The Andromeda Strain [Blu-ray]

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.  Realizing 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
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Peter Tonguette and archive publicity materials
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    3 thoughts on “The Andromeda Strain [Blu-ray]

    1. My father took me to see this movie in the theaters when I was ten My father took me to see this movie in the theaters when I was ten. Westchester, California. We were in line at the box office and I asked him what kind of monster was in it and he simply said, “A germ.” Just the notion of such a thing thrilled me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it — I’ve lost count. Many, many times. That goes for the book, too. After 40 years+ the story still holds up for me. It’s smart, suspenseful, original, beautifully acted and directed. I even love the…

    2. Movies when they really made them right! Saw this one in the theater when it came out too….I loved it and even got a little scared back then too. Back in this day, movies had really great actors and actresses…the effects where done which models and little wires and such, they just felt better and more real to me. These days it is all computer graphics and while they are really cool, I have long loved movies from this age and a little earlier. Used to go to the theater and spend a whole afternoon watching multiple movies and eating…

    3. Scientists race to isolate & contain a lifeform brought to Earth in a crashed satellite before it wipes out the entire world. BOTTOM LINE: If you like more science in your sci-fi films then you should enjoy THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN. If you prefer spaceships, zapping rayguns and gloppy monsters terrorizing helpless maidens on distant planets then this movie ain’t for you. I enjoyed watching this science-heavy drama again after many years and am extremely pleased with the high quality audio/video & bonus goodies on this Blu-ray release. 4 STARSTHE STORY (contains spoilers): A government satellite crashes back to…

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