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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
I'm not sure why there are different sets reviewed on here. I purchased the Alien Anthology [Blu-ray] that included 6+ hours of extras and all versions of the films. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by J Dub
Very clear and neat BD rendering. Scenes that they looked foggy at the movies (back then), look very crisp and clear with the BD. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Oilfield Hand
There is probably no better Alien anthology out there than this one. The blu-ray version delivers, bt the best is the presentation in book format. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ariel
If you don't have the whole set this is a must, Alien never gets old!Published 1 day ago by Claudia Walter
I was amazed at how well this looked! It looks like it was a movie that was done recently instead of 1979.
The packaging is very well done also. Great artwork.
These movies have never looked so good. I really enjoyed watching the first three movies on Blu, the fourth movie is still the same stinker that I remember seeing on the big screen... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Some Guy Writing Reviews
Blu-ray movie was processed and shipped really quickly. Great to add to your collection of classics. I'm looking forward to rewatching them all. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Rena
Was advertised as blu ray. Was sent dvd instead. But still a nice setPublished 4 days ago by jesse wentworth
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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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