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The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain

Director: Robert Wise Cast: Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson

Blu-ray (Color / Wide Screen)

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Based on the novel by best-selling science-fiction alarmist Michael Crichton, The Andromeda Strain (1971) combines nuclear fears with space-age technophobia and early-'70s paranoia. Though the action occasionally flags, director Robert Wise documents a diverse group of scientists' efforts to identify a mysterious killer organism and vanquish it with clinical precision, making the most of split-screen editing to show the complexity of the work and ratchet up the suspense. Mostly shot on an elaborate set with a cast of unknowns, The Andromeda Strain also showcases the power and allure of technology, reaching a visually trippy climax as a young doctor scales the core of the multi-level, underground "Wildfire" lab and dodges lasers to avert a nuclear holocaust. One of the period's many dire cautionary tales about the perils of overreaching and the potential nefarious motives of the government, The Andromeda Strain still earned attention for its sleek look, garnering Oscar nominations for art direction and editing.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/04/2019
UPC: 0760137252788
Original Release: 1971
Source: Arrow Video
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen, Color]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 2:11:00
Sales rank: 1,582

Special Features

Audio commentary by critic Bryan Reesman A New Strain of Science Fiction, a newly-filmed appreciation by critic Kim Newman The Andromeda Strain: Making the Film, an archive featurette from 2001 directed by Laurent Bouzereau and featuring interviews with director Robert Wise and screenwriter Nelson Gidding A Portrait of Michael Crichton, an archival featurettte from 2001 directed by Laurent Bouzereau and featuring an interview with author Michael Crichton CinescriptGallery, highlights from the annotated and illustrated shooting script by Nelson Gidding Theatrical trailer, TV spots and radio spots Image gallery BD-ROM: PDF of the 192-page "cinescript" with diagrams and production designs

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Arthur Hill Dr. Jeremy Stone
David Wayne Dr. Charles Dutton
James Olson Dr. Mark Hall
Kate Reid Dr. Ruth Leavitt
Paula Kelly Karen Anson
George Mitchell Jackson
Ramon Bieri Maj. Manchek
Walter Brooke Corpse in water (uncredited)
Richard Bull Actor
John Carter Actor
Eric Christmas Senator from Vermont
Bill Dunbar First Airman
Peter Helm Actor
Peter Hobbs Gen. Sparks
Mark Jenkins Actor
Kermit Murdock Dr. Robertson
Richard O'Brien Grimes
Joe di Reda Actor
Frances Reid Actor
Carl Reindel Actor
Ken Swofford Actor

Technical Credits
Robert Wise Director,Producer
James Alexander Sound/Sound Designer
Ridgeway Callow Asst. Director
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Nelson Gidding Screenwriter
Stuart Gilmore Editor
Jack W. Holmes Editor
John W. Holmes Editor
Richard H. Kline Cinematographer
Boris Leven Production Designer
Ruby Levitt Set Decoration/Design
Gil Melle Score Composer
Ronald Pierce Sound/Sound Designer
Douglas Trumbull Special Effects
William Tuntke Art Director
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Michael Crichton Source Author

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Andromeda Strain 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
AlchemystAZ More than 1 year ago
One of the best in a continuing series showing projected (literally) Government incompetence and evil intent, as grinding satire.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent film, much better than the 2008 TV version. It was this film that introduced me to Michael Crichton’s books, and I’ve been an admirer of his work ever since.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having worked in the film. I have high regard for Robert Wise as the Director. He has done mnay films and this was one of his best.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is a great alien movie with a lot of dead bodies and the horrific green Andromeda organism. I love the suspense and the story. It is also full of surprises. (I thought the old survivor died when he fell over at James Olsen's feet. It turned out he didn't die. He only had a bleeding ulcer!) I don't think the film should be rated G. It is too intense for younger children. But I recommend Andromeda Strain for science fiction fans and lovers of aliens all over.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is of a microbiological Armageddon which unfolds with such perfectly metered suspense that no matter how many times you watch it, you find yourself riveted to your couch. Not wanting to miss even a minute, even though you already know. Even though this movie is over 2 decades old, and the computer equipment at the Wildfire laboratory shows its age, this is a perfect change-of-pace film for any movie monster fan. Instead of the usual radioactive mutated towering apparition that flattens cities and topples skyscrapers, the monster in ''The Andromeda Strain'' is so tiny, it takes powerful electron microscopes to see it. Though tiny in size, Andromeda has the potential to wreak more havoc than your typical Godzilla. The average movie monster can only cause damage wherever he can stomp, smash or exhale a blast of fiery breath. Andromeda has the potential to be carried to every corner of the world by the winds, where it could conceivably wipe out all life. Try to top THAT, Godzilla! Even worse, it seems to feed on nuclear radiation. The real star of the film is Wildfire itself. A government facility located safely away from populated areas, it bristles with everything a microbiologist needs to avert a biological disaster. . .or does it? Seeking an unprecedented realism, director Robert Wise insisted that everything on the set be real, from the computer terminals to the electron microscopes. The Wildfire set is every microbiologist's dream come true.