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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 was looking to replace my VHS copies of the Alien Trilogy last year, and found this nicely packaged set of all 4. Read morePublished 14 hours ago by Shawn Partner
If you are a fan of the ALIEN franchise, this is the definitive set to own. BRAVO! Next up, the AVP series when extra footage is added to them!Published 16 hours ago by Steve S.
Excellent movie .... is one of the most important sagas of science fiction of All Time.Published 1 day ago by ivan torres
We love the choice of watching directors cut or theatrical release as well as all the extras.Published 2 days ago by Teel
This is a must if your into the Alien movies. It not only has the complete directors cut but added features for each DVD comes with a companion DVD that has tons of information... Read morePublished 5 days ago by BigDrM
Alien is awesome.
Aliens is pretty ok.
Alien 3 is meh and odd.
Alien Resurrection is pretty awful.
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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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