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Contamination

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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!

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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

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

Product Details

  • Actors: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé, Siegfried Rauch, Gisela Hahn
  • Directors: Luigi Cozzi
  • Writers: Luigi Cozzi, Erich Tomek
  • Producers: Claudio Mancini, Karl Spiehs, 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: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007L4MC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #278,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Contamination" on IMDb

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By A Customer on December 30, 2003
Format: DVD
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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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. Both influences are evident in this movie. Unfortunately, he also had to deal with a demanding producer with contrary ideas. Cozzi didn't get the title he wanted (Alien Arrives on Earth). He didn't get the actress he wanted for the lead role (Caroline Munro). He wanted to use stop-motion animation for the alien and was told no. The producer also wanted him to throw in some James Bond elements. This is definitely not the way to make a movie.

The plot is literally all over the place, from the gruesome discovery onboard a runaway vessel in New York, to a coffee plantation in Colombia. The main characters are Louise Marleau (as a tough colonel), Ian McCulloch (as an alcoholic ex-astronaut who tried to warn the authorities of the green egg menace), and Marino Mase (as a slightly sarcastic cop who gets dragged into this intrigue).

Is this the finest example of sci-fi ever created? Goodness, no, not even close. But it is an interesting curio that kept me fully engaged and entertained. Sadly, it really only has the one `gore factor' used throughout (contact with the egg-goo causing chests to explode, blood and guts go flying). I've watched it twice. It's definitely something I'll keep to watch again. But I don't think anyone should mistake this for a classic. At best it's merely kitsch made by a fan of the genre who quit directing movies decades ago.
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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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Wow! Director Luigi Cozzi did a darn good take off on "ALIEN" This film has a non-stop roller-coaster ride of gore. A ship is found floating in the New York Harbor ("ZOMBIE" anyone) and the entire crew has been slaughtered. The only cargo on board is a huge stockpile of Alien-type eggs. When they hatch, anyone holding one explodes from the inside out blasting the screen with an unbelievable amount of gore. Turns out the Alien-type eggs are being laid by a hidden alien creature intent on taking over Earth and assisted by human slaves.. (But then isn't that always the plan?). The ending is a blood-soaked splatter scene worth watching the film for this scene alone. Beautifully remastered (I also have a cheap copy) and dubbed. Just remember this is an Italian production and sometimes it shows. A great late night viewer though and if you like Italian horror films like I do, you'll love it. And to top it all off, Ian McCulloch (fresh off "Zombie" and "Zombie Holocaust") returns as the hero. With him starring, you know it's good. (Like American films where Lance Henriksen shows up and saves any movie he's in)
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