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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

DVD Features

  • 8-page Booklet
  • 3D Menus
  • Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott
  • 2 Isolated Music Scores (original Jerry Goldsmith Score and Alternate Music with Production Audio)
  • 10 Deleted Scenes
  • 2 Outtakes
  • Storyboards
  • Photo & Art Gallery
  • 2 Trailers
  • 2 TV Spots
  • 3 hidden Easter Eggs
  • DVD-ROM Features including a Screensaver

Cast

Tom SkerrittDallas
Sigourney WeaverRipley
Veronica CartwrightLambert
Harry Dean StantonBrett
John HurtKane
Ian HolmAsh
Yaphet KottoParker
Bolaji BadejoAlien
Helen HortonMother
Eddie PowellAlien (uncredited)

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  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Theme(s): Horror
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Producer: Fox
  • Length: 117 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.20:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaMay 25, 1979
    EuropeSep 6, 1979
    JapanJul 21, 1979
    AustraliaDec 6, 1979
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    JapanPG-12
    AustraliaM
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaMay 10, 2011
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 1, 1999
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