262 of 269 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Re-releasing: How it Can Be Done
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...
Published on 30 Oct 2010 by jcmacc
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars two decent transfers
the new transfers for alien and aliens are very nice even tho the latter had a poor start being shot on a new (at the time) short lived film type, but 3 and 4 look like they're just taken from sd masters - very disappointing.
came in amaray box - which i prefer over fold out easily damaged boxes.- but the item images need changing
Published on 17 April 2011 by Mr. A. M. Pigott
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262 of 269 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu Ray Re-releasing: How it Can Be Done,
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.
The Blu-ray discs also have a so far unique search feature : click on something of interest while playing the films and your player keeps the Anthology menu when you swap discs to the extras, and you'll then be taken to the appropriate behind the scenes feature. This is useful as there are around 60 hours of behind the scenes extras (I'll believe the blurb - I've not timed it all!).
So the trimmings of the box set are top class, what about the films and does the step up from DVD make it worth buying them again? Thankfully they look great. Alien is over 30 years old now and shows it a little, but given the limitations of the original film stock, this version looks fabulous. There's normal film grain which is fairly especially obvious in the bright scenes, but flesh tones are good and details are bright and clear. Aliens is also presented in a "natural film" version with some grain, but I'd rather see that than an overly-cleaned up, artificially smooth looking print. Alien 3, ironically for a film with such a troubled production, is presented with beautiful clarity and the newest film, Alien Resurrection, looks fabulous too.
So, this set shows what studios can do with classic re-releases: picture quality can be brilliant, care can be taken with restoration of the films, and extra features can be both lengthy and innovative (e.g. with the cross-disc bookmarking). There's no excuse then for lazy, poor value double-dipping as films make their way to Blu-ray: as other's have noted, let's hope for example that New Line learn their lessons from the horrible first Blu-ray release of The Lord Of The Rings films and produce something close to the quality of The Alien Anthology with their second attempt.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sooo much more detail,
I know all the films extremely well and was shocked to find how much detail is lost in the dark backgrounds and shadows. I've seen all films on a 52" HD flatscreen on DVD many times but when I moved to blue ray the difference is VERY noticeable and I was amazed at how much more detail you can see.
Of course the films are great, but if anyone is in two-minds about spending money on replacing films they already have........don't be.........DVD's are OK for Chick-Flicks and Period Drama's but go Blue Ray for the Sci-Fi.
Bucket loads of extras for all us nerds as well!!
91 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarily good Blu-ray package...,
Just as he did with Blade Runner, director Ridley Scott is treating his fans to an incredible value blu ray release that, this time round, features all four alien films restored and in high definition (See video for more product information).
Personal opinions on the four films...
Its a straightforward plot - a cargo ship, whilst cruising through space, intercepts a transmission from another planet that awakens the present crew members from their hypersleep. Is it a good idea to explore that planet even when you're returning home? With no knowledge as to who (or what) is sending the transmission, the crew descend and investigate, but they may be coming back with an uninvited guest...
Without a doubt the most significant film of the quadrilogy for it, singlehandedly, spawned a whole new genre of filmmaking - even influencing 'spin-offs' through the 80's that largely failed. You may be pondering then;
"Its rated 18, its got aliens... Typical horror film?"
Far from typical, there exists a great difference between the original 'Alien' and other horror films. I would argue that, whereas the typical horror film explicitly uses violence as a means for entertainment or an expected motive of the story (as is so common these days), suspense is rarely created, and you just end up laughing at ridiculous deaths. The fact is, many filmmakers today are impatient and unwilling to create ambience because we are so bombarded with information in our eyes and ears. This film is my personal favorite of the quadrilogy as I believe it demonstrates a truly complete piece of work that need not suffer the complications of prequel and sequel continuity. We shouldn't forget that for 1979, the photography was absurdly ahead of its time and still amazes me even today. The film is a perfect lesson in how to build atmosphere through precise audio-visual relationships, and how a film may change pace so dramatically.
No-doubt the fans favorite, 'Aliens' is a completely different project in that it is, first and foremost, an action film that is entirely relevant in 'seeing unfinished business'. The pacing is faster, edits are more rapid and in typical 80's fashion, its got some damn fine props. However, 'Aliens' is still a James Cameron film and that brings a number of questionable elements - in particular, Bill Paxton and his completely bizarre/over-the-top acting (intended or not) which does always leave me scratching my head. Whilst I love both 'Alien' and 'Aliens', the latter does deservedly bring a fantastic finale that could rightly end the film saga there and then. Maybe some will prefer it that way...
As if our protagonist Ripley hasn't gone through enough hell, she this time round finds herself in a prison inhabited by male convicts of... shall we say, questionable psychotic stability, after her space ship crash lands on another planet. My problem with Alien 3 is quite simple; it doesn't need to exist at all, for it merely forces a brand new and depressing storyline that, unlike 'Aliens', does not follow naturally from its predecessor. As a stand alone film it is actually well directed, yet I just can't hold myself to watch any more as it doesn't represent a good nights entertainment, which is what we all want surely.
Yep... She's back once more, only this time involuntarily! Ripley is regenerated through 'science' (I say 'science' as, at the time of writing, we are only just cloning sheep with silly names) and the film unfolds into a rather mindless action film - all because a bunch of aliens escape from their enclosure onboard another large ship. This forth installment lacks originality, but unlike the previous film, is certainly watchable and provides some descent fun. Heck, even the aliens have even to learnt to swim this time round!
Of course, the Alien saga represents many mixed opinions, so i'm more than open to a difference of thought and would love a discussion through the Tab below.
80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aliens-,a must buy,
This review is from: Alien Anthology [Blu-ray]  [4 Disc Set] (Blu-ray)This boxset does what it says, its the 4 films on 4 discs with minimal extras. The review from Amazon is a lazy cut and paste job from the 6 disc version. If you are in need of the extensive extras then pay the extra- they are good if you like that sort of stuff. Otherwise this 4 disc set is more than adequate and gives the same HD quality as the other sets. Four excellent films for a tenner? Der!!!! What decision is there to make? Buy them ......buy them now!
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best bluray of 2010.,
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Alien Anthology Bluray Box Set,
This review is from: Alien Anthology [Blu-ray]  [4 Disc Set] (Blu-ray)I've not seen the alien films for a few years so this anthology box set is perfect. Looks amazing, sounds amazing and the special features and uncut material blew me away. A must have for any Alien fan.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute steal - Perfect for owners of the DVD anthology who want the films in HD,
This review is from: Alien Anthology [Blu-ray]  [4 Disc Set] (Blu-ray)After this product was brought to my attention at the highly cometitive price of £10 I admit I was suspicious. I am aware that the blu-ray anthology had dropped to just below £20 and I was minded to get it. When I heard that it was £10 I moved quickly.
However, once I looked at the stats I noted that this was a 4 disc version and not the 6 disc version that came out a couple years ago. I was a little dissapointed to say the least. I was resigned to having to buy a version almost twice the cost if I wanted the extras. That said, my main aim was to upgrade my DVD version of the anthology, mainly for the quality of the HD transfers of the films.
Being who I am I decided that I wanted to check reviews for the 6 disc version before buying. I did so and learned that save for a few minor additional interviews, 99% of the extras were not only presented in stardard definition, but where the ones from the old DVD anthology, which I already owned. Furthermore, all of the most desirable features, such as isloated scores, the director's and teatircal cuts of each film and all the deleted scenes are on the £10 set - because simply the £10 set is the very same set without the two documentary/interview discs.
Ultimately what it boiled down to was whether or not I wanted to pay almost double for a few extra minutes of interviews (and it's literally only about 1% of new stuff at that). Well, it was a no brainer. I quickly placed my order for the set. I am not dissapointed. The quality of the HD versions, especially the first two movies, are astoundingly good. ANyone who has seen the recent Star Wars transfers or the 2011 release of Superman The Movie on blu-ray will know the work that can now be done to 30 year old releases to make them look at sound better than they ever have, Aliens, and especially the original Alien, very much follow this pattern. They are stunning. You would think they were made yesterday.
If you are a purist or you don't have the original DVD set then go get the 6 disc version. But if you have the old DVD set and essentially just want the new HD bits, then this set is an absolute steal. How can anyone turn down a fully remastered Alien with isloted score, deleted scenes and director's version included, for a mere £2.50.
Highly recommended. Buy before the price goes up.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this Blue Ray.,
This review is from: Alien Anthology [Blu-ray]  [4 Disc Set] (Blu-ray)This is such good value. if you are an Alienophile then you may want to get the more expensive 6 disc version with all the extras etc; This 4 disc version has both the original theatrical versions plus the directors cut versions of all 4 films. The quality on Blue Ray is fabulous. Four Fantastic Blue Ray Films for less than a tenner, it's a No Brainer. The interface on the pause and resume function is quality.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick ship and amazing picture!,
This review is from: Alien Anthology [Blu-ray]  [4 Disc Set] (Blu-ray)I was not sure if this collection would play on US blu ray players, but I took a chance and ordered it and it was delivered to me in the U.S. in about six days and worked perfectly. Sound and picture is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Several languages,
This review is from: Alien Anthology [Blu-ray]  [4 Disc Set] (Blu-ray)It arrived yesterday. There are 2 versions of each film and all of them in several languages (audio and subtitles). Including Latin Spanish, but not Spain Spanish. Also some extras.
Great product and excellent price.
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