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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate 'Alien' saga box set!, 29 Sep 2006
This review is from: Alien Quadrilogy (9 Disc Complete Box Set) [DVD] [1979] (DVD)
This has to be one of the best DVD box sets of the past few years, ranking alongside the likes of the sublime special extended editions of the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy.
Not only do we get the four films featuring Ripley on her eternal battle with the Alien creatures in their theatrical and special extended versions, but also the most staggering amount of extra features I've seen on DVDs until now. I would have thought that it would be very difficult to get hold of enough archival footage and other memorabilia to fill a disc of special features, especially from the first movie. Since the original 'Alien' was filmed in 1978 and released in 1979, and having read so much about studios' common practice of destroying most of the unused footage, i.e outtakes, test footage, deleted scenes and so on, I was surprised to realise that there was indeed a lot of that previously unreleased to the public.
The producers took advantage of every single piece of material on each one of the films they had access to to give us an unprecedented thorough view of how they were made. Other than contemporary interviews with writers, directors, producers, actors, designers, special effects wizards and many others, there are outtakes, screen tests, trims, test footage, making of featurettes, an incredible array of photographs, production drawings and conceptual designs, deleted scenes(for the first film only), audio commentaries, etc, etc.
I must admit that the first two movies are absolute masterpieces as far as I'm concerned, with the remaining two sequels being rather disappointing. Nevertheless, if you're a fan of Ripley and the Aliens then this is the collection you should be going after, as you won't be able to find a more complete DVD compilation on these films than this one right here!
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Initial post: 19 Jun 2008 02:08:47 BDT
Mr. Medeiros,
Please help. Movies with Portuguese subtitles?

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2008 02:52:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 19 Aug 2008 19:46:03 BDT
Siamese says:
Caro Carlos Salgueiro,
Peço perdão pelo atraso em responder ao seu pedido, mas aqui vai. Dos filmes em DVD, disponíveis aqui na Amazon UK, que têm legendas em português estes são alguns deles:
1. "Blade Runner - 5 disc ultimate collector's edition"
2. "2001, A Space Odyssey - 2 disc special edition" (do realizador Stanley Kubrick)
3. "A Clockwork Orange - 2 disc special edition" (Kubrick)
4. "The French Connection - 2 disc set"
5. "Cruising - Deluxe Edition"
6. "Monty Python's Life of Brian - Immaculate Edition"
7. "The Party - 2 disc special edition" (com Peter Sellers)
8. "Once Upon a Time in the West - special collector's edition" (do realizador Sergio Leone)
9. "Doctor Strangelove - collector's edition" (Stanley Kubrick)
10. "Deliverance - 35th Anniversary Remastered Deluxe Edition"
11. "The Shining - 2 disc special edition" (Kubrick)
12. "Full Metal Jacket - Deluxe edition" (Kubrick)
Espero ter podido ajudar-lhe. Um abraço.

Posted on 16 Dec 2008 01:24:29 GMT
Caro Pedro Medeiros,

Preciso da sua ajuda.
Os DVDs da box Alien Quadrilogy estão legendados em PT?

Eu queria dar esta box à minha mulher este Natal, mas para ela, é fundamental legendas em PT.

Obrigado.

Abraço,
Marcos Castro

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2008 14:08:30 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Dec 2008 14:09:25 GMT
Siamese says:
Caro Marcos,
Esta caixa, ou 'box set' como é corrente ser chamada em inglês, infelizmente não apresenta legendagem em português. Ela é excelente com todos os seus conteúdos exaustivos, mas falha nesse aspecto das legendas.
Lembro-me que na época em que foi lançada em Portugal, nos fins de 2003 ou início de 2004, só os filmes estavam legendados em português, mas não os discos de extras. Porém, agora penso que foi descontinuada no nosso país.
A recomendação que eu lhe daria é a seguinte: faça uma pesquisa na FNAC Online portuguesa, procure as edições especiais, com dois discos cada, desta série da quadrilogia 'Alien', com Sigourney Weaver (não os dois filmes da série 'Alien Vs. Predador'), e verifique se têm efectivamente legendas em português.
Espero ter podido ajudar-lhe.
Uma grande abraço e Boas Festas,

Pedro Medeiros

PS: Acabei de verificar que a FNAC portuguesa tem de facto esta caixa à venda, com o título 'Alien Quadrilogy', por 29,95€, e refere que tem legendagem em português. Por isso aproveite!

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2008 14:38:36 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Dec 2008 14:39:38 GMT
Siamese says:
Caro Marcos,
Voltei a pesquisar na FNAC portuguesa, e a caixa 'Alien Quadrilogy' está de momento, infelizmente, indisponível. A sua aposta mais segura será procurar ali as edições DVD intituladas 'Definitive Editions', e todos os quatro filmes 'Alien', com Sigourney Weaver, estão disponíveis com dois discos cada, e a 14,95€ cada - mas a FNAC está a fazer um promoção nestes 'Definitive Editions', com pague 1 e leve dois. É, pois, a não perder.
Uma vez mais um grande abraço para si,

Pedro Medeiros
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