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"In space, no one can hear you scream." A close encounter of the third kind becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic. On the way home from a mission for the Company, the Nostromo's crew is woken up from hibernation by the ship's Mother computer to answer a distress signal from a nearby planet. Capt. Dallas's Tom Skerritt rescue team discovers a bizarre pod field, but things get even stranger when a face-hugging creature bursts out of a pod and ...
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Overview

"In space, no one can hear you scream." A close encounter of the third kind becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic. On the way home from a mission for the Company, the Nostromo's crew is woken up from hibernation by the ship's Mother computer to answer a distress signal from a nearby planet. Capt. Dallas's Tom Skerritt rescue team discovers a bizarre pod field, but things get even stranger when a face-hugging creature bursts out of a pod and attaches itself to Kane John Hurt. Over the objections of Ripley Sigourney Weaver, science officer Ash Ian Holm lets Kane back on the ship. The acid-blooded incubus detaches itself from an apparently recovered Kane, but an alien erupts from Kane's stomach and escapes. The alien starts stalking the humans, pitting Dallas and his crew and cat against a malevolent killing machine that also has a protector in the nefarious Company.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Combining science fiction with horror, Swiss artist H.R. Giger's alien design and Carlo Rambaldi's visual effects creepily meld technology with corporeality, creating a claustrophobic environment that is coldly mechanical yet horribly anthropomorphized, like the metallic monster itself. Director Ridley Scott keeps the alien out of full view, hiding it in the dark or camouflaging it in the workings of the Nostromo. Signs of '70s cultural upheaval permeate Alien's future world, from the relationship between corporate capitalism and rapacious monstrosity to the heterogeneous crew and Ripley's forceful horror heroine. The intense frights and gross-outs, however, are credited with making Alien one of the biggest hits of 1979 (it premiered on the two-year anniversary of Star Wars); Giger, Rambaldi, et al. won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects. Alien went on to spawn three genre-bending sequels (and reconditioned Ripleys): exceptional '80s actioner Aliens (1986), dark prison drama Alien 3 (1992), and exotically grotesque Alien Resurrection (1997). With its atmospheric isolation, implacable monster, and whiff of social conscience, Alien stands as one of the more thoughtful yet utterly terrifying horror films of the 1970s.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
Pay attention to the enhanced detail audible in a new six-track sound mix, which may be the most important cleaning job of all; silence and Jerry Goldsmith's score have never twined so hauntingly.
Baltimore Sun - Chris Kaltenbach
Alien, even with some scene tinkering that has left this "director's cut" one minute shorter than its original release, is still one of the creepiest, scariest, most shocking films ever.
TV Guide - Ken Fox
And while this director's cut doesn't really differ all that much from the original 1979 release, it contains a few minutes of never-before seen footage, including one serious bitch slap and an entire scene in which Ripley stumbles upon a few not-quite-dead crew members whose terrible fates foreshadow James Cameron's 1986 sequel.

Alien, even with some scene tinkering that has left this "director's cut" one minute shorter than its original release, is still one of the creepiest, scariest, most shocking films ever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2014
  • UPC: 024543943259
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / en español
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 77,242

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Skerritt Dallas
Sigourney Weaver Ellen Ripley
Veronica Cartwright Lambert
Yaphet Kotto Parker
Harry Dean Stanton Brett
John Hurt Kane
Ian Holm Ash
Helen Horton Voice Only
Bolaji Badejo Alien
Lionel Newman Conductor
Technical Credits
Ridley Scott Director
Nick Allder Special Effects
Adrian Biddle Camera Operator
Gordon Carroll Producer
Roger Christian Art Director
Roger Dicken Costumes/Costume Designer
Leslie Dilley Art Director, Production Designer
Anton Furst Production Designer
David Giler Producer
Mary Goldberg Casting
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Walter Hill Producer
Paul Ibbetson Asst. Director
Brian Johnson Special Effects
Bernard Lodge Special Effects
John Mollo Costumes/Costume Designer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Dan O'Bannon Original Story, Screenwriter
Carlo Rambaldi Special Effects
Terry Rawlings Editor
Mary Selway Casting
Michael Seymour Production Designer
Ronald Shusett Executive Producer, Original Story
Derek Vanlint Cinematographer
Peter Weatherly Editor
Ian Whittaker Set Decoration/Design
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    the debut of ALIEN

    this is the debut of ALIEN. 1st time away from the Anthology. i like 2 get the ALIEN BLU-RAY even though i have the whole series of the Anthology, its would be cool to have them individually together. who would scream only 4 the ALIEN 2 hear U?

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good but not my cuppa tea

    What follows are the thoughts of someone who doesn't watch or love horror movies, so please keep that in mind. Alien is a beautiful film: every scene is a work of art. The set, the cinematography, the acting---everything worked seamlessly to create the sense of isolation in space, of ominous danger and slow-building suspense. But as much as I recognized that fact, I didn't feel it while I was watching. I was too busy grinding my teeth in aggravation at all the stupid decisions everyone kept making.

    I understand that's kind of the point of many horror movies---people make stupid decisions that eventually get themselves (almost) killed---and I was impressed that Alien at least offered an explanation for the majority of those stupid decisions. But by then I'd already spent most of the film unable to suspend my disbelief. So while this was enjoyable as a horror and sci-fi classic, it's not a movie I think I'll be raving about to anyone or watching again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alien

    Except for the first time I saw the Exorsist, this movie scared the bejesus out me. It deserves it's place of scariest movie ever. And Ripley has become my personal icon; she alone survived.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Unmatched Sci-Fi Horror

    Alien set the trend for monster movies, not just sci-fi horror, or sci-fi. The sense of isolation, coldness of space, and desperation made this into one of the most memorable movies ever made. So many of the techniques created here have been rehacked in hundreds of movies since. Think of all the films that have a scene with some monster slobbering inches from some potential victim. It's old news now, but it was new and horrifying when this came out in theaters. The dark set design, creatures, and cinematography around Geiger's artwork was a first. Now every scary space movie has that dark brown tone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alien - Never watch this when you're eating

    Whenever I think of Alien I always think of that dinner scene and what became of that guy's stomach's fate. I never got to see the whole thing and finally did and man this really is quite scary and well made movie though a certain scene seemed a little fake and you can tell. I actually saw the Director's cut so not sure what the original version was exactly like. Its the story of a group of people who head to earth but arrive on a planet and thus have one creepy ass stowaway ever. Those aliens that hatched from the egg and went after John Hurt's character, was disgusting. I always wondered where that quote &quot Kill me kill me&quot came from after seeing it on an episode of south park (yes that Towlie episode) and was speechless when I heard it in the movie (don't ask me why). Though I think it appeared in Alien Resurrection thought not entirely sure. Signorney Weaver did a really good job as Ellen Ripley. When the Alien didn't appear you get nervous at when he or she is about to appear. That's what I got from the movie and how when the alien came charging at the guy and they looked on the screen telling him to get out and he tried to find a way that was a really intense moment next to when they're in that large room with water pouring down from the chains and the alien gets that one guy i actually jumped and covered my eyes. The first movie I saw in the series was Aliens then Alien 3, Alien Resurrection and finally Alien.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The first in a long line of great movies.

    I recently saw the first film in this terrifying quadrilogy, and I was not disappointed. The special effects were great back in 1979, and they still hold out fairly well today. The acting was marvalous, the directing was absolutely phenominal, and the aliens... WOW!!! They actually look like what one might think an alien would look like!!! I would reccommend this film to any sci-fi/horror fan with a strong stomach(the only reason I say this is because there are some disturbing jump-scenes which might gross-out a person who is not used to seeing more mature horror/sci-fi films.) All in all, a great film. But, if you are considering letting your tweens see it alone, I suggest you watch it first, just in case you object to any of the content, even though there is nothing really that bad to object to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Mother of All Horror/Sci-Fi

    Nothing beats an original as it breaks all the rules that are sacred. The film Alien, at the same time, set the standards of space which still hasn't or ever likely will ever be seen again. Visually stunning, H.R. Giger's bio-mechanical designs are unique, never to be duplicated.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great start to a series.

    This has to be one of the greatest sci-fi movies ever! I couldn't take my eyes off of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2003

    Alien

    ''It's got a wonderful defence mechanism - you don't dare kill it'' So go the words of a terrified crewmember aboard the commercial towing vehicle 'The Nostromo', the spaceship which provides the platform for this Ridley Scott classic. It's a little difficult to believe this totally studio-filmed movie is almost a quarter of a century old - the special effects and attention to detail would easily be at home in the 21st Century. The only thing which gives away the film's age is the telex machine-like computers onboard ship which do look rather old-fashioned to the modern viewer. Regardless of this one tiny detail, the liberal sprinkling of talented actors make this film one of the best sci-fi/horror movies available; a film which is emulated, but seldom bettered even to this day. Sigourney Weaver has that 'Hard as Males' demeanour right from the outset, and then of course there's the ubiquitous English bad guy which American movie lovers are so tirelessly fond of. The most alluring part about 'Alien', however, is it's ability to build up the tension, juggle with the watcher's mind and then deliver the goods in some genuinely frightening and gory ways. There are simply so many nooks and crannies onboard The Nostromo that you don't know where the Alien is going to spring from next. It's almost a sci-fi version of the 'stalk and slash' movies of the past and present but without the dreadful clichés. After watching this movie, Sigourney Weaver, versatile as she is, always seems badly miscast in any other film. Her character, Ripley, was her first starring role and it's the one that many people associate with her name. Full stars would have been given to 'Alien' had it's sequel, 'Aliens' not been superior to it in the action-packed department. But this is a matter of personal taste and detracts nothing from the first film (apart from the single star, of course). This movie has it all: Insane science officer with a twist, hidden agendas, deception, bickering crewmembers fighting each other and 'IT', futile terror-stricken escape attempts through steel corridors, and the most memorable dinner scene ever. Guaranteed suspense and surprises right through to the end. Buy it, watch it - then watch it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2003

    Alien

    ''It's got a wonderful defence mechanism - you don't dare kill it'' So go the words of a terrified crewmember aboard the commercial towing vehicle 'The Nostromo', the spaceship which provides the platform for this Ridley Scott classic. It's a little difficult to believe this totally studio-filmed movie is almost a quarter of a century old - the special effects and attention to detail would easily be at home in the 21st Century. The only thing which gives away the film's age is the telex-like computers onboard ship which do look rather old-fashioned to the modern viewer. Regardless of this one tiny detail, the liberal sprinkling of talented actors make this film one of the best sci-fi/horror movies available; a film which is emulated, but seldom bettered even to this day. Sigourney Weaver has that 'Hard as Males' demeanour right from the outset, and then of course there's the ubiquitous English bad guy which American movie lovers are so tirelessly fond of. The most alluring part about 'Alien', however, is it's ability to build up the tension, juggle with the watcher's mind and then deliver the goods in some genuinely frightening and gory ways. There are simply so many nooks and crannies onboard The Nostromo that you don't know where the Alien is going to spring from next. It's almost a sci-fi version of the 'stalk and slash' movies of the past and present but without the dreadful clichés. After watching this movie, Sigourney Weaver, versatile as she is, always seems badly miscast in any other film. Her character, Ripley, was her first starring role and it's the one that many people associate with her name. Full stars would have been given to 'Alien' had it's sequel, 'Aliens' not been superior to it in the action-packed department. But this is a matter of personal taste and detracts nothing from the first film (apart from the single star, of course). This movie has it all: Insane science officer with a twist, hidden agendas, deception, bickering crewmembers fighting each other and 'IT', futile terror-stricken escape attempts through steel corridors, and the most memorable dinner scene ever. Guaranteed suspense and surprises right through to the end. Buy it, watch it - then watch it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2003

    ALIEN rocks!

    What's not to like? Scenario: bunch of colorful characters are stranded on an icy rock. Mayhem ensues. This is one Great Picture! Tom Skerrit and Sigourny Weaver are fantastic. A great ensemble effort.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2003

    ONE OF THE GREATEST SCIENCE FICTION FILMS EVER MADE

    WHEN YOU THINK OF RIDLEY SCOTT, YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT HIS FIRST HUGE SUCCESS AS A DIRECTOR. THIS FILM IS NONE OTHER THAN (ALIEN). THE FIRST TIME I'VE SEEN THIS MASTERPIECE, I WAS LITERALLY SHAKING IN MY BOOTS, THAT'S HOW TERRIFYING IS WAS, AND IT WAS NO SURPRISE WHEN IT APPEARED ON AFI'S 100 GREATEST HORROR FILMS OF ALL TIME. I'AM DEFINITELY GOING TO BUY THE DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2002

    Groundbreaker

    I have probably seen this movie twelve times and from the opening scene, to the climactic ending this motion picture deliveres one heck of an entertaining feeling that will stay in you for quite a while. The last time I saw it was about four years ago and I'm just so anxious to see it again. I never have and never will forget that great gory scene when the small alien bursts out of Kane's chest. I love this film because it just gives you this feeling that really hypes you up. I also greatly honor Weaver's role. This is a ground breaking horror film. This movie will scare the heck out of you but for some reason you'll always want to see it again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2002

    A master piece: action, acting and special effects

    A great movie to say the least. This is one of the best titles ever made. The special effects are truly majestic and the acting is superb. The storyline and action keep you always at the edge of your seat.

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