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Alien Nation - The Complete Series (1989)

Gary Graham , Eric Pierpoint , Chuck Bowman , David Carson  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli, Lauren Woodland, Sean Six
  • Directors: Chuck Bowman, David Carson, Gwen Arner, Harry Longstreet, John McPherson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo), Spanish (Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 989 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BOH8Y6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,715 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alien Nation - The Complete Series" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Commentary by Kenneth Johnson on Alien Nation: The Movie (part 1 & 2)

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Note: The unit contains six double sided DVDs, each side contains two episodes (so each disc contains four).

Product Description

As Newcomers -- fugitive slaves from the planet Tencton -- Detective George Francisco and his family face prejudice and intolerance as they struggle to assimilate to life on their adopted planet. Together with his human partner, hard-edged Detective Matt Sikes, George walks the beat in Slagtown, Los Angeles, a Newcomer slum teeming with vice and corruption. More than just another cop show or science fiction show, Alien Nation utilizes a unique and exciting blend of action, suspense, humor, and social drama to explore the sociology of what it means to be an outsider striving to fit in.

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107 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cancelled Too Soon! October 27, 2005
By Sylvie
Format:DVD
Kenneth Johnson attempted to do with Alien Nation what Joss Whedon did with Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Take a mediocre movie and create a series that had heart, soul, and a mythology all it's own. If Alien Nation: The Series had been allowed to continue for a few more seasons, I have no doubt that it would have become one of those epic series that are now part of the American psyche. Unfortunately, the series was cancelled after just one season, but what a season it was! I am so glad that it is finally coming out on DVD! I just hope that the movies will eventually be released as well!
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144 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S ABOUT TIME! NOW GIVE US THE MOVIES! January 7, 2006
By GRIZZLY
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I feel that this was another great foul-up on 20th Fox' part, right up on the level of the demise of Joss Whedon's "Firefly", especially Fox leaving A N fans hanging for five years for the resolution of the end-of season cliff-hanger. As "Firefly" has justified its' popularity with the release and massive success of "Serenity" (over a month in the Top Ten), Alien Nation proved itself through the production of FIVE (count 'em, 5) made-for-TV movies that followed.

1. "Dark Horizon"- 1994

2. "Body and Soul"-1995

3. "The Enemy Within"- 1996

4. "Millennium"-1996

5. "The Udara Legacy"-1997

With the industry wasting production resources on so much other second rate crapola as fills the store shelves these days, I hope SOMEONE in the front office at FOX will take notice and put forth a little effort so all the "Alien Nation" fans won't have to wait as long for the TV movies as we have for the series.

As with "Firefly", FOX is missing out on a sure thing by not putting both these great programs back into production, instead of wasting resources on so much of the second rate drivel they are so famous for!
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No TV Movies & Picture Quality Could Be Better December 29, 2005
By IM35461
Format:DVD
It may be the "Complete Series" but does not include the four TV Movies made in later years.

Picture quality is okay but seems too colorful and a bit fuzzy.

Audio level also changes greatly from episode to episode so be very careful with your volume control.

Six double sided DVD box set with two episodes per side with no indication on packaging that DVD's are flippers.

Last DVD does feature a special on the making of Alien Nation.

This in places has a better picure quality than the episodes!

Please note however this special is five minutes in length - WOW!

So yes another great series let down by poor transfer to DVD with little or no quality control.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible Quality/Awesome show! January 8, 2006
Format:DVD
First, if you are interested in purchasing this product, ignore all the reviews from folks that loved the show but have not purchased the DVD! I LOVED the show. I still LOVE the show. However I am on my third exchange of the unbelievibly poorly rendered DVDs. The first; two of the DVDs had unreadable flip sides (on three High quality DVD players). The second; one DVD with unreadable flip side and one that hiccupped an entire episode. My third and hopefully final seems to be ok, with the exception of still buggy flip sides. It is sad to see such a great show that has been anticipated by so many to have been produced with seemingly no Quality Control!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! I've only been waiting 15 years. December 25, 2005
Format:DVD
This series aired during the 1990-91 season on Fox. The network was trying to find more footing to accompany hits like "The Simpsons","21 Jumpstreet" and "Married with Children" so it decided to experiment with SciFi. This series blended the buddy cop formula with something akin to "My Favorite Martian". It looked through an alien prism at heavy duty issues like sexual harassment, predjudice, poverty, gangs, personal responsibilty, racism, gender roles and even school yard bullying. Viewers came to care about the characters in the show allowing it to soon build a base and sending it well onto it's way of being that rarity- a successful scifi show. Unfortunately, many factors aligned against this show: a major writer's strike, budget cuts, and a network jittery about the genre (face it, Fox has never been patient with scifi- look at "Space: Above and Beyond" and "Firefly". The only show it has ever stuck with for long was "X-Files".) The 1st season (and eventually the series)ended on a very tight cliff hanger. A series of 5 movies over the next ten years continued the story and provided closure for loyal fans. Hopefully Fox will see fit to release these movies as well. If you are looking for something quirky, thoughtful, action packed and a bit "out there", this is the show for you.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true gem in television November 22, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I had avoided this show when it premiered, thinking it was another overhyped "cops n' robbers in space" show. I was wrong by a million miles. This series could stand in as the ultimate testing ground for true multiculturalism - a word that wasn't even in vogue at that the time (and the concept still isn't.) This series is one of those rare cases where television improves an on existing movie. The actors are likeable, the plots are intriguing, the dialog is coherent, the premise is thoughtful, and the action is packed. Alien Nation, like the original Star Trek series, was a ground-breaker in presenting thoughtful ideas and philosophic challenges in a non-threatening way with the assistance of "fantasy" as a back-drop. This series can really make a person think without having to be hit over the head. Fans of this show have speculated why this show died after the first season. Budgeting may have been a factor, but my personal belief was that it was the Hollywood Writers' Strike (of nine months) that killed this show, along with some other really good programs. Because of the Strike, a lot of really good, strong television simply couldn't sustain the momentum to develop a solid fan-base, and hence, advertisers to support the programming. Television networks became (more) afraid of challenging viewers and - once burned twice shy - seemed reluctant to give writers room for creativity lest they become too dependent. Alien Nation (opposite of alienation?) is a terrific television show whose time has come and should be revisited by viewers who prefer above-average dialog, moral and ethical stimulation, and sheer wit and whimsy just for fun.
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Bring back the "Alien Nation" series
Bring back AN--or at least bring the tv movies out as a "completer" set!!!

Oone of the coolest tv series. I liked the slow, complex developments of relationships (George and Sikes, Sikes and Cathy, etc). I recall the last tv movie being especially moving and beautiful.

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