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    90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2314 out of 2572)

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    Arrival
    Denis Villeneuve directed this science-fiction suspense film about Earth's response to a possible alien invasion. After extraterrestrial spacecraft plant themselves at various locations around the globe, a linguist (Amy Adams) and a theoretical physicist (Jeremy Renner) must find a way to communicate with the mysterious visitors in order to learn what they want and whether they pose a threat to humanity. Forest Whitaker and Michael Stuhlbarg co-star. ~ Violet LeVoit, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Amy Adams
      Amy Adams - Dr. Louise Banks
    • Jeremy Renner
      Jeremy Renner - Ian Donnelly
    • Forest Whitaker
      Forest Whitaker - Colonel Weber
    • Michael Stuhlbarg
      Michael Stuhlbarg - Agent Halpern
    • Mark O'Brien
      Mark O'Brien - Captain Marks



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    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 2572 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A challenging Sci-Fi film for the thinking viewer

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      RobertB
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      Canadian Denis Villeneuve is one of the most brilliant filmmakers alive, having just come off of a string of five consecutive masterpieces, starting with "Polytechnique" in 2009 and proceeding with "Incendies", "Prisoners", "Enemy", and 2015's "Sicario". Known for bending viewers' minds with provocative movies that sometimes require copious thought to unlock their meanings, "Arrival" is not an exception. Ostensibly an alien-invasion movie about an expert linguist who is called upon to decode the language of arriving aliens in order to communicate with them, the film reaches so much further, even to primal questions of human existence. It is a hard film to discuss because it contains a bona-fide puzzle a viewer must unlock (involving time and, possibly, other dimensions) in order to even approach the film's meaning. If one 'gets' it, the film's denouement can be an emotional epiphany for the viewer; if not, one might flounder in enigmas upon leaving the theater. The film's genius is that either way the viewer should find this film haunting him for days after, perhaps taunting him to unlock its secrets. A second viewing is virtually a necessity, not only to study its careful plotting but also to appreciate its emotional resonances one has been too busy to appreciate upon first viewing, and it is a revelation upon seeing it again to find that the film has completely 'played fair,' providing visual and audio clues that had passed unnoticed. Amy Adams plays the linguist with such deep sincerity and total commitment, so important when one realizes that she is the true center of the film -- and Villeneuve, along with cinematographer Bradford Young, has supplied visuals so breathtakingly stunning you might have to pinch yourself to believe what your eyes are seeing. The visuals are also matched by the remarkable score by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (who had teamed with Villeneuve on "Prisoners" and "Sicario") using vocals and experimental piano 'loops' to put viewers into an other-worldly state of being. It is such an audacious, creative piece of intelligent, adult science fiction (something rarely encountered today), the thoughtful, open-minded viewer should embrace this as a gem for both the mind and heart, and not hold against it that it is less interested in the usual science fiction tropes than the light and dark paradigms of human existence.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Thought-provoking Sci-Fi and award worthy acting

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      FilmScoreFan75
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      "Arrival" had been on my books since its release for a viewing but I ended up getting to this one much later than usual. Once Best Buy put this on a $10 sale, it was time for me to buy it (I have a personal policy to buy Blu-rays for movies I truly want when they reach a cinema movie ticket price) and it made its way into my collection. A month later, I finally watched it and BAM!! WHAT A GREAT EXPERIENCE!! Modern-day cinema is certainly replete with tales of Alien visitation of all kinds but the way in which "Arrival" has written its story and the deft direction it received puts it very high on my list of movies. Essentially, you'll be watching a movie that's destined to be labeled as a classic, right up there with sci-fi classics from the 60s, 70s, and beyond. NOTE: This is NOT a movie rife with action, so those looking for an adrenaline-laden experience should check in elsewhere. If you're looking for a dramatic, thought-provoking experience with realistic direction and acting performances, you've found the right film. The film's experience will stay on your mind for days afterward and you'll very likely want repeat viewings. As for the Blu-ray disc, you can't go wrong with this one. The video is very good (not perfect because the film has a darker palette than one would expect but it WAS the choice of the director and it's presented well on Blu-ray) and the audio immerses you fully wherever the story goes. Personally, I would have enjoyed a Dolby Atmos or DTS:X track for this film because the film's content is a great contender for the additional channels. However, if you have a receiver capable of DTS Neural Surround (DTS:X for DTS HD-MA 5.1 or 7.1 tracks), you WILL be treated to a highly engaging surround experience. There are times where the dialogue is critical to follow, so for those of you with the choice of watching this on your family room HDTV without a soundbar or home theater receiver or in a dedicated HT room, I highly recommend the HT room. The extras are good (for a film of this caliber, I wanted more) and you'll likely want to look at them not too long after you finish the film. If you're a fan of truly intelligent sci-fi and a look into the human drama behind an encounter with the ultimate unknown, I can't see how you'd consider this experience to be anything less than stellar. This one comes Highly Recommended.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An intelligent science fiction classic

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      Excellent
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      Canadian Denis Villeneuve is one of the most brilliant filmmakers alive, having just come off of a string of five consecutive masterpieces, starting with "Polytechnique" in 2009 and proceeding with "Incendies", "Prisoners", "Enemy", and last year's "Sicario" (my favorite film of 2015). Known for bending viewers' minds with provocative movies that sometimes require copious thought to unlock their meanings, "Arrival" is not an exception. Ostensibly an alien-invasion movie about an expert linguist who is called upon to decode the language of arriving aliens in order to communicate with them, the film reaches so much further, even to primal questions of human existence. It is a hard film to discuss because it contains a bona-fide puzzle a viewer must unlock (involving time and, possibly, other dimensions) in order to even approach the film's meaning. If one 'gets' it, the film's denouement can be an emotional epiphany for the viewer; if not, one might flounder in enigmas upon leaving the theater. The film's genius is that either way the viewer should find this film haunting him for days after, perhaps taunting him to unlock its secrets. A second viewing is virtually a necessity, not only to study its careful plotting but also to appreciate its emotional resonances one has been too busy to appreciate upon first viewing, and it is a revelation upon seeing it again to find that the film has completely 'played fair,' providing visual and audio clues that had passed unnoticed. Amy Adams plays the linguist with such deep sincerity and total commitment, so important when one realizes that she is the true center of the film -- and Villeneuve, along with cinematographer Bradford Young, has supplied visuals so breathtakingly stunning you might have to pinch yourself to believe what your eyes are seeing. The visuals are also matched by the remarkable score by Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson (who had teamed with Villeneuve on "Prisoners" and "Sicario") using vocals and experimental piano 'loops' to put viewers into an other-worldly state of being. It is such an audacious, creative piece of intelligent, adult science fiction (something rarely encountered today), the thoughtful, open-minded viewer should embrace this as a gem for both the mind and heart, and not hold against it that it is less interested in the usual science fiction tropes than the light and dark paradigms of human existence.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Don't Call It Sci-Fi

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      Audiolvr
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      I just watched this movie on UHD Bluray and couldn't wait to write a review while it was still fresh in my mind. My worst fear is that people who would otherwise love this movie may avoid it because they're picturing Independance Day. The science fiction moniker does not do this nuanced movie justice. The pace and timing of this film is methodically perfect, fleshing out the main character, Louise Banks's life story with her daughter, Hannah, like a good book would. It takes it's time and reveals itself through flashbacks and explains why this reoccurring theme is so important to the story as a whole. Amy Adams is amazing in the starring role and should definitely be considered for best actress at The Academy Awards, but the real star of this film may be director Denis Villeneuve. If it's possible to director a movie with love, then this is a case for that. He handles the story with such care and delicacy that it makes it all the more believable. I won't go through the synopsis of the movie but if you like thought provoking science fiction movies such as Gattaca, then this might be your cup of tea. It's a movie that will stay on your mind long after it's over and I think it will stand up to multiple viewings. If you have a 4K tv that can reveal all of the details and subtleties in the many darkly lit scenes and sepia toned flashbacks, then the UHD bluray will be music to your eyes.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      alien softball

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      barry
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      Being weened on 50's, 60's, and other top-notch science fiction movies ever since like Signs, and the Alien, the Predator, the Thing and as-of-late Cloverfield series, which by the way has a modern day Ripley-like heroine, subtly and masterfully portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, right here on Earth who will ultimately save our precious planet by spearheading a newfound resistance, I found The Arrival, although excellently crafted, directed, and performed overall a level below all of these other classics. Amy Adams is a worthy heroine and ambassador for Earth's first contact with a technologically superior and somewhat more advanced alien species that's ventured to Earth out of scientific curiosity and benevolence, not imperialistic colonization or conquering. This can be a refreshing approach to a new series of alien science fiction! However, compare it to The Day the Earth Stood Still and Klaatu's compassion and diplomacy for humanity's welfare. Yet, Klaatu's and his master race's best intentions for peace on Earth were to be enforced by Gort, the giant robot empowered with a disintegrating ray that could destroy the world if we don't comply to their mandates of passivity. An incredibly imposing creation of imminent danger standing-by ready to be activated by any of our petty earthling world leaders' stupid squabbles, Gort dutifully awaits! These comparisons are merely to point that The Arrival is a whole different concept of an extra-terrestrial visitation on Earth for our ultimate welfare and benefit, hopefully. A very nice addition to any sci-fi fans collection!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great film on Blu now + 4K for later

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      GreaterThanDiNozzo
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      I don't have a 4K tv or UHD Blu player to watch this on yet, but it comes with the regular Blu-ray and I figured it was worth few extra bucks now instead of double-dipping in a few years. This was one of my favorite films of 2016 when I saw it in the theater. Denis Villenueve (director of SICARIO and INCENDIES) has given us an intelligent slow burn sci-fi film without excessive explosions or idiotic robots battling while looking like a spinning levitating trash heap (I'm looking at you Mr. Bay). If you like smart sci-fi, or are a bit of a language geek who has been waiting for a major film to make a linguist the main character, you should definitely check out ARRIVAL, otherwise you should still check it out for the excellent performance by Amy Adams so you can join the rest of us who think she was robbed of an Oscar nomination (perhaps instead of Meryl Streep getting nominated for an ok comedy). I can't comment on the 4K & HDR quality, but have heard good reviews of it being a noticeable improvement over the 1080p Blu version despite being a 2K mastered film up-scaled to 4K (as unfortunately happens on a number of modern films, probably so they can save time/money -- LA LA LAND was shot on film, reportedly scanned at 5K and had digital intermediate done at 2K and then got bumped up to 4K for theaters and UHD). I would prefer if all 4K releases had DI done in 4K instead of 2K, but if its done well and colors in HDR are done well, it can still be worth a few bucks for the upgrade

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the Best Movies of 2016

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      CJanuary
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      I preordered this Blu-Ray and was pretty much satisfied with the product. It had a slip cover, though I wish it would've had the Oscar sticker on it like the cases in the store did. The Blu-Ray seems to work fine, the digital copy was a plus. (It was sort of disappointing it didn't come with a DVD as well.) It has quite a few bonus features. As for the movie itself, this is very slow moving, understated story about a language expert attempting to communicate with Earth's new arrivals. There really isn't much action here, but there is a compelling tension that builds throughout the movie, unfolding in a thought-provoking and unique plot circumstance. (Some might even call it a plot twist, but I think that term doesn't connote subtleties.) Arrival also has a great emtional core, which is what really compelled me to buy it. Amy Adams is wonderful in her performance and Jeremy Renner adds some humor. The SFX and CGI are well done. The content is restrained and that is important to me. It is very hard to find mature movies that do not contain tons of profanity, "adult" content, or graphic violence--Arrival is breath of fresh air in those regards. (The PG-13 seems to be based solely for the inclusion of one word--the harshest profanity--which is barely intelligible to the ears.) In conclusion, Arrival is a well-made, thought-provoking, and clean sci-fi drama that holds up to repeated viewing.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fresh, fascinating take on "first contact"

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      CliveStaples
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      Here we have some legitimate science fiction, and it's definitely thought provoking as good SF should be. This could have been adapted from a story by Isaac Asimov or Phillip K. Dick or someone. (Eh actually I'm not sure it wasn't based on a Dick story.) Anyway, the plot is actually pretty original, the characters are mostly interesting, the dialog is good, and the tone is just about pitch perfect. I suspect that those who are parents might appreciate this even more than I did. I saw it twice in the theater, and it was well worth it. Initially, I did kind of feel like they played a little bit of dirty pool with the plot at one point - I don't want to say more and spoil it for someone who hasn't seen it - but after more consideration and some good conversations with my friends and family, I reached a different conclusion. This will mess with your mind a little bit, but not in bad way. This is the kind of movie that provokes interesting discussions with the people you watch it with - and the kind of thing you're happy to recommend to anyone who asks. It's not perfect; there are some irritatingly stereotypical (and rather flat) characters driving key plot points - but overall this is a very worthwhile movie.

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