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Alien 2 [Blu-ray] [1980] [US Import]

Mark Bodin , Ciro Ippolito    Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Mark Bodin
  • Directors: Ciro Ippolito
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Midnight Legacy
  • DVD Release Date: 5 April 2011
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049HN5UM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,724 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polished till it sparkles. 6 May 2011
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The film opens with a ton of nasa stock footage, as we learn from the overdubbing a nasa space probe is due to return to earth, unfortunately it doesn't make it. While this is happening a group of geologists (including the part time actor soon to be excellent director michelle soavi) are planning to explore an ancient cave sysytem in america. En route to the cave we learn the probe has returned to earth with its crew missing, and a meteor shower of strange blue rocks are found everywhere, there something sinister about the rocks we soon learn after a little girl gets her face melted off! Menwhile in the cave system, the geologists have brought one of the blue rocks with them, unfortunately the rock is actually an alien creature which soon springs to life and begins infecting and killing the group one by one. Its up to the survivors to get out of the cave before the alien beastie can get them!

Ok, first things first... the film is a bit of a turd. The acting is sloppy, the alien creature is poorly realised and the whole endevour reeks of a quick cash in of a major hollywood franchise (which this is) It was quite common for the italian explotation market to make quickie 'sequels' of big budget hollywood hits, (including my fave, Exorcist 3 cries and shadows. Released on vhs briefly in the uk many years ago and made before the official exorcist 2) Nontheless like many italian exploitation flicks made in the eighties the whole thing is FUN. Stupid sure, but really a lot of FUN. I'm sure theres at least a few people out there who remember the films origional release on vhs by VTC in the uk before the nasties scare removed most of them off the shelves and this was one of the more obscure but entertaining titles out there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated unknown lost classic 26 Jan 2013
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Great film..Rare and unknown which is a shame. Very scary alien (rip of sequel) what would happen if Alien came to Earth? Only every released on VHS until now. And now its on blu-ray. Must have film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blu Review 28 - Alien 2 on Earth 2 Dec 2010
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Alien 2 On Earth Blu-ray Review

Distributor : Midnight Legacy, US

Alien 2 On Earth, or Alien 2 Sulla Terra, or even Alien Terror to UK horror fans, arrived on the horror circuit as an Italian sequel to Ridley Scott's original sci-fi/horror classic. Long before James Cameron wrote the official sequel, Alien 2 was gaining popularity among video cassette lenders searching for outrageous blood and guts mayhem and the film soon achieved cult status. Although in reality a very different spectacle to Alien, there exists certain similarities between the two films including a fair amount of suspense and some pretty nasty gore effects which should keep most horror movie goers reasonably entertained. For many years, the film disappeared into obscurity and could only be seen on vintage video cassette releases, where it remained abandoned without a modern day re-issue. Thankfully Midnight legacy have finally come to the films rescue by providing an outlet to produce high definition releases of some long forgotten and hard to find classic movies. To mark the occasion and make Alien 2 accessible to collectors worldwide, the distributor has presented this Blu-ray disc unlocked, so anyone still encumbered by region coding need not be concerned.

Alien 2 On Earth, sees it's first new media release in around 30 years and the wait has indeed been extensive but altogether worthwhile. Released here in a special extended version of the film, there are few releases these days that actually shock the viewer with the quality of their transfer, however the print displayed on this release is quite simply breathtaking. Colours are incredibly strong throughout showing excellent black levels and sharp detail with an absolute bear minimum of any visible print damage displayed. Various internet blogs have discussed the extensive work required in sourcing and restoring an original print of the movie, but the end result here easily exceeds any reasonable expectations. The film looks almost brand new and will prove a revelation to people viewing for the first time in years and comparing it to previous grainy full screen video releases. The new 1080p anamorphic wide-screen transfer is solid and simply will not be bettered. As such it should be considered a real credit to the overall package.

Audio is surprisingly good for this release with clear dialogue throughout and the now classic creepy score, sounding better than ever. Admittedly, this release was never going to be a sound effects extravaganza, but for these classic low budget movies, the audio provided here is more than adequate. It is evident, that the soundtrack elements have undergone a considerable amount of restoration to remove previous issues of distortion and repair audio drop out. Once again this is the best audio track that the film has ever been granted.

Extras are limited to a Dutch video trailer and a special effects out-take reel (in high definition). Although a fantastic opportunity to include some modern interviews with the cast or crew, (if only to uncover their thoughts on the film after all these years) the main focus of this release was more than likely on the presentation of the film itself, so on that count the product definitely shines through, even if it does feel a little light on extra features.

Midnight Legacy have gone on record as stating that their new line of Blu-ray releases will comprise of similar forgotten gems which will be produced in limited edition runs never to be re-issued once initial pressings have sold out. Alien 2 is itself limited to 30,000 units.

If their first release is anything to go by, then obscure movie fans are in for a real treat with this proposed collectors series and it is satisfying to see such attention to detail from a distributor who obviously cares for their target audience.

For people who remember the good old days of cheesy Italian horror, Alien 2 On Earth represents a great starting point for what will hopefully become, an essential collection.

Classic trashy horror, has never looked this good before.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant print, with virtually no flaws. 4 Feb 2011
By Joshua B "Fulcifan101" - Published on
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This Print of ALIEN 2: ON EARTH , is actually screen titled ALIEN 2 - SULLA TERRA. Also, the credits at the beginning and on the end of the film are in Italian (and actually crediting Belinda and Marc's alternate input of Italian language at the finale when the dubbing of this version is English!) Otherwise, a remarkable print, with a beautiful, clean and crisp picture and colours. The film , well , I love it, I have always loved it, Ciro Ippolito manages to really creep you out along with Guido and Maurizio's score which really "absorbs" you into the suspense and impending doom of the characters in the cave (and even a bowling alley!). Though not high in logic; that is actually what this film is meant to be, with suspense (as I mentioned before), and some great gore and mechanical creations by Donald Patterly, and atmospheric scenery in San Diego, and in partial:
some caves on location in Italy.
I have got 2 copies of this Midnight Legacy release on Blu-ray, and 2 of the VHS pre-certs from Britain in the early days under the bogus title: ALIEN TERROR , (which are fully english credit friendly, and an alternate monotone colored finale of Belinda Mayne running and screaming through the deserted streets). I would rate this print from Midnight and actual 10/10. They tried their hardest, and delivered.
I grabbed 2 of these goodies before they were recalled, and will not be released officially until next month from now as I write this. I have them in a slip cover and with a blue based amaray keep case within. I just hope when the Blu-ray (and now, after much demand, an upcoming dvd!) will be released officially next March with a much talked about "red" keep case, making mine some sort of a limited collector's item!
The extras consists of the Dutch trailer (see it on you tube if you wish) and a very brief and repeditive special effects out-takes reel.
Love this film, and is a more than respected delivered version for it's long overdue release, espescially for Blu-ray.
Note: Retailed as an "actual" sequel to Ridley Scott's 1979 film- Alien,- having it's title as a 2 after ALIEN. And am surprised that Ciro didn't get sued or the film pulled from distribution (Like many Italian Jaw's rip-offs did. So overall be you a film completist or collector, grab this disc! Oh yes, and it's fully uncensored.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The ULTIMATE European Trash Cinema Fanatic Blu Ray of 2010 19 Dec 2010
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Alien 2 : On Earth (1980)
Starring Belinda Mayne, Michele Soavi, Mark Bodin and Judy Perrin
Directed by Ciro Ippolito
Midnight Legacy Blu Ray ([..])

If you had told me that there would be a non bootleg DVD of Alien 2 - Sulla Terra on German DVD I wouldn't have believed you. So, imagine my surprise when this project from the people behind Midnight Video and Chrome Entertainment came to pass. High Definition European Trash Cinema has a new home, and Alien 2-On Earth is the harbinger of many things to come I hope. But more on that, and the disc, after we look at the greatest, and least likely, beneficiary of an HD transfer in many years.

"Cliff! It's immobile, waiting...above your head!!!!"

Alien 2-On Earth is a very very simple film. While it may bear minor similarities to Alien, exactly two little bits, it is a fun and gory diversion during the brief running time. Basically, after some rugged looking stock footage (with characters being dubbed within the footage!!) reveals that a space capsule is returning to earth we meet the pretty Thelma. She is a spelunker. She is played by the sexy and HD topless Belinda Mayne! She is also psychic. In tune with Aliens psychic!! And those Aliens are about to be Sulla Terra brothers and sisters of the Trash Cinema cult! She finds this out while on local TV unfortunately, as news producers ponder the mysterious circumstances around the capsule landing without a crew. So, this a bad news day and the stock footage can't save it. The hot cave woman collapsed and the space craft was empty dammit. But this is good for us! Why? Because the rest of the spelunkers are bowling! Nothing says SPLATTER like Italians bowling in High Definition!

The group heads out to finish their last expedition into an incredible cave system and drive for minutes of screen time. Luckily, while they are driving the first ultra excellent scene occurs as a little girl finds a pulsing space rock. After futzing with it for a bit, her mother looks for her and finds the wee girl has NO FACE!! This Alien doesn't just give you a face hug, it gives you a full throttle facial excavation. But now we know that pulsing blue rocks are bad. And guess what the spelunking soon to be splattered bring along below ground with them? Blue Rock.

Do NOT bring the Space Rock on vacation!

Blue Rock throbs. People die in hideous fashion. Alien is loose. But wait...there is always a catch in Eurotrash isn't there? Thelma seems to be an Alien Scanatrix that can cause headsplosions! AWESOME! The Alien chases and throbs and squashes, squeezes and squishes the hapless rock roamers in grand fashion. The POV shots alone make this film worth watching, especially the Dangling Dongs of Dread that slap one unlucky to death. FAPFAPFAPFAPFAP!!

And you want resolution? Well, Alien 2- On Earth is ready to frustrate the hell out of you, but in glorious fashion as the survivors must first stare at a car and then survive...THE BOWLING ALLEY. This film contains an alien chase climax in ALIENVISION through a HD bowling alley. I don't have to qualify the previous sentence as awesome do I? Nah.

Alien 2 - On Earth definitely is a curiosity that has remained fairly obscure. I have a Japanese VHS in my basement, but I think I don't qualify as a normal person, or even a normal European Trash Fanboy. I'll watch anything, and on occasion and during some stretches, Alien 2 has that "anything" quality. Ciro Ippolito was more of a producer and did not do a lot of other films that would appeal to trashers, so it wasn't going to be a "missing link" in a filmography either. Instead, it has found some fans, lots of detractors and has only been available in clunky presentations around the world. Not so any more.

I'd look at this film and advise that this is no Eurotrash Cinema 101. Nope, this is 305 level materials in many ways. It wobbles between intensely cheap setpieces, obviously dragging around waiting for the next affordable push in the narrative which is juxtaposed with an outstanding location that gives the film a ghoulish texture once the group heads underground. And when you return to the once harmless bowling alley, the mechanized nature of the sound design actually helps generate a funky tension as we wait to see an Alien that never does appear outside of a throbbing perspective shot. Ippolito knows what he is doing, including lots of hand held camera shots underground that add to the atmosphere. The gore is fantastic when it happens, though most of the set ups are absurd. I truly love that bit when the psychic Belinda Mayne (did I mention her topless scene is now in HD?) starts to communicate with the soon to be chomped Cliff in a weird echo tone-and then she warns him the Alien is above...and then it snags him up as her voice echoes away. Great!!

But that isn't all. Amongst the easily recommendable, there are lots of little touches that I like to look for. Michele Soavi typing with two fingers in a cave. Two people staring at a parked police car for more than 60 seconds of screen time. Psychic head explosions just happen without anyone seeming to wonder how or why. And this is just a few of the little moments this trash fanatic keys in to. When you can just tell that the crew was out in the earliest A.M. waiting to film on empty streets for a few minutes and they pull it off, I get excited. And Alien 2 - On Earth has one of the best scenes of that type, followed by a totally silly ending that I've ever seen!

While the film doesn't carry a great pedigree, the soundtrack is awesome and utilizes the De Angelis Brothers both in the scoring department AND as Oliver Onions cranking out the cheesy disco / funk / soul silliness. The tunes are fun listening and perfect for a bunch of doomed spelunkers to drive their ugly vehicle through the deserted back roads to, but the score features an awesome fast paced Jaws styled drone that I can't get out of my head. I need this soundtrack. Now.

A feast of unexpected pleasures, moderate tedium and loaded with familiar voices and grooves, Alien 2-On Earth is the kind of film the addicted need. Obscure, bewildering and lots of fun-it hits all the notes, low and high, that I love.

Midnight Legacy itself is an interesting company-and much was made of them before this release. Midnight Videos Bill Knight, one of the earliest pioneers of European Trash Cinema on the bootleg circuit, was always a quality conscious guy. Well, that has carried over in spades with this first release. I have to say that seeing the intensely familiar "MIDNIGHT" font in High Definition on my TV was mind blowing. I felt a rush akin to the years I spent looking for films that Bill could provide not only quickly and seemingly with ease, but in good quality and most likely not recorded over a family picnic or All In The Family tapes. Yes, I'm looking at you Weisser. I first saw Robowar and Shocking Dark with the MIDNIGHT logo, and this felt like a weird, positive, evolution of my habit. Also involved is They Call Her One Eye license grabber and internet boogeyman Dolph Chiarino. Well, I can tell you this. He is obsessed...OBSESSED...with quality. I'm not a number cruncher or holding up any kind of Oscillation Overthruster to my television, but the quality of this transfer is not stunning, it's staggering. The caves are perfect as a technical challenge as not only do they make a nice setting, but the amount of detail and texture on the Blu Ray truly boosts the atmosphere in those caves. Plus, I have no doubts that the transfer is "correct" and as intended in Midnight's hands, I can see these effects as never before. And they are good. The sound doesn't pop and wobble and the video is rock solid. That is what I see.

Also, the menu system does something I really appreciate. I can dig how much fun it must be while designing motion menus and the like, but I get really and truly annoyed by ones that feature spoilers and gore shots. While I may have watched a movie before, I don't enjoy watching all the big pop shots just as I sit down to view it again! No such nonsense here. The extras are rather sparse, but the outtakes are all interesting and look great and there is a trailer included as well. You may go in to these packages for the extras, but frankly, I don't. While the disc carries a stiff $32.99 price tag, I would rather get a great transfer of the film than a bunch of fairly interesting material that seems to be there more to combat the "terrible film, nice transfer, awesome extras" school of reviewing at times. But hey, that is just me.

To be fair, I have to add some gripes with this disc, which comes within microfibers of being my favorite of the year (sorry, Starcrash gets that honor)...though it is not on the disc. Think of it more as constructive critique. The films are always, for me, the thing up for review more than any technical specification. The packaging on this film is a bit of a drag. While I understand going large on a first release, there is a total of 47 words about the film on the sleeve. Another paragraph touts it as a complete edition. And then another paragraph talks about it being a restored edition. And then a sidebar talks about the commitment of Midnight Legacy to complete and restored editions! ARRRGH! I miss LD packaging for the room allotted for artwork and text. Blu Ray is the smallest format for packaging yet. The disc has proved to be fantastic and the film is ready to be judged as intended. The job is done, next time just let that be enough, though I do like the sidebar rev up to Midnight Legacy and their intentions. Frankly, I don't care what anyone else thinks, I believe `em.

Also in the C'mon.....department. No subs for the final line? Again. Arrrrrgh!
Check out the old versions...but here is the line!
But this is all small stuff because Alien 2-On Earth is the ultimate disc for the truly jaded European Trash Cinema collector. My collection feels stronger for owning it. If you'll excuse me I must stare at it...until a head explodes!!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Terrible audio quality 27 Aug 2011
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While the picture quality of Alien 2 is easily 4 star , the audio quality of this Blu Ray release is 1 star at best . Upon first viewing I noticed periodic popping and crackling as well as an annoyingly loud hissing that came and went throughout the movie . It was so bad I thought that my sound system might be having problems . I brought the disc to a friends house for a screening and heard the same audio issues at the same points in the film . It's definitely a problem with the disc itself . It is a shame because the picture quality is so good , a little more money on the audio and this would've been one of my favorite Blu Rays of the year . 3 stars is generous in my opinion considering the incredibly boring extras included . A fun B movie but a flawed Blu Ray .
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars For collector's of rare films only 8 Jan 2011
By A - Published on
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I love 80's Italian horror films especially those have gone "lost" throughout the years...except this one.

I've heard of it for years and was excited to get it on blu-ray of all things but was severely disappointed. The first 45 minutes are so boring and once the gore starts after what has got to be the longest most irrelevant panning shot in film history it's really not worth it. If you're expecting something like ALIEN CONTAMINATION this film certainly isn't it. There is nothing clever about it and it's not even fun to laugh at.

The soundtrack is pretty cool but you do have to sit through this film to experience it. The transfer and quality is incredibly good. It would be great to see other Italian horror and rare htf films released this way.

Like the title of my review, it's for true die hard collectors only. My copy will be going on ebay soon.

I certainly hope MIDNIGHT LEGACY begins releasing more hard to find films since their previous company had amazing titles that they really knew about while releasing the best cuts and quality available (CROSS OF THE SEVEN JEWELS please!!!) This one just doesn't do it for me.

BTW the extra features are NOT presented in HD quality as a previous reviewer stated. The effects reel is pretty boring and if you watch the Dutch trailer you've seen everything you need to see in this film.
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