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Overview

Director Ridley Scott's breakthough film, an immensely successful blend of horror and science fiction, is a classic in both genres and spawned a host of sequels and imitators. Starring Sigourney Weaver as warrant officer Ellen Ripley, ALIEN focuses on the crew of the space cargo ship Nostromo, which lands on a moribund planet in response to a faint SOS. Inside a crashed ship, the crew members come upon strange pods, one of which spews forth a repellently fleshy insectile creature that locks on to the face of the unlucky Kane (John Hurt). Despite Ripley's advice, science officer Ash (Ian Holm) allows Kane to return to the ship, where the creature finally releases its grip. Soon, however, in one of the film's most infamous scenes, one of its offspring explodes horribly from Kane's stomach and scurries away. Dallas (Tom Skerritt), the vessel's captain, leads the others in a search for the rapidly growing, acid-dripping alien before it can cut them down--one by one.

A triumph of art direction, set design, and special effects, ALIEN gains much of its impact from the contrast between the bleak, antiseptic beauty of the space vessel's interior and the primordial horror of the alien, a brilliantly original fusion of insect, man, and machine designed by Swiss surrealist painter H.R. Giger. The top-notch cast also includes Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, and Harry Dean Stanton.
Theatrical Release Date 1979
Format Blu-ray Disc
Number of Discs 1
Awards
  • Academy Awards, Best Visual Effects, Winner, 1979

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  • Release Info
  • Collector Edition
    N
  • Director Cut
    N
  • Number Of Discs
    1
  • Genre
    Science-Fiction/Fantasy
  • Distributor
    20th Century Fox
  • Area
    USA
  • Video
  • Runtime (minutes)
    116
  • Picture
    (unknown)
  • Audio
  • Language
    English
  • Dubbed
    French
  • Subtitles
    Spanish
  • Closed Caption
    English
  • Release Note
  • Notes:
    Theatrical Release: May 25, 1979.

    Theatrical Rerelease: October 29, 2003.

    For ALIEN: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT, the original negative was restored and digitally remastered. In addition, director Ridley Scott reviewed archival footage not included in the original and chose specific never-before-seen footage to include in this special version of the film.
  • Release Date
    10/07/14
  • Theatrical Release
    1979
  • Rating
    Unrated
  • Format
    Blu-ray Disc
  • Unedited Version
    N
  • Warranty Parts
    30 Day(s)

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Editorial Reviews

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Total Film 11-01-2003 "...With its cliché-confounding cast and plotting, roughneck sensibility and star-making turn from Weaver, ALIEN rewards repeat viewing..."
Los Angeles Times 10-29-2003 "...Scott's film still shreds nerves....At once graphically elegant and viscerally effective, the future conjured up by Scott was dystopian to the core..."
Entertainment Weekly 11-07-2003 "...In ALIEN, you can hear lessons for the sci-fi future in a great milestone from the recent past..."
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