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Before he created Westworld and Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton first blurred the line between science fiction and science fact with his breakout success The Andromeda Strain. Two years after the novel s publication, Robert Wise (The Haunting) directed the film adaptation, a nail-biting blend of clinically-realised docudrama and astonishing sci-fi visuals that ushered in a new subgenre: the killer virus biological thriller.

A government satellite crashes outside a small town in New Mexico and within minutes, every inhabitant of the town is dead, except for a crying baby and an elderly derelict.  The satellite and the two survivors are sent to Wildfire, a top-secret underground laboratory equipped with a nuclear self-destruct mechanism to prevent the spread of infection in case of an outbreak.  Realising that the satellite brought back a lethal organism from another world, a team of government scientists race against the clock to understand the extraterrestrial virus codenamed Andromeda before it can wipe out all life on the planet.

Aided by innovative visual effects by Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Silent Running) and an unforgettable avant-garde electronic music score by Gil Melle (The Sentinel), Wise s suspense classic still haunts to this day, and is presented here in a stunning, exclusive new restoration from the original negative.

Special Edition Contents:

  • New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original camera negative
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-Ray presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio, newly remastered for this release
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • 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 archive featurette from 2001 directed by Laurent Bouzereau and featuring an interview with author Michael Crichton
  • Cinescript Gallery, 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
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
studio:
  • Arrow Video
Run Time:
  • 131 minutes
Director:
  • Robert Wise
Certificate:
  • PG
Actor:
  • Arthur Hill
  • David Wayne
  • James Olsen
  • Kate Reid
Subtitle Languages:
  • English SDH

Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1971
Main Language:
  • English
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Region:
  • B
Brand:
  • Arrow Video

The Andromeda Strain

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Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture

Before he created Westworld and Jurassic Park, Michael Crichton first blurred the line between science fiction and science fact with his breakout success The Andromeda Strain. Two years after the novel s publication, Robert Wise (The Haunting) directed the film adaptation, a nail-biting blend of clinically-realised docudrama and astonishing sci-fi visuals that ushered in a new subgenre: the killer virus biological thriller.

A government satellite crashes outside a small town in New Mexico and within minutes, every inhabitant of the town is dead, except for a crying baby and an elderly derelict.  The satellite and the two survivors are sent to Wildfire, a top-secret underground laboratory equipped with a nuclear self-destruct mechanism to prevent the spread of infection in case of an outbreak.  Realising that the satellite brought back a lethal organism from another world, a team of government scientists race against the clock to understand the extraterrestrial virus codenamed Andromeda before it can wipe out all life on the planet.

Aided by innovative visual effects by Douglas Trumbull (2001: A Space Odyssey, Silent Running) and an unforgettable avant-garde electronic music score by Gil Melle (The Sentinel), Wise s suspense classic still haunts to this day, and is presented here in a stunning, exclusive new restoration from the original negative.

Special Edition Contents:

  • New restoration by Arrow Films from a 4K scan of the original camera negative
  • High Definition (1080p) Blu-Ray presentation
  • Original uncompressed mono audio, newly remastered for this release
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • 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 archive featurette from 2001 directed by Laurent Bouzereau and featuring an interview with author Michael Crichton
  • Cinescript Gallery, 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
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley
studio:
  • Arrow Video
Run Time:
  • 131 minutes
Director:
  • Robert Wise
Certificate:
  • PG
Actor:
  • Arthur Hill
  • David Wayne
  • James Olsen
  • Kate Reid
Subtitle Languages:
  • English SDH

Theatrical Release Year:
  • 1971
Main Language:
  • English
Number of Discs:
  • 1
Region:
  • B
Brand:
  • Arrow Video

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Never felt so scientifically smart

Wasn’t aware of this film much ahead of time. Hidden gem, inspired lots of other well known sci-fi films and even the recent Wandavision with part of it. This great Arrow version comes with a range of features too, fascinating insight into the film and how it was made.

The Andromeda Strain

A true classic sci-fi film which, will what is happening now, is even more haunting and thought provoking. Loosely based on Michael Crichton's novel released two years before the release of the film, the film is a mixture of part docudrama, science fiction, and science fact, and nail biting storyline. Packed with stunning sci-fi visuals the film is an early look to the 'killer virus' biological thriller. A government satellite crashes outside a small town in New Mexico killing everyone in it, except for a baby and an elderly tramp. Sent to Wildfire, a top secret underground lab, both survivors are studied along with the recovered satellite by a team of government scientists led by Dr Stone. (Arthur Hill) The team realize that a deadly alien virus has attached itself to the casing of the satellite, and it becomes a race around the clock understand and destroy the virus -codenamed "Andromeda" before it kills everyone on Earth. With visual effects created by Blade runner's special effects Douglas Trumbull, (2001- A Space Odyssey), Director Robert Wise's film still haunts to this day, and is fully restored and with stunning imagery for today's bluray market.

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