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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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.Crash landing on a barren penal-colony planet with an unwelcomed visitor in tow, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) contends with a group of hardened convicts while using nothing but her wits to battle a terrifying new breed of alien. The sole survivor of her crashed escape pod, Ripley is rescued from the craft by the remaining inhabitants of Fiorina 161, a group of rapists and murders who chose to repent for their sins in deep space after the penal colony was officially decommissioned. When remaining warden Andrews (Brian Glover) announces Ripley's presence to the inmates, their spiritual leader, Dillon (Charles S. Dutton), begins to fear that her presence will stir up trouble. As a result, Ripley is placed in the care of prison doctor Clemens (Charles Dance), and restricted to the infirmary until a rescue ship arrives. But Ripley isn't the only new visitor on Fiorina 161; an alien stowaway survived the crash as well, and it has planted its seed in a feral dog. Before long, a new breed of alien has burst from the dog's chest, a stealthy hunter that moves on all fours and can navigate the darkened prison corridors virtually undetected. When the inmates start to disappear, the remaining survivors must fight for their lives without weapons to defend themselves. The only person who knows the alien well enough to beat it is Ripley, and while her plan to corner and kill the creature just might work, a horrifying discovery reveals that her fight is far from over.Two centuries after Ellen Ripley's death, doctors aboard the space station Auriga clone her using a blood sample taken from Fiorna 161, in hopes of harvesting the queen embryo that was incubating inside of her when she was trapped on the remote penal planet. Finally succeeding after numerous attempts, they remove the alien and repair the clone for further study. Before long, the Ripley clone has gained consciousness, and displays superhuman capabilities that suggest it possesses alien DNA. When Ripley discovers that General Perez (Dan Hedaya) is keeping the queen in a heavily fortified room of the space station, she warns the military man and his scientists that the creature cannot be contained no matter how hard they try. Meanwhile, General Perez has hired a crew of space pirates to deliver the cryogenically frozen bodies of another ship to the Auriga so they can be used to breed more aliens. The leader of the pirates is Johner (Ron Perlman), a gruff mercenary who engages Ripley to no avail. When Call (Winona Ryder), one of Johner's crewmembers, admits that she was sent to assassinate Ripley, General Perez attempts to have the pirates executed. The result is a tense standoff between the pirates and the military men, with the aliens causing havoc after breaking free of their containment cells. Attempting a daring escape, Ripley and the pirates discover the lab where she was cloned before being forced to swim through the mess hall, which has been submerged in water during the aliens' escape. Discovering a carefully guarded secret about Call's past, Ripley attempts to convince her to alter the Auruga's course, which was set to Earth when the ship went into emergency mode. With the fate of mankind hanging in the balance, Ripley is captured by the aliens and taken to their nest, where she comes face to face with the mutated results of the scientists' experiments."In space, no one can hear you scream." A close encounter of the third kind becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic. On the way home from a mission for the Company, the Nostromo's crew is woken up from hibernation by the ship's Mother computer to answer a distress signal from a nearby planet. Capt. Dallas's (Tom Skerritt) rescue team discovers a bizarre pod field, but things get even stranger when a face-hugging creature bursts out of a pod and attaches itself to Kane (John Hurt). Over the objections of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), science officer Ash (Ian Holm) lets Kane back on the ship. The acid-blooded incubus detaches itself from an apparently recovered Kane, but an alien erupts from Kane's stomach and escapes. The alien starts stalking the humans, pitting Dallas and his crew (and cat) against a malevolent killing machine that also has a protector in the nefarious Company.Big-budget special effects, swiftly paced action, and a distinct feminist subtext from writer/director James Cameron turned what should have been a by-the-numbers sci-fi sequel into both a blockbuster and a seven-time Oscar nominee. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ellen Ripley, the last surviving crew member of a corporate spaceship destroyed after an attack by a vicious, virtually unbeatable alien life form. Adrift in space for half a century, Ripley grapples with depression until she's informed by her company's representative, Carter Burke (Paul Reiser) that the planet where her crew discovered the alien has since been settled by colonists. Contact with the colony has suddenly been lost, and a detachment of colonial marines is being sent to investigate. Invited along as an advisor, Ripley predicts disaster, and sure enough, the aliens have infested the colony, leaving a sole survivor, the young girl Newt (Carrie Henn). With the soldiers picked off one by one, a final all-female showdown brews between the alien queen and Ripley, who's become a surrogate mother to Newt. Several future stars made early career appearances in Aliens (1986), including Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, and Reiser.

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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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20th Century Fox
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[Wide Screen, Color]
[Dolby Digital Surround]
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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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