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Alien (1979)

Sigourney Weaver , Tom Skerritt , Ridley Scott  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton
  • Directors: Ridley Scott
  • Writers: Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon
  • Producers: David Giler, Gordon Carroll, Ivor Powell, Ronald Shusett, Walter Hill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 1999
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (887 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILDD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,490 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alien" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Alternate music and production sound track
  • Deleted scenes
  • Artwork and photo galleries
  • Outtakes
  • Web links
  • Booklet with production notes

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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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A landmark of science fiction and horror, Alien arrived in 1979 between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back as a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas's space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958's It! The Terror from Beyond Space, this instant classic set a tone of its own, offering richly detailed sets, ominous atmosphere, relentless suspense, and a flawless ensemble cast as the crew of the space freighter Nostromo, who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestated inside one of the ill-fated crew members. In a star-making role, Sigourney Weaver excels as sole survivor Ripley, becoming the screen's most popular heroine in a lucrative movie franchise. To measure the film's success, one need only recall the many images that have been burned into our collective psyche, including the "facehugger," the "chestburster," and Ripley's climactic encounter with the full-grown monster. Impeccably directed by Ridley Scott, Alien is one of the cinema's most unforgettable nightmares. --Jeff Shannon

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434 of 454 people found the following review helpful
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Amazon's reviewer calls this movie overrated and drawn out, while the Leonard Maltin movie guide review seems a bit baffled that some people like this kind of entertainment. Don't listen to either of them. Alien is, quite simply, one of the best movies ever made in both the sci-fi and horror genres. Those who complain that the film takes too long to get going suffer from some kind of cinematic attention span disorder; Ridley Scott draws his scenes out because he wants to build tension and establish a sense of realism before introducing H.R. Giger's terrifying creation. Unfortunately we can all see that the monster is just a guy in a suit during the closing sequences when Scott finally lets us see what the big slimy nemesis really looks like, but otherwise the film hasn't aged a bit since it came out two decades ago. The DVD is great too, with excellent picture quality and a really great commentary track, despite some disastrously inappropriate menu screens (the interfaces are all CG-rendered glitz, which really doesn't go with a movie known for its slow, elegant, quiet suspense). Anyone with any interest in horror or science fiction films in general should pick up this classic immediately.
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128 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alien - A true Sci-Fi treasure in the genre! January 19, 2004
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"Alien" is one of the most intense Sci-Fi thrillers to have ever graced the silver screen or the home theater in any format! It is the film's intensity that provides such an incredible draw to this extraordinary film. If you're looking for a lot of action, this film is not really what you're looking for; "Aliens" is where the intensity and action comes into play in the line of Alien movies; the whole theme behind "Alien" is to scare to pants off of you with extremely intense scenes and if you've never seen this movie before, it may very well do just that! Never before in the history of this genre had there been a film of this magnitude and few have matched it in it's intensity since.
Now, with this latest release, fans of "Alien" are treated to the best release of this film yet. The very first thing you'll notice when you put this DVD into your player is that you have the option of playing either the 1979 Theatrical Release or a 2003 Director's Cut. The 2003 Director's Cut is preceded by an interesting introduction by Ridley Scott himself. This cut is put together seamlessly and the additions to the film add just that much more flavor to the film, making it that much better. The only downside to this edition and I believe this just stems from the time in which this film was made, was the audio. Despite having the options of THX and 5.1 Dolby Surround or 5.1 DTS, the audio playback just isn't what it should be.
Copious amounts of credit and accolades go to the incredible cast for this outstanding cinematic treasure! Although I wouldn't go so far as to say that "Alien" is "the" movie that made Sigourney Weaver a star, I would say that it was the one that made her a superstar!
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120 of 134 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconographic Horror August 21, 2002
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ALIEN received mixed reviews when it debuted in 1979--largely from science fiction critics, who accused it of being little more than a sort of "Friday the 13th in Outer Space," a blood-and-gore horror flick given a futuristic twist via some problematic special effects. But while these accusations have more than a little truth, it has been an incredibly influential film--and even today, in the wake of CGI effects, it still holds up extremely, extremely well.
The story is well known: the crew of an interstellar craft responds to what seems a distress signal, only to encounter a remarkably lethal alien life form that boards their ship and sets about picking them off one by one. Some of the special effects are weak (the alien spacecraft and the android "revival" are fairly notorious). There is little in the way of character development, the film has a fairly slow pace, and the story itself is predictable; you can usually guess who is going to die next.
BUT. The art designs are incredible: the entire look of the film, from the commercial nature of the spacecraft to the iconographic alien itself (brilliantly envisioned by Giger) is right on the money. Director Ridley Scott encouraged his cast to ad lib from the script, and the result is a shocking sense of realism--and the somewhat slow pace of the film and the predictablity of the story gives it a sense of relentless and ever-mounting paranoia that is greatly enhanced by the tight sets and camera set-ups. With its odd mixture of womb-like organics and cold mechanics, ALIEN is a film calculated to send even the most slightly claustrophobic viewer into a fit of hysteria.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They don't make great movies like this anymore. December 31, 2006
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At least not in the sci-fi genre. I saw ALIEN at the age of 14 for the first time up on the big screen. And although I never actually found the film scary, even at 14 years old, this film put a whammy on me so bad It made me watch it at least five more times that summer (when I could convince an adult to take me).
I was pulled in by the ultra high sense of realism. This film almost feels like a documentary because of a lot of the subtle hand-held camera work (read; not like the shaky, seizure inducing handheld work of today's films). There's much going on in that film that was revolutionary for the time. Great ideas, design, cinematography, subtle, VERY realistic performances.
Some people knock it for not having complex characters, whatever. It's not that kind of movie. ALIEN works on a completely visceral level. You're along for the ride, not to get to know anyone. You want that, go rent the "French Lieutenants Woman" with Meryl Streep.
It also amazes me how well visually this movie still holds up. It feels as rich and deep cinematically as most anything today due to Ridley Scott's brilliant visuals. You watch this film at certain points and it feels as slick and polished as any current genre film without the hollowness or incompetence. I can't say the same for Star Wars which has 1970's written all over it but was released a mere two years earlier.
I 've also noticed some of the less than appreciative reviews here. Most of the people who don't seem to care for it are people under the age of 25. Don't listen to them. It just clearly shows what most people already know for fact: Younger people nowadays get bored easy as hell and have the attention span of a garden slug.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 hours ago by Christine
5.0 out of 5 stars Legend-ary.
Truly incredible visual transfer to HD. Even better than I remember. I must add that it is the Alien: Isolation video game which has inspired me to revisit the classics. Read more
Published 22 hours ago by StayFree
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought for my husbands collection
Published 1 day ago by pickginger
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie.
Published 1 day ago by David L. Eppey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances, great directing and a setting that shows ...
Classic horror movie set in a sci-fi local. Great performances, great directing and a setting that shows how claustrophobic a space ship can be. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Gregory McClune
5.0 out of 5 stars Duh.
Let's see, a classic film, the original haunted house in space movie. The one that came out during the formative years of my childhood. Yeah, loved this thing. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Don From Indiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my very favorite movies. It's a must see.
Published 3 days ago by Priscilla Bell
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that really good.. preferred Alien 2
Not that really good ..preferred Alien 2..
Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!
Very enjoyable classic. Happy that I re-watched the series well worth the three bucks!
Published 3 days ago by Slade Mitchell
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Still an excellent movie and I loved the features at the end.
Published 5 days ago by Mary E. Dilley
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Which is better, Alien or Aliens?
I thinks it's inappropriate to compare the first two movies. They are different types of films altogether. The first was scifi/horror, the second was action/suspense. Both excellent, with different goals. I see them as part of a whole, really. The third movie, though... ughh. What a waste.
Jul 16, 2008 by Thinkbolt |  See all 47 posts
difference in dvd versions
Check out www.dvdcompare.net for differences. Search for "alien". You'll want to compare the "R1 America" versions. Basically the 2-disc version has theatrical version and Director's cut on disc one, and many extras on disc 2. The 20th Anniv. edition only has theatrical... Read More
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