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Morons From Outer Space/Alien From LA (1985)

Mel Smith , Griff Rhys Jones , Albert Pyun , Mike Hodges  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, Kathy Ireland, William R. Moses, Richard Haines
  • Directors: Albert Pyun, Mike Hodges
  • Writers: Mel Smith, Griff Rhys Jones, Albert Pyun, Debra Ricci, Regina Davis
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (PCM Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 177 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000787YQS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,072 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Morons From Outer Space/Alien From LA" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Side A: Morons From Outer Space
  • English 5.1 Surround audio remix
  • Widescreen 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • Side B: Alien From LA
  • English Dolby 2.0 stereo surround audio remix
  • Full screen format
  • English, French, Spanish subtitles

Editorial Reviews

In Morons from Outer Space, a trio of very dense aliens abandons their equally dimwitted pal Bernard (coscripter Mel Smith) and crashes their rented spacecraft in England, where they become pop media icons under the guiding hand of a disgruntled television employee (coscripter Griff Rhys Jones). Bernard eventually finds his way to America, where his claims of interplanetary pedigree land him in an asylum. This satire of science fiction and societal quirks from British television comics Smith and Jones and director Mike Hodges (Croupier) generates its biggest laughs early, when the hapless trio is pitted against the British and American military (James B. Sikking appears briefly as a trigger-happy Yank officer). The remainder quickly dissipates into generic slapstick and feeble pokes at media hype, though Smith and fellow U.K. performer Jimmy Nail (as beer-guzzling spaceman Dez) have some strong individual moments. Smith later directed such films as Bean (1997) and High Heels and Low Lifes (2001).

Alien from L.A. is a slight but watchable science fiction adventure about a nerdy gal (model Kathy Ireland, hiding behind Buddy Holly specs) who discovers a lost civilization at the center of the Earth. Following clues in a letter concerning her missing adventurer father, Ireland travels to North Africa (the film was actually shot in South Africa), where she discovers–-and falls into-–a pit that contains the spaceship Atlantis, which crashed and sunk into the Earth generations ago. With the help of a friendly miner, Ireland searches for her dad and gains her self-confidence after wrangling with a host of creatures and treacherous Atlanteans. Alien from L.A. won't win over sci-fi diehards with its tongue-in-cheek tone and overly familiar Mad Max/punk-rock set design, and Ireland's performance can be charitably described as befuddled, but camp and "bad movie" fans may get a kick out of the lighthearted proceedings, and Ireland's sarong and bikini wardrobe isn't too hard to take. Director Pyun (The Sword and the Sorcerer) and Ireland reunited for the 1989 semi-sequel, Journey to the Center of the Earth. --Paul Gaita

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Morons from Outer Space Alien from L.A.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Surprised!! March 11, 2013
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I was highly surprised by this movie, it arrived early, there was not a mark on it and the movie was better than I remembered it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars don't expect much January 22, 2013
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both are low budget movies with less than stellar acting. i didn't expect a lot when i purchased it, but got less than i expected.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite "guilty pleasure" October 6, 2012
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"Morons from Outer Space" is not a great movie but it has some great moments. At this price it's worth owning if you like absurd, sarcastic humor.

I am not much of a fan of "Alien from LA" but it's similar in tone and style.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious June 10, 2012
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Morons from Outer Space is a very funny movie. There are many obvious oversights if you're thinking this is a science fiction, but for those who are looking for a character based comedy, this is a great movie. What would happen if aliens were not the evil conquerers or the lost and lonely depicted in so many other science fiction movies? What if they were just vacationers who accidentally stumbled into another planet much like their own, but without the means of interstellar travel? It's interesting to note that a well-known English comedy duo of Mel Smith and Griffin Rhyss-Jones (Alas, Smith and Jones) are principal stars in this movie, but are never on screen at the same time until the very last scene. The comedy works well for both.

Also, almost completely overlooked in the frantic pace of the movie is the 'ugly American' depiction of almost every American character in this movie. Rednecks in Arizona, lazy workers at the Aerospace tracking station in Alaska (Yet another movie where the employees seem to have taken the job of space monitoring because you never have to do anything), crazed military personnel and entertainment-hungry citizens. Still, unless you're looking for it, (or, like me, until you've watched the movie a few times) you don't even notice that there are no normal Americans.

I suspect that Alien from LA was tacked on simply to give that movie some sales. Virtually no story or acting.
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