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The Andromeda Strain [DVD] [1971]

  • SKU: 5279101
  • Release Date: 04/01/2003
  • Rating: G
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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    Overall Customer Rating:
    97% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (29 out of 30)

    Special Features


    • Making of "The Andromeda Strain"
    • A portrait of Michael Crichton
    • Theatrical trailer

    Synopsis


    The Andromeda Strain
    The "Andromeda Strain" is a deadly extraterrestrial virus. It is brought to Earth when a research satellite crashes near a tiny Arizona town. Everyone in the community dies within days, except for a baby and an "insulated" drunkard. Recruited from labs all over North America, doctors Charles Dutton (David Wayne), Jeremy Stone (Arthur Hill), Ruth Leavitt (Kate Reid), and Mark Hall (James Olson) don radiation suits and race against time to isolate and destroy the virus. The film is based on a novel by Michael Crichton. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Arthur Hill
      Arthur Hill - Dr. Jeremy Stone
    • David Wayne
      David Wayne - Dr. Charles Dutton
    • James Olson
      James Olson - Dr. Mark Hall
    • Kate Reid
      Kate Reid - Dr. Ruth Leavitt
    • Paula Kelly
      Paula Kelly - Karen Anson



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    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 30 reviews

    97%
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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Unseen Threat

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      KC123
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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful classic sci-fi film of a Crichton book

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      TECHBEENGOOD
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      Michael Crichton's books have had a mixed success translated to movies. Viewers universally love Jurassic Park and even Coma. On the other hand, does anyone watch Congo or Timeline? The Andromeda Strain was brilliantly brought to the big screen by Robert Wise and is every bit as entertaining now as it was when I saw it in a movie theater. This is a nice addition to our film collection. it has 1970s pacing --- this is classic, thoughtful sci-fi, not modern, noisy film-making. You've been warned. The movie has the original graphics and a wonderfully (remastered?) widescreen print which is far superior to my letter-boxed DVD. Not even close. Bright colors, crisp images, natural film grain, with no artificial edge enhancement. This is a wonderful presentation that is not likely to be improved upon.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A Cautionary Tale That is Still Relevant

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      FoS01
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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Classic Sci-Fi Film And The Best Book To Film

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      EmanStl2012
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      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.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Slow but not a strain on believability

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      LightTrinity
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      I'm trying to watch all the movies based on Michael Crichton books. So many are great (Jurassic Park, West World), and I had high hopes for this one too, but it just felt so slow for me now to watch, though yes, the plausibility and reality factors for this "alien invasion" movie are totally believable - and it did lead me to some interesting philosophical thoughts. I do appreciate the improved image quality of the Blu Ray disc (vs. DVD). Rated G but there is some brief nudity. My noted bias is that I usually enjoy all types of sci-fi movies.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An exciting and amazing film.

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      Pyramids
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      I think that "The Andromeda Strain" was one of the greatest classic films of all-time and it was also one of my favorite classic films of all-time. I was surprised to find out that Michael Crichton had written the novel for this film and "Jurassic Park". I also think that "The Andromeda Strain" had a lot of entertaining and enjoyable action, mystery, horror and suspense including a really great and amazing cast and storylines as well.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent film

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      Brain
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      This is a classic film of the 70's. It uses some techniques that were popular for films of the time period (I'm glad they no longer use some of them, but if you have to see them, at least it is in a good film). The story is compelling, but be ready for a cerebral adventure -- this is not a modern action adventure. I highly recommend this as one of the few really good commercial films coming out of the 1970's.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      This is where "Outbreak" and "Contagion" began.

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      constantwatcher
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      Stories about humankind learning they can't control everything never get old. Here we have a 1970's sci-fi classic about a manmade satellite bringing a deadly alien organism back to earth. People are dropping like flies, and a group of elite scientists in a at a top-secret facility work feverishly to neutralize the threat. This is an early effort by writer Michael Crichton (Coma, Westworld, Jurassic Park), and it's still well worth a look.

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