Alien Anthology

Alien Anthology

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Cast: David Fincher, James Cameron, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Ridley Scott

     
 

The Alien legacy is more vivid than ever before in this six-disc Blu-Ray collection featuring Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien: Resurrection as you've never seen them before. In addition to offering the theatrical versions of each film, the "Director's Cut" of Alien, and the "Special Edition" versions of each of the other films are…  See more details below

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The Alien legacy is more vivid than ever before in this six-disc Blu-Ray collection featuring Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, and Alien: Resurrection as you've never seen them before. In addition to offering the theatrical versions of each film, the "Director's Cut" of Alien, and the "Special Edition" versions of each of the other films are also included.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
Running the gamut from self-pitying victim to battle-ready soldier, Sigourney Weaver's Ripley ranks among the most compelling heroines in American cinema. Aliens, the second entry in the hugely successful series, features this haunted survivor in top form, and takes off in a much more action-oriented direction than the Ridley Scott original. On a mission to rescue the colonists of a planet infested with predatory alien intruders, Ripley develops maternal feelings for the lone survivor, a little girl whom she must protect from a hideous alien queen. Weaver's performance nabbed her an Academy Award nomination, a most uncommon occurrence for a sci-fi/action role. The entire supporting cast -- which includes genre stalwarts Michael Biehn and Lance Henriksen as Ripley's comrades in arms -- offers such detailed characterizations that the impeccable effects and stunning action sequences never overwhelm the human element. This director's cut provides crucial background information on Ripley's character and clarifies a couple of minor plot points, giving it a distinct advantage over the original studio-cut release. Director James Cameron, fresh from his breakthrough 1984 hit The Terminator (also featuring Biehn), proved himself a formidable director with this film, again showing an uncanny knack for balancing intelligent storytelling with visceral thrills.
Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
Combining the monster film fright of The Thing From Another World with the suspense of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, Ridley Scott's atmospheric Alien (1979) delved deep into the dark fears of space exploration in a year when Star Trek: The Motion Picture was more concerned with spectacular space battles. Sigourney Weaver, in the definition of a breakthrough role, stars as the most steadfast crewmember of the mining ship Nostromo, which after touching down for an emergency call unwittingly receives an unwelcome guest -- yes, an alien. As the mysterious, bloodthirsty creature roams the dark ship, the remaining crew -- including John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm, and Harry Dean Stanton -- fall prey both to their own emotions and the monster. Latching itself onto Hurt's face and giving birth in an infamous, stomach-turning way, the titular visitor embodies ghastly characteristics that are at the same time motherly, violent only from an instinct to protect and reproduce. These concepts of motherhood and reproduction are further explored in the original's star-studded sequels -- James Cameron's Aliens, David Fincher's Alien 3, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Alien Resurrection. Indeed, one could say that Scott's film is the first feminist monster movie, reinforced by both the mother-monster and Weaver's strong-willed Ripley, who goes against the damsel-in-distress stereotypes of most horror flicks. (Ironically, the role was originally written as a man.) Designed with psychosexual imagination by macabre artist H.R. Giger, Alien still elicits screams from viewers -- screams that unfortunately, in space, no one can hear.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/26/2010
UPC:
0024543702160
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen, Color]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
7:57:00
Sales rank:
17,938

Special Features

Production notes; Historical facts; Audio commentaries for all movie versions; Unseen dailies; Deleted scenes; Behind-the-scene featurettes; Over 12,000 photographs and artwork stills; Isolated score, including alternate and unused cues, archival documentaries, test footage, tv specials, multi-angle studies

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigourney Weaver Ellen Ripley
Tom Skerritt Dallas
Carrie Henn Newt
Charles S. Dutton Dillon
Winona Ryder Annalee Call
Charles Dance Clemens
Michael Biehn Cpl. Dwayne Hicks
Ron Perlman Johner
Veronica Cartwright Lambert
Dominique Pinon Vriess
Lance Henriksen Bishop
Paul McGann Golic
Yaphet Kotto Parker
Brian Glover Andrews
Harry Dean Stanton Brett
Michael Wincott Elgyn
Paul Reiser Carter Burke
John Hurt Kane
Ian Holm Ash

Technical Credits
David Fincher Director
James Cameron Director
Jean-Pierre Jeunet Director
Ridley Scott Director

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Alien Anthology 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Justin_reviews- More than 1 year ago
Since I got a Blu Ray PLayer Ive been waiting for the Alien Series and the wait was well worth it each film Looks beautiful with Flawless DTS sound Alien 3 Dir cut (which I find Better then the Theatrical) finally has been remastered My Favortite will always be The Original and I NEVER watch The Directors version because I know Ridley doesnt care for that version neIther do I really you can watch that footage seperatly All I can say is Beautiful Set with 60 hours of features well worth the wait for this Alien Fan
Zenbot More than 1 year ago
I just got through watching the entire set and let me tell you, all blu ray sets should be treated this way. The packaging for this is pretty nice. It's basically a little hardback book with the discs inside. It has over fifty hours of extras, and they are all pretty fascinating since most of these movies were pre-cgi. It reminded me a lot of the "making ofs" that came out with the original Star Wars movies. The most important factor is that they have done the best remastering they can. It still has the sort of cold, grainy look the movies always had, but the image is much clearer and works much better with modern TVs (no pixelation whatsoever). It's not true HD, which is fine because the movies weren't shot in HD. But, the image is so much clearer, and works well in large screen formats. Aside from all of that you basically get two versions of each movie. The extended directors cut of Aliens is a must see. All in all I would have to say this is about the best blu ray set I have ever bought.
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