With With Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton
Directed by Ridley Scott

Before Stanley Kubrick's
2001: A Space Odyssey at the end of the '60s, Science Fiction films were cheesy low budget B-movie fodder. In the mid 1970's George Lucas turned the genre into a successful franchise with Star Wars. But in 1979 Ridley Scott transformed Dan O'Bannon's creation into the first real space horror film of substance, at the same time creating the first believable female action star. The spaceship Nostromo reacts on a distress beacon from a deserted planet. The reconnaissance team gets caught off guard by a parasitic organic life form attaching itself to the face of a crewmember. Back on the ship they find that this creature in fact used the man as an incubator for the alien beast lurking inside its host. Of course this monster announces itself in an historic cinematic scene, kick-starting the franchise for one of the universe's most menacing creature-villains. With great make-up FX & H.R.R. Geiger design, amazing sets and fine performances, Scott thoroughly entertains his audience as he makes these fantastic events quite believable. With a great Jerry Goldsmith soundtrack on top of it al, this timeless classic started a whole new genre which is a total must-see. Three years later Scott would further expand the futuristic film with his classic Bladerunner.
This DVD release contains a commentary track by Scott, deleted scenes, outtakes, artwork & photo galleries, isolated original score, alternate music track, original storyboards and original trailer. Obviously this cannot be watched in anything but widescreen.

6 / A
- PB

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A - B
- C

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6 - Volcanic
5 - Blistering
4 - Hot
3 - Smolder
2 - Room Temperature
1 - Fizzled
0 - Extinguished

A: Multi-Viewing Potential

B: Could Enjoy A 2nd Look

C: Once Should Suffice

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