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In the first chapter of the terrifying Alien saga, the crew of the spaceship Nostromo answers a distress signal from a desolate planet, only to discover a deadly life form that breeds within human hosts. Now the crew members must fight not only for their own survival, but for the survival of all mankind.
- Feature--1979 Theatrical Version
- Feature--2003 Director's cut
- Audio commentary by director Ridley Scott, cast and crew
- Audio commentary by Ridley Scott (theatrical version only)
- Introduction by Ridley Scott (Director’s cut only)
- Final theatrical isolated score by Jerry Goldsmith
- Composer’s original isolated score by Jerry Goldsmith
- Deleted and extended scenes
By transplanting the classic haunted house scenario into space, Ridley Scott, together with screenwriters Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, produced a work of genuinely original cinematic sci-fi with Alien that, despite the passage of years and countless inferior imitations, remains shockingly fresh even after repeated viewing. Scott's legendary obsession with detail ensures that the setting is thoroughly conceived, while the Gothic production design and Jerry Goldsmith's wonderfully unsettling score produce a sense of disquiet from the outset: everything about the spaceship Nostromo--from Tupperware to toolboxes-seems oddly familiar yet disconcertingly ... well, alien.
Nothing much to speak of happens for at least the first 30 minutes, and that in a way is the secret of the film's success: the audience has been nervously peering round every corner for so long that by the time the eponymous beast claims its first victim, the release of pent-up anxiety is all the more effective. Although Sigourney Weaver ultimately takes centre-stage, the ensemble cast is uniformly excellent. The remarkably low-tech effects still look good (better in many places than the CGI of the sequels), while the nightmarish quality of H.R. Giger's bio-mechanical creature and set design is enhanced by camerawork that tantalises by what it doesn't reveal.
On the DVD: The director, audibly pausing to puff on his cigar at regular intervals, provides an insightful commentary which, in tandem with superior sound and picture, sheds light into some previously unexplored dark recesses of this much-analysed, much-discussed movie (why the crew eat muesli, for example, or where the "rain" in the engine room is coming from). Deleted scenes include the famous "cocoon" sequence, the completion of the creature's insect-like life-cycle for which cinema audiences had to wait until 1986 and James Cameron's Aliens. Isolated audio tracks, a picture gallery of production artwork and a "making of" documentary complete a highly attractive DVD package. --Mark Walker --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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A very nice feature is being able to choose between the original issue of the film or the new version. George Lucas, take note of this with your imminent Star Wars releases please.
The remastered print is amazing - visual and audio quality superb.
The extras are too numerous to list here - an outstanding example of how to reissue a classic film properly.
Notable inclusions are: the whole crew listening to the garbled SOS signal (very chilling), Ripley getting punched/slapped in a fight with Lambert because she wouldn't let the investigating party back on bord (quarantine rules), and the infamous Dallas scene where he is coccooned as either food / host material (but without dialogue).
The only problem with this last scene is that it has been argued that it tends to break up the action and suspense that has been building as Ripley messes around with Nostromo's self destruct/ runs from the alien...but I think it's paced very well.
Despite this though, there's not much to choose between both versions.
This is a visually remastered (the film's original negative has undergone some digital cleanup and restoration) attempt with DTS so it is also an excellent reference DVD with which to show off your home cinema system (the opening shots as they orbit the planet are great).
The only dissapointment is the exclusion of "original trailers" from the extra's, which is there on the "standard" single disc edition (although, maybe I simply couldn't find them :D ).
Overall though, this still doesn't detract from an excellent dvd release that includes a whole host of other great extra's like HRGiger art....
Ive lost the count how many time ive watch this film but I watched it again recently and it reminded me why i was right to order for this DVD so its worth the every penny.
No problem with the delivery.
The idea for Alien came from the film "Dark Star -- 30th Anniversary Special Edition " which had been made by Dan O,Bannon and John Carpenter in 1974 . The film had an alien ( not a very scary or convincing but then it was that type of film ) invade a space ship and O,Bannon wanted to use that premise to make a new film but as a horror instead of a comedy. Years later working on the story for the film , provisionally entitled "Starbeast" ( luckily they abandoned that idea) he joined up with Ronald Shusett and through a number of differing ideas( usually filched from other films like "Forbidden Planet - 50th Anniversary 2 Disc Special Edition " which they freely admitted) they came upon the basic premise of Alien .
At that time science fiction was , thanks to ...Read more ›
I think, on reflection I would have preferred to get the Quadrilogy box set, but I can't fault the service or quality of the digital version.
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There's not much here to say. Alien is a brilliant sci-fi horror film, and the quality of this 'remastered' version is just superb. Read morePublished 16 hours ago by M Kolahi-heshmat
Still one of the Best Science fiction horror movies ever made. Proof that sometimes less is best. First rate story and cast.Published 1 month ago by M Cowell