For those of you looking for a real review, look no further!!!
I'm a massive alien fan...my copy is the limited edition with egg statue, the discs live in the base. And dispite the mixed bag history of all these films lets just face the fact that the alien movies ROCK!!! But how good is the transfer? and what are the special features like?
NOTE - I've only watched the special editions not the theatrical releases which is were my interst lies and this is a review for such.
Alien - Quiet possibly the cleanest and most vibrant video transfer I've ever seen. All the blacks are black, the light and shadow really show up fantastic with this new remaster.
Aliens - Put you're fears to rest, this film is the best it's ever looked but still has its film grain!!! Fox obviously listened to the complaints from the Predator - Ultimate Hunter Edition [Blu-ray] [1987
] uber-clean up. While the grain does sometimes become a distraction in some scenes, there are some scenes that clearly were made with better quailty film and look super clean in comparasion...but even with that said, this is still the best this film has ever looked.
Alien 3 - Even the work-print edition looks great, but some of the primitive CGI used in this film does show it's age. Again, the best the film has ever looked.
Alien Ressurection - I've always thought this film looked pretty ugly in places (bad CGI, poor lighting mix, etc.) and even the great remaster does nothing to change certain scenes...however this is the best the film has ever looked.
All four films have a great full re-mixed audio that blasts out of my surround sound system and the isolated soundtrack scores blow my mind!!! Alien 3's work print edition now has fixed audio for most of the scenes that had bad static and interference.
each film has the same SD intro to each of the extended editions that featured on the Alien Quadology DVD set, and speaking of that excellent dvd set - the full set of features from that collection appears hear along with a whole host of new and extended stuff...my personal favourite addition being the mythical "Burke Cocoon" Deleted Scene that so many people have been telling me about for years (it appears in the novelisation and I thought no where else).
This is THE Blu-ray set of the year. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that so far, it's the only awesome blu-ray release made to date.