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Alien Anthology [Blu-ray] [1979] [6 Disc Set]

Sigourney Weaver , Tom Skerritt , Ridley Scott , James Cameron    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (712 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Winona Ryder
  • Directors: Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Format: Box set
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 452 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (712 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003AQBYUG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,154 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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It’s hard to see just where the Alien Anthology Blu-ray boxset could have been improved. Nominally a collection of the four main films in the franchise, what’s actually been bundled together here is one of the finest DVD or Blu-ray boxsets to date, boasting a series of features that genuinely go into a lot of depth about the movies themselves.

And what movies they are. Alien and Aliens are both exceptional pieces of cinema, and rightly regarded as classics in their own right. Alien 3, meanwhile, has to be classed as an interesting and muddled failure, yet it’s still got a lot to like about it. Alien: Resurrection? It’s perhaps the least ambitious of the four films, but in the early stages at least, it’s still with merit.

Each of the films is presently strongly, surprising given the variable DVD versions of each we’ve seen to date. But it’s the mammoth package of extras that set a template for pretty much every other Blu-ray boxset on the market. Spread across six discs, you not only get two cuts of each film, but you get extra features that are as impressive as they comprehensive. Presented brilliantly, it’s an unmissable box set, and you get at least two all-time classics as part of it. --Jon Foster

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With two cuts of each movie and over 60 hours of extras, this Blu-ray box set is the definitive edition of the legendary xenomorphic saga, with stunning HD transfers that finally give these seminal sci-fi classics the treatment they deserve. So, what are you waiting for? Secure that box set, Hudson!

Titles Comprise:

Alien:
The terror begins when the crew of the spaceship Nostromo investigates a transmission from a desolate planet and makes a horrifying discovery, a life form that breeds within a human host. Now the crew must fight not only for its own survival, but for the survival of all mankind.

Aliens: Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, the only survivor from mankind's first encounter with the monstrous Alien. Her account of the Alien and the fate of her crew are received with skepticism, until the mysterious disappearance of colonists on LV-426 lead her to join a team of high-tech colonial marines sent in to investigate...

Alien 3: Lt. Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) is the lone survivor when her crippled spaceship crash lands on Fiorina 161, a bleak wasteland inhabited by former inmates of the planet's maximum security prison. Ripley's fears that an Alien was aboard her craft are confirmed when the mutilated bodies of ex-cons begin to mount. Without weapons or modern technology of any kind, Ripley must lead the men into battle against the terrifying creature. And soon she discovers a horrifying fact about her link with the Alien, a realisation that may compel Ripley to try destroying not only the horrific creature, but herself as well.

Alien Resurrection: Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) died fighting the perfect predator. Two hundred years and eight horrific experiments later, she's back. A group of scientists have cloned her, along with the alien queen inside her, hoping to breed the ultimate


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285 of 292 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Re-releasing: How it Can Be Done 30 Oct 2010
By jcmacc VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Note: The review below is of the original 6 disc version of the Alien Anthology blu-ray set, not the re-released 4 disc version (Amazon list the same reviews for both versions). If you want all the available extras, you need the 6 disc version.

This boxset of the 4 Alien films to date, complete until Ridley Scott's planned prequel is filmed and rightfully ignoring the Alien vs Predator cash-ins, sets a new high standard for film re-releasing. Other studios should take note: if they want to continue to take our money for yet more re-releases of films we own several times over, this is the standard of reissue they need to reach.

Not only are the films presented in their best ever home video versions due to the hi-def transfers, but every single extra from previous single-film and box set releases is included along with many worthwhile new ones. Each film is present in the original cinema version along with a director's cut (or new studio cut in the case of Alien 3 given the fact David Fincher has disowned the film) and only in the case of Alien Resurrection is the new version a token change (a couple of unimportant minutes put back in). Tweaks have been made to clean up various issues - original actors have re-recorded lost dialogue from Alien 3 for example, and it looks like some technical issues have been fixed on the older films too - you can no longer see Lance Henriksen's real body under the floor when he's supposed to be ripped in two at the end of Aliens for example. An illustration of how much care has gone into this set for die hard move buffs: not only has each film got an isolated music score audio track, but it's got a separate "composer's cut" alternative, original version of the score before it was edited down to the final version.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent presentation of the best sci-fi ever 4 July 2004
By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The Alien Quadrilogy [2003] is perhaps the best illustration of how DVD technology has consigned VHS to the dustbin of home entertainment history. This beautifully packaged boxed set is a splendid illustration of the capabilities of the DVD medium and certainly contains everything you ever wanted to know about Alien - and then some.
The 9 DVDs comprise both the original theatrical releases and extended director's cuts of all 4 movies. Audio and visuals have been tweaked to a noticeable degree to optimise home enjoyment. If you don't already possess a surround-sound system - buy one now!
The documentary disks accompanying each movie are crammed full of fascinating material - storyboards, backstage candid shots and tons of insightful and amusing interviews with the directors, producers, actors etc. One of the highlights for me being the Aliens 3 supplemental disk, which recounts the amazing story of the abortive "wooden monastery" first draft and the huge problems that beset the third installment. I wonder if one of the proposed taglines for another draft of Alien 3 - "On Earth *everyone* can hear you scream" may yet be used for a 5th movie? Also, seeing the legendary H.R. Giger at work in his bone-filled mausoleum of a studio was truly captivating.
Everyone is familiar with the movies themselves, so just a few brief words will suffice on each;
Alien: a sublime and seminal blend of intelligent sci-fi and gothic horror. Totally blew me away when I first saw it in '78 and it can still shock and grab you by the guts today. I prefer the theatrical release, as the extended version lacks a little pace in the denouement due to superfluous scenes - 10/10.
Aliens: Not quite the stunning claustrophobic impact of the first movie, but the breathless action easily compensates.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Perfect box set 14 Jan 2012
By Mr. G. Robinson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I still have my cinema ticket for Alien from 1980, safely secured in my wallet, I will keep as long as I live. This film along with 2001 turned me into a film buff. It was this film that, at 19, made me realise that film can be art and not just entertainment.

Alien is not only fine art but fine entertainment. I can remember sitting there totally engrossed in that life and death struggle between the crew of the Nostromo and the Alien. Although the story is simple, a monster with a bunch of trapped victims being picked of one at a time, it is Ridley Scott's finest hour, exepting Blade Runner that came along a few years later. The crew, an amazingly real bunch of people, with no cultural or class stereotypes, are a team of workers just trying to get home after a tour of duty in deep space. The early awakening from hypersleep is at first little more than a nuisence. However within only a few hours one crew member is dead and the remaining crew realise they are in real danger and it is at this point that the tension increases. The crews attempts to kill the alien form the basis for the rest of the film. The claustrophobic confines of the ship and the Aliens apparent inteligence provide the ideal surroundings for a great and memorable film. When I watched it 32 years ago I was terrified and slept with a light on for days. I suspect today's generation, desensitised by TV and violent video games would not blink an eye.

Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurection are of varied quality. Resurection has high points but all in all is the weakest film by some margin. Each film has alternate versions and of these Aliens is the most interesting with about 30 minutes of extra footage that makes the film more enjoyable. Alien 3 also has a Directors cut that is much more satisfying.
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