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Alien (1979) was so perfect it didn't need fixing, and Ridley Scott's 2003 director's cut is fiddling for the sake of fiddling. Watch it once, then return to the majestic, perfectly paced original. Conversely, the special edition of James Cameron's Aliens (1986) is the definitive version, though it's nice to finally have the theatrical cut on DVD for comparison. Most interesting is the alternative Alien 3 (1992). This isn't a "director's cut"--David Fincher refused to have any involvement with this release--but a 1991 work-print that runs 29 minutes longer than the theatrical version, and has now been restored, remastered, and finished off with (unfortunately) cheap new CGI. Still, it's truly fascinating, offering a different insight into a flawed masterpiece. The expanded opening is visually breathtaking, the central firestorm is much longer, and a subplot involving Paul McGann's character adds considerable depth to story. The ending is also subtly but significantly different. Alien: Resurrection (1997) always was a mess with a handful of brilliant scenes, and the special edition just makes it eight minutes longer.
The Alien Quadrilogy offers the first and fourth films with DTS soundtracks, the others having still fine Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation. All four films sound fantastic, with much low-level detail revealed for the first time. Each is anamorphically enhanced at the correct original aspect ratio, and the prints and transfers are superlative. Every film offers a commentary track that lends insight into the creative process--though the Scott-only commentary and isolated music score from the first Alien DVD release are missing here.
Each movie is complemented by a separate disc packed with hours of seriously detailed documentaries (all presented in full-screen with clips letterboxed), thousands of photos, production stills, and storyboards, giving a level of inside information for the dedicated buff only surpassed by the Lord of the Rings extended DVD sets. A ninth DVD compiles miscellaneous material, including an hourlong documentary and even all the extras from the old Alien laserdisc. "Exhaustive" hardly beings to describe the Alien Quadrilogy, a set that establishes the new DVD benchmark for retrospective releases and looks unlikely to be surpassed for some time. --Gary S. Dalkin
Excellent box set! 1 of the best blu ray releases ever and the ultimate alien set. 4 films with alternate versions (8 versions total) with 60 hrs of extras, this set is the most... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Milton Martinez
I used to own this on vhs and sold it years ago :( I bought this and it is way better because of all the extra content, plus it's neat how it opens like a book. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Aub_Pro
The description should indicate that this is an import. If it does, it should be indicated more prominently. I just like the original U.S. Read morePublished 7 days ago by M. Piambino
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Speculation is all that exists. There is no confirmation from Fox. It was planned at one point (a French(i think)paper add was included in some of Foxs's DVDs, but was quickly removed). Some think that a Blu-Ray Quad will be released to conencide with the new Alien prequel in 2011.
I thought of... Read More
Mar 7, 2010 by Carlos A. Ramos | See all 5 posts
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I bought this set last year from Borders. When I watched it in a regular DVD player, the bonus discs had some trouble playing. I played them recently in my PS3 and had no problems with them...
Jun 19, 2009 by Francis Turturici | See all 9 posts
i'd like to know too, can't wait for it to come out.
Sep 16, 2007 by zethib | See all 8 posts
|Help! Looking for UFO/Alien Movie from '92 or '93, based on true story...||
Yes. It was called; "Fire In The Sky".
Jun 21, 2008 by B. Bishop | See all 6 posts
The same thing happened to me. I checked a few days ago and I wanted to buy it but I was waiting for a different order to arrive. Now I regret having waited.
I've send some e-mails to the customer service asking if they will get hold of this item in the future but they only replied suggesting to... Read More
Jun 29, 2007 by Stricken | See all 6 posts
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