This tense, intelligent sci-fi thriller gets an upgrade on DVD that should please the film's fans. The Andromeda Strain has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1, which has been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original audio mix has been preserved in Dolby Digital Mono; the dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in Spanish and French, and closed captions in English. As a bonus, this release includes a short documentary on the making of the film, a profile of author Michael Crichton (who wrote the novel that was the basis for the screenplay), and the movie's original trailer.
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Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Great Gift movie
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
Great movie and I gave it as a gift to a friend and she said she loved it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Many problems beset the human race but when these problems are unseen and unknown, the existence of mankind is at risk. Other more recent films have explored the threat of an unknown virus but this 1970s film's virus was from outer space. Space exploration always posed a threat that a mission might bring back something dangerous to earth. Later in the film the virus is speculated, by the paranoia starting to grip the scientific experts, to be man made by the military for use in germ warfare, however, this conjecture is never proven. At near the end of the film a wrong turn is taken by the scientists to totally eliminate the virus (and themselves) by blowing up the test facility, which was a mistake that can only be corrected by one man. In the end planet earth and mankind is saved again. Robert Wise skillfully directed this early attempt to explore this subject. The technology is dated by today's standards, but since this film was made in the 1970s this is understandable. Give this film a chance, you will not be disappointed. This Blu-ray is a Best Buy exclusive, The Blu-ray AV quality is consistent with films of this time period.
This movie is as relevant as the day it was made. Every President since Eisenhower has been warned that the single biggest threat to the American population is a virus we have no control over. Like Dr. Anthony Fauci warned, "It's not a matter of if, but when." God keep us safe. And let us have the intelligence to be prepared for the unknown. This movie never lets you rest. It's as realistic as it can be. You can't improve on this classic.
The Andromeda Strain is simply a first rate film. It is the first film based on Michael Chritchon novel. And is directed by Ray Wise. The director of the 1956 science fiction masterpiece The Day The Earth Stood Still. The acting of the stars. The set designs of the underground complex. As well as the story are fully rich in depth. And the alien invader being a deadly microvirus that can kill in seconds is filmed seriously. The original Andromeda Strain is must watch viewing for Sci-Fi fans and Chritchon fans as well.
The Andromeda Strain is a classic sci-fi virus film adapted from the classic novel by Michael Crichton. It is a great, intelligent, and somewhat suspenseful film and a great watch now especially with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic
I love Michael Crichton’s written work! This movie was confusing at first because of the sound effects and overall sound design but it definitely tells a story about what humankind did back in the 1960s with regards to experimentation of biological warfare and what humankind continues to do now.
Many virus outbreak stories must owe some debt to Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain. The story about a virus outbreak in a small town (but with two survivors, a baby and an old man) is just as relevant today as it was back then in the early 70s. The style, directed by Robert Wise, was groundbreaking at the time but so was the book.
The A/V quality is fine for its first time on Blu-ray, but seeing as this movie is old, don't expect demo quality. But for what it is, it looks and sounds great on Blu-ray. It won't be sold wide until May 5, so Best Buy is the only place to get it right now.
The extras are fine. A featurette on the making of the movie, a "portrait" of author (and director of several movies) Michael Crichton and the movie's trailer.