Rent The Andromeda Strain (1971)

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2h 5min
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Synopsis:
After an errant satellite crashes to earth near a remote New Mexico village, the recovery team discovers that almost everyone in the town are victims of a horrible death, with the mysterious exception of an infant and an old homeless man. The survivors are brought to a state-of-the-art laboratory descending five stories beneath the ground where the puzzled scientists race against time to determine the nature of the deadly microbe before it wreaks worldwide havoc. A trailblazer in the areas of special effects and inventive sets, 'The Andromeda Strain' is based on Michael Crichton's best-selling novel that created national paranoia for its topical relevance to the first moon landing.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Robert Wise
Voiced By:
Walker Edmiston
Writers:
Michael Crichton, Nelson Gidding
Others:
Stuart Gilmore, Boris Leven, Ruby Levitt, John W. Holmes, William Tuntke
Studio:
Universal Pictures
Genres:
Classics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/11/2003
Run Time:
125 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, German Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Making of 'Andromeda Strain'
  • A Portrait of Michael Crichton
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/02/2017
Run Time:
131 minutes
Languages:
Brazilian Portuguese DTS 2.0 Mono, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono, French DTS 2.0 Mono, Italian DTS 2.0 Mono, Japanese DTS 2.0 Mono, Latin American Spanish DTS 2.0 Mono, Russian DTS 2.0 Mono, Spanish DTS 2.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Arabic, Brazilian, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (2) of The Andromeda Strain

An Immersive & Gripping Masterwork of Cinema - The Andromeda Strain review by JE

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18/06/2020

A Drama leaning towards Science Fiction that i found totally compelling, especially to view with the big bad viral issue, or crisis of confusion going on in 2020.

It's such a well thought out plot with much to it, like the top secret multi layered underground facility with it's many procedures & protocols, established for viral containment, with a virus from out of this World.

It was surely cutting edge upon release in 1971, and still is in it's own way.

It's also in excellent quality on Blu-ray.

Highly Recommended.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Great, Entertaining 70s scifi - The Andromeda Strain review by GI

Spoiler Alert
27/06/2021

Written by Michael Crichton (the creator of Jurassic Park) and directed by Robert Wise (a director who could turn his hand to any story, any genre) this is a great 70s film, one that has all the hallmarks of science fact - indeed the opening screen info makes out it's based on actual events - but this is actually a very suspenseful and interesting science fiction story. Cleverly made using real, in shot, effects and with a couple of controversial scenes it's a film worthy of rediscovery. A specialist team of four scientists are recruited by the American government to find out why all the residents of a small New Mexico town suddenly died. In a secret state-of-the-art laboratory they race against time to identify the cause, either a micro organism or virus never before seen, and which kills within seconds. With a relatively unknown cast this broke new ground with its depictions of technology (although the computer stuff obviously looks dated today). This is a contemporary film and not set in the future consequently in the early 70s this was a vision of advanced techno. There's an interesting theme over science vs politics and of course viewed today there are clear resonances to the Covid pandemic. Overall though this is a great piece of entertainment, made by a master director and well worth seeking out if you've never seen it.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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