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Alien Hunter (Special Edition) (2003)

Hristo Aleksandrov , Nikolai Binev  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hristo Aleksandrov, Nikolai Binev, Stuart Charno, Ross W. Clarkson, Anthony Crivello
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Unknown), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CABBQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,969 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Alien Hunter (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes with optional director commentary
  • Making-of featurette
  • Director's location scout
  • Storyboard comparisons
  • Photo gallery

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For the NASA-funded research team stationed at the most desolate reaches of Antarctica, it's another routine day - until the communications satellite picks up a mysterious signal coming from a strange object lodged several meters beneath the ice. Suspecting it may not be from Earth, the lead scientist immediately places a call to Julian Rome (James Spader), an old friend formerly employed as a cryptologist for the U.S. government's SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) program. Catching the next flight to the South Pole, this former "alien hunter" is soon led to the unidentified object which is still encased in a large block of ice. After constructing a makeshift decoder, Rome quickly cracks the complex mathematical code, only to discover the message is an alien warning. Now it's a terrifying race against time to prevent the total annihilation of the planet in this pulse-pounding sci-fi thriller.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For once, an intelligent sci-fi film to watch April 18, 2004
By Kali
Gosh, am I the only person to like this film? I am forced to come to the very cynical opinion that the more intelligent a film is the more people will pan it!

I get the distinct impression that if a film is full of blood, guts and gore, and heinous acting, along with fantastic special effects then people suddenly exclaim, "OH WOW! What a mind blowing film!" totally forgetting the only intelligent conversation between any of the characters in the film are "ARRRRRRRGH! I'm being eaten alive by acid green slime..."

The storyline for Alien Hunter wasn't complex but it was intelligent and this is where it fell down big time because it didn't appeal to the cranially challenged.

Alien Hunter has the excellent actor James Spader taking the central role of Julian Rome, an expert in the field of Cryptology who ends up in the South Pole when a friend of his Dr Gierach, a Botanist working on a government project in a remote part of the Pole asks for his help.

Deep in a huge block of ice that has been dug up some sort of Alien "black box" has been found and it's transmitting a signal of surprising complexity that has its origins in Roswell.

As Julian struggles to crack the signal code the Botanists decide to break open the "black box". Too late Julian finds out what the code is saying over and over again, "DO NOT OPEN" and it here when the true psychological and physical horror is unleashed upon those in the wrong place at the wrong time. As the "black box" is opened and its contents exposed the first people start to die, melting away swiftly and painfully.

Pretty good special effects, not too gory, and very realistic. However this film relies more on YOUR imagination rather than what it shows you.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Except one.

I bought this movie used solely because James Spader was in it. That man is a consummate actor and I love everything he's done. I had no problems following this film; the DO NOT OPEN sequence was a bit hokey but otherwise the film made a lot of sense. The idea of friendly aliens accidently landing on earth is a belief I have held for a long time. Why does everyone look for hostile like in Signs? Anyway, despite some of these reviews, I considered this to be an enjoyably viewable film with an interesting premise and the alien ship coming to rescue the escape pod finding instead of a comrade, these unintentially infected humans reminded a bit of coccoon. They offered a sanctuary rather than obliteration by their own government. Spader's Julian is the only level headed one in the bunch, much as he was in Stargate. Sure, it has elements from other movies, every sci fi flick does. This is one film I am proud to have in my collection. Hey, I cried at the end, I wanna go too!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Sci-Fi Flick March 16, 2005
If you are a science fiction fan, you are probably fed up with the formulaic evil aliens jumping out of the dark. This movie is refreshing on many levels. Yes, it has a few problems, but for the scientifically-minded, this movie has only subtle fallacious science in it, as opposed to the travesties in other sci-fi films. Also, this is a must-see for any James Spader fans, as he performs brilliantly yet again. It's a good movie!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
James Spader brings an element of class to an otherwise derivative sci-fi.
It's not quite as B-movie as the title suggests, however, with a reasonably interesting story which rises above the expected B-movie excuses for bared flesh and gore..
Basically, as the plot progresses you realise are watching a remake of The Thing, as a bunch of ill equipped scientists discover a mysterious craft which unleashes something unexpected.. only then you realise it is in fact morphing into a remake of Predator, as you get the first person perspective of the alien stalking the scientists, only to discover you are watching a weird version of Outbreak, as a strange virus... oh, why bother, you get the idea.. At least it nicks ideas from the best.
Suffice to say, it does hang together plot wise, although action movie buffs will likely be disappointed - the ending is more Abyss than Alien...
Barely passable effects and decent acting hold things together enough for a watch, but its not particularly a credit to anyone involved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent, intelligent Sci-Fi, albeit derivative May 18, 2009
By Wuchak
I wasn't expecting much from this film since I've never heard of it and the cover of the dvd is cheesy, but I was pleasantly surprised that 2003's "Alien Hunter" is a worthwhile sci-fi flick.

James Spader plays the main protagonist in this story about a small group of scientists at an Antarctic station who find some kind of alien pod emitting a repeating trasmission. Should they open it or shouldn't they?

As you can probably tell, the plot borrows heavily from "Alien" and "The Thing." In fact, the film even includes footage from the original "The Thing;" no doubt an homage. You'll also see aspects of other films like "Outbreak," "Close Encounters," "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (the classroom scene) and Star Trek (the mind-meld). Despite its lack of originality "Alien Hunter" is an interesting, well-done sci-fi flick. It's not as good as "Alien" but it's almost as good as "The Thing" remake and blows drivel like "Independence Day" out of the water.

The film has creepy elements and good suspense, but hardly any hardcore horror or gore, so if you're a horror/gore hound you might want to pass.

As stated above, I thought this would have been more of a "B" movie, and I suppose it is, but it's technically impressive (in other words, this isn't the work of amateurs) and has a serious vibe; the score's great too. Another reviewer insists that it's a parody but this isn't even remotely true. "Alien Hunter" is an intelligent and fairly austere sci-fi story with almost zero humor (regular, black or satirical). Does he even know what a parody is? The film's only sin is that it borrows too heavily from other films. If it had been released in the late 70s it would be deemed a great film like "Close Encounters" and "Alien."

James Spader plays a good protagonist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mismarketed
I'll admit when I first started watching this I was expecting a stupid creature feature. Happily I was pretty surprised. Read more
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Published 20 days ago by Mario Cardenas
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I'm a si-fi fan and a James Spader fan as well. I enjoyed this movie because the acting was good, the plot was OK, and the effects were minimal. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joann C. Supulski
4.0 out of 5 stars The Thing
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As a fan of both the original film and of James Spader, I'm quite pleased with this movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by verne.julie
2.0 out of 5 stars Many basic plot flaws... I couldn't suspend my disbelief for this...
Besides everyone else's complaints, there are many problems with the plot too. Examples: (spoiler alert, although I try to speak in generalities)

Given the very simple... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Christopher Janicki
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky - standard for Spader
The story is certainly not new, but the setting is interesting. The sub plots winding around Spader's character's past complicates things. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Paul A. Kagan
3.0 out of 5 stars It has it moments
An enjoyable science fiction movie, with better than expected acting, that builds up to a predictable series of events and a bit of a corny conclusion. Read more
Published on June 25, 2012 by Damian P. Gadal
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Sci-Fi Movie
Good movie. The plot has its twists and turns. A good and unexpected ending. Not many movies I cannot figure out the ending, but this one did.
Published on March 22, 2012 by majorthom
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I think this was ahead of it's time. Very well done and enjoyable!! Not blood and gore!! Which in my opinion adds to the appeal. :)
Published on October 25, 2011 by Pammy Sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but flawed....
Ordered Alien Hunter on the recommendation of a fellow sci-fi pal. Short opening scene of desolate, dark Antarctic station, but inferior to opening clip of wind blown, forlorn... Read more
Published on September 30, 2010 by Terry K. Strand
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