Alien (1979) (2 DVD)
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Alien (1979) (2 DVD)

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Used DVD. Running time: 1 h 56 min. Age rating: 18
Subtitles: finnish,english,swedish

By transplanting the classic haunted house scenario into space, Ridley Scott, together with screenwriters Dan O´Bannon and Ronald Shusett, produced a work of genuinely original cinematic sci-fi with Alien that, despite the passage of years and countless inferior imitations, remains shockingly fresh even after repeated viewing. Scott´s legendary obsession with detail ensures that the setting is thoroughly conceived, while the Gothic production design and Jerry Goldsmith´s wonderfully unsettling score produce a sense of disquiet from the outset: everything about the spaceship Nostromo--from Tupperware to toolboxes-seems oddly familiar yet disconcertingly ... well, alien.
Nothing much to speak of happens for at least the first 30 minutes, and that in a way is the secret of the film´s success: the audience has been nervously peering round every corner for so long that by the time the eponymous beast claims its first victim, the release of pent-up anxiety is all the more effective. Although Sigourney Weaver ultimately takes centre-stage, the ensemble cast is uniformly excellent. The remarkably low-tech effects still look good (better in many places than the CGI of the sequels), while the nightmarish quality of H.R. Giger´s bio-mechanical creature and set design is enhanced by camerawork that tantalises by what it doesn´t reveal.

Director: Ridley Scott

Actors: Sigourney Weaver,Tom Skerritt,John Hurt,Harry Dean Stanton,Veronica Cartwright

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