What's the name of this movie?

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  1. Anders Englund

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    I saw it on TV like 15 years ago, so it's probably a 70's or early 80' movie. It's a sci-fi, but all I can remember for sure is that it was about some virus which dehydrated the victims, turning their blood into a red powder...

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  2. Walter Kittel

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    I'm fairly certain that the film is The Andromeda Strain. The Region 1 DVD is now out of print. It was an early Image title licensed from Universal Pictures. I never owned this version, but it is my understanding that this release had a poor transfer. Given that Universal has re-released Midway, hopefully a better version of this title will be forthcoming from Universal some day.
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  3. Rob Gillespie

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    Great movie. The DVD got so-so reviews so I still have the LD.
     
  4. Anders Englund

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    Thanks, guys. I hope it'll be out again soon. I recall I rather liked it.

    --Anders
     
  5. Steve_Ch

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    The Andromeda Strain sounds right, directed by Robert Wise (West Side Story ???), and if I remember correct, it's also the book that launched Michael Crichton.
     
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    Steve -- you're right, it was Crichton's first big seller and, IMO, just about the best book he has written.

    You can still catch this movie on Sci-Fi once in a while. I think I caught in on IFC once as well.

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  7. Brad_W

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    I own the DVD of Andromeda Strain and it is pretty bad. No real menu except when you press menu, it goes to the scene selection. I enjoy this movie very much. I wish Crichton's other film's would come to DVD, at least The Terminal Man comes to mind. I own the VHS P&S version, but well, it's obvious as to why I would prefer a DVD version. I am interested in hearing the opinion of those that own the LD version. How is it? Sound? Aspect Ratio? Any features? I would love a better version of this film on DVD, but I think it's very unlikely.
    I think that WestWorld is on DVD. Any Crichton fans own that one? And what about Coma? I don't think that is on DVD. Finally, is Crichton's The Great Train Robbery a movie (I do believe that I have seen a movie called The Great Train Robbery, but didn't know if it was based on Crichton's novel) and is it on DVD?
    I also loved the book for the Andromeda Strain.
    By the way, I believe I heard that WestWorld was one of the very first films to use [a] computer image/s. Anyone know any different?
     
  8. Steve_Ch

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    >>I wish Crichton's other film's would come to DVD>Finally, is Crichton's The Great Train Robbery a movie (I do believe that I have seen a movie called The Great Train Robbery, but didn't know if it was based on Crichton's novel) and is it on DVD?
     
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  10. TonyD

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    coma was from a book written by robin cook. crichton dir and may have helped on the screenplay.

    also didn't a famous actor make a screen debut as one of the bodies?
     
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    I am surprised no one else mentioned that Universal is preparing a special edition DVD release of this movie for 2002.
     
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    >>Throw in a naked alien lady with big boobs and you've got Tobe Hooper's Lifeforce!
     
  16. Seth Paxton

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    Yeah, that red powder coming out of one of the bodies early on in AS made a real impression on me as a kid.
    Come to think of it, so did the boobs in Lifeforce [​IMG]
    I have to be honest, I prefer the films he directed of his own work (and Coma which he helped on the screenplay). Westworld, Looker, Runaway. My other 2 favs on film would be AS and 13th Warrior.
    I enjoy JP, but I liked the book a LOT more. I thought SS cutesied it up too much (although it's not like MC wasn't involved with it himself).
     

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