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Contamination (1982)

Ian McCulloch , Louise Marleau , Luigi Cozzi  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé, Siegfried Rauch, Gisela Hahn
  • Directors: Luigi Cozzi
  • Writers: Luigi Cozzi, Erich Tomek
  • Producers: Claudio Mancini, Ugo Valenti
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS ES 6.1)
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 9, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4MC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #529,667 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Contamination" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Alien Arrives on Earth" - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Luigi Cozzi
  • Luigi Cozzi on the Creation of "Contamination" - Behind-the-Scenes Documentary
  • Poster & Still Gallery
  • DVD-ROM: Graphic Novel

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The original gut-blasting classic, now totally uncut and uncensored! A deserted ship arrives in New York City carrying a slaughtered crew and an even more horrific cargo: mutant green eggs the size of footballs that pulsate with life until they spray hideous chest-bursting death! But when a government research team begins an investigation, they uncover a grisly conspiracy of murder, space monsters and coffee. Who is harvesting these alien hell-spores? What is their connection to a doomed mission to Mars? And most important of all, how many actors will die screaming in massive explosions of blood, guts and gore? Ian McCulloch (Zombie) stars in this Italian splatter favorite co-written and directed by Luigi Cozzi (Starcrash), featuring a pounding score by Goblin (Suspiria). Also known as "Alien Contamination" and "Toxic Spawn," this juicy shocker was censored worldwide for its ultra-nasty exploding chest scenes now proudly restored from the original vault negative to all their gory glory!

Director Luigi Cozzi's science fiction thriller, which borrows wholesale from Alien for its loopy plot, is a gleefully cheesy gorefest that should please horror fans with a fondness for the lowbrow. Long-suffering Eurocult Ian McCulloch (Zombie) stars as an astronaut who joins an investigation into the appearance of extraterrestrial eggs on a ghost ship in New York's harbor. Their search uncovers an Earth-based conspiracy to cultivate the eggs for world domination. Despite the abundant gore and lunk-headed script, Contamination has an endearingly naive tone that suggests '50s-era B science fiction (of which Cozzi is a fan); as such, one can't be too harsh on a film that displays its affections so openly. Amazingly, Contamination has been banned in England since being named in the "video nasty" debacle of the early '80s. Blue Underground's widescreen DVD is uncut (with 5.1 Dolby and DTS sound!), and should be a welcome addition to any cult collector's cache. --Paul Gaita

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Underground, I adore you! December 30, 2003
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1979 was a very important year for the Italian film industry. Why? Because two American genre films -- DAWN OF THE DEAD and ALIEN -- spurred a slew of imitators from the land of Folcelli pasta. Although DAWN's rip-offs were countless and have gained cult status (some of them have become minor classics), most Italian ALIEN clones have been discarded like yesterday's trash. Directed by Luigi Cozzi, a sort of poor man's Lucio Fulci, CONTAMINATION was made immediately after the success of the Ridley Scott classic. Cozzi also blessed us with the silly STAR WARS-inspired STARCRASH in 1979.
Like many Italian exploitation films of the early 80s, CONTAMINATION begins on location in New York City. A ship enters a harbor with seemingly everyone dead on board. A group of scientists and police garbed in protective gear discover a bloody mess, as well as a bunch of mysterious eggs that look like lime jello footballs. Getting to close to these eggs could prove deadly, as they spew some goo at you and make your body combust from the chest outwards.
A stereotypical Italian NYC cop (Marino Masé) survives the ordeal and teams up with a female military scientist (Louise Marleau). She calls on a now reclusive, alcoholic former astronaut (Ian McCulloch) who returned from Mars without his companion and with unbelievable stories about deadly alien eggs. Proof has now given his tales some clout, so the three trace the strange cargo back to a coffee company in South America! After more victims explode like overcooked meatballs in a microwave oven, a 50s-style Cyclops alien appears and is basically the force behind this mad plot to take over the earth.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Alien arrives on Earth, indeed. April 7, 2004
A search of a supposedly deserted ship uncovers a gruesome mystery. The crew is dead, literlly torn apart by some unknown force, and the ship's cargo is not coffee, but groaning, glowing eggs that make people explode whenever contact with the slimy green filling is made. Writer/director 'Lewis Coates' (aka Luigi Cozzi) crafts an incomprehensible story of alien invasion (or simple destruction, the exact goal is never made clear) in this most famous (or infamous) Italian cash-in on Alien. In the to be expected excellent supplements (the disc is from Blue Underground, so special things are almost a matter of routine) Cozzi comes across as a real classic sci-fi geek. Too bad that love didn't infuse his script or direction. While the movie is entertaining, it is mostly for the wrong reasons, and Cozzi fumbles chances for suspense during key moments in the film (i.e. having the female lead trapped in a bathroom with an alien egg) by dragging the scenes out until they become ludicrous. Nonetheless, fans of this long gone era of movie making (late seventies/early eighties low budget schlock cinema) will find something to enjoy in the movie. I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun gore w/ old ugly louise monroe May 29, 2006
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Its a 4 for the fun gore and overhuge exploding chests and cheese dubbing.

Knock off a point for Cozzi's comment in the extras how he wanted a young hot actress and TPTB wanted an 'old' ugly' woman as Colonel/scientist.

Graphic novel is neat/slightly different storyline details.

Nits; NY cap in helicopter scene, chick? slapping scene?

Do Italians just have this stereotype of New York/American males calling women chick? Men get respect by slapping women? You can slap a superior officer (or anyone) and that's OK. You can make yourself a NY officer by placing a piece of tape with "NY" written with a Sharpie on a mil. cap.

At least they weren't drinking beer on the job. Another Italian flavored cheesy fun had the scientists drinking beer all day long while searching for a sea creature. Huh?

The graphic novel has them saying F*UCK alot. I almost never say that word at my job :). Another stereotype of Americans to the Italians? An occasional subject verb disagreement, sugar shipment switches to coffee at the end, and the B love interest is Hubbard the astronaut. And yes, the Colonel/scientist is drawn younger/hotter than the actress in the film.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Never pick up alien eggs February 22, 2004
"Contamination" is one of those low budget Italian science fiction potboilers that provide countless hours of fun. There's something deeply nostalgic about these films for me; I spent whole evenings watching this pap on cable television back in the mid 1980s. There was nothing like coming home in the summer, ordering a pizza, and spending all night with these delicacies. I guess things haven't changed too much since I am still watching them thanks to the DVD revolution. That these movies look and sound better now than they did when they first came out is one of those technological marvels that stagger the mind. Thanks go to Bill Lustig and the folks at Blue Underground for taking the time to release "Contamination" with a plethora of extras coupled with a great audio and video presentation. If you have never sampled the wonders of Italian schlock films, this is a great place to start. "Contamination," in case you haven't guessed, is a shameless rip off of Ridley Scott's classic science fiction gorefest "Alien." But don't expect to see Sigourney Weaver or John Hurt appear anywhere near this cheesy little number.
Eggs. "Contamination" deals primarily with eggs. An abandoned ship sails into New York harbor loaded with weird, pulsating pods the size of basketballs. When the authorities attempt to investigate this strange ship, a bunch of people die horribly when the eggs blow up and spray them with a viscous goo. The hapless souls coated with explosive yolk simply don't keel over and die in a nice, peaceful manner, though. Nope, they explode in ultra slow motion, with their chests and throats opening up with a bang. Obviously, the origins of these objects represent a significant threat to the human race, so the government quickly gets involved in the whole affair.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "You can call me Stella."
Luigi Cozzi clearly states that his intentions were to make a film like Alien. He further states that he is a fan of sci-fi flicks made in the 50s. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I just wish Ian McCulloch could have been in more of these types of movies! Great Plot, fantastic acting, very well written! A definite for your collection!
Published 18 months ago by Dave J 4051
1.0 out of 5 stars WANT TO SEE MY ONE-EYED MARTIAN?
This is a fairly lame Italian sc-fi film with bad special effects and a bad plot. It borders on campy, but doesn't cross the line often enough to make the film a cult classic. Read more
Published 20 months ago by The Movie Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars Alien Contamination
The idea was to start watching old 80s sci fi movies to review for my website, but this one may have changed my mind.

Low budget, terrible acting and terrible plot. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars No credits.
Disappointed not to hear Goblin's score over the credits. The end credits were cut off. The picture quality could have been better as well. Otherwise great, gory Italian sci-fi.
Published 21 months ago by Elisha Megan Kenny
4.0 out of 5 stars Was really good for about a half hour and the climax.
This film was fast paced and gory for about the first half hour. However, the pace then slows dramatically and it began to get a little boring. Read more
Published on February 19, 2012 by Grindhouse and Horror
2.0 out of 5 stars As tasteful and organized as a man's detonated entrails
A strange, unmanned Caribbean ship approaches a New York harbor and is quarantined. Upon investigation, members of the crew are found "ripped apart" to various degrees, one of... Read more
Published on September 11, 2011 by John's Horror Corner
4.0 out of 5 stars contamination
i rate movies on alot of things and some are new idea and new way of doing a idea, the actors, the looks of the women , the quality of film and the scenery were filmed and to me... Read more
Published on May 19, 2011 by J. ta
3.0 out of 5 stars Alien Contamination (1982)
brief synopsis: A cargo ship from South America drifts into New York City harbor and the police board the vessel to discover what happened to the crew. Read more
Published on February 19, 2011 by James C. Ward
1.0 out of 5 stars bad sound. not blue underground
Did I get a different copy? Nowhere on the case does it
say Blue Underground. It says westlake Entertainment.
The sound is absolutely horrible. Read more
Published on July 28, 2010 by bobzombie
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