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The Arrival [Blu-ray] (2009)

Phyllis Applegate , Lindsay Crouse , David N. Twohy  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Phyllis Applegate, Lindsay Crouse, Roger Cudney, Tony T. Johnson, Teri Polo
  • Directors: David N. Twohy
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (455 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R10BIC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,581 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Radio astronomer Zane Zaminsky (Charlie Sheen) believes he's picked up a cosmic noise that signals extraterrestrial intelligence. His desperate search for answers leads him to Mexico and a mysterious power plant, where is arrested for the murder of a scientist. Zane must escape with his proof of the world-shattering alien invasion in this intense sci-fi thriller.

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92 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SCI-FI AS IT SHOULD BE... March 2, 2002
Format:DVD
"The Arrival" was underrated when it was first released, and, as with all good, underrated movies, it has since become a cult favorite. Clever and imaginative, a lot was done on a limited budget to make it into a top notch sci-fi thriller. It has an intelligent and well reasoned story, and the special effects are imaginative.
Charlie Sheen, clean and sober, plays radio astronomer, Zane Zaminski, who picks up radio signals that are not earthly. When he takes a copy of the tape of these signals, which he believes to be indicative of intelligent, alien life, to his boss, chillingly played by Ron Silver, he is summarily fired from his job. Suddenly, all is not right with the world.
Smelling something real fishy, Zane sets up a home satellite and tries to zero in on the signal. He gets lucky, or unlucky, depending upon how one looks at it, and he picks up the same signal he previously had picked up. It crosses a signal given off by a Mexican radio station, which motivates him to go to Mexico and check it out.
While in Mexico, he meets a fellow scientist (Lindsay Crouse), who is there on her own investigation, as she has noted major atmospheric changes, which indicate that global warming is occurring at an alarming rate, almost as if there were a greenhouse effect. Unbeknownst to Zane at the time, her concerns are connected to his.
While at a power plant with her, he comes across a doppelganger for his former boss, which sets off alarms in his head. Returning undercover at night, he discovers that the entire plant is operated by aliens, and they are not here just to say hello. There, a series of events transpire to reveal to him an immense, alien plot. Yes, it's the old alien conspiracy story rearing its ugly head. Only this time, it is handled with surprising intelligence.
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53 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite sci-fi thrillers. December 2, 2000
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Format:DVD
Released around the same time as the moronic Independence Day, it's too bad The Arrival was killed at the box office. It's truly the vastly superior film, with an intelligent plot, strong performances, adroit direction, and a lightning pace. Independence Day needed souped-up action scenes to keep the audience awake, but writer/director David Twohy holds the audience's attention with an engaging story, filled with little surprises that unfold brilliantly. I actually saw this movie before Twohy become hot property with the equally great Pitch Black, so I can tell this man is going to be one of the most sought after writer/directors in Hollywood.
The performances are stellar, with Charlie Sheen superb as the paranoid protagonist. Many felt he was miscast for some strange reason. I felt he fit the role perfectly. Teri Polo is good as the girlfriend who may be more than she seems. She's not in the movie nearly as much as Sheen, but she makes an impression with her beauty and solid performance. Ron Silver is utterly chilling as Sheen's boss, who knows more than he's saying. His underplaying of the role is a wise choice; an over-the-top performance would have been out of place.
Twohy is also impressive in creating action scenes. The chases in The Arrival are true heart-pounders, but they work so well because of the intriguing story and the vested interest we have in Sheen, who creates a truly likeable character to root for. Those who want only mindless action sequences might as well go for Independence Day, but for those looking for sharper suspense, thrills and a plot, The Arrival is the obvious choice.
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53 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most underrated sci-fi/thriller of the 90's March 26, 2000
By Eric
Format:VHS Tape
The Arrival is a little known science fiction thriller thatarrived in the early summer of 1996 a year that is much more wellknown for a little film called Independence Day. Both movies are about alien invasions, but are different in execution and style. As to where Independence Day is an action film about visuals and explosions, The Arrival focuses on paranoia, plausibility, and drawing the audience in with an intriguing and credible plot.
Zane Ziminski (Charlie Sheen) and his partner Calvin (Richard Schiff) are radio astronomers who have picked up a signal from outer space, just around a star called Wolf 336, which is 14.6 light years away from Earth. Arrival is writer David Twohy's directorial debut (his other work is Pitch Black, another great sci-fi thriller) and he does a very good job. He makes the plot quite intelligent and keeps the pace moving quickly with a riveting finale. The underlying paranoia is one of the aspects that fuels this movie along. X-Files fans should definitely enjoy this film and get a kick out of it.
Many critics seemed to think Charlie Sheen was miscast, though I find no credibility in that statement. He is superb in his role as a normal guy who gets caught up in a dangerous conspiracy. His entire performance is very believable and it's easy to feel sympathetic and root for him at the same time. The supporting performances are decent, with Teri Polo and Lindsay Cruise doing fine jobs as the women in Zane's life. Ron Silver is particularly menacing as a CEO executive of SETI and he plays his part with a lot of subtlety.
There's a lot of scientific talk in this film with many ideas thrown around and developed but it's doubtful viewers will get lost in this film's plot. It may seem confusing at first but it starts to become clear by the middle and the end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Pre "Winning" Sheen
Entertaining story of alien induced pre-colonization global warming. At last the global warming crowd finally has someone to blame it on.
Published 3 days ago by Janet E Quistberg
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaing
The movie, while not being quite as good as the original, to still be very entertaining and worth the price.
Published 11 days ago by Terry the unhinged
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
This would of been a great movie, but for one thing the voices were off. For two thirds of the movie the voices were off. The movie itself was good. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Sueg
3.0 out of 5 stars slow moving
This movie is O.K. if you're bored out of your mind and can't think of ANYTHING else to watch
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Published 16 days ago by Bob
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun romp
While Charlie Sheen was still sober he did some great stuff. This was one of them. Five stars and rising.
Published 28 days ago by perYogaDownwardDog
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult classic
Nice Sci Fi in that "cult classic B movie" vein. Nice to have a good quality version of this flick on Blu ray. I like it!
Published 1 month ago by John T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great movie¡ I hadn't seen it until I pirated it recently, but loved it and decided that I needed to buy it, got on here and saw it was 5$, purchased it instantly
Published 1 month ago by Nickolas F. Krader
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I vaguely remember Arrival, but the sequel was not anything to rave about. I don't think I would recommend this movie to anyone.
Published 2 months ago by David L. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Arrival with heat
An Alien video,it moves right along,[not boring]. This one is presented a little differently,with a few surprises. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R R
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a really good movie for my collection and it's in blue ray
It is a good movie and I wanted it in blue ray good to have it in my collection thanks
Published 2 months ago by Randall Hallman
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