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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)
    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CABBQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,314 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

Editorial Reviews

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.

Customer Reviews

The movie got interesting just moments before the ending credits...too late!
Mark Miller
All in all, for me, this was a very satisfying film, with good acting, good special effects, and a good story line too.
Even Spader's flashes of brilliance (which are there) seem, somehow, rote and forced.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Kali on April 18, 2004
Format: DVD
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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Movie Buff on September 7, 2004
Format: DVD
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Meromorphchick on March 16, 2005
Format: DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Janicki on January 26, 2013
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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 message of the encoded transmission, why was it so encoded? You'd think it would be plain text (not encrypted at all!) since it was intended for everyone to read. And why is it transmitting so strongly if they don't really want anyone to find the thing? And why didn't the aliens just pick it up in the first place... it's obvious at the end of the movie that they could have. And why is Spader's character a linguist who cracks languages, when the message was written in English? They needed a computer cryptologist, not a communications major. And what was the point of emphasizing Spader's history as a womanizer... It has no purpose in the plot. It certainly didn't lead to any womanizing during the movie. Maybe it just hinted why he might have been sorry about something, but *why* he was sorry had no bearing at all either. Also without purpose were the Russian submarine crew... Erase all their scenes and nothing would be missed. Same with the corn fields... a lot of screen time, when their only purpose was to prove the bad guys wrong in the last cornfield scenes... They could have done that with a banana from the kitchen.

Regarding the acting/directing, I thought there were some instances of overacting (e.g. the bad guy), and many, many instances of underacting. Things blow up, friends die, your demise is announced to be hours away, you discover your life-long fantasy has come true, etc.... All these things demand freaking out, but the characters just sighed and plodded along. Maybe the bad guy knew it and was trying to balance out the problem by his enthusiastic portrayal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Baker on April 12, 2015
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How to plagiarize Carpenter's The Thing, making it different enough to maybe not get sued? First, start with half the budget and one-tenth of the talent. In the story line, make the alien cute - you know, with the huge slanted eyes and all just like the popular renditions of aliens in the '90s - and introduce a human element: it's misunderstood.
Make your character ensemble resemble the stock 1950s science fiction cast, especially the one butthead in the crew who always pulls the switch marked "Do Not Pull"; drinks all the whiskey he can find in the doctor's medicine cabinet; shoots off all the signal flares for fun; gets on the radio to try to get through to his girlfriend in Jersey and manages to short out the one circuit needed to call for help from NASA; and otherwise behaves like such an utter boob the audience is hard-pressed to believe any such chucklehead got on a the roster for a critical mission like this in the first place. Happens every time, though - except in Carpenter's movie. John Carpenter would never put up with a character like that in his storyline. But to this bunch of second rate hacks, crewman Buddy is a blessing. You can get Buddy to do anything, in this case shooting the alien, and poof! You've got suspense. Well, actually, for most of the audience you've got an annoyance and good reason to leave the theater at the halfway mark, which is what I did. So this must remain half a review. A customer tough enough to sit through the whole thing can write the next half.
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