Alien Quadrilogy

Alien Quadrilogy

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Cast: Sigourney Weaver

     
 

20th Century Fox's Alien Quadrilogy DVD collection isn't quite a box set as much as an archive. It's also a dream come true for anyone who's been waiting for the vaults to be opened on this horrific series. In a nutshell, what you get is all four films in their theatrical and alternate cuts, almost 12 hours of featurettes, exhaustive photographic and… See more details below

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20th Century Fox's Alien Quadrilogy DVD collection isn't quite a box set as much as an archive. It's also a dream come true for anyone who's been waiting for the vaults to be opened on this horrific series. In a nutshell, what you get is all four films in their theatrical and alternate cuts, almost 12 hours of featurettes, exhaustive photographic and conceptual-drawing still galleries, and insightful audio commentary tracks for each film. As a bonus, the set comes with a ninth disc featuring extra documentaries and trailers not available on each film's stand-alone, two-disc editions (sold separately). Taken as a whole, it's an unbelievable look at the series' 20+ years of production. Each film is presented in a widescreen edition with aspect ratios ranging from 2.35:1 to 1.85:1. The overall picture quality is superb, given the films' varying degrees of grain in their stock (see Aliens for an example). The audio ranges from both a 5.1 Dolby Digital and 5.1 DTS track for the first and fourth films to a singular 5.1 Dolby track for the second and third entries with all tracks mastered in THX sound with additional Spanish mono tracks. Each film's alternate cut can be viewed optionally, with additional Special Edition markers that can be activated to let you know when the added footage is onscreen. Ridley Scott's original Alien has been packaged with the 2003 Director's Cut, which, even though it includes additional footage, is one minute shorter due to the director's reworking and splicing of some scenes. Aliens comes with both the 137-minute theatrical cut and 154-minute Special Edition, long available from various editions. Alien 3's 114-minute theatrical cut has been beefed up to a 144-minute Special Edition, which lets audiences finally view the first cut of the film that was cut by the studio. Alien Resurrection has also been given additional treatment, with the original 109-minute theatrical print supplied alongside the 116-minute 2003 Special Edition cut. The most anticipated of the four films would be the alternate version of David Fincher's third installment of the series -- a production long known to have been hindered by money-grubbing corporate suits throughout filming. Sadly, Fincher declined a revisit to the film, so that the extra footage now acts as a template for what could have been, rather than a true Director's Cut. Still, the footage is quite remarkable, with excised acts of the plot and a slightly alternate ending now being re-inserted, along with key atmospheric and character beats which benefit the overall vision of the film. Spliced-together commentaries can also be found on each disc, with snippets by filmmakers, actors, and technicians making up the tracks. Highlights include James Cameron's first recorded track about the sequel along with some hilarious banter from Bill Paxton and company in the space marine reunion sections of the Aliens commentary. Supplemental discs for all four films provide far greater detail into the series. Each disc is split up into three different sections covering pre-production, production, and post-production. Featuring various featurettes, galleries, time-lapse photography, multi-angle options, and much more (including continuity polaroids -- wow!), these sections get to the heart of each film's production. Also supplied is a very handy Navigation Options area that lets you view all the featurettes, artwork, and photography in their own sections. Through here, you can access the full documentaries that are at the heart of this collection. With three full hours each given to Alien, Aliens, and Alien Resurrection, these featurettes are the fullest and most accomplished behind-the-scenes work seen since the Lord of the Rings: Expanded Editions. Sadly, although the most awaited of the bunch, Alien 3's documentary was cut at the last second from three to two-and-a-half hours before release. While still eye-opening, one can only guess at how good the work was before they excised some of the more scathing scenes between the director and the producers. Still, there's plenty to gleam from all this thorough work. From the controversy surrounding each film's score to the constant heated budget demands from the studio, it's amazing that the series achieved what it did. The final disc could be called the capper to the whole set. Found here are vintage promotional featurettes, the hour-long documentary Alien Evolution, trailers, TV spots, Q & As, and the first two films' archive from their long out-of-print laserdisc special editions (which are immense in their own right). Apart from each film's separate sections, there's also quite an amazing featurette on the biggest Alien collector out there, Bob Burns -- infamous for his haunted house attractions at his California home. Rounding out the disc is an extensive Dark Horse Cover Gallery, featuring credits, synopses, and covers for every Alien-related comic the publisher ever released, along with a script-to-screen comparison for DVD-ROM users. There are even more goodies awaiting you on each of these discs, including unparalleled stories of craftsmanship and creativity for those brave enough to dig in. Menu designs are a home run, as well, with packaging that ranks lower only because of the set's almost five-foot span. (Note: The Region 2 version has a more user-friendly design, with library-style cases for the discs.) Still, for any hardcore fan of the Alien series, it'll be quite hard to beat this daunting archival set.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
It really should be called an "Octilogy": Over nine DVDs, this invasion of a collection affords rabid fans not one but two versions of each of the four Alien movies. Indeed, alternate and director's-cut editions do exist of Ridley Scott's classic original, James Cameron's high-octane darling, Aliens, David Fincher's feature debut, Alien 3, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet's misguided, pre-Amelie attempt, Alien Resurrection. That's virtually twice the chest-bursting for your buck, and as if each film's features-packed two-disc edition weren't enough, the ninth bonus disc digs even deeper into the aliens' dark mythology. As comprehensive a set as anyone could wish for, the Alien Quadrilogy may well be the ne plus ultra of sci-fi box sets.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/02/2003
UPC:
0024543098478
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, THX-Supervised Mastering, Dolby Surround, Dolby Digital Mono, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Sales rank:
3,162

Special Features

Closed Caption; Alien:; 1979 theatrical version with audio commentary; 2003 director's cut with audio commentary; 9 new in-depth featurettes; Deleted and extended scenes; Sigourney Weaver screen test ; ; Aliens:; 1986 theatrical version with audio commentary; 1991 special edition with audio commentary; 11 new in-depth featurettes; Original treatment by James Cameron; Multi-angle animatic to final scene study ; ; Alien 3:; 1992 theatrical version with audio commentary; 2003 special edition with audio commentary; 11 new in-depth featurettes; E.E.V. scan (multi-angle study); Storyboards; Still galleries; ; Alien Resurrection:; 1997 theatrical version with audio commentary; 2003 special edition with audio commentary; 12 new in-depth featurettes; First-draft screenplay by Joss Whedon; Multi-angle rehearsals; Still galleries; ; Alien Quadrilogy:; New "Alien Evolution" documentary; Exclusive new Ridley Scott Q & A; Laserdisc archives; DVD-ROM content

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Alien: Quadrilogy - Alien
1. Main Titles
2. Auto Pilot
3. Awakening
4. Mu-th-ur
5. Nostromo Re-Routed
6. Locating the Source
7. Answering the Call
8. Walking Distance
9. Proceeding Blindly
10. Dark Horizons
11. A Word of Warning
12. Kane's Descent
13. Surface Tension
14. Facehugger
15. Acid
16. Standard Procedure
17. The Missing Guest
18. "It Has To Go Back"
19. Long Journey Ahead
20. The Last Supper
21. On the Hunt
22. "Stick Together"
23. "Here Jonesy"
24. "Kane's Son"
25. Into the Air Ducts
26. The Third Junction
27. "No Blood, No Dallas"
28. Special Order 937
29. Ash Attacks
30. "Crew Expendable"
31. Escape Plan
32. "Kitty, Kitty, Kitty"
33. Cornered
34. Auto-Destruct Initiated
35. Mercy
36. Override Failed
37. Narcissus Escape
38. Survivors
39. "You Are My Lucky Star"
40. End Credits
Disc #3 -- Alien: Quadrilogy - Aliens
1. Main Titles
2. Human Salvage
3. 57 Years
4. The Park
5. Inquest
6. LV-426
7. The Big Score
8. Home Alone
9. Ripley's Decision
10. Sulaco
11. The Android
12. Briefing
13. The Loader
14. Express Elevator to Hell
15. Arrival
16. Memories
17. Lab Specimens
18. Movement
19. Newt
20. Rescue Mission
21. Cocoons
22. The Battle
23. Ripley's Rescue
24. Altercation
25. Stranded
26. Barricade
27. A Mother's Love
28. Speculation
29. The Tunnel
30. Bad News
31. The Corridor
32. Dreamland
33. Not a Dream
34. For a Percentage
35. "Game Time"
36. Little Girl Lost
37. Ripley's Promise
38. Reluctant Soldier
39. The Nest
40. The Final Countdown
41. It's Over
42. Final Confrontation
43. Dreams
44. End Titles
Disc #5 -- Alien: Quadrilogy - Alien3
1. Main Titles
2. Crash Landing
3. One Survivor?
4. The Facts
5. The Sleeper Awakens
6. Inspecting the Ship
7. A Possible Contagion
8. What Killed Babe?
9. A New Beginning
10. Disharmony
11. New Temptation
12. Attracted In That Way
13. Diced
14. The Flight Recorder
15. High Priority
16. A Re-Education
17. Candlelight Dinner
18. Bishop Speaks
19. Discussing the Dragon
20. A Long, Sad Story
21. "It's Here!"
22. Who's In Charge?
23. The Plan
24. Preparations
25. Wait For the Signal
26. They Don't Want to Kill It
27. Cut Loose
28. Permission Denied
29. Alien Unbound
30. Under the Scanner
31. Better Get Prepared
32. A Classified Code
33. In the Basement
34. It Has to Die
35. Plan B
36. One Chance
37. It Started
38. Improvising
39. Ripley & the Beast
40. In the Mold
41. Time For a Cold Shower
42. Never Trust a Bishop
43. Ripley's Choice
44. End Titles
Disc #7 -- Alien: Quadrilogy - Alien Resurrection
1. Main Titles
2. USM Auriga
3. Born Again
4. Number 8
5. An Unexpected Benefit
6. Memories
7. The Betty
8. The Cargo Arrives
9. The Deal
10. Hosts
11. A Little One-On-One
12. Today's Lesson
13. Snooping Around
14. Caught
15. The Escape
16. "Evacuation."
17. "Evacuation Incomplete."
18. Ripley Comes Through
19. Finding a Way Out
20. A Waste of Ammo
21. "He's Got One Inside of Him."
22. A Trap
23. Call's Secret
24. Connecting at the Chapel
25. Into the Nest
26. Sharing the Monster
27. A New Baby
28. Racing to the Betty
29. Closing the Hatch
30. Under Pressure
31. "I'm a Stranger Here Myself."
32. End Titles

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