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Brace yourself for a whole new breed of Blu ray: Four powerful films...eight thrilling versions...in dazzling, terrifying, high def clarity with the purest digital sound on the planet. Two bonus dics and over 65 hours of archival and never before seen content, including the totally immersive MU TH UR mode feature, makes this definitive Alien collection!
Review of Alien
A landmark of science fiction and horror, Alien arrived in 1979 between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back as a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas's space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958's It! The Terror from Beyond Space, this instant classic set a tone of its own, offering richly detailed sets, ominous atmosphere, relentless suspense, and a flawless ensemble cast as the crew of the space freighter Nostromo, who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestated inside one of the ill-fated crew members. In a star-making role, Sigourney Weaver excels as sole survivor Ripley, becoming the screen's most popular heroine in a lucrative movie franchise. To measure the film's success, one need only recall the many images that have been burned into our collective psyche, including the "facehugger," the "chestburster," and Ripley's climactic encounter with the full-grown monster. Impeccably directed by Ridley Scott, Alien is one of the cinema's most unforgettable nightmares. --Jeff Shannon
Review of Aliens
Aliens is one of the few cases of a sequel that far surpassed the original. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, who awakens on Earth only to discover that she has been hibernating in space so long that everyone she knows is dead. Then she is talked into traveling (along with a squad of Marines) to a planet under assault by the same aliens that nearly killed her. Once she gets there, she finds a lost little girl who triggers her maternal instincts--and she discovers that the company has once again double-crossed her, in hopes of capturing one of the aliens to study as a military weapon. Directed and written by James Cameron, this is one of the most intensely exciting (not to mention intensely frightening) action films ever, with a large ensemble cast that includes Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, and Michael Biehn. Weaver defined the action woman in this film and walked away with an Oscar nomination for her trouble. --Marshall Fine
Review of Alien 3
The least successful film in this series was directed by stylemaster (and content-underachiever) David Fincher. Ripley, the only survivor of her past mission, awakens on a prison planet in the far corners of the solar system. As she tries to recover, she realizes that not only has an alien gotten loose on the planet, the alien has implanted one of its own within her. As she battles the prison authorities (and is aided by the prisoners) in trying to kill the alien, she must also cope with a distinctly shortened lifespan that awaits her. But the striking imagery makes for muddled action and the script confuses it further. The ending looks startling but it takes a long time--and a not particularly satisfying journey--to get there. --Marshall Fine
Review of Alien Resurrection
Perhaps these films are like the Star Trek movies: The even-numbered episodes are the best ones. Certainly this film (directed by French stylist Jean-Pierre Jeunet) is an improvement over Alien 3, with a script that breathes exciting new life into the franchise. This chapter is set even further in the future, where scientists on a space colony have cloned both the alien and Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), who died in Alien 3; in doing so, however, they've mixed alien DNA with Ripley's human chromosomes, which gives Ripley surprising power (and a bad attitude). A band of smugglers comes aboard only to discover the new race of aliens--and when the multi-mouthed melonheads get loose, no place is safe. But, on the plus side, they have Ripley as a guide to help them get out. Winona Ryder is on hand as the smugglers' most unlikely crew member (with a secret of her own), but this one is Sigourney's all the way. --Marshall Fine
- Aspect Ratio : 2.35:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 1.25 inches; 1.15 Pounds
- Item model number : Alien Ant
- Director : Ridley Scott, David Fincher, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Box set, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 7 hours and 57 minutes
- Release date : October 26, 2010
- Actors : Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Lance Henriksen, Winona Ryder
- Dubbed: : Spanish, French
- Subtitles: : English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, German
- Language : German (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby TrueHD)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001AQO3QA
- Number of discs : 6
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8/24/17 update. As more and more 4K reviews are showing up, Amazon, STILL shows 4 K's as "blu-ray" without distinction. Sad...
Excellent packaging. The first four films, each on one disc. Two discs of bonus content - lots of it. A full days worth. A must own for any fan, even a casual one. The price can't be beat.
Parts Three and Four unfairly maligned: part three is David Fincher's debut, his talent obvious in retrospect.
Part four from the visionary Jean-Pierre Jeunet, director of Delicatessen, City of Lost Children and Amelie. Part Four is a visually amazing interpretation of Ripley's saga. Definitely worth a second viewing - for the life of me I don't know why I disliked it upon its theatrical release. Live and learn, I guess.
The first two? Not much to add. Classics!
Film transfers are really good, if not great. The DTS sound is also really good.
As for extras, Disc 6 is AWESOME, with archival footage from the laserdisc extras to storyboards, and tons more!
Sometimes I had to unplug & reset my blu ray player to get some of the discs to play.
Disc 5 of the extras is SO blurry it's a complete disaster of a transfer! If you have the DVD versions, stick with those!
I already exchanged the set with Amazon, but the 2nd set for Disc 5 was the same. The reps at Amazon were REALLY understanding, and documented the situation.
Discs 1-4 review (2 versions of each film):
* I viewed the extended versions of each film, except Alien because I found the addded scenes just slowed the pacing too much.
Disc 1- Alien:
As for picture clarity, you can see just about every pore & sweatdrop! There is some blur left in the picture, but I'm guessing that's for effects reasons. Overall, the transfer is great picture & DTS sound!
Disc 2- Aliens:
I choose the 'Special Edition' version because I like the extra footage added to the film. For the 'added scenes' the volume is a little lower than the rest of the film, but it's not too bad. The picture clarity is good, although a little lower than Alien at times, but still pretty good. I thought the DTS sound to be a bit better than Alien.
Disc 3- Alien3:
In the DVD version they added the deleted scenes dialouge with subtitles because of very poor dubbing.
In this blu ray version the dialouge has been restored to a complete 'Director's version'' witth no subtitles, which is really nice- although (like in Aliens) at times the dialouge does need some 'boosting', and is at a lower volume than the rest of the film. The color is a bit washed out a times, the effects really need a boost- too mush rotoscoping & shadow to be realistic. I liked how you get 2 versions of the Alien's birth too.
All in all not a bad film to the series, although a bit slow on the pacing at times. The DTS was good all in all.
Disc 4- Resurrection:
The lease impressive of the transfers for picture- a lot of the time it's dark & grainy, It's better than the DVD, but still looks like it needs color correction. The DTS sound is very good, though.
U[date for Disc 5- I called Fox Customer Care and explained the situation to the representative.
She said they didn't have any complaints from anyone, and their policy was to offer an exchange (the full set for a full set), which can take weeks.
I just decided to keep it, since I have all of Disc 5 on my double DVD set of movies.
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This is the most exhaustive set of dvds that you can get on the films in my view. They can be bought individually with as many features as here but this is a 9 disc treasure with comprehensive features that include two versions of each of the four films plus all the bonus features ever produced. Here is my listing of the 9 discs:
1. Alien (1979) contains Theatrical Version, 116 minutes. Director's Cut, 110 minutes.
2. Aliens (1986) contains Theatrical Version, 131 minutes. Special Edition, 148 minutes. (In my view probably the best of the four films, especially having watched the Special Edition).
3. Alien 3 (1992) contains Theatrical Version,109 minutes. Special Edition,138 minutes. (The weakest of the four, but just a personal view again and I've yet to watch the Special Edition to see what that offers beyond the cinema version).
4. Alien Resurrection (1997) contains Theatrical Version,104 minutes. Special Edition, 111 minutes.
There are commentaries on each film (not both versions/cuts) and English subtitles.
A further four discs have the bonus features specific to each of the four films, and a ninth disc has further bonus features pertaining to all four films. Solid stuff and you can buy the individual films with all these features if you search but this box set has the lot. Picture quality and sound very good and perhaps the Blu-ray may give a spectacular rendering of the CGI effects (I don't know but I'm guessing) but for me these films are all about the unknown but relentless horror that lurks around that corner, the tension, the suspense built up in dark space ships and shadowy prison and derelict building, and the dvd is perfectly acceptable even without all the features Blu-ray may offer.
Sad to hear that Yaphet Kotto who played the engineer with Harry Dean Stanton in the first film has just died, 15 March 2021. R.I.P.
All the films come in 2 flavours. The original theatrical, and the directors/assembly/extended versions. I'm not 100% sure, but this blu-ray edition might use the extra disk space (over the DVD version) to hold both copies of the films. This is different to the DVDs limited storage and the way the DVD was able to play the 2 versions.
With the DVD, they used a flag to chapter skip to the additional parts, or end some scenes early depending on which version you wanted. It was a good technique, but some players had noticeable pauses as the player skipped round the disk surface. It seems logical that the blu-ray's extra capacity allows the 2 versions of the film to be stored seperately. Theres no pausing, layer break issues, nothing to detract from enjoying the films.
The films themselves are supposedly enhanced digitally. Not too sure of the virtues of this on the whole, but there is one glaringly obvious bonus for 'Alien 3' aficionados. Some of the audio that had been ruined after scenes were cut, and now reinserted for the assembly cut of the film, has been markedly improved. There's still an obvious background hiss, but at least now you're able to hear the dialogue. Aside from that, you'll just have to take thier word that the digital enhancement does anything accross the disks.
Each film comes loaded with additional features. Unfinished scenes, documentaries, commentaries, picture galleries, trailers, interviews... They all seem standard fare for blu-ray now, but this set really does the franchise justice.
This was one of my first blu-ray purchaes, even though I already owned (and still do) the DVD edition. I'm not in any way regretting buying this.
I have since bought the Blu-ray versions with the directors' cuts, but for the value - this box set is a real bargain for fans - with absolutely loads of background info and extra features. Having the DVD versions is great for being able to convert and create mobile versions for your tablet or mobile to watch whilst away.
One of the best franchises.