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The terror begins when the crew of a spaceship investigates a transmission from a desolate planet, and discovers a life form that is perfectly evolved to annihilate mankind. One by one, each crew member is slain until only Ripley is left, leading to an explosive conclusion that sets the stage for its stunning sequel, "Aliens."
2003 Director’s Cut with Ridley Scott Introduction
Audio Commentary by Director Ridley Scott, Writer Dan O’Bannon, Executive Producer Ronald Shusett, Editor Terry Rawlings, Actors Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and John Hurt
Audio Commentary (for Theatrical Cut only) by Ridley Scott
Final Theatrical Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
Composer’s Original Isolated Score by Jerry Goldsmith
Deleted and Extended Scenes
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Starting from the clever menu screens, you can tell some care, creativity and respect has gone into making this disc.
Both the original 1979 original theatrical cut and the later director's cut are offered here. (Which is better? Oh no, leave me out of that debate. Decide for yourself)
What is here is gorgeous transfer, a variety of audio options, delightfully black blacks, moments in sound that will have you picking the shards of your woofers off your carpet if your not careful , and an overall attention to detail that makes you glad to be a blu-ray owner in the first place.
Reference quality? Meh. Not quite. But you won't be disappointed. In short: GET IT.
The movie arrived in excellent condition, and included all of the advertised bonus features. I recommend watching the theatrical cut first.
This is a great horror film, which blends to the sci-fi genre. Because in space no one can hear you scream.
Special Effects: 9/10
Cool Factor: 9/10
The blu-ray seems to omit a lot of the extras found on the Special Edition DVD, which were most assuredly saved for the bonus disc of the mondo blu-ray edition of all 4 Alien movies, but this blu-ray contains, on one disc, both the original 1979 theatrical release version and the 2003 director's cut, with 2 commentary tracks, one with Ridley Scott, cast and crew, the other with just Ridley Scott, and 2 music-only tracks, with two different versions of Jerry Goldsmith's spine-tingling score, one the final film version, the other the more concert version Jerry originally had in mind. It's fascinating to hear the differences and how the legendary score evolved!
Curiously absent, in the music-only tracks, are the alternate cues, from Goldsmith's earlier score to Freud, which were used when the face hugger bleeds acid through several of the ship's decks and when Dallas is pursuing the creature in the vent armed with only a flamethrower, and the end of Hanson's Symphony #2-Romantic, which was used for the end when Ripley finally kills the creature and is reprised, in its entireity, for the end credits. Methinks Fox couldn't secure the rights to those music pieces to include them here.
I tend to favor the 1979 cut of the movie, as it is just a sensual visual pleasure and has the perfect musical rythm in the editing. Ridley makes a few tweaks, additions and subtractions in his 2003 redux, which expand the story but diminish the tight, kinetic structure of the original version. Happily, you can pick which one you prefer to watch simply by selecting it from the main menu.