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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, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Stereo), Spanish (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 455 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WLU5ZM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,264 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Eric Pierpoint, Gary Graham. Though the sci-fi series was cancelled after just one season, the Alien Nation saga continued with a number of TV movies that picked up where it left off in Alien Nation: Dark Horizon (1994/90 min.), Alien Nation: Body and Soul (1995/87 min.), Alien Nation: Millennium (1996/120 min.), Alien Nation: The Enemy Within (1996/120 min.) and Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy (1996/120 min.). 3 DVDs. Color/NR/fullscreen.

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It lasted just one season (1989-90) as a television series, but Alien Nation lives on in the five full-length films released here under the Ultimate Movie Collection banner. Produced between 1994 and ’97, the five made-for-TV movies, all directed by Kenneth Johnson, take up where the series (and the 1988 theatrical feature) left off. A brief preamble provides the backstory: Following the crash of an alien slave ship near Los Angeles, the survivors, a race known as the Tenctonese, have endured a lengthy quarantine and are now assimilating into human society. While these "Newcomers," as they’re known, are essentially humanoid in appearance and behavior, they also have two hearts, remarkable strength, and other characteristics that distinguish them from Earthlings; and like any minority, they suffer the slings and arrows of racism and discrimination, principally at the hands of "purists" who’d like nothing better than to send the alien "slags" back to wherever they came from. Take away the sci-fi trappings, and what we’re left with is a fairly standard police procedural in which human Detective Matt Sikes and his Newcomer partner, George Francisco (with Gary Graham and Eric Pierpoint respectively filling the roles played by James Caan and Mandy Patinkin in the original feature), battle a Tenctonese "overseer" intent on returning his race to slave status ("Dark Horizon"), attempt to sort out the identities of two creatures who appear to be half-human and half-alien ("Body and Soul"), investigate George’s son’s involvement in a criminal cult ("Millennium"), and so on. What distinguishes Alien Nation is its exploration of the various manifestations of human-alien interactions. This is often played for laughs; the Newcomers are given names like "Kenny Bunkport," ""Douglas Fir," and "Carrie Onbag," they dine on such delicacies as "bladder and ligaments," and they have certain sexual proclivities that are decidedly different from ours (Sikes’ romantic involvement with a fetching Newcomer is fodder for misunderstandings that are often amusing and occasionally quite touching). Director Johnson and his cohorts also seem intent on making a Big Statement about race relations, and although the results are sometimes a bit clunky, the set makes for consistently compelling viewing. Extensive bonus features include audio commentary, "making of" featurettes, gag reels, and more. --Sam Graham

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I got a warm feeling just watching!
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Alien Nation certainly accomplishes that.
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86 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Kaylee Ranger on February 4, 2008
Format: DVD
Dark Horizon is on its own disc. The other four movies are on 2 flipper discs--one movie per side. All the movies have a Ken Johnson commentary track. The first four movies have "Making of" featurettes that are a bit dry, but have some great nuggets. The first four also have gag reels. All the movies have a wide of array of stills in a photo gallery.

The last movie's disc side includes a 25-minute reunion taped at Johnson's home in January 2007. Everyone's there except for Sean Six/Buck. It's amazing! I got a warm feeling just watching! It opens with candid meet and greets and sitting down to a meal. They gather in a circle next, and really start to talk. The actors talk about being cast, about make-up, about the movies, and about the reaction from various ethnic groups, among other things. There are some great behind-the-scenes shots from the original series that I've never seen anywhere else.

Dark Horizon is fine, but man, were they hitting on all four cylinders for the second movie--Body and Soul. It features an excellent story and script, a satisfying Matt and Cathy story, and a few twists and turns that you won't expect. Everything that made the series great is on display in the second movie--the comic timing, the chemistry between the actors, the jokes, the names, you name it, it's there--it's like a time machine back to the good old days of the show's weekly run. The last three are just as good--the atmosphere and feeling of the season is there in full force. I wasn't crazy about George's promotion at the end of the original series because it wrecked the detectives' dynamic, but found that they dealt with it very well in the movies for both characters.
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64 of 72 people found the following review helpful By GRIZZLY on January 20, 2008
Format: DVD
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- & third-rate crapola as fills the store shelves these days, I'm glad SOMEONE in the front office at FOX has taken notice and put forth a little effort so all the "Alien Nation" fans haven't had to wait as long for the TV movies as we had 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- & third-rate drivel they are so famous for!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 22, 2008
Format: DVD
When I bought the Alien Nation TV series, I watched all of it, and then wanted to see these movies. The first one directly finishes the last TV episode. If you buy one, you need to buy the other one as well.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By ZZrider on November 1, 2007
Format: DVD
Currently you can pick this up at Best Buy for under 40 so don't get ripped off. It's a three disc set with the first movie on a single side disc. Unfortunately the other 4 movies are on double sided discs. Each movie has a making of and most have a gag reel. I took off one star for the double sided discs, otherwise it's a great set.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By GRIZZLY on August 31, 2007
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- & third-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- & third-rate drivel they are so famous for!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rainy Smyth on October 12, 2008
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Alien Nation is one of the best science fiction shows to grace television. It's main theme is to teach us the folly of prejudice. And a wonderful job it does, too!

The best science fiction doesn't scream SCIENCE FICTION in your face. It tells us an interesting story to which we can relate and involves us with the characters and their situations. Alien Nation certainly accomplishes that. Even with the unusual traditions, physiological differences and bald, spotted heads - not to mention their excellent language - the Tenctonese people are very human in both their similarities and their infinite diversity.

The series was a delight to watch and many of us were crushed when it ended, especially with some cliffhangers. Then - SURPRISE! - about 5 years later, the first movie came out. Of course we didn't know it was the first of five, but we were all VERY happy that we would finally know what happens to Susan and Emily. Will Matt and Cathy will ever begin their relationship for real? The first movie "Dark Horizons" answers these questions and many more.

All of the five movies were well scripted, beautifully acted, interesting and believable stories (from the we-believe-in-this-universe point of view) and stayed true to the established characters and events. The production values were wonderful and we managed to get all the most important questions answered before it all ended.

This 5-movie DVD set is also great because EVERY movie has commentary, at least one featurette (like a "Making of" or a cast reunion reel), a gag reel AND still galleries. There are also a few other bonuses. Excellent bonus material fare!

If you love Alien Nation, this set is great! If you haven't seen it, please check into it, because the ride is worthwhile.
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