The Arrival

Overview

A shy radio telescope operator named Zane Ziminski Charlie Sheen picks up a series of regular signals coming from space -- and deliberately pointed toward Earth. Convinced that he has discovered alien transmissions, Ziminski is first chastised and then fired by his boss Ron Silver. Obsessed, he builds a makeshift radio telescope in his house to find out where the signals were sent. Convinced that they're intended for aliens already hidden on Earth, he tracks them to a bleak, isolated Mexican village, where he ...
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Overview

A shy radio telescope operator named Zane Ziminski Charlie Sheen picks up a series of regular signals coming from space -- and deliberately pointed toward Earth. Convinced that he has discovered alien transmissions, Ziminski is first chastised and then fired by his boss Ron Silver. Obsessed, he builds a makeshift radio telescope in his house to find out where the signals were sent. Convinced that they're intended for aliens already hidden on Earth, he tracks them to a bleak, isolated Mexican village, where he joins forces with a female scientist Lindsay Crouse, who has suspicions of her own after witnessing an acceleration of global warming. The villagers turn out to be aliens, and the village a front for an underground alien complex. The aliens are here to "terraform" Earth and prepare it for the arrival of the rest of their race, who will die unless they leave their homeworld and colonize elsewhere. Only Ziminski can stop them. Written and directed by David N. Twohy, The Arrival is a throwback to the genre chillers of the '50s.
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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: 4/21/2009
  • UPC: 012236103073
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Presentation: Remastered / Wide Screen / Repackaged
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 25,933

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
Phyllis Applegate Mrs. Roosevelt
Jorge Becerril plancecorp guard
Catalina Botello N. C. A. R. Woman
Ellen Bradley screaming woman
Alan Coates Terraformer
Maria Luisa Coronel maid
Roger Cudney JPL Official
Angel De La Pena Skeleton Man
Monica Dionne reporter
Dave Galasso 2nd Jpl Guard
José Garcia planecorp guard
Buddy Joe Hooker 2nd Department of Defence Man
Luisa Huertas security woman
Reed Johnson maintenance man
Georg Lillitsch George, Computer Technician
Javier Morga co-worker
Leon Rippy 1st Department of Defence Man
Shane 1st JPL guard
Andrea Sisniega weather woman
Alejandro Usigli reporter
David Villalpando cabbie
Jacqueline Voltaire reporter
Jorge Zepeda detective
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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