(spoiler-free movie review)
The original 1979 Alien by Ridley Scott is one of the best Science Fiction movies ever made. Admittedly it’s a tough choice between this and Aliens as my favorite within the franchise but the superb directing and originality gives this film the slight edge.
Over 40 years later and this movie is still as enjoyable to watch as ever. It’s responsible for introducing the world to one of the most terrifying movie monsters ever created, the Xenomorph. This creature design by H.R. Giger was realized so effectively by Scott and crew that an icon was created.
Much like with Steven Spielberg’s movie Jaws, Ridley Scott understood that tension could be built by the unknown. Sparing use of the Alien creature created a sense of dread. The incredible set design and cinematography only enhance this feeling, resulting in a genuinely scary movie.
This is close to a perfect film and if you haven’t seen the original Alien stop what your doing and give it a watch.
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
- Media Format: Blu-ray 35th Anniversary Edition (1080p, DTS-HD MA, Theatrical Cut)
- Setup: Vizio 70″ 4K V-Series(V705-H) Television, JBL 9.1 Dolby Atmos Soundbar with Subwoofer, Sony UPB-X700 UHD Blu-ray Player
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