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Alien (2)
Director: Ridley Scott
Screenplay: Ronald Shusett, Dan O'Bannon
Producer: David Giler, Gordon Carroll, Ivor Powell, Ronald Shusett, Walter Hill
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton
Genre: Art House & International

Running Time: 117
Aspect Ratio:  1.85:1 (NTSC Widescreen)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Studio:  20th Century Fox DVD Region:  1 R
DVD Release:  Jan 2004 Discs:  2 (Cloud) []
Reviews:  A landmark of science fiction and horror, "Alien" arrived in 1979 between "Star Wars" and "The Empire Strikes Back" as a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas's space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958's "It! The Terror from Beyond Space", this instant classic set a tone of its own, offering richly detailed sets, ominous atmosphere, relentless suspense, and a flawless ensemble cast as the crew of the space freighter "Nostromo", who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestated "inside" one of the ill-fated crew members. In a star-making role, Sigourney Weaver excels as sole survivor Ripley, becoming the screen's most popular heroine in a lucrative movie franchise. To measure the film's success, one need only recall the many images that have been burned into our collective psyche, including the "facehugger," the "chestburster," and Ripley's climactic encounter with the full-grown monster. Impeccably directed by Ridley Scott, "Alien" is one of the cinema's most unforgettable nightmares. "--Jeff Shannon"

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