The Andromeda Strain

The Andromeda Strain

DVD - 2008
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When a mysterious virus is brought to Earth by a returning satellite, an elite and dedicated squad of scientists assembles to search for the truth and stop the mutating killer before it ends life on Earth.

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They need to change the "cover photo" because this is the classic 1971 version and not the crappy remake of 2008 with Benjamin Bratt. With the old system they had both the 71 version and the 08 version both had the same reference/shelf number. Now as for the complaints on this one you need to realize that this film was done in 1969/1970 so the story and the effects aren't up to (what's the newest star trek movie called?) standard.

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Ba_kuPlanet
Jun 04, 2019

Most of Crichton's stories are good. So enjoy the dialog of this movie. Note that this film is older than 2003 as detailed in its library DVD details. The special effects & acting are similar to the original Star Trek TV series. Or read the book!

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LESeymour
May 27, 2019

I need to add to other's comments about the power of this film. For those who insist on F-bombs and naked skinny women, turn and run away. No hunks, and no beauty queens.
For those who like great story, original ideas and unique for it's time special effects, jump in!

For those, like me, who are amateur film-makers be sure to use the special additions of Making of Andromeda Strain. Inside are interviews with those who have left us now including Wise and Crichton. Insider secrets on special effects (especially how the rhesus monkey dies!), which completely freaked me out, were especially comforting to me!

Enjoy.

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Elbrody
May 26, 2019

Robert Wise directs the 1971 version of 'THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN', a frightening depiction of something catastrophic caused by something microscopic! The deliberate pacing of this picture is reminiscent of 1979's 'ALIEN', starting slowly and gaining gradual momentum to a gripping finish. An interesting alternative to the conventional villain-based approach, this is sci-fi for the thinking person.

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ILoveYYC
Mar 16, 2019

This IS the original, 1971 masterpiece which scared the living crap out me when I saw it as a 13-year-old kid.

Be sure to watch the "Making Of" extra to learn how Douglas Trumbull pulled off the visual effects (he had just finished 2001), especially the rotating, transparent 3D map of the Wildfire facility. There were no computer graphics in those days.

I think that this film (and 2001) stand as giants in the sci-fi film world and prove that you do not need the currently obligatory and overwhelming battle/chase/chaos scenes with excessive amounts of vfx to create a stunning, believable and memorable piece of science fiction.

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MrDalloway
Sep 29, 2018

Hoping that this is the original theatrical version, the first is the best.

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CeeMoor
Jul 03, 2018

I feel asleep on Level 3 !!! BOR-RING! I'm glad I didn't know it was based on a book written by Michael Crichton... that might have kept me awake... emphasis on "might". Yawn.

I saw this one, and I found it suspenseful, and character-, as well as idea-driven. the technology was muted; I find this characteristic to be positive. the novel was a humongous hit: it made chrichton's name. for once, herein this movie, we don't have an example of Hollywood tinkering with the fictional inspiration, too much. the movie differs from so many of this genre, in that the scientists involved in the story maintain their commitment to human values, as does the defense industry. apart from the original desert town where the outbreak began, there are few casualties. this is attributable to the ingenuity of the characters played by Arthur Hill, and James Olson.

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MerryMaker777
Feb 12, 2017

DO NOT BORROW THIS VERSION. IT IS BLOATED AND RACIST AND HOMOPHOBIC.

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Mtrerobs
Aug 02, 2016

Be careful of which Andromeda Strain you watch. I have noticed the comments are placed on both. The movie is great. The remake is an excellent example of how to take what should have been a gripping story and turn it into 4 hours of tedium.

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