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The Alien Legacy (Alien / Aliens / Alien 3 / Alien: Resurrection)


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Includes The Alien Legacy, a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Alien.

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An interesting feature of Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien Resurrection, worth watching together if only for the chance to see how different directors handle essentially the same idea. The results are decidedly mixed. Ridley Scott's Alien is the most traditional of the bunch, essentially a haunted-house picture set on a space freighter, where a monster is picking off crew members one by one. James Cameron's Aliens is the all-out adrenaline bath, a pulse-pounding action thriller from start to finish. It plays a little like a Western in outer space, where the settlers are waiting for a cavalry that never comes--and the Indians are acid-veined aliens. And David Fincher's Alien 3 is the rock-video version, in which substance and storytelling are sacrificed to editing and imagery, as the aliens attempt to take over a space penal colony. --Marshall Fine

Special Features

  • Alternate music and production sound track on Alien
  • Deleted scenes
  • Artwork and photo galleries
  • Outtakes
  • Web links
  • Interview with 'James Cameron'  on Aliens
  • Behind-the-scenes footage
  • 3-minute featurette about the making of Alien: Resurrection
  • 23-minute behind-the-scenes featurette "The Making of Alien³"
  • Interviews with the cast and crew
  • Booklets with production notes

Product Details

  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Michael Biehn, Winona Ryder
  • Directors: David Fincher, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Ridley Scott
  • Writers: James Cameron, Dan O'Bannon, David Giler, Joss Whedon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, THX, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 1999
  • Run Time: 456 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000ILDH
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,755 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Alien Legacy (Alien / Aliens / Alien 3 / Alien: Resurrection)" on IMDb

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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124 of 126 people found the following review helpful By Matt Dunphy on January 13, 2000
Format: DVD
You're not reading this for a critical review of the movies; if you haven't seen the movies, you've been living under a rock for the last 20 years (in which case you should rent them, then buy this set). You're reading this because you want to know if this set is worth owning.
Yes, yes, and yes. Simply put, this is the best usage of DVD to date. Picture quality and sound are outstanding, and that's just the beginning. What makes these discs shine is all the attention that was put into the extra goodies on the discs themselves. Pop in the Aliens disc, and the menu is as if you're watching one of the Marines' helmet cameras, investigating the lost colony. Put in Alien and you'll be traveling down the famous claustrophobia corridors of the Nostromo choosing your options. After seeing these you'll take a different point of view on a lot of your other DVD's, once you witness how good they could have been but aren't.
On these discs there's deleted footage, commentaries, theatrical trailers, making-of documentaries, and too much more to name here (although, if you once owned the Aliens laserdisc, there isn't quite all the stuff there was on that version, like Cameron's script drafts and other written material).
A feast for fans. The best DVD purchase I've ever made, and a rediscovery of the old Alien magic. Highly recommended.
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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful By J. F. Cramer on June 20, 2002
Format: DVD
It's great that this set was finally released, even though it lacks special features on the last two in the series. Here's a quick synopsis of the movies:
ALIEN: Scary, exciting, and suspensful sci-fi/horror film which makes a great start to the series. After recieving a signal from a remote planet, Captain Dallas (TOM SKERITT) and his crew (which includes SIGOURNEY WEAVER, IAN HOLM, YAPHET KOTTO, and HARRY DEAN STANTON) land on the planet only to find a derelict spacecraft filled with hundreds of mysterious eggs which have aliens insdie them... soon enough one of the aliens gets inside the ship and all hell brakes loose. Some shots of the alien look very obvious. Comes with many speical features on the DVD. Directed by Ridley Scott. 1979; filmed in 2:35:1 widescreen. RUN TIME: 116 minutes. GRADE: A-.
ALIENS: A visceral, more action oriented/shoot-em-up approach to alien series. 57 years after "Alien", Ripley (SIGOURNEY WEAVER) goes back to the planet from the original movie with a squad of marines (which includes MICHAEL BEIHN, BILL PAXTON, and LANCE HENRIKSEN) to wipe out the alien infestation. Soon enough, the marines and Ripley become trapped in the compound and they must find a way out without being killed by the aliens. There are many magnificent action scenes in this movie, but you'd expect that from director James Cameron. Some people may not like that all of the suspense and horror was taken out to make room for shooting. The DVD includes a photo gallery, an interview with the director, and a longer version of the film. 1986; filmed in 1:85:1 widescreen. RUN TIME: 154 minutes. GRADE: B+.
ALIEN 3: Underrated sequel in which Ripley crashes on a planet where there is a huge prison inhabited by ex-cons.
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Cox on January 28, 2003
Format: DVD
...then you have my sympathies.
I own this set, but found out today that Fox are going to be re-releasing another Alien box set with each film getting the 2-disc super duper ultimate edition treatment.
If you haven't got this set then wait until the middle of the year for the new 9 disc boxed set.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Edward Ju on June 7, 1999
Format: DVD
I am assuming that you have seen all four Alien films, so I will skip the review on the contents of the films and focus on this special DVD edition instead.
Unlike the VHS edition, the DVD box does not come with the behind the scenes special/making of Alien Legacy which was included in the VHS edition. Instead, you get a coupon which you can use (with the usual hoops of original receipt & S&H fees to jump through) to redeem the 5th disc, which is available "while supplies last".
The 20th Anniversary edtion of Alien on DVD is a very impressive disc - the deleted scenes, including the unfilmed ones, were included in the disc, complete with written/director commentary. The deleted scenes demonstrate director Ridley Scott's ability to recognize the fact that the unseen can generate more fear than excessive gore.
The Aliens DVD was clearly the best of the bunch. It is basically the reissue of the Aliens Special Edition Laser Disc box that went out of print for years, and you sure get the most bang for the buck with this DVD, now priced at about a quarter of the LD box's price with enhanced sound and picture from digital remastering. The animated menu is also very cool, clearly the most impressive of the four. All the supplement materials from the LD box was meticulously transferred to the DVD edition. The only shortcoming was that the disc was incomplete in the trailers department. There were a lot of TV spots made for Aliens, most of which are still available in QuickTime format downloadable from the Web (please do not e-mail me for the URL, since I don't have it). However, the disc offers only 1 theatrical trailer from each of the Alien films instead.
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