The Arrival

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Charlie Sheen discovers more than he bargained for in the alien encounter movie The Arrival. Artisan and Live Entertainment have done a decent job on this disc, although the 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer does have a few major flaws. While colors and black levels look solid overall, there is a very large amount of edge enhancement spotted during the film. This presentation of The Arrival looks nice, but the fact that it is non-anamorphic is a shame since the resolution might have been better. Also ...
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Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Crouse, Richard Schiff, Shane, Ron Silver 06/17/1997 DVD Very good 1996 Run time: 115. Books, CDs, DVDs, Videogames, LPs & more! Fast shipping! All ... items guaranteed! Read more Show Less

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Charlie Sheen discovers more than he bargained for in the alien encounter movie The Arrival. Artisan and Live Entertainment have done a decent job on this disc, although the 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen transfer does have a few major flaws. While colors and black levels look solid overall, there is a very large amount of edge enhancement spotted during the film. This presentation of The Arrival looks nice, but the fact that it is non-anamorphic is a shame since the resolution might have been better. Also included on this disc is a 1.33:1 full-frame presentation of the movie. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 (in English and French) and is surprisingly very well done. Surround effects are utilized constantly, and only the smallest amount of distortion was detected in the effects. The dialogue and music is clear of any hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English, Spanish, and French subtitles. The Arrival is very low on extra features, including only a teaser and theatrical trailer for the film as well as some brief cast and crew biography notes. For the right price, fans of The Arrival will be moderately pleased with this DVD edition of the film.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Scene access; Production notes; Cast and crew bios; Theatrical teaser and trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
In his sophomore directorial effort, screenwriter David Twohy creates yet another underrated, inventive science fiction adventure, one of the very few solid films for star Charlie Sheen in the 1990s. Twohy has a lot of fun with the conventions of his genre, spinning old saws such as alien invasion, terraforming, and the obligatory protagonist paranoia into new and intelligent directions. Okay, global warming isn't all that fresh but it's more contemporary than, say, the aliens need to deplete Earth's undefined "resources," the hackneyed premise of both Independence Day (1996) and Battlefield Earth (2000) (what, the alien home worlds in those films ran out of water, beef, and coal?). If Sheen is a miscast as a tech wizard (other actors better at playing smart and available on limited budgets having been presumably unavailable), the rest of the cast is pretty sharp. Teri Polo provides her usual workmanlike performance as the supportive, attractive love interest with a twist and oily Ron Silver is typically loathsome as an up-to-no-good villain. The film's effects, while limited, are decent, while the tight script, no-frills direction, and briskly edited pace keep things moving along fast enough that one barely notices this sturdy thriller seems to have been produced on a made-for-TV budget. The Arrival (1996) might not be the biggest sci-fi spectacle of its year, having been trampled in the Independence Day onslaught, but like most of Twohy's other behind-the-camera projects, it earns the shelf-life respect it's garnering on video and cable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/1997
  • UPC: 012236044604
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Live / Artisan
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:49:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Charlie Sheen Zane Ziminski
Ron Silver Phil Gordian
Lindsay Crouse Ilana Green
Teri Polo Char
Richard Schiff Calvin
Tony T. Johnson Kiki
Buddy Joe Hooker 2nd Department of Defence Man
Leon Rippy 1st Department of Defence Man
Phyllis Applegate Mrs. Roosevelt
Alan Coates Terraformer
Javier Morga co-worker
Catalina Botello N. C. A. R. Woman
Georg Lillitsch George, Computer Technician
Angel De La Pena Skeleton Man
David Villalpando cabbie
Maria Luisa Coronel maid
Ellen Bradley screaming woman
José Garcia planecorp guard
Jorge Becerril plancecorp guard
Luisa Huertas security woman
Jorge Zepeda detective
Roger Cudney JPL Official
Monica Dionne reporter
Alejandro Usigli reporter
Jacqueline Voltaire reporter
Dave Galasso 2nd Jpl Guard
Reed Johnson maintenance man
Andrea Sisniega weather woman
Shane 1st JPL guard
Arthur Kempel Conductor
Technical Credits
David N. Twohy Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Erich Anderson Camera Operator
Claudia Becker Casting
Steven Brooksbank Casting
Sharal Churchill Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel Cordero Special Effects Supervisor
Robert W. Cort Executive Producer
Audrey DeRoche Musical Direction/Supervision
Terry Emmons Animator
David Farmer Sound/Sound Designer
Ted Field Executive Producer
Karl Fornander Animator
Mark Galvin Executive Producer
Carmen Gonzales Special Effects
Hugo Gutierrez Asst. Director
Mark Hannah Production Manager
Collin Hemnen Animator
Federic Henocque Asst. Director
Martin Hunter Editor
John Nelson Asst. Director
Arthur Kempel Score Composer, Songwriter
William Kidd Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Kocar Special Effects
Brad Lewis Executive Producer
Paul Lombardi Consultant/advisor
Russell J. Lyster Cinematographer
Richard Malzahn Cinematographer
Isidore Mankofsky Cinematographer
José Martinez Jr. Asst. Director
Todd Masters Makeup
Matt Merkovich Animator
Steve R. Moore Editor
Hiro Narita Cinematographer
Fred Nilsson Animator
Michael Novotny Production Designer
Lorenzo O'Brien Associate Producer
Rudy Perez Special Effects Supervisor
Peter Plevritis Animator
Dave Rader Animator
Rogelio Rojas Casting
Hector Romero Art Director
Guillermo Rosas Camera Operator
Mayes C. Rubeo Costumes/Costume Designer
Jaime Rivas Ruiz Set Decoration/Design
Laura Seidel Casting
Apurva Shah Animator
Mark Shelton Cinematographer
Mary Jo Slater Casting
Thomas G. Smith Producer
Tony Stabley Art Director
Jim Steele Producer
Melissa Cira Taylor Producer
David Tripet Associate Producer
Rene Villarreal Asst. Director
Paul Wang Special Effects
Evan Yavne Asst. Director
Cyrus Yavneh Co-producer
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Scene Index

Jump to a Scene.
0. Jump to a Scene.
1. Opening Credits [4:53]
2. "wolf 336, You Are Howling!" [1:34]
3. Below The Microwave [2:16]
4. "if You Can't Confirm It, It Doesn't Exist" [2:00]
5. Cooling Down [2:14]
6. Threat Of Global Warming [1:09]
7. Blacklisted [1:12]
8. "i Want My Tape Back!" [2:15]
9. Department Of Defense Confiscates Data [2:10]
10. Char And Zane Have A Talk [1:50]
11. Phased Array [2:21]
12. Kiki Hangs Around [4:54]
13. Calvin Gets A Wake-up Call [:42]
14. Shockwave [4:10]
15. National Center For Atmospheric Research [1:19]
16. Zane In Mexico [3:56]
17. Zane Takes A Bath [2:54]
18. Day Of The Dead Parade [2:16]
19. Fellow Scientist [2:21]
20. Gordian's Evil Twin [3:02]
21. The Imploder [2:34]
22. "not In My Bed, Still In My Head" [4:44]
23. Night Of The Scorpions [3:26]
24. Investigating Planecorp [5:20]
25. Zane In The Underworld [1:53]
26. Alien [1:27]
27. Escape Form The Terra-forming Factory [3:15]
28. Zane's Transformation [2:52]
29. Hit And Run [1:15]
30. Mexican Jail [3:00]
31. Gordian's Confession Captured On Tape [4:55]
32. A Cleaned Out Apartment [4:46]
33. Oro Valley Radio Observatory [3:55]
34. A Visitor From Above [2:20]
35. No Escape [5:05]
36. A Chilling Discovery [3:25]
37. A Farewell To Arm [1:53]
38. Dish Collapse [2:20]
39. Zane's Warning To The Aliens [1:02]
40. Message Sent [:42]
41. End Credits [5:05]
Side #2 --WIDESCREEN
1. Opening Credits [4:53]
2. "wolf 336, You Are Howling!" [1:34]
3. Below The Microwave [2:16]
4. "if You Can't Confirm It, It Doesn't Exist" [2:00]
5. Cooling Down [2:14]
6. Threat Of Global Warming [1:09]
7. Blacklisted [1:12]
8. "i Want My Tape Back!" [2:15]
9. Department Of Defense Confiscates Data [2:10]
10. Char And Zane Have A Talk [1:50]
11. Phased Array [2:21]
12. Kiki Hangs Around [4:54]
13. Calvin Gets A Wake-up Call [:42]
14. Shockwave [4:10]
15. National Center Atmospheric Research [1:19]
16. Zane In Mexico [3:56]
17. Zane Takes A Bath [2:54]
18. Day Of The Dead Parade [2:16]
19. Fellow Scientist [2:21]
20. Gordian's Evil Twin [3:02]
21. The Imploder [2:34]
22. "not In My Bed, Still In My Head" [4:44]
23. Night Of The Scorpions [3:26]
24. Investigating Planecorp [5:20]
25. Zane In The Underworld [1:53]
26. Alien [1:27]
27. Escape From The Terra-forming Factory [3:15]
28. Zane's Transformation [2:52]
29. Hit And Run [1:15]
30. Mexican Jail [3:00]
31. Gordian's Confession Captured On Tape [4:55]
32. A Cleaned Out Apartment [4:46]
33. Oro Valley Radio Observatory [3:55]
34. A Visitor From Above [2:20]
35. No Escape [5:05]
36. A Chilling Discovery [3:25]
37. A Farewell To Arm [1:53]
38. Dish Collapse [2:20]
39. Zane's Warning To The Aliens [1:02]
40. Message Sent [:42]
41. End Credits [5:05]
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Menu

Main.
Play Movie.
   Menu Group #1 with 41 chapter(s) covering 01:55:00
Cast & Crew.
   Charlie Sheen as Zane Ziminski
      Feature Films
   Lindsay Crouse as Ilana Green
      Feature Films
   Teri Polo as Char
      Feature Films
   Ron Silver as Phil Gordian
      Feature Films
   Richard Schiff as Calvin
      Feature Films
   David N Twohy (Writer, Director)
      Feature Films
   Hiro Narita (Cinematographer)
      Feature Films
   Martin Hunter (Editor)
      Feature Films
   Production Notes
Subtitles.
Theatrical Trailers.
   Play Teaser.
   Play Trailer.
   Coming Attractions.
Language Selections.
Side #2 --WIDESCREEN
   Jump to a Scene
   Cast & Crew
      Charlie Sheen as Zane Ziminski
         Feature Films
      Lindsay Crouse as Llana Green
         Feature Films
      Teri Polo as Char
         Feature Films
      Ron Silver as Phil Gordian
         Feature Films
      Richard Schiff as Calvin
         Feature Films
      David N Twohy (Writer, Director)
         Feature Films
      Hiro Narita (Cinematographer)
         Feature Films
      Martin Hunter (Editor)
         Feature Films
      Production Notes
   Subtitles
   Theatrical Trailers
      Coming Attractions
   Language Selection
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