Alien Anthology

Alien Anthology

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

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

     
 

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 areSee more details below

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Overview

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:
17,420

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

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