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Now, with this latest release, fans of "Alien" are treated to the best release of this film yet. The very first thing you'll notice when you put this DVD into your player is that you have the option of playing either the 1979 Theatrical Release or a 2003 Director's Cut. The 2003 Director's Cut is preceded by an interesting introduction by Ridley Scott himself. This cut is put together seamlessly and the additions to the film add just that much more flavor to the film, making it that much better. The only downside to this edition and I believe this just stems from the time in which this film was made, was the audio. Despite having the options of THX and 5.1 Dolby Surround or 5.1 DTS, the audio playback just isn't what it should be.
Copious amounts of credit and accolades go to the incredible cast for this outstanding cinematic treasure! Although I wouldn't go so far as to say that "Alien" is "the" movie that made Sigourney Weaver a star, I would say that it was the one that made her a superstar!Read more ›
I was pulled in by the ultra high sense of realism. This film almost feels like a documentary because of a lot of the subtle hand-held camera work (read; not like the shaky, seizure inducing handheld work of today's films). There's much going on in that film that was revolutionary for the time. Great ideas, design, cinematography, subtle, VERY realistic performances.
Some people knock it for not having complex characters, whatever. It's not that kind of movie. ALIEN works on a completely visceral level. You're along for the ride, not to get to know anyone. You want that, go rent the "French Lieutenants Woman" with Meryl Streep.
It also amazes me how well visually this movie still holds up. It feels as rich and deep cinematically as most anything today due to Ridley Scott's brilliant visuals. You watch this film at certain points and it feels as slick and polished as any current genre film without the hollowness or incompetence. I can't say the same for Star Wars which has 1970's written all over it but was released a mere two years earlier.
I 've also noticed some of the less than appreciative reviews here. Most of the people who don't seem to care for it are people under the age of 25. Don't listen to them. It just clearly shows what most people already know for fact: Younger people nowadays get bored easy as hell and have the attention span of a garden slug.Read more ›
The story is well known: the crew of an interstellar craft responds to what seems a distress signal, only to encounter a remarkably lethal alien life form that boards their ship and sets about picking them off one by one. Some of the special effects are weak (the alien spacecraft and the android "revival" are fairly notorious). There is little in the way of character development, the film has a fairly slow pace, and the story itself is predictable; you can usually guess who is going to die next.
BUT. The art designs are incredible: the entire look of the film, from the commercial nature of the spacecraft to the iconographic alien itself (brilliantly envisioned by Giger) is right on the money. Director Ridley Scott encouraged his cast to ad lib from the script, and the result is a shocking sense of realism--and the somewhat slow pace of the film and the predictablity of the story gives it a sense of relentless and ever-mounting paranoia that is greatly enhanced by the tight sets and camera set-ups. With its odd mixture of womb-like organics and cold mechanics, ALIEN is a film calculated to send even the most slightly claustrophobic viewer into a fit of hysteria.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Alien (The Director's Cut) included in Alien Anthology Blu-ray six discs edition. Very good Blu-ray video presentation for an older movie. I chose the DTS audio option. Read morePublished 1 day ago by sancti-spiritus
One of the greatest movies of all time. The extras are a great insight in to how they developed the film.Published 2 days ago by Nic
Alien is my favourite movie of all time and even though I own the four movie set on Blu-Ray, I had to pick this up for the nick-nacks and graphic novel. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Christopher Cox
Worth seeing. Extra scenes go well beyond the theater release.Published 4 days ago by Ozel Kirkland
Scared the b'jesus out of me... A classic I watched when I was in 2nd grade and didnt' sleep for weeks and now rewatched with pretty much the same effect... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Sundragon
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I thinks it's inappropriate to compare the first two movies. They are different types of films altogether. The first was scifi/horror, the second was action/suspense. Both excellent, with different goals. I see them as part of a whole, really. The third movie, though... ughh. What a waste.
Jul 16, 2008 by Thinkbolt | See all 50 posts
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Check out www.dvdcompare.net for differences. Search for "alien". You'll want to compare the "R1 America" versions. Basically the 2-disc version has theatrical version and Director's cut on disc one, and many extras on disc 2. The 20th Anniv. edition only has theatrical... Read More
Sep 12, 2007 by auximenies1972 | See all 5 posts
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