Alien ³

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Overview

Unlike the previous two discs of The Alien Legacy Box Set, this one is not loaded with special features, but the audio and video transfers are as well done, if not better than the others. Both have been digitally remastered in THX and make excellent use of home-theater capabilities. The soundtrack is a very strong 5.1 mix which makes pronounced, frequent use of the rear channels, adding a great deal of atmosphere to the already claustrophobic nature of the film; voices echo eerily, and lingering, ambient sounds ...
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Overview

Unlike the previous two discs of The Alien Legacy Box Set, this one is not loaded with special features, but the audio and video transfers are as well done, if not better than the others. Both have been digitally remastered in THX and make excellent use of home-theater capabilities. The soundtrack is a very strong 5.1 mix which makes pronounced, frequent use of the rear channels, adding a great deal of atmosphere to the already claustrophobic nature of the film; voices echo eerily, and lingering, ambient sounds permeate almost every moment. The video transfer is pristine, with not a single instance of graininess or pixilation to be found anywhere. Also, the lines are sharp and the colors clearly defined -- there is very little to no bleeding to be found here. This film relies heavily on shadow and darkness to maintain its suspenseful atmosphere, and it seems that the disc's producers kept this well in mind, mixing the blacks as dark as possible while still maintaining subtle details within them. Again, the extra features are nothing extraordinary; the only feature worthy of special note is a short making-of featurette, which contains interviews with many of the cast and crew. There are also theatrical trailers for all four Alien films, as well as a preview of the video game based on Alien Resurrection, the fourth film in the series. Despite the lack of extraordinary special features, the disc's superb transfer make it a worthy addition to any collection.
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Special Features

"The Making of Alien 3"; Original theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/2/2007
  • UPC: 086162104329
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,474

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigourney Weaver Ellen Ripley
Charles S. Dutton Dillon
Charles Dance Clemens
Paul McGann Golic
Brian Glover Andrews
Ralph Brown Aaron
Daniel Webb Morse
Christopher John Fields Rains
Holt McCallany Junior
Lance Henriksen Bishop II
Niall Buggy Eric
Carl Chase Frank
Philip Davis Kevin
Peter Guinness Gregor
Leon Herbert Boggs
Clive Mantle William
Vincenzo Nicoli Jude
Pete Postlethwaite David
Chloe Webb
Technical Credits
David Fincher Director
Gordon Carroll Producer
Simon Crane Stunts
Richard Edlund Special Effects
Larry Ferguson Screenwriter
George Gibbs Special Effects
William Gibson Screenwriter
David Giler Producer, Screenwriter
Alec Gillis Special Effects
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Walter Hill Producer, Screenwriter
Fred Hole Production Designer
Billy Hopkins Casting
Priscilla John Casting
James Morahan Art Director
Mark Newman Stunts
Dan O'Bannon Screenwriter
Dave Perry Costumes/Costume Designer
Rex Pickett Screenwriter
Greg Pruss Screenwriter
Terry Rawlings Editor
Eric Red Screenwriter
Norman Reynolds Production Designer
Bob Ringwood Costumes/Costume Designer
Ezra Swerdlow Executive Producer
Alex Thomson Cinematographer
David N. Twohy Screenwriter
Vincent Ward Original Story
Sigourney Weaver Co-producer
Tom Woodruff Jr. Special Effects
David Worley Camera Operator
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [3:42]
2. Crash Landing [1:12]
3. The Facts [2:39]
4. Inspecting the Ship [4:14]
5. A Possible Contagion [:23]
6. A New Life - A New Beginning [2:31]
7. No Temptation, Until Now [4:37]
8. Diced [2:30]
9. Salvaging the Flight Recorder [4:30]
10. A Re-education [:11]
11. Candlelight Dinner [3:45]
12. Bishop speaks [3:12]
13. Discussing the Dragon [2:09]
14. A Long, Sad Story [3:20]
15. "It's Here!" [1:30]
16. Who's in Charge? [1:00]
17. The Plan [3:40]
18. Wait for the Signal [2:30]
19. Under the Scanner [:27]
20. A Classified Code [3:18]
21. In the Basement [2:55]
22. It Has to Die [1:29]
23. Plan B [2:27]
24. It Started [2:38]
25. Ripley Takes on the Beast [3:56]
26. In the Mold [:33]
27. Time for a Cold Shower [4:01]
28. Never Trust a Bishop [3:05]
29. End Titles [3:02]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Language Selection
      Languages
         English Dolby Surround
         English 5.1 Surround
         French Dolby Surround
      Captions & Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         None
   Extra Features
      The Making Of Alien 3 Featurette
      Alien 3 Theatrical Trailer
      Alien Theatrical Trailer
      Aliens Theatrical Trailer
      Alien Resurrection Theatrical Trailer
      Alien Game Trailer
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 13, 2011

    3 times the scream or 3 times the Horror?

    this installment in the ALIEN series. ALIEN 3 is now in blu-ray from the Anthology itself. even though for me: its only 3 times the scream or 3 times the Horror of the Queen in Rip. Very dark and scary. blow my mind away 1 more time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Space isn't always happy and cozy.

    I have always felt that Alien 3 did an amazing job with atmosphere. For once there weren't loveable characters to get lost in. This was real, gritty, and viceral. The way it should be. Don't get me wrong, Alien and Aliens were wonderful films. The latter being a favorite of mine. Alien 3 just pulled us from our euphoric cloud to a world that is not so forgiving. The alien in this film was a nice departure, being quadrepedal and everything. The ending is very emotional, especially if you didn't know Alien:Resurrection existed. This really is a great film and I suggest buying it and loving it just as you should the previous films.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not as good as the first 2, but still really good.

    Alien 3 was still a good movie, but not as good as the other 2. It was really slow the first 1/3 of the movie, but after that, it was amazing. But the other 2 were amazing throughout the whole movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    climatic genius

    this movie was unfortunate in production. The outcome was rough, but brilliant. The climatic scene is the most heart-renching, touching, and amazing scene i have ever seen. just imagine how much bravery it takes to take your own life to save the world. THe alien screams, and they both die... beautiful. The rest of the movie was great to, tight action scenes, and some splatter shots

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a huge dissapointment

    This seemed to be just a slightly altered retelling of the first film. One Alien picking off a group of unarmed humans trapped in a claustrophobic environment. The characters were done poorly, try and name four, and no one really cared when one was killed. No matter how the Alien was created it ended up looking as if it wasn't real and didn't have the fright factor of those in the first two movies. Watch Alien with the lights off, see Aliens with a friend, and simply ignore the third film which succeeds only in making a bloodshot shaven Weaver look like an eyesore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A beautiful, if flawed, film

    The cinematography is uniformly superb, and while you can accuse it of a number of crimes, you can't accuse it of being unoriginal. I left the theater astounded after my first viewing, and for that alone I would recommend the film. And the quoted review from Robert Firsching reveals an astonishing level of ignorance. Ripley is in obvious agony throughout the excruciating, but masterfully constructed, autopsy scene. What is more, the alien in the film was created using practical elements (marionettes and costumes, if I recall correctly) in nearly all, if not all, of its scenes. I'd recommend Mr. Firsching keep his eyes on the screen more and on his notepad less, and that he do his homework before reflexively bashing the 'unconvincing CGI'.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is where the down fall started!

    The story in Alien3 is fairly compelling but it would have been better if it did not involve the Ripley character or any of the survivors of James Cameron's masterpiece Aliens (Hicks, Newt, Bishop). It takes every thing that Ripley fought for and struggled against in Aliens and flushes it right down the toilet. Plus... it contains one of the biggest movie flaws in history (for me). When and how did the Queen have time to lay an egg on the Sulaco? At the end of Aliens she came out of the landing gear of the drop ship and does battle with Ripley... that's it end of story. The Queen also ripped away from her egg sack while still on LV426... so how could she have laid an egg anyway! Bad story telling for sure. Alien3 is a film I will erase from my brain. I only recognize Alien and Aliens as the only two legitimate entries into the Alien saga... and if I want to go further than that... I will pick up my copies of the outstanding Dark Horse comic series 'Aliens Earth War'. The Earth War series is what Alien3 should have been.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Alien 3: not as good as it's predacesors but better than most movies ever made.

    Alien 3 might not be as good as Alien and Aliens but it is better than most movies in general. The story line adds on a unique twist to the series. A superb ending.

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