Top positive review
Excellent, that is all!
3 March 2016
If you're after a review of the films, this isn't the place to look. I'm concentrating on the boxset presentation. To that end, this is a fantastic purchase.
All the films come in 2 flavours. The original theatrical, and the directors/assembly/extended versions. I'm not 100% sure, but this blu-ray edition might use the extra disk space (over the DVD version) to hold both copies of the films. This is different to the DVDs limited storage and the way the DVD was able to play the 2 versions.
With the DVD, they used a flag to chapter skip to the additional parts, or end some scenes early depending on which version you wanted. It was a good technique, but some players had noticeable pauses as the player skipped round the disk surface. It seems logical that the blu-ray's extra capacity allows the 2 versions of the film to be stored seperately. Theres no pausing, layer break issues, nothing to detract from enjoying the films.
The films themselves are supposedly enhanced digitally. Not too sure of the virtues of this on the whole, but there is one glaringly obvious bonus for 'Alien 3' aficionados. Some of the audio that had been ruined after scenes were cut, and now reinserted for the assembly cut of the film, has been markedly improved. There's still an obvious background hiss, but at least now you're able to hear the dialogue. Aside from that, you'll just have to take thier word that the digital enhancement does anything accross the disks.
Each film comes loaded with additional features. Unfinished scenes, documentaries, commentaries, picture galleries, trailers, interviews... They all seem standard fare for blu-ray now, but this set really does the franchise justice.
This was one of my first blu-ray purchaes, even though I already owned (and still do) the DVD edition. I'm not in any way regretting buying this.