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I purchased the Alien Anthology import version (UK) which is about $30.00 less than the US version. This is the only difference between the two versions...the price. Everything else is EXACTLY the same. UK blu-ray version is region free so it will run perfectly on any US blu ray player provided that you update the firmware of your player, and that it has a memory storage. I have a dedicated blu ray player (not a PS3) with a USB slot. When I first launched Alien Anthology, it asked for a 1MB storage. I used my flash drive and inserted it in the USB...voila! The 1MB storage requirement is for the special features built into the movies... I think.
So far, I've watched Alien 2, 3 ,4 in this box set. The Anthology has two versions of the movie on each disc- Original Release and 2003 Release. I watched the 2003 release for 2,3,4. I was not disappointed. I have all four DVD versions that I bought many years ago and you can see the huge difference on blu ray. Alien 2 still has a few grainy scenes but not as bad as the DVD version. You can now see details of the Colonial Marine uniforms, the pulse rifle, the Queen Alien, all in spectacular detail. Alien 2 sound has been revamped as well. It's louder, earth shaking rumble.
Alien 3 so far has the best quality remastering than 2 and 4. Also, the 2003 version of Alien 3 added TONS of additional scenes, and removed a few. Everything looked so crystal clear and crisp. Sound was overhauled completely.
Alien 4 also looked spectacular. The story was ok. All the technology and remastering couldn't save the movie from Winona Ryder's acting so you'll just have to contend with her. Haha! Still, it's a good Aliens movie.
I have not seen Alien 1 in this box set. I am reserving this for this weekend. Also I have not tried the special features called MU-TH-UR mode. I'm still not clear as to how this works. Right now, I am just enjoying the movies without playing around with the special features.
Overall, this is probably one of the best anthology packages ever assembled. 20th Century Fox really did their job well here. TONS of commentaries, behind the scenes footages, everything a fan wants to know about Aliens. I highly recommend this box set. It's a major revamp of the entire Aliens anthology. You will be surprised at the quality of the picture and sound on blu ray. It's FANTASTIC! Please please get it. :)