Alien

Alien

DVD - 2008 | One disc edition
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"The terror begins when the crew of the spaceship Nostromo investigates a transmission from a desolate planet and makes a horrifying discovery - a life form that breeds within a human host. Now the crew must fight not only for its own survival, but for the survival of all mankind"--Container.
Publisher: 1979 ,
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment South Pacific, Moore Park, N.S.W. : 2008
Edition: One disc edition
Branch Call Number: DVD ALIE
Characteristics: 1 DVD (approximately 112 min.)

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stevesumner
Jun 20, 2019

An absolute game changer of a movie. It's a masterpiece in every aspect, from the cast, script, direction and music. There is a true cult built around it and we have books and fan films to enjoy. Sadly, the direction of the Alien films have gone downhill and some of the newer ones have CGI that is laughable. The irony is that "Alien" and "Aliens" are far more believable than the cartoonish releases 40 years later. This is a must see. I can't count how often I've seen it and how much enjoyment it always brings.

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GJP_Salomon04
Mar 26, 2019

I actually can't believe that this film was made in the 70's! Everything is so visually stunning, including the set, effects, and cinematography. Of course you can tell that certain things, such as the alien, are not from the 2000's, but I personally find a man in a detailed suit (I think it's called suitmation) more realistic than some CGI. Ridley Scott had a wonderful imagination and perception of horror while shooting this film, and he executed it perfectly into the movie. I find this film very gross and suspenseful. I guess you could say that I have claustrophobia (fear of small spaces), and watching it did not help with that at all. I saw it for the first time on my thirteenth birthday, and, being the overly enthusiastic person I am, I built some sort of a fort around our TV. This actually turned out to be a great idea, because during a scene with flashing lights, the strobe reflected on the walls of the fort, and I almost got a seizure; it was awesome! Over the years, Alien has become a timeless classic, and I definitely recommend it.

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SWISHERRILEY
Feb 16, 2019

Watching this for the first time was a thrilling experience. I've never been a huge fan of horror films, but for whatever reason I felt like I was being compelled to watch it. And I can't say how happy I am I did. Not a great movie by today's standards, but by 1979 standards? A classic. I understand why it's held with such high regards and I see that it really set the bar for sci-fi horror. Truly held up to the hype, and I'm more than excited to watch the sequels in the future.

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aaropender
Mar 12, 2018

One of the best films made. Top-notch atmosphere/environment development/building throughout the first 30-60 minutes, which really allows the rest of the movie to do its thing. Great actors portraying real people - they live and breathe, they're responding to the things around them as opposed to following a screenplay. Just as in Batman movies, Batman is only as cool or as heroic as the villain is evil or distasteful: in this 'creature feature' style movie, the main attraction (i.e. the creature - the alien) is only as cool or as repulsive as the people are believable or authentic. The reproach we have in response to the alien is so strong because we relate to the people who are trapped in very close quarters with it. We fear the alien because we feel for and fear for the people around it, even though the creature occupies a few scant moments of screen time. Outstanding movie-making.

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lavasushi
Jan 18, 2018

Still stands the test of time. So much tension and fear of the unknown. Wonderful to see Sigourney Weaver as a level headed, dependable, composed and astute female leader struggling with her male coworkers and the chain of command. Can’t wait to get the 2nd Alien-another classic!

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hesselugano
Nov 17, 2017

In his early career Ridley Scott didn't get the recognition he deserved for this movie. Scott's bad luck was compounded by the release of ET the Extraterrestrial in the same week Blade Runner was released, thereby cheating him of a well deserved Oscar. The major plausibility problem in the Alien script is the sudden unexplained increase in size of the alien monster. When it emerges from John Hurt's thorax it is about the size of a ferret. When Harry Dean Stanton later has his unpleasant encounter with the beast it is at least eight feet tall. How did that happen? Aliens may well have hyperactive pituitary glands but growth on that scale requires a whole lot of protein! Following the "birth" scene there should have been a series of break-ins to the Nostromo's food storage lockers; the crew should have discovered the animal's droppings on the spacecraft floor - ominously increasing in cloacal diameter with the passage of time . . .

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VonHafenstaaad
Jun 28, 2017

A fantastic blend of sci-fi and horror, incredibly suspenseful and carefully elaborated with a perfect pacing. Scott knows very well how to slowly build a disquieting tension and elevate it to the point of nerve-wracking, and this film is a genuinely scary modern classic.

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patch666
Jun 09, 2017

Classic !!!!!!

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Ismael_2509
Mar 13, 2017

this is the 1979 movie, correct?

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Dolphin_0
Dec 10, 2016

One of the coolest sci-fi series ever!

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“One person can make a difference and every person should try.” –John F Kennedy

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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“We are trapped like rats.”
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“When I was a boy I was told that anybody could become President. Now I'm beginning to believe it.” -Clarence Darrow

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DavidB
Dec 13, 2009

You still don’t know what you’re dealing with. The perfect organism. It’s structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.

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DavidB
Dec 13, 2009

It’s got a wonderful defence mechanism. You don’t dare kill it.

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SFPL_MichaelHudson Mar 14, 2015

Ellen Ripley is often featured in lists of the best characters in film history: in 2008, American Film Institute ranked her as the eighth best hero in American film history

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Oct 26, 2007

Spaceship. Crew. Alien. Alien eat crew. Crew fights to survive.

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