century, amidst an ongoing interstellar war between human beings (Bilateral Terran Alliance, or BTA as its referred) and the Dracs (a mysterious reptilian race). Human pilot Willis E. Davidge (Dennis Quaid) and Drac Jeriba "Jerry" Shigan (Louis Gossett, Jr.) engage in a spacecraft skirmish, which results in them both crash-landing on a hostile moon known as Fyrine IV.

The core of the tale works of the idea of members of opposing armed forces discovering that they have more in common than they do discrepancies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 Flics on 2 discs..... February 6, 2007
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Hey, these are both classic SciFi movies! I really like that they are on seperate discs, in a slim-pack, AND the price would be nice for each, BUT NO!, you get 2 for the price of 1!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classis SyFy duo! February 22, 2012
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For only a few cents more I was able to finish up my Alien series on DVD and got a bonus classic at the same time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Alien Nation/Enemy Mine December 8, 2008
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This was given as a gift. However I know that Enemy Mine has always been a favorite of mine. Excellant film about friendship over instilled training.
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3.0 out of 5 stars They have landed. April 10, 2007
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This is a good combo if you are into aliens and space movies. Although my children were not born when they made these they still enjoyed the movies. It is fun watching the reaction on the faces who are seeing the movie for the first time. I recommend this for family night.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alien Nation/Enemy Mine May 25, 2007
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Alien Nation is actually a good movie... I really enjoyed it... It was a bit like the days of the "X" files movies... It was good to watch. Enemy Mine is a fantastic Movie... I can watch this one over and over again.. Its really well made and Dennis Quaid is a little Hottie in it, I think its prob his best movie.. Its a movie you can watch anytime.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enemy mine/alien nation review May 6, 2014
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It was great. Just as I remembered it to be years ago..Thank you for the chance to get to see it. Again..
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Movies were poor quality
There was much static on both copies of movie I purchased. Bad copy job. Too Bad, I really like the movies.
Published 5 months ago by Suzanne Collins-schrode
4.0 out of 5 stars Enemy Mine
I bought this because of Enemy Mine. Love the story. Teaches that it is possible to learn to love anyone if given the chance to get to know them. Read more
Published 5 months ago by truckla
4.0 out of 5 stars Syi-fi
Enemy Mine a very good SCI-fi movie that I wanted to add to my collection. I remembered alien nation but was not a Hugh fan but is an enjoyable enough show.
Published 6 months ago by Michael K. Fisk
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent double feature
Classic older movies both of them. Enemy Mine more of a story of racism, and two strangers getting to know each other. Read more
Published 8 months ago by browny21
1.0 out of 5 stars Unable to watch dvd
I haven't been able to watch 'enemy mine' yet as there is a problem with the regional code; something I was unaware of when ordering. If I ever get to see it I'll let you know.
Published 9 months ago by lesley george
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Alien Nation/Enemy Mine (Double Feature)
Dennis Quaid

I loved the double feature.
Iv'e been searching for Enemy Mine for at least 7 years, It is great that I... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Karen Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars on time and in good work good and i will like more to see like that...
on time and in good work good and i will like more to see like that think you very much
Published 12 months ago by robert dressler
4.0 out of 5 stars nice to see older movies on disc
Being a fan of both movies I was glad to see that they had been put on disc. It was also nice to see two movies that have similar stories together rather than the usual kind of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by D.C. Lowe
5.0 out of 5 stars Both movies are awesome!
I am an old sci-fi fan from back in the day. Both movies are very entertaining and worth a watch.
Published 15 months ago by Ginger
5.0 out of 5 stars two fun scifi movies
Enemy Mine is just a great story of enemies that become friends. Alien Nation is fun take on race relations through scifi lens.
Published 16 months ago by Cody Goebel
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