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Alien (20th Anniversary Edition Box Set) [DVD]

Sigourney Weaver , Tom Skerritt , David Fincher , James Cameron    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • 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: Box set, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: CBS Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 15 May 2000
  • Run Time: 452 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004S8K7
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,384 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This deluxe five-disc package shows off not only the merits of the films on offer but the wide possibilities of the DVD medium. Even if you're among the many that only rate two or three of the Alien films, this is still an essential purchase. (The jury is still out on the interesting-but-muddy Alien 3, directed by David Fincher--who went on to make Seven and Fight Club--while Alien: Resurrection by Jean-Pierre Jeunet of Delicatessen fame is the nearest the series has come to an ordinary movie.)

Although more than 20 years old, Ridley Scott's Alien (1979) has hardly dated. It's a film of suspense and terror rather than action and excitement, as disturbing (if illogical) as ever, thanks to Swiss-artist HR Giger's visionary monster design, rooted by a clutch of interesting Anglo-American actors (Sigourney Weaver, Yaphet Kotto, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt). Weaver, making her career breakthrough here, slowly emerges from the pack as the survivor, but the sequel, Aliens (1986), really puts her acting skills (for which she was Oscar-nominated) centre-screen, as the maternal warrior-woman whose compassion makes her fitter to survive than the gung-ho space marines. Titanic director James Cameron's action chops are demonstrated best in the series' duel between Ripley and the "bad mother" alien queen. Watched back-to-back, even the less-satisfying later films work as developments of Weaver's Ripley character, as she becomes a tired martyr in Alien 3 (1992) and is reborn as a part-alien clone in Alien: Resurrection (1997).

In this box set, all four films are presented in widescreen aspect ratios derived from pristine prints allowing you to discern more in the shadows than you get in even the best video editions. The imaginatively designed interactive menus flash the logos and computer codes of Weyland-Yutani (the evil corporation in the films) helping you to "access transmission". The digital English soundtrack can be augmented with optional subtitles in English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Polish, Czech, Hungarian and Icelandic (impress your friends by reeling off the Hebrew for "Get away from her, you bitch"). Alien has an informative audio commentary by Ridley Scott (whose obsession with detail, see for example his recent Gladiator, suits him perfectly to the task of talking you through his typically hyper-designed films). Also included are deleted scenes and outtakes (such as the until-now-legendary sequence showing the ship's captain in a cocoon, plus a few clearer looks at the original beastie), several trailers, tons of production paintings and stills, the storyboard, an alternate music track and the original score in isolation.

The sequels all have trailers, but the extras diminish with each disc. The "Director's Cut" included on Aliens (17 crucial minutes longer than the original theatrical release, which means you find out Ripley's first name is Ellen) has an interview with Cameron and some backstage footage. Alien 3 contains a "making of" documentary that actually covers all three films, while Alien: Resurrection only has a brief making-of "featurette" (oddly, neither Alien 3's director Fincher nor Resurrection's Jean-Pierre Jeunet are interviewed, and Jeunet isn't even mentioned). An extra fifth disc, free with the set, contains "The Alien Legacy", an hour-long documentary on the making of the first film, concentrating on the script, design, effects, production and direction. --Kim Newman

Product Description

The first four films in the 'Alien' saga are gathered together in one box set. In Ridley Scott's 'Alien', the crew of a deep-space mining vessel come across something decidedly unpleasant on a mysterious planet. After leaving the desolate planet, they realise that something has survived and is on their ship. In James Cameron's sequel, 'Aliens', sole survivor Ripley and a team of Space Marines return to the alien's home planet to investigate some mysterious happenings, but soon a new deadly game of cat-and-mouse begins. In David Fincher's dark and brooding 'Alien 3', Ripley crash lands on an old prison planet for convicted murderers - but something has hitched a ride with her. In 'Alien Resurrection', two hundred years after Ellen Ripley died bearing the Alien Queen, a group of scientists successfully produce a clone both of her and the alien. The new Ripley is different to the original in several respects, but some things never change. It is not long before Ripley is forced to team up with a gang of smugglers to repel the acid-blooded killing machines.


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the money! 21 Feb 2001
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This box set is well worth the money! with Alien and Aliens being the outstanding films,Alien 3 gives atmosphere and fear and Alien Resurrection gives an all round good action film. The extras on Alien and Aliens are great and well worth a look if your an Alien fan, however the most impressive part of this DVD package has to be the sound quality! if you have a widescreen with speakers then you simply must get this for the superb, scary atmosphere which the Alien films gave at the cinema.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate in sci-fi horror. 22 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This box set was such a must for me I actually bought it before I had a DVD player. I belive all 4 films are at least good. The bonus DVD in this set is very interesting as it shows how the first Alien film was concieved and developed. It also introduces you to Geiger, the makier of the Alien that is so famous. The films themselves are all fantastic. The first gives you tension and suprise on board the Nostromo. Good character development at the beginning of the film and the ever famous chest bursting scene make this film a favourite of many alien fans. The second film, and my personal favourite pits a group of elite marines agaist an army of aliens. The fight sequences are great and the way the marines fall apart show how formidable and powerful the aliens are. This film is the directors cut version and the bonus 20 minutes make the film a little more interesting to those of you that have only seen the orignal cut. The centry guns are especially good as they give you a better idea of how many aliens there actually are. The third goes to the other extreme, this time it is a group of religous inmates against the alien. Fincher brings in his own ideas making the alien slightly different and giving Riply a hair cut. The final part of the saga jumps forward 200 years with the aliens this time being grown on purpose for biological weapons. They escape and again it is a race against time to get off the ship and destroy the creatures. More new twists and possibly the worst looking "thing" I have every seen towards the end of the film make this film a reasonable worthy addition the Alien Saga. All have bonus material which is interesting, especially to the hardcore Alien fan like myself.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Woah! 24 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This box set is what all DVD player owners have been waiting for. The thing that always annoyed me about alien was the poor picture quality. Not anymore!The first three films are fantastic but are sadly let down by the attempt at a fourth by Joss Wheddon. It contains poor characterisation, bad dialogue and a plot that neither makes sense nor holds water and a truly dismal performance by Winona Ryder.Also it is a shame that Jean-Pierre Jeunet wanted the aliens to look as though they had swallowed dry ice. The first three are incredible and I don't see what the complaint with Alien 3 is, it is just 'cos there were no guns in it like the previous installment. The box set is well worth the money for this outstanding trilogy. ..... Oh yeah and that other one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Reinvention of Sci-Fi Horror 21 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This box set is definitely the ultimate in Alien merchandise as these are films that you will want to keep in DVD. Only let down by the terminally average Alien:Resurrection each film has its own moments of brilliance and its own feel and imagery. In my opinion the best is the first although its not as watchable as the second action packed outing. But whichever you prefer this is an excellent box set and well worth the money if you are a fan
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worth every penny 4 Mar 2003
Format:DVD
This DVD set is an essential purchase for any Aliens / sci-fi fan. All four films are worth watching although they have very different styles having been directed by different people.
Alien, the original story, is full of menace and really manages to pump up the tension. The crew of Nostromo are woken to answer what they think is a distress call only to have crewman Kane (John Hurt) become an incubator for a previously unknown alien...what follows is cinematic history. Sigourney Weaver made her debut as Ripley, only survivor of the crew.
Aliens, the second film, is that rare beast, a follow up movie that is as good as the first. It is a much more 'gung ho' action film. Ripley very reluctantly agrees to return to the planet of her nightmares after contact has been lost with the colonists who are terraforming the world. Accompanying her is a motley bunch of marines as well as a company representative and, much to her disgust, an android. This time there is not just one alien to worry about.
At first glance Alien 3 doesn't seem as good as the previous two movies but certainly improves on a second viewing. Alien 3 is set on a penal colony world where Ripley's ship has crashed. She is the only female on a world full of the most dangerous, evil dregs of society. The only support she finds is from the colony's doctor (Charles Dance). When it becomes apparent that, yet again, the Alien has survived, Ripley has to convince, and then work with the prisoners in order to try and finally destroy her nemesis.
Alien Resurrection is set a couple of hundred years after the third film. Ripley has been cloned in order for the US military to try and extract knowledge of the Alien from her. Never ones to learn a lesson, they think they can use the Aliens as weapons.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5*'s
Excellent condition. Well pleased with my purchase. Arrived when promised aswell. Brilliant films that I have not watched for a time as had on video!!
Published 23 days ago by Jules
5.0 out of 5 stars Alien (20th Anniversary Edition Box Set) [DVD]
a must have for all alien fans this box set it value for money and top quality DVDs all you need for a night in
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Published 5 months ago by KEN SLOUGH
5.0 out of 5 stars Iconic Sci-fi at its very best
Everybody knows the plot of the various "Alien" movies but it is such a pleasure to have them in excellent quality in the correct chronological sequence.
Published 5 months ago by Luke Allen
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these dvds are a must have for those who like to watch a lot of movies and watch there collection grow. excellent condition
Published 7 months ago by reece greenhalgh
4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S GOT A WONDERFUL DEFENCE MECHANISM..
Let us begin..where to start?..Well, Ridley's critically aclaimed film I guess. Now, first off I have to say (all due respect given), it's a good film, thouggh I do feel it's... Read more
Published on 4 Dec 2003 by Zocolo
5.0 out of 5 stars What do you mean 'they cut the power'? They're animals, man!
Alien, Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection.
The Alien franchise is one of those things which refuses to die, despite the fact that there should really have only been a... Read more
Published on 22 Dec 2002 by Mr. Dt Hawkins
4.0 out of 5 stars MUST HAVE!
In a time when everyone was ripping of George Lucas' "Star Wars" Ridley Scott decided to do something different. Oh my...he did. Alien is the one that raised the bar. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars This box is a monster!!!!!!
When you buy this movie serie, i`ll bet that you watch them all over again. This serie has four great scifi movies plus numerous extra features. Read more
Published on 12 July 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money
Here is your chance to get a hold on one of the most classical science-fiction series ever. The information you get with the first 'Alien' dvd is simply tremendous. Read more
Published on 3 July 2001
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