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Alien [35th Anniversary] [Blu-ray] [1979]

  • SKU: 8191865
  • Release Date: 10/07/2014
  • Rating: R
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    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (465 out of 470)

    Synopsis


    Alien
    "In space, no one can hear you scream." A close encounter of the third kind becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic. On the way home from a mission for the Company, the Nostromo's crew is woken up from hibernation by the ship's Mother computer to answer a distress signal from a nearby planet. Capt. Dallas's (Tom Skerritt) rescue team discovers a bizarre pod field, but things get even stranger when a face-hugging creature bursts out of a pod and attaches itself to Kane (John Hurt). Over the objections of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), science officer Ash (Ian Holm) lets Kane back on the ship. The acid-blooded incubus detaches itself from an apparently recovered Kane, but an alien erupts from Kane's stomach and escapes. The alien starts stalking the humans, pitting Dallas and his crew (and cat) against a malevolent killing machine that also has a protector in the nefarious Company. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Tom Skerritt
      Tom Skerritt - Dallas
    • Sigourney Weaver
      Sigourney Weaver - Ellen Ripley
    • Veronica Cartwright
      Veronica Cartwright - Lambert
    • Yaphet Kotto
      Yaphet Kotto - Parker
    • Harry Dean Stanton
      Harry Dean Stanton - Brett



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 470 reviews

    99%
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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      A 5 star movie, a 3 star dip "collector's art"

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      doc8998
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      To begin, the review score is based solely upon THIS version of the blu ray. It's important to note that while the review shows up for the blu ray version of Alien, (because it IS) it is NOT what was promoted. If you're looking for a blu ray version of Alien, of course, it's recommended, but as it was promoted- both in the ad and on floor displays- a "collector's art edition", it feels lazily put together. (attempting to place an image with this review). As a HUGE Alien fan, seeing a "Collector's Art Edition" of Alien on blu ray at $7.99, I was excited to add this to my collection of Alien/ Aliens movies and memorabilia. (Also grabbed the Predator blu ray- another movie I'm crazy about). The fact is, both art pieces offered are actually pretty cool, and at $7.99, I didn't expect anything extra beyond the art- but in both cases, while the art was simply printed on a thin piece of cardboard, given a touch of stickem in the center, then applied to the respective movies. The stickem itself wasn't even enough to hold it to the blu ray case. The cardboard the art was printed on was too big to either slide inside the wrap around the case, or be inserted within the blu ray case to take the place of the basic "regular" art of the standard blu ray within. So, was left with a piece of cardboard with beautiful art that wasn't in any way attached to the blu ray case whatsoever, or able to be inserted into the case. Ended up having to use a dab of super glue on each corner of the art and apply it myself- which, unfortunately, gives a stain through the white part of the cardboard (in Alien's case, the entire art is white). Now, as a reference point to this, Fox released a Collector's Edition art variant of Alien exclusive to Comic-Con 2014, along with a small handful set aside for online ordering- a version I eagerly grabbed up, at only $20. (Included a limited edition (of #500) 11"X17" wall art of that blu ray cover, as well). In that case, the CE Variant was a completely new wrap/ insert for the blu ray case. For some, if you're looking for Alien on blu ray, this is wonderful. You can, if you don't care about the variant cover being on a piece of cardboard that's not going to stay attached to the case- there's no reason not to own this. But, if you're like me, (and, probably who this art variant was geared towards,) you need to be aware of this before purchasing. Perhaps consider framing the cardboard art or hanging it on a wall, but if you want it to remain a part of the actual blu ray, you're going to have to do some work on your own- and find something other than glue- as I said, it left a discoloration through the cardboard- it's not atrocious, but it was upsetting that this wasn't taken care of on the production of this to begin with- and it was encountered on both movies I purchased with the art variant. Note: Alien DOES include a digital HD version to add to your cloud movies- Predator does not, so there was a little extra value in the Alien blu ray.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      E.T. With a Twist!

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      Quicksilver00
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      Alien" is one of the most intense Sci-Fi thrillers to have ever graced the silver screen or the home theater in any format! It is the film's intensity that provides such an incredible draw to this extraordinary film. If you're looking for a lot of action, this film is not really what you're looking for; "Aliens" is where the intensity and action comes into play in the line of Alien movies; the whole theme behind "Alien" is to scare to pants off of you with extremely intense scenes and if you've never seen this movie before, it may very well do just that! Never before in the history of this genre had there been a film of this magnitude and few have matched it in it's intensity since. Now, with this latest release, fans of "Alien" are treated to the best release of this film yet. The very first thing you'll notice when you put this DVD into your player is that you have the option of playing either the 1979 Theatrical Release or a 2003 Director's Cut. The 2003 Director's Cut is preceded by an interesting introduction by Ridley Scott himself. This cut is put together seamlessly and the additions to the film add just that much more flavor to the film,

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      DVD vs. Blu-Ray

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      Alian
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      This is a review of "Alien (Blu-ray Disc) (Anniversary Edition) (Director's Cut)" -- as opposed to any of the other versions out there. I think most people have already seen this classic sci-fi thriller, and many will have already purchased the DVD at some point in the last 35 years, as I did, so the purpose of this review is just to say that the upgrade from DVD to the Alien Blu-ray Anniversary Edition is worthwhile for the increase in picture clarity and brightness, as well as the uncompressed audio track. Although this is sold as the "Director's Cut," the original theatrical version is also included, and is considered by the director to be the preferred version. Bundled in the package is the Alien Illustrated Story comic book and some art cards. There's also a redemption code to download Alien in digital HD, which is good until Dec. 31, 2017. I would recommend this for Alien fans who don't already have it in high definition, and I would definitely recommend Alien for any science fiction fan who hasn't seen it.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Classic

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      bootman68
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      This movie scared me as a teenager. I am sci-fi geek, so I had to buy this on sale for $5.99. The case came with limited edition cover art. The movie is still great after all these years and the creature special effects are spectacular. I like that there is a scene "victim freezes and dies" just like a horror classic. I have seen all the movies in the series and this is still one of the best. I am waiting for the release of the new movies this summer. I would like some more back story on how the humanoid in "Alien" knew about the creature and diverted the course of the mining ship. It was also nice to see some of the same back drops from "Alien Covenant" in the movie. Those scenes help tie in other movies in the series. Pick it up, if you are an "Alien" fan. I remember having a Alien figure with a lever to activate the jaws. Just a good classic sci-fi movie. I believe this series has held up better to time over "Predator".

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      In Space, this movie can make you scream

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      XAvenger
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      This is one of the best. A superb blending of the sci-fi and horror genres. A mining crew finds a derilict alien ship and unwittingly brings a parasitic alien onboard thier ship. All of the characters are very well-developed. The crew acts more like everyday people than astronauts, which is one thing that sets Alien apart from other sci-fi films. The Alien itself is one of moviedom's most amazing creation. The Alien looks like something from out of a nightmare. The Alien does not look at all like a man in a suit, but like something inhuman. A truly frightening creation. All of the visual effects are outstanding and still hold up today. Alien focuses on suspense rather than shock, and it is one of the most gripping movies ever made. The battle against an unknown enemy creates a scary, life and death struggle. The susoense does not let up. Alien is not a gruesomely violent movie, but it does warrant its 'R' rating. For horror and suspense in outer space, Alien is the best around by far.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      the perfect sci-fi/horror hybrid

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      prlwctd

      Although this film was primarily influenced from the 1950's film It: The Terror From Beyond Space, Alien has rightly become a classic in its own right. The crew of a cargo ship finds their return trip to Earth (during which they were in suspended animation) interrupted when their ship's computer (called "Mother") intercepts a transmission from an uncharted planet. As per standard procedure, they set down on said world and, following a mishap involving one of the officers (played by John Hurt), resume their course toward Earth only to realize that the ill-fated officer carried back with him the title creature, which proceeds to wreck havoc on the other six members of the crew. This film deservedly made a star of Sigourney Weaver, who plays one of the officers who desperately looks for a way to outmaneuver the horrific monster. The other actors are solid as well, as, like Weaver, they portray characters who are very believable and human. The film also put Sir Ridley Scott on the map, and rightly so.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Beautiful Edition.

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      AL2013
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      I love the 'Alien' storyline, even if the quality of the later chapters seem to be going down. Alien, caught on with many people with the sci-fi/horror genre and Aliens, I thought, brought in the fans of sci-fi horror and those wanting more 'Rambo' style action. But, after that the next chapters storyline quality seemed to take a downward trend...they weren't bad, just not what I was hoping for in quality. This edition of the original Alien movie is one of the best editions, I've seen. On this Blu-ray you can choose to play the Theatrical version or the Directors-Cut version....Not much is added to the story and doesn't seem to noticable but it's neat to see what was cut. The extras in this edition are pretty nice too. If you have other editions of Alien, I'd say wait till it's on sale (I bought mine for !$3) but if you don't have it or haven't seen it, you should definitely pick up this edition.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Sci-Fi classic in every sense of the word

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      FlyBoyNights
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      Everything about this film is classic. The sets. The style. The alien. This film set the standard in so many aspects. I personally love Ridley Scott's approach to the film. Controlled. Tension filled. Waiting for the right moment. Poised for attack. This film is lead with such expertise. It can still stand up to the sci-fi films of today. I wrote an additional review for Aliens, and I'll say the same thing in this one as well, just stick with these originals and avoid any of the films after Resurrection. Do yourself a favor and check this film out. Due to its age, it can be purchased almost anywhere for a great price. Then realize that this film was made in the 70's. Yes, the 70's! But that didn't stop them from creating excellent special effects, makeup, costumes, and sets. A film that was so ahead of its time. Simply put, a classic.

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